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ABOUT US 

Modern Synthesis is a venture-backed startup crafting the next generation of biomaterials by connecting the dots between biology, material science and design. 

We’re on a mission to create sustainable materials which reduce the fashion industry’s dependence on petrochemicals - without sacrificing performance or creativity.

Our first material, which is grown by bacteria, is fully biodegradable and astonishingly strong. You can read more about it on our website.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

We believe that big magic happens when disparate disciplines, perspectives and ideas collide.

As a team of biologists, chemists, designers, engineers, business experts, robots and microbes, we get to witness this magic on a daily basis. From our strong culture of debate (hot takes always welcome) to our bi-weekly deep dives, we intentionally embed collaboration and growth into everything we do.

In line with this, we’re committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion within both our organisation and the wider bioeconomy. The way we see it, a diverse and inclusive team is greater than the sum of its parts. It’s 1+1=3, which not only creates a rich work environment but also makes good business sense.

We hire people, not roles, so we can be flexible on the scope. We strongly encourage you to apply

if you think you’re qualified for a portion of this role and can demonstrate a proven ability to take on new skills and challenges.

As our Content Strategist, you’ll create impact by shaping and sharing our brand story. Working directly with our Co-founder/CEO and Head of Growth, you’ll build out and execute Modern Synthesis’ communications and content strategy.

We’ll count on you to serve as a critical link between our team and the outside world - sharing our vision, values, and progress with a variety of audiences through engaging written and visual content.

Meanwhile, being our eyes and ears to the market, you’ll keep the team abreast of trends and opportunities. Your insights will actively contribute to our ambitious growth trajectory.

This isn’t a plug-and-play position. We're looking for someone who has the ingenuity and drive to build the material brand of the future. No matter your background, you’ll use your impeccable taste and an insatiable curiosity to help us cut through the noise and drive real impact.

This role is intended to start on a part-time basis but could expand to full-time in the future.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Serve as Modern Synthesis’ brand guardian, ensuring best-in-class execution, consistent tone of voice and adherence to brand guidelines across platforms
  • Continually generate new cross-channel content ideas in collaboration with other team members (mainly LinkedIn, Instagram, and newsletters)
  • Craft intelligent and engaging written content, from social media copy to newsletters, distilling complex topics for a variety of audiences.
  • Deliver engaging visual content, by creating it yourself (or sourcing and guiding external talent) including photography, film, graphics, animation and digital media)
  • Update website and all brand-related social media profiles, collaboratively designing and developing site content and layouts
  • Prepare communications materials for events (promotional or fundraising)
  • Actively contribute to wider brand strategy across owned, earned, and paid media
  • Assess the effectiveness of activities in order to identify areas of improvement

Opportunities to expand role scope: We are a small team and welcome candidates looking to grow with us, so this role comes with ample opportunities to get involved in project management, innovation strategy, market analysis, and impact / sustainability management.

Job Requirements

OUR IDEAL CANDIDATE:

  • Is a skilled content marketer – not just a content writer – with the analytical ability to translate key business insights into impactful content
  • Delivers creative content that has a unique and compelling point of view that aligns to our brand’s positioning and values
  • Balances multiple writing, editing, and content production assignments at once
  • Knows how to strategically leverage earned, owned, and paid media whilst keeping a pulse on platform best practices and trends
  • Stays curious, and finds new content ideas from disparate sources (i.e. news articles, conversations with the team, events)
  • Hits daily or weekly deadlines in a fast-changing start-up environment
  • Is committed to quality, aiming for a look & feel of 10x your budget.
  • Brings a positive, can-do attitude, identifying potential obstacles with a mindset to find solutions + workarounds

Bonus points for:

  • Basic understanding of SEO optimization and other web traffic metrics
  • Familiarity with Canva or (better) Photoshop/ Illustrator for social media posts etc, &/or having some skill with the video
  • Already spending your free time reading and writing about biodesign, material trends, fashion tech and / or the circular economy

BENEFITS

  • Brand new, dog-friendly office and lab in Southwest London
  • Interdisciplinary team with opportunities for growth and career progression
  • Flexible working, both in terms of working hours and location
  • Tailored development support from world-leading experts and advisors
  • Bike to work scheme
  • Private health insurance including dental and vision stipends
  • Regular lunches and company events
  • Enhanced parental leave policy
  • Potential to create a real, positive impact

HIRING DETAILS

Manager: Sarah Young (Head of Growth)

Desired start date: As soon as possible

We’re hiring on a rolling basis, so encourage you to apply as early as possible. Please note you must have the right to work in the UK to apply for this job, as we do not currently have the capacity to sponsor.

OUR HIRING PROCESS

Round 0. Apply online and submit link(s) to your portfolio of work

Round 1. 30-minute exploratory interview where we’ll dive into your work history and motivations for applying to Modern Synthesis

Round 2. 1-hour skills interview where we’ll explore the skills and knowledge you’ll bring to this role. Successful candidates will get a (paid) take-home case study to complete before round 3.

Round 3. 1-hour case study review interview where you walk us through your ideas and thinking on the case study

Round 4. 1-hour culture interview where you’ll meet more members of the team and have the opportunity to ask them questions.

We recognise recruitment is not one-size-fits-all and we're happy to tailor this process to better meet the needs of individual applicants. Please email people@mod-synth.com with any requests for support.

Interested? Apply for this role GBP £35k-45k annual Apply
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