Executive Assistant to the CEO

Emeryville, CA /
General /
Full time
About us 
At Shiru we believe that food should be delicious and nourishing without negatively affecting our planet. Acknowledging our growing global population as well as the imminent effects of climate change, Shiru’s mission is to create better protein ingredients that will catapult us into a sustainable food future. 

With our mission in mind, Shiru makes high quality, functional food proteins through better leveraging our precious environmental resources. To do this, we employ technologies originally  created to solve problems in adjacent industries, including computational biology, machine learning, and industrial fermentation and bioprocessing.

We apply computational intelligence to find the most functional natural food proteins in the world, harnessing the inherent ability of microflora to produce them. We then partner with food and beverage companies to incorporate these unique protein ingredients into everyday products. Shiru is now expanding our team of dedicated professionals across multiple disciplines to make enhanced protein ingredients for a better world.

About the role
Shiru is hiring an Executive Assistant to support the CEO. This person will partner closely with the CEO and her Chief of Staff on a wide variety of administrative duties including schedule management, travel arrangement, communication, and company culture. Shiru’s Executive Assistant should have excellent verbal and written communication abilities and confidence communicating with professionals of all types, exceptional time management skills, and the ability to effectively make professional judgment calls on behalf of the CEO. 

About you
The ideal candidate for this role thrives within ambiguity and craves a fast paced environment. You pride yourself on meeting deadlines and delivering while being highly flexible and adaptable to reprioritization of tasks. You are proactive and can self-direct to get things done efficiently and quickly, reaching out when additional clarity is needed. You have extreme attention to detail and a high bar for communication and clarity in your work. You're low ego, and know that humility and confidence are not mutually exclusive. Finally, you have a passion for sustainability, groundbreaking innovation, and food.


    • Manage the CEO’s schedule and calendar including prioritizing her time and ensuring work-life balance 
    • Manage communication and requests from internal and external stakeholders including employees, customers, and investors with low turnaround time
    • Handle meeting preparations and follow up tasks proactively as needed 
    • Arrange travel for the CEO and other Shiru team members as needed 
    • Assist with facility management including stocking office supplies and staff kitchen groceries
    • Work with the Chief of Staff on Shiru culture including but not limited to events, perks, and seamless and thoughtful onboarding of new employees 
    • Carry out any other needed administrative tasks which may include personal needs for the CEO


    • 4+ years of experience supporting C-level executives, preferably in a high growth, dynamic startup environment
    • Proficient with all Google Suite apps, Slack, and Asana. Experience with Notion, Expensify, and Lever is a plus
    • Strong computer skills, with an ability to become familiar with company and/or task specific programs and software
    • Ability to multi-task and anticipate last minute changes
    • Ability to maintain complete confidentiality with a high volume of confidential information
At Shiru, we're looking for people with passion, grit, and integrity. You're encouraged to apply even if your experience doesn't precisely match the job description. We’re expecting your skills and passion to stand out—and set you apart—especially if your career has taken some extraordinary twists and turns. Please join us in this singular opportunity to create the future of food!  

Shiru is an equal opportunity employer who values diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. Shiru offers competitive compensation and employee benefits along with an attractive equity package commensurate with candidate qualifications.