Do you want to learn entrepreneurship? Do you want to understand what makes technology companies tick? Then come work with us for a crash course in tech entrepreneurship. But beware: you might never want to leave!
Founded by Daniel Tenner and Paulina Sygulska, GrantTree is a rapidly growing company whose mission is to help UK technology companies to get funding without giving up equity, primarily via R&D Tax Credits and Grants. How rapidly growing? Well, we had a very profitable first year, and are on track to quadruple our turnover for the second. Want to be a part of this success as our first permanent employee in the UK? Then read on!
We are looking for an enthusiastic and reliable new team member to help us with managing the numerous pieces of client work going on, to make sure that all those great companies we work with are served well. The work involves chasing, keeping track of where things stand with multiple clients, being diligent about little details, communicating promptly via either phone or email, driving the data gathering processes, and generally staying on top of many things going on at the same time.
This is only the base set of responsibilities. We are still a small company, so there are plenty of other things to do (and everyone does a bit of everything). Ultimately the role can grow in three possible directions, depending on your desires and capabilities: delivery (writing grants, etc), management (operational management of the company), or sales. You will have the opportunity to experiment with all three aspects of our work and choose your path.
This is not a job sitting around writing blog posts and handling the Twitter feed. These responsibilities are all directly driving the business, making a real difference.
** Edit: the section below is totally out of date! Please check our careers page if you’re curious how things work now! **
The pay starts at £18-22k depending on experience, but we aim to review this every 6 months and the right person will be able to increase this amount rapidly and significantly. We are looking for a very keen junior person who wants to get a great start in the startup world. GrantTree will allow you to get a deep look into how many other technology companies are run, understand what makes them tick, what you would do differently, etc. There are very few careers that will give you this level of insight into such a variety of tech companies. As an additional perk, although we expect you to own and maintain your own laptop (ideally a Mac, though we won’t hold it against you if you’re not a convert… yet), we will provide a brand spanking new iPad after you’ve proven yourself.
Apart from this you will also get to work directly with Daniel and Paulina, which will provide many opportunities to learn about startups, technology, sales, entrepreneurship, and so on. This is a truly excellent opportunity if you want a crash course in entrepreneurship before you take off on your own.
This is not a job for everybody. You must be flexible and pragmatic, with excellent written and spoken communication skills, on the phone, in person, via email, etc. In fact, part of the interview process is to prepare a brief video and correct a piece of writing – see below for more details. You need to be the kind of person who cares deeply about managing client perceptions, and who’s willing to go the extra mile to make sure the client is happy. If you decide to go towards grant writing, you need to care about writing the best possible grant. If you decide to go towards sales, you need to care about hunting down every last lead until they convert. If you decide to go towards operations, you need to care about keeping things ticking along smoothly.
In short, you need to be the kind of person who cares and wants to be passionate about their job. Please note that this doesn’t mean that we’ll work you to the bone. On the contrary, we believe in working healthy and productive hours. The best work is done by people who are happy, healthy and well-rested, and we want the best work.
How to apply
There are three parts to the application (and none of them involves sending in a CV, so don’t do that!). First, you need to send us an email, with a brief (500 words or so) “cover letter” type of text to explain why you feel you would be be the right person. Secondly, you need to record a brief video of yourself around the same subject (but not repeating yourself). Please attach a link to the video (which doesn’t need to be public) on a hosting site of your choice. Youtube should do the job. Finally, we have included below a text which is rather poorly written. It contains a number of grammatical and spelling mistakes, as well as sentences which don’t make that much sense or could be rephrased more strongly. Improve it as much as you can, and attach this corrected text to your email.
Please send applications to email@example.com. We will answer all candidates within a couple of days at the most. If you get through, the next step will be a brief phone interview, followed by an in-person interview in a relaxed setting with either Daniel or Paulina, followed by a final interview with both. The start date is as soon as possible after we find you!
The text to correct:
Please include a corrected version of this (intentionally bad) text in your application:
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