About us

Vow is a food company - a very different one. We’re creating real meat products from animal cells instead of the animal itself.

We’re bringing together cutting edge innovations in science, engineering, culinary and design to make sustainable food that’s both irresistible and available to billions of people worldwide.

The role:

Legal and regulatory work in the cultured meat space is about as cutting-edge as it gets – the laws are still catching up with the technology, and every day there is a new development somewhere around the world. We want our small-but-mighty team to be the gold standard for a legal and regulatory function, and hiring our first Commercial & Regulatory Counsel will help get us there. 

You’re a smart, versatile and curious lawyer who is excited about an unusually broad practice. You aren’t afraid of what you don’t know and are energised by the idea of quickly immersing yourself in unfamiliar areas. A day in the life might include negotiating a key supplier agreement, working with a scientist to make sure we’re adequately protecting our IP rights, looking into import restrictions for the product launch team, and reading a translated version of another country’s food code to understand how our products will be classified. 

The experience/skills you will bring:

  • 4+ years of legal experience; strong commercial experience and drafting skills are required; exposure to regulatory work (especially in an industry where the regulations are evolving) and to intellectual property work would be an added bonus.  
  • A desire to work in a fast-paced environment where you’ll interact with very few lawyers and lots of brilliant Vowzers, from PhD scientists, to mechanical engineers, to chefs.
  • Someone who thrives in finding solutions and unblocking. If you’re a lawyer whose first reaction is to say “probably not” to anything that comes with risk, Vow won’t be the right place for you. 
  • A passion for learning and continued growth, and an eagerness to operate and create clarity in ambiguous environments.
  • Top-notch analytical and research skills.
  • Superb time management and prioritisation skills.

Note: you do not need to satisfy 100% of the points listed above. If you have some of the skills and believe you could make an impact in this role, please apply - we want to hear from you!

You will:

  • Up-level our commercial legal world. This could include implementing processes that make getting legal support a breeze, drafting templates where we don’t already have them, creating and delivering Contract 101 training to non-lawyers, and negotiating key supplier agreements.
  • Help the Regulatory Team get country product approvals over the line. This could include mapping out target country requirements, advising on product classification and labelling questions and looking at facility inspection requirements.
  • Once we’ve got approval, support our launches in various countries. This could include import/export issues, marketing questions and partnership arrangements.

What success looks like:

In the first few months, you'll become deeply familiar with Vow's cutting-edge cultured meat technology and the legal/regulatory landscape that surrounds it. You will have successfully navigated your first major supplier agreement, showcasing your exceptional drafting skills and commercial acumen. Your proactive approach will have begun to reshape how Vow thinks about legal support, making the process more efficient and accessible for your non-legal colleagues.

By the six-month mark, your insights and strategic advice will have played a pivotal role in moving Vow closer to securing product approvals in key markets. Your ability to demystify complex regulatory environments will have supported the team in understanding product classification, labelling, and facility inspection requirements, proving indispensable for our expansion efforts.

After a year, your contributions will have had a tangible impact on Vow's global presence. Through your diligent work on import/export issues, marketing compliance, and forging strategic partnerships, you will have helped launch Vow products in multiple countries. 

Who we are and why join:

  • We are building a diverse, mission-led dream team of “Vowzers.” Our mission is to make food products for everyone. To do that well we need a workforce that’s representative of the people we serve. We celebrate multiple approaches and points of view - so we’re building a culture to match. Be yourself and come as you are.
  • Work on cutting-edge technology. We’re bringing together cutting-edge innovations in science, engineering, and food, to recreate the world’s most tantalising and unique culinary experiences. All without compromising on ethics or our planet along the way. Since our inception in 2019, we have held the title of being the first startup to cultivate meat from the cells of an undomesticated animal, and have served up our exotic meats ranging from kangaroo dumplings to alpaca sliders in tastings with world-renowned chefs.
  • Work with and learn from the best. Our team includes some of the world’s top scientists, innovators, operators, and creatives with decades of industry experience. Despite our experiences though, we all strive to build, break, learn, and repeat. We see the impossible as temporary and strive to learn and support our company and fellow Vowzers' growth as much as possible.
  • We’re fully funded and ready to go. We are a growing Aussie biotech start-up backed by Blackbird Ventures, Square Peg Capital, Grok Ventures, Tenacious Ventures, P7 Ventures, Toyota Ventures, and PeakBridge VC.

Vow perks and benefits:

  • Everyone is an owner. In addition to competitive base salaries, each and every ‘Vowzer’ owns equity in the company so we can all benefit from our hard work and future success.
  • Generous paid parental leave. We offer 8 weeks of paid caregiver leave and an additional 8 weeks paid leave for the birth giver.
  • Generous relocation budget & support. Support for interstate or overseas team members and their families (including pets!)
  • Flexible working hours and location. We value work-life balance. While we’re mostly back in the office, you’re free to choose the best way for you to work.
  • Unlimited personal leave. At Vow we recognise that sometimes you need time off to recuperate, look after your mental health, or simply deal with an emergency. We put unlimited personal leave in place to empower you to truly bring your best self to work every single day and you are always paid for days taken off as personal leave.
  • Heaps of tasty samples from our culinary centre. Our fantastic "food inventors" on the Vow team are always cooking up new product prototypes, and all Vowzers are given the opportunity to taste, give feedback, and learn from their culinary prowess.
  • An awesome converted warehouse “campus” in Alexandria. Complete with a glass-walled lab, manufacturing line, free snacks, a culinary centre, and professional-grade coffee machine in our cafe, as well as a DIY workshop for all hands-on projects.
  • Human and dog friendly office! An inclusive community and culture, in a welcoming office, complete with friendly “Vowzer” dogs!
  • A variety of social clubs. We encourage all our Vowzers to build the culture with us and share what you love by creating social clubs across the business. From book clubs to hiking groups, we’re always looking for ways to learn and engage with our team.

 

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