Head of People

Skokie, IL - Full Time

Welcome to the Post Pollution Future with LanzaTech

A post-pollution world is inevitable, and people will either be part of it, or the planet will go on without us. At LanzaTech, our technology platform is transforming waste carbon into everyday products, to meet the needs of this moment. Our science is state-of-the-art, but the idea is simple. We use nature to heal nature. We capture carbon emissions which are then fed into bioreactors where trillions of carbon-hungry microbes go to work. These tiny dynamos consume the waste gases and produce valuable raw material commodities. Pure enough to be resold, repurposed, and recycled again — from sustainable jet fuel to beverage bottles, to yoga pants.

Founded in New Zealand, we are a global women-led company with an international footprint and a diverse employee population. Diversity, Equity & Inclusion are a key part of our mission and core values which we show through our hiring, our leadership, our efforts to educate internally and willingness to learn.

In addition, we have announced our plan to merge with AMCI Acquisition Corp. II and expect to become a publicly traded company on Nasdaq. Come join the team as we strive to make a Post Pollution Future!

Exciting collaborations with LanzaTech (LT) CarbonSmartTM Products:

  • 2022 – Coty, Inc. – LT recycled carbon ethanol to be used in majority of fragrance portfolio by 2023
  • 2021 – ZARA – cutting edge, high fashion black dresses made from LT recycled carbon
  • 2021 – lululemon – sports apparel made from LT Recycled carbon
  • 2021 – L’Oréal – partnership to make packaging with LT recycled carbon

Notable acknowledgments:

  • 2021 – Biofuels Digest #1 Hottest Company in Renewable Fuels, Chemicals & Biomaterials
  • 2020 – Biofuels Digest #3 Best Company to work for in the Advanced Bioeconomy
  • 2020 – Fast Company World Changing Company
  • 2020 – CNBC #43 on Top 50 Disrupter Companies list

Interested in learning more? Visit us at and download/stream our latest CarbonSmartTM Podcast on Apple, Google, Spotify or wherever you receive your podcasts!

This position is open to candidates authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis for any employer. LanzaTech is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.


About the role

As the Head of People for LanzaTech, you will be responsible for developing and executing global human resource strategy that aligns with the vision of our growing international business. You’ll work directly with other executives and the board of directors and will influence employee experience throughout the company and in all aspects of the employee life cycle.

You will manage the HR team and partner with the Sr Manager of HR and other LT leaders in support of the company’s strategic goals, while maintaining and even expanding on the culture of LanzaTech. As a seasoned global leader you will use your experience managing diverse employee populations to work effectively across borders, languages, cultures, navigating local work norms and compliance issues globally.

You will build and maintain effective working relationships, trust and respect at all levels.

Key duties

  • Participate in developing the organization's 3-5 year roadmap as a strategic partner, to support team members across the organization and prepare for long-term success
  • Develop client relationships with and provide strategic human resources direction to LanzaTech business leaders  and employees.
  • Provide overall leadership and guidance to the HR Team to effectively manage talent acquisition, training and development, performance management, total rewards, employee relations, and compliance globally.
  • Ensure culture is a significant consideration when making HR decisions.
  • Leadership in employee relations and problem-solving and active management of performance issues to resolution.
  • Lead vision on strategic staffing, performance and retention management, compliance with laws/regulations
  • Assess progress against company EEO goals.
  • Continually assess the competitiveness of all compensation and culture-related programs and practices against relevant comparable companies, industries, and markets.

Required Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s degree in HR or related; Master’s degree/ MBA preferred.
  • 10-15 years of HR experience in both domestic and global capacities.
  • Public Company experience.
  • Experience designing and administering an integrated approach to global compensation, benefits, rewards, and long-term incentive programs and ensuring alignment with business strategy.
  • Experience leading HR initiatives for company expansion and setting up Global entities/ branches.
  • Demonstrated ability to balance strategic thinking with detailed focus on execution.
  • Prior experience with managing intense periods of significant company growth.
  • An experienced HR professional with sound technical skills. Generalist and Management background with broad knowledge of global employment, compensation, organizational planning, employee relations and training.
  • Prior experience supporting employees with an engineering/scientific/technical background is a must; prior experience in the chemicals/ refining technology sector is a plus
  • Resourceful and well organized. High energy level, comfortable performing multifaceted projects in conjunction with day-to-day activities.
  • Superior ability to communicate, influence, persuade, build trust, and gain the confidence of and advise all levels of the organization up to and including the Executive Leadership Team and Board of Directors.
  • Flexible and adaptive; embraces the challenges of change.
  • 15% travel required.
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