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VP People & Culture - Makeship 

Who Is Makeship & How Are They Changing the World?


Makeship’s mission is to help the world transition to the creator economy. They do this  by scaling physical product creation and distribution for content creators in the same way Youtube scaled the creation of content. By allowing creators to bring a physical manifestation of their creativity to life, Makeship allows creators to develop an incredible emotional connection to their fans. Ultimately, Makeship believes in a future where anyone can become a content creator and that their individual creativity should be celebrated.


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Makeship empowers influencers, creators, and brands of all sizes to develop and launch customized limited-edition products that matter to their fans. Leveraging their own design, manufacturing, and marketing expertise, they work with their partners to bring their product to life through Makeship’s community-powered crowd-funding platform. Once funded, Makeship produces and ships the products worldwide with sustainability at the forefront of their process. With initiatives like carbon offsetting, reusable packaging and recyclable mailer bags, Makeship strives to mitigate the environmental impact of their products and manufacturing process. 


As a bootstrapped startup with around 70 employees (fully remote team), they have an impressive ARR number, big goals ahead and they are well-positioned to continue to scale. 

How Will I Make An Impact?

Makeship is looking to bring on their first VP, People and Culture to lead the People Strategy and position the company for the growth ahead. 


As the VP P&C, you will be reporting into the Founders and be a key strategic business partner to the CEO and Executive Leadership Team.


As the VP, People & Culture, you will:

  • Define, articulate and execute the People Vision and Strategy for Makeship that will foster high-performing teams, strong engagement and success of the Company’s employees.

  • Apply a “people first” approach, innovating on programs that will enable the scale of the Company’s culture in a remote-first working environment. 

  • Define and implement a framework for measuring employee engagement.

  • Help to codify the Company’s Mission, Vision and Values.

  • Focus on workforce planning and lead talent acquisition in supporting growth to 100+ employees within the next 12 months - with a focus on improving the company’s strategy around proactive recruitment.

  • Build a performance management program with a focus on career planning to ensure the intentional development of the team.

  • Own the Company’s Total Rewards & Recognition Strategy - ensuring appropriate compensation levers are in place to attract, retain and reward talent.

  • Work with leaders to develop their management and leadership capabilities.

  • Lead/grow the People & Culture Team - ensuring robust operational processes to support growth.

How Do I Know If This Is For Me?

  • You love building scalable People & Culture initiatives from the ground up; as this role will be instrumental in Makeship’s next phase of growth.

  • You’re eager to act as a strategic business partner, and define specific recommendations and goals.

  • You are excited to adapt to the evolving opportunities and challenges that come with

  • a scaling organization.

  • You are a firm believer that talent has no boundaries and are excited to build a strong team and culture in a remote-first environment. 

  • You enjoy challenging the status quo and bringing new and innovative ideas to the table by testing and iterating on what is working. 

Our Ideal Candidate Looks Like:

You have:


  • Experience leading the HR and people leadership function - either owning the full scope, or being the right-hand. 

  • Experience at a scale-up technology organization, supporting growth to 100+ employees. 

  • A proven ability to define a holistic People Strategy balanced with an execution-oriented mindset (a “roll up your sleeves” attitude is a must).

  • Experience developing culture in a global, remote environment in an innovative and creative way.

  • Experience building robust people ops programs such as: total rewards, performance management, learning and development.

  • The ability to build a strong employer brand (internally and externally), to attract high-caliber talent and enable a highly motivated and engaged workforce.

  • Been sought out as a business partner to support leaders in building high-performing teams (i.e. you are relationship-oriented with the ability to build trust with other leaders).

  • Strong knowledge of employment law, regulation, and best practices in Canada & any International experience would be a plus. 

  • Strong business acumen and understanding of the importance of the People Strategy to the achievement of the Company’s overall strategic goals.

The Process:

As your Artemis Canada Recruitment Consultant, I’ll work closely with you through every step of the process.

After an initial screening call with me (Tara), the interview process is:

  1. Meeting with the founders (Rakan and Pablo)

  2. Panel Interview with Finance, Product, Sales and the current People Ops specialist

  3. Assignment Exercise/Presentation


We understand, accept, and value the differences between people of different backgrounds, genders, sexual orientations, ages, beliefs, and abilities.  We aim to create an inclusive environment and encourage diverse individuals to apply.

I’d love to hear from you - even if you don’t meet 100% of the requirements. Send me a note at if you or someone you know is interested!

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Does this sound exciting to you?
Get in touch with Tara!

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