We can’t promise you that every moment will be a party. But what if the time you spent at work wasn’t just going to pay the bills? Imagine clocking in to accomplish something more—something fulfilling, something exciting, and something you believed was worth doing. And sometimes, even having fun doing it!
Spiber wants to help you accomplish great things. We aren’t just an employer—we are a team of individuals working with others we respect toward goals we care about. Doing so allows us to accomplish far greater things together than we ever could alone.
Accordingly, it’s absolutely essential that our team members share our purpose and values. Just like a highly focused magnifying glass can channel a small amount of light into a white-hot point, a highly aligned team—even a small one—is capable of accomplishing great things.
Our dream is to have the largest positive impact on the world that we possibly can. All of our vision and drive is bound up in the pursuit of this one goal. Naturally, we’re passionately excited about the potential that our unique technology has for realizing a sustainable future, but the possibilities don’t end there—we think our team and culture are pretty special, too.
Of course, lots of companies say they’re different, but we like to think we’re doing something above and beyond the status quo. In fact, we’re questioning the very foundation of the employee-company dynamic itself. One example of how we’re doing that is our salary system.
We all have differences, ranging from the big to the small. These differences extend to every part of our lives, from how we live, work, and play, down to the way we contribute at the workplace and in our communities. This means that no one but you has the ability to understand and evaluate your unique situation and contributions. You’re not just a dollar sign to us, but of course you do need to get paid. But how much, exactly? We leave that up to you. Yes, you read that correctly: each individual at Spiber decides what their own salary should be, and all salaries are freely visible to everyone else in our team.
This doesn’t mean that everyone at Spiber is a millionaire. We have an obligation as members of a society with limited resources to take responsibility for the salaries we choose. Along with all the other team members in Spiber, you will creatively evaluate your salary using a variety of metrics—the company’s current circumstances; the sort of value you create; the balance between yourself, other members of your team, and society; the market average; and much more. Each person makes their own final decision, which is why it's so important for our fundamental values and goals to be aligned.
We realize that this system represents a considerable departure from how most of us have earned a living until now. It requires a great deal of consideration and self-evaluation from each of us. The process isn’t always an easy one, but we believe it provides exciting opportunities for personal responsibility and growth. It’s an experiment that’s still continuing to evolve, and we’re excited to share it with you!
As you’ve probably noticed by now, we’re big fans of individual awareness and responsibility. This approach also informs the way we structure our team. Rather than a traditional top-down approach with managers, department chiefs, section heads, and so on, we like to keep things a little...flatter. We’re realistic, though: projects still need leaders, and teams still need administration. But highly motivated, independent thinkers remain the primary driving force behind our endeavor. You’re free to join any team, partake in any project, and generally work in any style that suits you. See a meeting you think you could contribute to or learn from? Jump right in: meetings at Spiber are open to everyone.
Our corporate style requires constant communication within a close-knit community. That’s why, in general, we ask all our team members to relocate to our company headquarters located in the beautiful Shonai region of Yamagata, Japan. Our office windows look out over mountain ranges, and a twenty minute drive in the other direction will have you at the beach with surf, sun, and hot springs. We’re not fussed with formalities, either—our dress code is relaxed, and all employees are free to work in any part of the office that they like.
Finally, while living in a foreign country can always be an adventure, Japanese language ability is not a requirement to join us. We are a diverse multilingual and multicultural team, and each of us is always ready and willing to help whenever needed. In addition to a comfortable working environment, we’re also dedicated to providing support for both families and working parents, which is why we’ve opened a company nursery just a short walk from our office.
Science and technology are the source of Spiber's innovation and competitive edge. We pursue high-risk, high-impact research on a grand scale—and with unprecedented speed—that is guided by a long-term vision. Our R&D teams function within an organic, inter-disciplinary structure that prizes brave, imaginative individuals who are not intimidated by big challenges. While experience and expertise remain important factors, they can sometimes become barriers to success. A simple or obvious question is often what leads to a breakthrough that drives significant progress.
• Polymer & Material Science (Bioinformatics)
• Genetic Engineering (Microbes, Plants, Algae)
• Synthetic Biology
• Agricultural Science
• Microbial Fermentation
• Polymer & Material Science
• Chemistry (Organic, Inorganic)
• Chemical Engineering
• Patent Application
Our project requires equipment, devices, and facilities which are yet to exist in any form. Taking these from design to completion requires a willingness to learn and apply concepts from both science and industry. Whether creating small machines for research purposes, or engaging in the development of large-scale automated plants for mass production, faced-paced, innovative engineering is a vital part of our process. In addition, our internally-developed IT infrastructure—complete with software and databases—is another crucial part of our research and development.
• Equipment & Machinery Engineering
• Production Plant Engineering
• Production Line Operations
• R&D Systems (Software Engineering)
• Embedded Systems (Software Engineering)
• Server/Network Engineering
• Quality Control
• Spinning/Textile Engineering
• Textile industry
Innovation is not the sole purview of research, development, or engineering. Our organizational systems have been designed from the ground up to maximize team motivation, as well as to create the greatest value for society. We are creating a new industry that will reshape the world; this is an undertaking that requires large amounts of capital and effective business administration. Our Finance and Administration team drives Spiber with a deep understanding and commanding view of the entire company, including the R&D and business development processes.
• Legal Affairs
• Intellectual Property
• General Affairs
• Human Resources
• Multilingual & Multicultural Employee Support
• Internal Auditing
• Organization Design & Administration
• Corporate IT Systems (Software Engineering)
• Corporate IT Systems (Operations)
• IT Security Engineering
• IT Support
It is vital to foster goodwill and to build close relationship with all possible stakeholders to maximize our tangible and intangible values. Continual sincerity and transparency are the fundamental principle of Creative Communicaions team, which we believe will develop credibility and trust over time. (I don’t think we need to translate)The team is looking for the bold yet delicate person with idea who can think through consistent communicaiton strategy in a long term. Growing a solid brand can exponentially accelerate our business, which will enable us to maximize our contribution to society.
• Risk Management
• Communication Strategy
• Internal Branding
We must fully utilize all resources—present and potential, internal and external—to maximize the value that we contribute to society. We are looking for individuals who can work organically across teams and disciplines; who can think outside of current business paradigms to arrive at creative and innovative solutions. Diversity in language and culture is particularly welcome in the field of business development, as our goal is to enrich the entirety of mankind.
• Alliance Building
• Supply Chain Management
• Intellectual Property Strategy
It is impossible to encompass the Spiber team with the areas listed above. We are also working on other exciting projects that must still be kept under wraps. Your creative ideas and concepts are always welcome here. You have the freedom to pioneer any field you can imagine, make the most of your talents, and maximize our potential.
We are currently seeking new team members to work in Spiber’s two company nurseries, Yamanoko (50 child capacity for children aged 0-5 years old, opened in September 2018), and Yamanoko home (19 child capacity for children 0-2 years old; opened in September 2017). Both nurseries offer features such as a multi-age environment, the use of cloth diapers, and the opportunity for children to learn through experience and adventure. Team members will work together within a flat organisational structure which ensures that every voice is heard. We are looking for adventurous souls who aren’t afraid to try new things.
Spiber is commencing construction of a mass production facility for its Brewed Protein™ materials. The plant will be constructed at the Eastern Seaboard Industrial Estate in Rayong, Thailand. With a maximum capacity of several hundred tonnes per year, the plant is expected to be the world’s largest structural protein fermentation facility (as of July 10, 2019; independent research). Commercial production is expected to commence in 2021.
The new plant will allow for large-scale protein fermentation and purification operations, and will also serve as a model for the commercialization of structural protein materials and for the development of other licensed plants in the future. We are seeking personnel who can balance large-scale plans with attention to detail, and have a keen sense of what the future holds for the manufacturing of new materials.