Mars One

Visionary CEO Mars One Ventures

We’re looking for a visionary CEO for Mars One Ventures to build the Mars One brand and grow the company to a multi billion dollar business over the course of 10 years to enable the Next Giant Leap for Mankind: Settling Mars. Working closely with the Mars One Foundation board and relevant stakeholders, you’ll form a strategic vision to drive Mars One Ventures forward, with the practical experience and skills to make it a success.

The successful candidate is an inspirational leader who inspires genuine excitement in others. Your role will be to implement an ambitious yet realistic business plan; building strong commercial partnerships and securing high volumes of income from a range of existing and new revenue sources. In addition, you will build and manage a strong team, recruiting for the right skills to support you. You’re responsible for constant and clear communication of objectives, status, tactics and results to internal and external stakeholders.

We’re going to Mars and your role as the CEO of Mars One Ventures is to share this exciting adventure with the world.

Being listed at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in December 2016, Mars One Ventures is going through a major step forward in its development and we need you to guide the company through a crucial period of ambitious change; an incredibly exciting time to join! The position is open to worldwide candidates: the home base of Mars One Ventures is yet to be determined and the new CEO will help decide on the location.

Desired profile

  • Impeccable professional reputation, with high strategic awareness and business acumen
  • Demonstrated experience leading a successful stock listed company or division with at least US$ 100 million in revenue; must have had full P&L responsibility
  • 15-20 years progressive leadership experience in managing a mid-size or large international business
  • Demonstrated experience with closing high value deals with global brands and media companies
  • Proven track-record of successfully growing a small company or division into an international business
  • Ability to successfully apply several leadership styles according to what is needed: from a hands-on style during transitions and crisis situations to a pacesetting or democratic approach in day-to-day operations
  • Proficiency with contracts, audits, and risk management
  • Possess a first class network of contacts in the world of media
  • Ability to lead and motivate capable professionals
  • Flexible, ability to deal with ambiguity and comfortable working in a fast paced, results oriented environment, and align the interests of multiple stakeholders
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
  • Ability to travel
  • Passion for space exploration is desirable

About Mars One

Mars One aims to establish a permanent human settlement on Mars. Before carefully selected and trained crews will depart to Mars, several unmanned missions will be completed, establishing a habitable settlement waiting for the first astronauts to arrive.

Mars One consists of two entities: the not-for-profit Stichting Mars One (Mars One Foundation) and for-profit company Mars One Ventures. The Mars One Foundation implements and manages the mission and owns the mission hardware. It also selects and trains the crews, and is building an ever growing community of experts and supporters that follow the progress of the mission and contribute to it. Mars One has a renowned advisory board including a former NASA Chief Technologist, an astronaut, and a nobel prize laureate. With several completed feasibility studies by Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company and Paragon Space Development Corporation, Mars One Foundation has built a firm basis on which to continue its mission.

The Foundation has transferred all global monetization rights to Mars One Ventures in order to successfully finance the mission. Revenue streams for Mars One Ventures are sales of merchandise, ads on video content, broadcasting rights, brand partnerships, Intellectual Property, and many others.

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Please send your application to with a motivation letter, your resume, and your current contact details (your email, home address, mobile phone number). All applications will be dealt with in the strictest confidence. No agencies please.