About the company

BEYONDER is a Norwegian energy tech company that has developed the next generation of sustainable Li-ion capacitors and supercapacitors for the heavy-duty industry sector.

Beyonder’s technology will bring a decisive change to CO2-emissions where it really matters. Our operation in Norway is powered by clean hydropower, and our location in Scandinavia will limit the need for long-distance shipment of materials and battery cells to our target markets in Europe. Beyonder’s game changing technology is eco-friendly and does not require cobalt, nickel or other heavy metals. We minimize the use of toxic chemicals, use pure water as solvent and need significantly less energy for production. Having developed a patented highly transformative and sustainable “activated carbon production solution” from Norwegian forest sawdust as one of the main ingredients, means local sourcing and re-use of waste material.

Beyonder are now setting up a prototype line, as well as a pilot line at Beyonder Battery Centre (BBC), for the first commercialised products to be offered to the marked. The BBC will be a R&D factory to make sure Beyonder has the capacity to realise even more innovative battery technology products long term.

Position Summary

We are looking for a Chief Technology Officer (CTO) who will take the role as the executive in charge of the organization's technological needs as well as its research and development (R&D). The CTO will be accountable for internal business processes and develop innovative products in next generation`s sustainable energy storage solutions.

Our CTO will represent Beyonder to the outside world and will attend conferences, sales meetings and other events, strengthening the Company`s brand image. We are looking for a person with entrepreneurial spirit, who is a natural coordinator, and has a proven track record in driving technology projects from the R&D lab out to large scale commercialised products. As our CTO, you will take full ownership of our product architecture, our technical output, our technical strategy and roadmap, manage our technical team and develop our technical culture. You should be able to challenge and mentor engineers, as you will be building up the tech team as we scale.

Main tasks

  • Main responsibility:

  • Be a true leader of the R&D organization
  • Setup, lead and continuously develop an efficient R&D organization at Beyonder Battery Center and make sure it is set up to support future large-scale factories. This includes staffing, net-working and defining tools & processes
  • Coordinate all R&D activities, including the collaborations with external partners
  • Create unity, ensure processes across the organization are standardized and that people are working on common platforms
  • Be actively involved in product management, translate innovation ideas through R&D and Engi-neering projects into concrete products meeting the market needs
  • Propose and make technical strategy decisions
  • Additional tasks and responsibilities:

  • Lead Knowledge management for Beyonder within R&D. Help grow and develop the R&D team, from hiring to professional development
  • Work with key stakeholders to deliver gate models, IP management, technology roadmap. De-liver the elements of the roadmap and drive performance
  • Collaborate with the R&D manager, and the COO, focusing on lead times, quality and productiv-ity of manufacturing
  • Develop fluid relationship throughout the value chain with a focus on the flow from the Innova-tion projects to product & project delivery
  • Prepare progress reports on current projects and develop the strategic road map on future R&D Innovations and projects. Report and communicate this to the CEO, the Management team and the Board

Education and experience

  • Qualifications summary:

  • As CTO of Beyonder you most likely have experience within chemistry, electro chemistry and or material technology from working within the process industry and/or the manufacturing industry. You have managed R&D, production and have a strong understanding for the use and the marked for our battery technology. You are very passionate about technology and wants to create high-quality products and interactions with a high technical team.
  • Ideal Experience:

  • At least MSc or equivalent within a technical area, preferably PhD, and a well-established net-work with R&D institutes and universities
  • 15 – 20 years of relevant experience, a significant part of this performing hands-on technical work
  • More than 10 years of experience working within the process industry or other manufacturing industries
  • More than 10 years of experience in leading an international group of R&D or engineering teams, including being in the lead of a transformation from R&D to commercialising products
  • Sound financial knowledge across the board, connecting technical solutions to financial cases
  • Experience in leading cross functional and global projects in a complex B2B environment with both internal and external stakeholders
  • Excellent communication skills, which must certainly include fluency in English, written and spo-ken

Key Competencies

  • R&D Management

    Is able to move R&D and Engineering forward in a way that makes the best use of the capabilities and opportunities the organization has to offer even though the company, when the CTO is joining, is a small size company, by:

  • Doing an analysis of Company capabilities related to R&D and Innovation
  • Understanding the implications of a well-defined roadmap. Ensuring the delivery of prototype and pilot products in a timely manner for the customers
  • Identify what the company needs and what the company doesn’t need
  • Introduce first time right principles, reducing the time to market
  • Balance the number of new projects launched with productivity
  • Emphasizing the importance of safety, quality, cost, delivery and people in everything they do
  • Enjoy taking on complex and sustainable technology
  • Capable of handling and motivating a multicultural workforce
  • An inspiration leader who people want to work for and to work with to deliver excellent results as an organization
  • Market Focus

    Beyonder holds a significant market opportunity in chosen niche markets by providing unique solutions to problems clients sometimes have not identified yet. The ideal candidate is able to even increase this focus through:

  • Staying close to customers and to elevate the discussions from R&D to business topics
  • Looking at what technologies the company currently has, making an analysis of Beyonder’s strengths and weaknesses in the eyes of (potential) customers
  • Identifying new segments of the economies in which Beyonder’s technologies can add value
  • Taking into account aspects such as cost competitiveness and time to market as an integral part of the Stage Gate model
  • Daring to think beyond traditional technologies, potentially being disruptive and being able to back the disruption with data and analysis
  • People Leadership

    Takes full responsibility for the development of people and building high performing teams in an organization that has identified people development as a key driver for future success by:

  • Being a sparring partner, a good team player and add value to the Management team
  • Communicate with relevant Universities, research institutions and other stakeholders to en-sure we can fill the company with the right competencies
  • Appointing the right people in the right positions
  • Develop and execute plans to develop people in a structured and focused manner
  • Facilitate communications between various teams, enabling people to profit from each other’s experience and knowledge and inspire collaboration
  • Transformation

    Capture & structure the existing R&D know-how and bridging the existing gaps with pragmatic solutions in an organization that is undergoing a strong scale-up of its organization through:

  • Establish and develop a rolling R&D and engineering roadmap for the Company in close collabo-ration with all relevant internal stakeholders, and the R&D Manager in particular
  • Challenge the status quo, seduce people to look at disruptive solutions that can be made from the current portfolio of technologies

Personal qualifications

  • Able to cope with the lack of structure in a scale-up company, but probably too independent and entrepreneurial for a large corporate
  • Independent and self-motivated. Has a pragmatic and self-supporting attitude. Curious, open-minded, looking outside the box
  • Organized, has the capability to digest information, yet able to take decisions with often scarce data (analysis) when necessary
  • Is able to work under tight deadlines, has the ability to balance multiple competing priorities and handle objections constructively
  • Willing to travel
  • Willing to work the hours required to succeed

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