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Head of Applications & Test

Recruiter: Consilium Recruit
Location: Reading
Salary: £80,000 - £100,000
Application date: 4th Dec 2018

A leading sustainable battery materials company which is committed to investing in new technologies for automotive platforms are looking for a Head of Applications and Testing to support product development, process scale-up and operational automotive quality requirements.

The Role

Build-out and lead existing multi-site Application Testing team; accountable for the User Requirement Specifications for the Application Centre Capital expansion plan (incl. multi-scale electrode formation, battery assembly and testing)
Evolve internal analytical and electrochemical Quality Control procedures to achieve best-in-class; champion importance to product commercialisation with a rigorous, traceable and timeline-conscious mindset
Collaborate closely with the Commercial and Product development teams to determine customer requirements and coordinate Application testing-associated activities. Responsible for ensuring that testing methodologies minimise programme shoot-out iterations by seeking parity with customer testing standards
Support the Commercial team as a technical expert and coordinate the Application teams` support of customers to steward successful handling of BM products
Interact closely with the Technology Leadership team to facilitate commercialisation of new products and processes
Lead ideation sessions, define innovation programmes and drive successful execution to build competitive advantage in Application Testing in line with business Playbook and NPI requirements
Lead the development of best-in-class tools to bridge the gap between measured material properties and target on-board battery performance; leverage as a customer-facing tool
Support the Technology and Business Development Director to evolve the Technology Roadmap; emphasis on performance bench-marking and view on value-add technology steps in the battery materials value chain

The Candidate

Advanced technical degree required, preferably a Ph.D. in a related field
Demonstrable experience in a business environment proving out the multi-scale performance attributes of battery materials, preferably lithium-ion, for real-world Applications (automotive will be viewed as advantageous); must act as an expert for the business and be recognised in the field
Understanding of the scope of a staged roadmap for building tools (experimental and modelling) to bridge the gap between measured material properties and target on-board battery performance
Experience building competencies and managing high-performing technical teams; preferably multi-site and global
Experience interacting with external customers; track record of achieving best-in-class results in customer testing will be viewed as advantageous
Ability to travel both domestically and internationally to support multi-site operations and customers

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