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Chief Engineer

Salary: Competitive
Location: Hethel, Norwich

You will lead the Engineering Team in developing our future Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) products based on second life Electric Vehicle (EV) battery packs.

The Chief Engineer will lead the Engineering Team in developing our future Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) products based on second life Electric Vehicle (EV) battery packs. As we grow our partnerships with various vehicle manufacturers, there will be various product development streams to manage simultaneously with internal stakeholders and external strategic partners.

About Us

Connected Energy is leading the way in developing battery energy storage solutions. We are one of only a handful of energy storage companies worldwide that have developed the technology to use second-life electric vehicle batteries as an energy store. Our product is changing how businesses manage their energy and we have systems in operation on commercial sites across the UK and Europe.

With several strategic investors, including Engie, Sumitomo, Macquarie, Volvo Energy, Caterpillar Ventures, and Mercuria the company is scaling up our operations fast and developing a new product range on an industrial scale.

We are in a major period of growth and expanding fast so this is a great time to join us and become part of our exciting journey.

Role Overview

The Chief Engineer will lead the Engineering Team in developing our future Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) products based on second life Electric Vehicle (EV) battery packs.

As we grow our partnerships with various vehicle manufacturers, there will be various product development streams to manage simultaneously with internal stakeholders and external strategic partners.

The role will have the ownership of the various product phases: definition and concept, detailed design, testing & validation, and certification; ensuring the successful delivery of the technical projects in line with the agreed timeline, budget and KPIs.

It is a unique opportunity to join Connected Energy at the time when the business is growing to deliver our next generation of products, collaborating with international vehicle manufacturers. You will be at the forefront of an emerging industry, leaving a lasting impact on the future of energy storage.

Main Activities / Responsibilities

  • Project ownership of grid-scale energy storage systems, using second life EV packs, managing it from specification through design, prototype, validation, and manufacturing.
  • Collaborate with a team of Innovation, HW & SW engineers to transition designs from prototypes to production units.
  • Regularly comparing project target costs to actual, conducting scheduled financial meetings, and attending the steering committee of the project.
  • Managing the project’s finances to ensure it stays on budget.
  • Ensuring that BoM targets are achieved and rigorously enforced to reduce costs for future iterations and improvements.
  • Collaborating with suppliers/project partners to ensure on-time, quality delivery.
  • Make critical choices in major component selection.
  • Designing a system for ease of installation and understanding how this impacts the overall engineering system.
  • Develop comprehensive functional and non-functional requirements at the system level.
  • Oversee the review and approval of system, subsystems, and component requirements.
  • Defining, maintaining, and enforcing good engineering practices within the Engineering Team.
  • Demonstrating expertise in quality and reliability within electronic engineering principles.
  • Creating and maintaining all pertinent technical and project management documentation, including requirements, specifications, DFMEA, test plans, and project plans.
  • Possessing a strong grasp of mechatronics engineering, with experience in electrical engineering.

Person Specification

Must demonstrate:

  • MSc level in Electrical Engineering.
  • Demonstrated experience in the complete product lifecycle, from inception, to product launch.
  • Experience in power electronics, BESS and/or EV mobility.
  • Experience in Electrical Design Engineering, both High Voltage & Low Voltage.
  • Exposure to Software Engineering and Control Strategy.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading a multidisciplinary team of engineers to deliver complex hardware & software projects.
  • Strong self-motivation and ability to effectively collaborate within a team.
  • Strong organisation & leadership skills.
  • Strong communication and presentation skills.

Desirable:

  • Prior involvement in the fields of energy storage.
  • Knowledge of BESS compliance requirements (CE marking, UL9540A etc…).

What We Value

Our values are core to our business and define our company, our people, and how we work. We look for people who share our values.

Here are some of the qualities that we look for in our people:

  • Innovators: you’ll be able to think outside the box, always looking to find the best solution.
  • Ambitious: we think big and look for people who are happy to think independently and use their initiative to help us to become a global leader in our field.
  • Sustainability-minded: you’ll have a passion for making the world a better place with an interest in green technology.
  • Collaborative: you’ll be a team player and willing to establish partnerships within the business and with our partners.
  • Trusted: always acting with integrity, transparency and with respect for others.
  • Adaptable: you’ll also be comfortable with change in a fast-paced environment.

Equal Opportunities

As an equal opportunities’ employer, we do not discriminate based on any protected attribute. Our commitment is to provide equal opportunities in an inclusive work environment.

Connected Energy is conscious that some groups of people, especially women, are statistically less likely to apply for a role if they feel they do not fully meet the requirements. If you like what we do, align with our values and think that you can do the job well, regardless of whether you meet 100% of the job requirements, the Connected Energy team would encourage you to apply.

Employee Benefits

As well as the opportunity to be part of a growing, global, clean technology business, our additional benefits include:

A company-matched pension, health care cash plan, income protection, an EV car and bike scheme, share options, and a great environment to work in.

VISA Sponsorship

Connected Energy is happy to consider VISA sponsorship options throughout our recruitment process.

Candidates should make clear their right to work and VISA status upon application to our hiring team.

Apply Now

Email your CV and covering letter quoting the job title in the subject to: cvs@connected-energy.co.uk