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SENIOR ENGINEERING MANAGER, UTILITY-SCALE ENERGY STORAGE

Location: Frankfurt, Germany

Hyperion Executive Search has been exclusively retained to recruit a senior engineering manager for LG Chem’s utility-scale battery business.

The company

LG Chem is a globally diversified chemical company which manufactures a wide range of products, from petrochemical goods to high-value added plastics.

The company extends its chemical expertise into high-tech areas such as electronic materials and rechargeable batteries.

Since 1947, LG Chem has strengthened its global presence in the petrochemical industry by expanding business based on acrylonitrile butadiene styrene and PVC from premium products to daily commodities.

Subsequently, in the 1990s, LG Chem commercialised polarizers used in liquid-crystal displays and has firmly maintained a number-one position in the global market by continuous investment in research and development.

With significant market share in consumer, automotive and stationary applications, LG Chem is also one of the world’s largest lithium-ion battery manufacturers.

Its products power electronic gadgets, electric vehicles and energy storage systems (ESS). LG Chem is leading the global ESS market with successes in various ESS projects, and its track record is rapidly growing.

LG Chem’s ESS battery manufacturing applies stack and folding technology to create high energy density and compactness.

It batteries maintain stable structure against frequent charging and discharging, with superior lifespan compared to competitors.

The role

The senior engineering manager will be responsible for providing leadership on all technical aspects of the company’s ESS business for grid-scale systems, to customers and channel partners within Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

Priority will be given to tasks aimed at establishing new and developing existing customer accounts, especially with large electric utilities and independent project developers.

The position will combine an individual contributor role with leadership of a growing engineering support team to be established in Frankfurt.

The individual must be able to identify clients’ needs, generate solutions and lead all technical aspects of proposal preparation, bid clarification, contract negotiation and project implementation.

This requires the individual to:

  • Have a balanced blend of technical and commercial capabilities and experience.
  • Be capable of establishing and nurturing effective relationships with customers’ technical specialists, influencers and decision makers.
  • Work in a fast-paced, team-oriented, global business.

Responsibilities

The successful candidate will be comfortable working within the company’s European organisation, with specialised technical support from LG Chem’s Korea-based associates.

The primary responsibilities of the senior engineering manager include:

  • Engaging with customers’ technical and project personnel to fully understand project requirements and objectives, in conjunction with LG Chem Europe’s sales personnel.
  • Generating technical proposals, including optimising battery capacity (size and cost), with support as required from LG Chem specialist personnel in Korea.
  • Leading technical communications with customers during all pre- and post-bid phases of the proposal, including bid clarification requests and contract negotiations.
  • Providing in-country technical support to customers and LG Chem Europe personnel in the event of operational issues at existing installations.
  • Creating and developing highly effective relationships with customers’ and project partners’ technical staff.
  • Developing an understanding of competing energy storage technologies and using this knowledge to inform clients of LG Chem’s competitive advantages and value propositions.
  • Leading the recruitment efforts for hiring additional engineering team members.

The person

  • A professional, highly motivated individual with a strong results-oriented work ethic.
  • A strong team player who thrives in a role that requires significant personal contributions and depends on the successful collaboration between European and Korea-based team members.
  • With strong leadership skills; a mentor to new hires while fulfilling an individual contributor role.
  • Having excellent organisational and time-management skills, able to work with a minimum of supervision.
  • Comfortable working beyond normal office hours as required to meet customer expectations; an ability to travel extensively (approximately 30% of the time) throughout the assigned territory.

Qualifications

The successful candidate will possess:

  • A minimum of five years’ work experience in a technical role.
  • Knowledge of energy storage technologies, preferably lithium-ion batteries, including an understanding of their characteristics, differentiators and advantages.
  • A proven record of providing specialist technical services within the energy industry. Experience of engaging with electric utilities, project developers and technical consultants would be highly desirable.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and presentation communication skills.
  • English language (mandatory); Korean, German or another European language would be a plus.
  • A bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, in a technical discipline (chemical, mechanical or electrical engineering preferred).

The opportunity

For the successful candidate, this is an opportunity to become a major contributor to LG Chem’s success within EMEA, with potential for substantial growth in responsibilities as the company’s organisation in Europe expands.

For a full job description and a confidential conversation please apply or contact Ross Hoare or David Hunt at Hyperion Executive Search.

 

SAFETY AND QUALITY DIRECTOR 

Hyperion Executive Search has been exclusively retained to recruit this exciting new role for Fluence in Germany.

Job description

We are seeking people for our team who thrive in a fast-paced environment, are ready to grow with the company, and willing to demonstrate deep ownership of their work as we continue to build the most resilient, clean and cost-effective power system.

In this job, you will report to the chief operating officer and be responsible for driving the thinking, programme development and culture around safety and quality management.

To do this, we need a person with practical, hands-on experience in field and production work, the capability to lead high-impact programme implementation and the interpersonal skills to motivate behavioural changes.

Responsibilities

Develop standards:

  • Work with project, construction and service managers to develop safety standards and quality review programmes.
  • Work with the technology team to review safety and quality standards in product development. Serve as a proactive team member for the elimination of risks in design and production where possible.
  • Lead the Fluence Safety Committee to develop company-wide safety standards that represent industry best practices and comply with applicable regulations.

Lead implementation:

  • Initiate and lead programs to create a sustainable, world-class safety and quality culture. Communicate and engage people at all levels and roles in safety and quality.
  • Develop and conduct training on a variety of topics related to safety and quality programs, initiatives and awareness.
  • Lead activities related to achieving or maintaining ISO or other certifications.
  • Analyse trends, identify and build action plans to improve safety and quality initiatives, and present recommendations to chief operating officer and other Fluence leaders.

Maintain and improve:

  • Conduct or oversee the investigation of work-related incidents, ensuring complete reporting and recommendations for remedial action.
  • Perform energy site inspections in conjunction with project and service managers.
  • Identify non-compliance issues and proactively work with team to recommend/implement corrective actions on potential health and safety hazards.
  • Prepare and maintain budgets related to safety and quality initiatives.
  • Maintain a system of record for safety and quality initiatives.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, industrial management, safety or a quality-related discipline from an accredited college or university.
  • Minimum of five years of leadership in field, production or other relevant area of experience, in electric power, construction or manufacturing. Experience with battery energy storage projects a plus.
  • Five to 10 years of experience in safety technical areas such as fall protection, lockout-tagout; electrical (arc flash, personal protective equipment, troubleshooting, high voltage); flame-resistant protective clothing requirements, grounding and bonding, confined space entry; and hot work permitting; trenching and excavation; scaffolding; craning, hoisting and rigging, conducting hazard assessments, incident investigations, developing hazard control programmes and developing and publishing written safety and compliance programmes.
  • In-depth knowledge of Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations (federal and applicable state programmes), enforcement directives and American National Standards Institute, National Fire Protection Association, Association Advancing Occupational and Environmental Health and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health consensus standards.
  • Ability to effectively communicate, build relationships across levels and functions, and influence at all levels of an organisation.
  • Global leadership skills and the ability to champion change, enlist the support of others and handle conflict in a constructive way.
  • Ability to manage, lead and coordinate multiple projects at once.

Behaviours and outlook

  • Willing to exemplify the Fluence values: responsible, agile, leading and fun.
  • A great teammate, always willing to help and ready to collaborate with others.
  • With demonstrated examples of ownership over your work and the ability to influence others.
  • Able to create value by understanding overall business objectives, and willing to be judged on your contributions.
  • Able to travel 10% to 25% of the time.
  • With good written and spoken English; German writing or speaking a strong positive, additional language skills are additive.

 

ENERGY STORAGE COMMISSIONING ENGINEER

Location: Erlangen, Germany

Hyperion Executive Search has been exclusively retained to recruit this exciting new role for Fluence in Germany.

The company

Fluence, a Siemens and AES company, is a leading global energy storage technology solutions and services company that combines the agility of a fast-growing technology company with the expertise, vision, and financial backing of two industry powerhouses.

Building on the pioneering work of AES Energy Storage and Siemens energy storage, Fluence’s goal is to create a more sustainable future by transforming the way we power our world.

The company offers proven energy storage technology solutions designed to address the diverse needs and challenges of customers in a rapidly transforming energy landscape, providing design, delivery and integration in more than 160 countries.

Fluence works closely with customers throughout their journey and provides advisory, financing and project lifecycle services.

Summary

Fluence seeks an energy storage commissioning engineer to drive energy storage project commissioning and to support project delivery.

Responsibilities

The energy storage commissioning engineer will:

  • Commission Fluence projects working in cooperation with multiple project stakeholders including construction managers, balance-of-plant contractors, equipment suppliers, telecommunication teams, control systems teams, etc.
  • Develop and execute commissioning plans including resourcing and scheduling.
  • Lead commissioning effort to achieve commercial operations and handover from the delivery/construction teams to the operations and maintenance team for each project.
  • Define, develop and execute testing protocols based on market rules, local utility requirements, off-taker contract terms and conditions and third-party supply contracts for projects going into commissioning.
  • Oversee complete commissioning and performance acceptance testing of the following systems: 1) project networks, communications and control systems; 2) balance of plant relay protection, metering, HVAC, fire suppression and electrical systems; 3) battery subsystem; 4) inverter subsystem.
  • Perform electricity market and/or off-taker qualification testing as required for the project to begin commercial operations.
  • Report on commissioning execution as needed, and capture lessons learned to successively improve commissioning processes and documentation.
  • Support Fluence projects in operations as a subject matter expert in the areas of communications, control system and remote troubleshooting.

Qualifications

Undergraduate degree in electrical engineering with least four year’s professional work experience in a related field such as construction, commissioning, project management, performance testing and troubleshooting.

Knowledge and experience with SCADA protocols such as IEC60870-5-101/-103/-104, IEC 61850 MMS, DNP3 and Modbus.

Working knowledge of PLC (Siemens S7 & Allen Bradley ControlLogix PLC), soft logic IEC 61131, SEL relays and meters, Siemens relays and meters and SCADA gateways and data concentrators.

Experience with managed Ethernet switches and fibre and serial media converters.

Proven success on challenging projects where you made key contributions while demonstrating ownership, creativity and initiative.

Demonstrated ability and interest in engineering design; ability to write specifications and work plans for others to implement.

Passion for your work and communication skills such that your passion motivates colleagues, clients, suppliers and contractors.

Effective in a collaborative yet informally structured work environment. Desire to take responsibility and initiative. Proven capability in managing contractors and working in a matrix organisation on fast-moving projects.

Fluent in written and spoken English and German. Solid skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.

For a full job description and a confidential conversation please apply or contact Ross Hoare or David Hunt at Hyperion Executive Search.

 

SENIOR EMBEDDED SOFTWARE DEVELOPER

Location: Erlangen, Germany

Hyperion Executive Search has been exclusively retained to recruit this exciting new role for Fluence in Germany.

Über Fluence

Energiespeicher sind der entscheidende Baustein, um Energienetze zu stützen und das Versprechen auf kostengünstige erneuerbare Energien zu verwirklichen.

Fluence wurde von Siemens und AES, zwei Industriegiganten und Energiespeicher-Pionieren, mit dem Ziel gegründet, die globale Energiewende zu beschleunigen und zu gestalten.

Fluence vereint technologische Kompetenz, einzigartige Erfahrung auf dem Energiespeichermarkt und eine globale Reichweite, um bewährte und wettbewerbsfähige Energiespeichersysteme für eine sich schnell wandelnde Branche anzubieten.

Mit mehr als 10 Jahren Erfahrung, der weltweit größten installierten Kapazität von Energiespeicher-Projekten, einer globalen Reichweite in mehr als 160 Ländern und einem umfassenden Angebot an Technologien und Dienstleistungen rund um Energiespeicher, steht Fluence bereit, Netzbetreiber, Stromerzeuger und gewerbliche Großverbraucher zu unterstützen.

Ihr neues Aufgabenfeld: herausfordernd und zukunftsorientiert

  • In dieser Funktion verantworten Sie die Konzeption, Programmierung, Dokumentation und Pflege von Embedded Software Aufgabenpaketen für Umrichtersysteme von stationären Energiespeichern.
  • Sie führen komplexe Anforderungsanalysen eigenständig durch und nehmen die Planung und Abschätzung der resultierenden Aufgabenpakete als Grundlage des Pflichtenheftes selbständig vor.
  • Die Erstellung von Spezifikationen, Realisierungskonzepte und Designunterlagen liegen in Ihrer Verantwortung.
  • Sie arbeiten eigenverantwortlich an der softwaretechnischen Umsetzung von Software-Modulen und sind damit verantwortlich für Design, Implementierung und Test von Softwarekomponenten für den Einsatz in einer echtzeitgeprägten Embedded Umgebung.
  • Die Verantwortung für die Softwarepflege, -dokumentation sowie Betreuung des gesamten Aufgabenpaketes liegt bei Ihnen.
  • Sie wirken bei Softwareintegrations- und Systemtests mit und sind beteiligt an der Inbetriebnahme im Labor sowie bei Pilotkunden.

Ihre Qualifikationen: fundiert und adäquat

  • Sie verfügen über ein erfolgreich absolviertes Hochschulstudium der Fachrichtung Informatik, Elektrotechnik oder einer anderen technischen Naturwissenschaft mit einer Regelstudienzeit ≥ 4 Jahre.
  • Langjährige Berufserfahrung im Bereich Softwareentwicklung für Control Systems / Embedded Systems im industriellen Umfeld wird vorausgesetzt.
  • Sie können sehr gute Kenntnisse in der Softwareerstellung für Embedded Systems und in zugehörigen Engineering Tools vorweisen.
  • Ein versierter Umgang mit den Programmiersprachen C, C++ und C# ist erforderlich.
  • Sie verfügen über umfassende Kenntnisse in Echtzeitbetriebssystemen wie VxWorks.
  • Gute Simulationskenntnisse in Matlab/Simulink sowie in der Regelung von Umrichtersystemen ergänzen idealerweise Ihr Profil.
  • Ihre Deutsch- und Englischkenntnisse sind verhandlungssicher in Wort und Schrift.
  • Eine positive Grundeinstellung, strukturierte und engagierte Arbeitsweise, hohe Motivation und Begeisterung sind für Sie selbstverständlich.
  • Methodisches Vorgehen, Teamfähigkeit und Eigeninitiative runden Ihr Profil ab.

For a full job description and a confidential conversation please apply or contact Ross Hoare or David Hunt at Hyperion Executive Search.

 

HEAD OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT: FLEXIBILITY

Hyperion Executive Search have been exclusively retained to recruit this Head of Business Development role for Ylem Energy’s new flexibility offering, based in Manchester, UK.

The company

Ylem Energy Ltd is one of the world’s leading independent power generation experts, specialising in landfill gas and biogas to energy projects in the UK, Europe, South Africa and Mexico.

With a proven track record of delivering successful projects in this space, Ylem is now intending to deploy large scale battery energy storage systems (BESS).

They will be both co-hosted with existing landfill gas generation projects in front of the meter, as well as deploying batteries in behind-the-meter opportunities in support of customers seeking to gain benefit from demand-side response products.

As an initial venture into the area of flexible technology, Ylem has a portfolio of existing landfill gas projects with electrical grid connectivity now available for connection to energy storage systems.

Additional to battery-based energy storage opportunities, Ylem will also be monitoring and responding to market-led opportunities which emerge more widely within the UK energy sector.

Ylem Energy has long tradition of self-financing, both at the initial capital stage and throughout the project life cycle in support of operational service and support requirements.

This flexible approach is important to ensure small-to-medium-scale projects, typical of the type developed by Ylem, can be financed quickly without third-party involvement which would slow the process and perhaps become a barrier to the development of certain projects.

Ylem builds, owns and operates projects for the long term and as such its one-stop-shop solution benefits all concerned.

The role

With Ylem’s move into the flexible technology space, it is seeking a commercial leader who will be responsible for finding new market opportunities and securing commercial contracts.

You will work closely with the technical and finance teams to generate compelling businesses cases for flexible technologies and work to close these opportunities. You will be technologically and commercial savvy and will be responsible for:

  • Identifying and accessing new market opportunities
  • Technical modelling of the BESS financial models
  • Research into future energy market opportunities, e.g. frequency response (EFR, FFR), capacity market, triad avoidance and arbitrage and reporting this back to the business
  • Energy forecasts for BESS assets using latest market information
  • Monitoring of National Grid and Ofgem market rules and regulations and product updates
  • Keeping up to date with technical and regulatory requirements related the National Grid’s capacity market and frequency response products and auction processes
  • Technical liaison with the company’s electricity aggregators to ensure systems deployed are optimised so that maximum value can be derived
  • Finding and developing appropriate sites for long-term flexibility opportunities
  • Representing the company at industry events

The person: experience and competencies

The successful candidate will have:

  • A proven track record of identifying new opportunities and closing deals in the energy sector
  • Strong business development skills and an ability to work with a range of clients offering a range of solutions
  • A good understanding of demand-side response solutions
  • An excellent understanding of the electricity system
  • Experience of negotiating complex commercial contracts
  • Excellent verbal communication and presentation skills
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • An energetic personality, self-driven and highly motivated to succeed

The opportunity

This is an excellent opportunity to play a pivotal role in the development of an exciting new area for a very well-established and successful business. You will have the freedom to create new opportunities and to help shape the flexibility business for Ylem.

The energy storage sector is set for enormous growth in the coming years for both front-of and behind-the-meter opportunities and Ylem is exceptionally well placed to take advantage of this. It has a strong team of experts capable of becoming a market leader for delivering flexible energy systems.

For a full job description and a confidential conversation please apply or contact Ross Hoare or David Hunt at Hyperion Executive Search.

 

 

HEAD OF NEW MARKETS, based in London, UK

Hyperion Executive Search has been retained to recruit this exciting opportunity for Arenko.

The company

Arenko was founded in 2014 to become the dominant player in the global energy storage market. Since then, we have built a world-class team. Arenko is growing rapidly in the emerging energy storage sector and has been operating live assets since mid 2016. Similarly, we have larger, grid-scale assets in construction.

The Arenko team is based in a Notting Hill mews, London, UK, with Portobello Road just around the corner. This vibrant area has access to lots of cafes, shops and restaurants where Arenko socials regularly take place.

Whilst joining a social and hard-working team, you could also have access to two of the most prestigious employee competitions of all time: The Golden Spatula and the Arenko Bake Off.

At Arenko we value motivated, flexible people who are team players and willing to change the status quo. Arenko is a fun, inclusive and fast-paced environment. Team members are self-motivated, enthusiastic and take a collaborative approach to help the business develop and grow.

For a full job description and a confidential conversation please apply or contact Ross Hoare or David Hunt at Hyperion Executive Search..

 

 

HEAD OF BATTERY DEVELOPMENT

Location: Nordhausen, Germany

Hyperion Executive Search has been exclusively retained to recruit this exciting new opportunity for EAS Batteries GmbH.

The company

EAS Batteries is a German producer of high-quality, large cylindrical lithium-ion cells and batteries. The company has a manufacturing site in Nordhausen as well as offices in Hamburg and Frankfurt.

EAS is one of the only fully integrated lithium-ion battery manufacturers in Germany. EAS specialises in high-power battery solutions that help drive the transition to the decarbonisation of stationary and mobile energy applications.

This technology can address many niche high-power applications and meet the very high requirements for reliability and safety which many applications demand in areas such as aerospace, defence, marine and public transportation.

In June 2017, EAS Batteries became part of the Monbat AD Group. Monbat is listed on the Bulgarian stock exchange and is the largest battery producer in eastern Europe, specialising in lead-acid batteries.

It was established in 1958 and boasts a wealth of battery expertise and financial stability.

Monbat has invested significant funds into EAS, to upscale the existing production capacity, developing state-of-the-art facilities and commercialising newly developed cell technologies.

To support the expansion of the company and to prepare significant increases in capacity in a dynamically growing marketplace, EAS is now looking for a Head of Battery Development.

The role

EAS has built a strong reputation for high-quality lithium-ion cells. A key part of the company’s development is to provide full battery solutions.

The Head of Battery Development will play a crucial role in developing this new product range.

Responsibilities

  • Developing standard modules and standard batteries based on EAS cells
  • Developing battery production processes and upscaling capacity
  • Developing products for new applications and markets
  • Assembling and testing prototypes
  • Carrying out continuous improvements and updates to product lines
  • Supporting the company with customer advice and care regarding technical requirements
  • Liaising with the sales team and supporting the sales process
  • Leading and overseeing government-sponsored projects and development projects with European partners
  • Taking a leading role on battery safety
  • Representing the company at national and international fares

Experience and competencies

EAS is looking for a hands-on engineer to bring flexibility and new ideas to the company. EAS is a midsized company with a dedicated, entrepreneurial team.

Decisions can be made quickly and developments can be made at a speed not possible at larger organisations.

EAS is looking for a someone who is proactive, someone who understands what clients want and how to fulfil their requirements.

The Head of Battery Development needs to be passionate about new technologies, applications and markets, with:

  • A degree (Diploma or M.Sc.) in electrical engineering or a related subject
  • Extensive knowledge and hands-on experience of developing lithium-ion batteries
  • Knowledge of large high-voltage batteries: MWh scale, up to 1000V
  • Experience of high-voltage systems and high-voltage networks
  • Experience in the development and programming of battery management systems
  • Fluency in German and English, written and spoken
  • An entrepreneurial spirit
  • Great communication skills
  • A highly organised, motivated, self-starting attitude
  • Flexibility and the ability to manage multiple projects at once
  • Proactivity and initiative

The opportunity

This is a very important role with a dynamically growing, international enterprise.

You will have the freedom to develop a product portfolio in exciting niche applications, in areas including aviation, marine, defence and space, in fast-paced growing future markets.

With the recent investment from Monbat, EAS is at a very exciting time in its development, where it can take its technology to the next level. This will be driven by the Head of Battery Development.

If you are looking for a new challenge where you will have the autonomy to develop new battery solutions, this is the opportunity for you. Apply to at Hyperion Executive Search..

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ABOUT HYPERION

Hyperion Executive Search Ltd is a specialist recruiter within the clean energy, energy storage, e-mobility and cleantech markets. We help our clients achieve their strategic goals by helping them to attract, attain and retain the key talent they need.

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