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Contribute to the development of innovative energy storage solutions

Our client, the company Leclanché, designs, develops and manufactures customised energy storage solutions for electricity generation and transmission, mass transportation, heavy industrial machines and specialty battery systems. With over a century of experience in battery research and manufacturing, Leclanché is a fully vertically integrated battery energy storage solution provider and the only European manufacturer of both power and energy lithiumion battery cells. Leclanché provides the most effective energy storage solutions for electric vehicles, home, grid and microgrid applications. To further develop its innovative products and engineering services, we are looking for a dynamic and experienced 

Chief Engineer - Specialty Batteries

In this challenging position, you will be the technical reference in this area and responsible for managing a team of internal engineers and third-party contractors to develop solutions that meet customer requirements for diverse applications, in particular in the AGV and microgrid sectors.

Main responsibilities

  • Management of the internal engineering team and third-party contractors
  • Analysis of complex customer projects to identify key technical requirements leading to optimal solution design and price setting
  • Responsibility for the full engineering process of hardware and software solutions, from design to production
  • Support for applications engineers in preparing the quotes
  • Delivery of input/requirements for product and feature development roadmap related to specialty batteries
  • Close collaboration with the product development team and procurement for third party products
  • Performance of continuous technology and competitive intelligence

Your profile

  • Master’s degree in electrical or electronical engineering
  • Proven experience in designing lithium-ion batteries
  • Strong knowledge and experience in project management and systems development, particularly in robotics, medical or military sectors
  • Solid understanding of mechanical, electrical, electronic and software concepts
  • Knowledge of CE, ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and MIL-STD standards
  • Experience in managing a team of engineers (internal and external)
  • Sense of ownership for all aspects of the projects
  • Ability to listen to and understand customer’s challenges and requirements
  • Strong communication skills, customer-oriented
  • Pragmatic, solutions-driven, strong problem-solving skills, focused on results
  • Flexibility and adaptability to change
  • Ability to work in a multicultural/multinational environment
  • Negotiation skills with customers and subcontractors
  • Strong documentation and writing skills
  • Capable of handling multiple simultaneous projects
  • Business-oriented, frequent travel required to meet customers
  • Languages: French and English, German a strong asset
If you are interested in this challenge and recognise yourself in this profile, do not hesitate to call us for additional information or to send us your complete application by email. The position is based in Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland. 

  • Job title Chief Engineer - Specialty Batteries
  • Sector Electrical engineering / Electronics / Optics
  • Occupational group Project Management / Engineering
  • Region Vaud / Fribourg
  • reference number 3456.VD
  • Your consultant
    Jacques Laurent (JL)
    Jacques Laurent - jacques.laurent(at)
    Engineering Management Selection E.M.S. AG
    18, avenue d'Ouchy, 1006 Lausanne
    Tel. +41 21 613 70 00

„Hiking in the mountains during summer and winter, as well as cycling excursions, help me recharge and increase the levels of endurance and perseverance that are useful in my professional activities.“

Jacques Laurent

Tel. +41 21 613 70 00

Education & Experience

Dr Ing. EPFL in materials science; MBA HEC. Development, management, promotion, consulting and financing of businesses and innovative projects. Director and project manager of R&D within a multinational corporation active in food packaging in Switzerland and the US; CEO of a tech start-up; managing director of the EPFL Innovation Park; investment consultant for private equity and infrastructures for private investors and institutions, as well as consulting for business strategies and innovation. In-depth expertise in business and technology within French-speaking Switzerland.

Jacques Laurent
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