R&D Materials Process Team Leader

Purpose of the Job:

The primary purpose of this role is to lead a team of highly skilled and knowledgeable scientists and technicians developing the next generation of Ceres Power’s core technology. Your team will provide expert advice into projects regarding materials processing and selection. They will also be involved in innovating and developing the next generation of materials processes for new energy devices from TRL/MRL 1 to 6. Core areas of expertise will include screen print ink formulation, printing, ceramic sintering and densification, sol-gel and colloid formulation and other thin film formation techniques. You will be responsible for ensuring that projects are properly resourced, and that the team provide high quality work. Your goal will be to develop the team to be world class scientists and engineers.

To grasp this opportunity, you will have to demonstrate that you have the potential to be a dynamic, determined, confident and enthusiastic leader. 

Key Accountabilities:

  • Line management of 6 to 8 highly qualified scientists/engineers/technicians in the Process team.
  • Supporting project managers with effort estimation at the project planning stage.
  • Allocating work and tracking resource utilisation levels across the team.
  • Recruiting new staff and contracting technical expertise externally where required.
  • Defining, updating and tracking metrics for the team performance.
  • Ensuring that team output is at the highest quality level.
  • Coaching, training and supporting the team in their work.
  • Ensuring that the resources required by the team are in place, properly maintained, up-to-date and efficient.
  • Supporting, developing and managing the relationships of the team with the rest of the business.


Qualifications, Knowledge, and Experience:

  • A deep technical understanding and curiosity for materials processing techniques particularly relating to SOFC and similar new energy applications.
  • 10+ years of relevant experience in the field after completion of a materials science or related degree.
  • At least 2 years in a team management or leading position with line management responsibility.
  • Demonstrable leadership skills: able to provide motivation, direction, coaching. Leading by example.
  • Experience of coaching and development of scientific and transferable skills.
  • Experience of leading technical projects.
  • Understanding of and practised user of 6-sigma statistical tools.
  • Experience in leading complex, problem resolution activities.
  • Excellent communicator: capable of making concise summaries and building and maintaining effective relationships.

Internal and External Relationships

  • Daily contact with team members, Head of Energy Materials and project managers.
  • Working closely with the rest of the Energy Materials team to coordinate activities.
  • Developing and maintaining strong relationships with the other functional leaders within the business.
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with external experts in materials processing.
  • Working with the IP team to codify and maintain relevant IP and contracts.
  • Intermittent contact with the CTO, Director of Products and Director of Projects.

We welcome applications from candidates who are also fluent in Korean, Mandarin, Chinese or German as well as from those who have experience of working or living within these countries and cultures.


Applications from candidates outside the UK will be considered.  However, all offers of employment will be subject to meeting UK Right-to-Work legislation.


Deadline for applications:  28 March 2021