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Technology Scouting Engineer Amsterdam Netherlands

Technology Scouting Engineer

Amsterdam | North Holland | Netherlands

About us

At Fontem Ventures our purpose is to deliver a better alternative to smokers around the world.

Fontem Ventures is an innovative consumer goods company, producing leading e-cigarette brands, as well as lifestyle energy products. Headquartered in Amsterdam, with more than 200 employees working across offices in Amsterdam and the USA and research labs in Hamburg and Beijing.

Fontem Ventures is dedicated to developing and growing a portfolio of innovative non-tobacco product opportunities in lifestyle consumer goods categories.

The role

The Technology Scout is responsible for identifying and evaluating unique advanced technology for potential collaboration with Innovation and commercial teams and leveraging their network to identify technologies that would positively influence existing products.

The technologies should be commercial grade (or scale-able to) and create consumer relevant ‘performance up’ or ‘cost down’ opportunities. The role will require an engineering background with experience of product development and launching new products.  The technologies typically are unique hardware, components or materials and collaboration partners can include universities and leading professors, research institutes and start-up companies

Key accountabilities

  • Identify emerging technologies and trends in strategic areas
  • Use desk/field research as well as personal networking with industry leaders to scout for tech companies in order to identify promising start-up companies and/or university research
  • Perform technical analysis of scouted companies to understand core strengths and developments
  • Present companies and explain technical aspects to different levels of stakeholders
  • Build relationship with international groups by understanding their motivators and strategic direction
  • Be the local project interface, towards third parties, and project manage each side to achieve success
  • Support technologies that you have identified and acquired by analysing technological and industrial trends and defining technologies and companies which the company needs to collaborate with and identifying the future development trends
  • Facilitate and support communication between teams located at HQ and local technology sources Essential
  • ongoing assessment of the implications of all regulations on the technology in our NGP portfolio (e.g. waste, poisons etc)
  • Work and establish partnerships with component suppliers
  • Dig into, understand and plan for regulatory or supply limitations of any components

Skills & experience

  • Minimum BS in electrical engineering or physics.
  • 5 years’ experience in design of electrical components for high volume product.
  • Must have an understanding of industry standards for Li-po battery safety, and good design practices.
  • Experienced with printed circuit board layout and fabrication practices.
  • A combination of business and technical background
  • Understanding about both user benefit/experience and market/technology trends
  • Network with VC’s, Start-ups, and Universities

What we offer

Next steps

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