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Job titleChief Technical Officer
Job typeAuto Innovation
Salary130,000 - 150,000 GBP
LocationUK East
Bonus PackageBonus and benefits
Job description

Are you an energetic and enthusiastic team leader? Our client is looking for a highly skilled Chief Technical Officer to join their team of global experts and lead their high growth company to become the leading designer and manufacturer of zero-emission, long-range hydrogen powered utility vehicles in the UK, EU and North America.  


The company 

First Hydrogen are a fast-developing company focused on developing zero-emission vehicles using innovative technology and partnerships. They have significant market advantage and cost reductions through a design and integration strategy using best of technology and a tried and tested chassis. They have a global influence, with growth in European and North American Markets, and are aiming to establish a leadership position in the design and commercialisation of hydrogen-powered vehicles. 


The role 

As a Chief Technical Officer, you will work closely with the CEO-Automotive to plan the technology and product vision for our client’s company. You’ll use your expertise to provide leadership and direction in all areas of technology, innovation, and engineering application across the whole product development cycle. 

Other responsibilities include: 

  • Delivering our client’s ambition to develop an all-new hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicle platform 

  • Leading the entire vehicle product development cycle  

  • Delivering to time, cost, quality, and functional objectives 

  • Developing long and short-term roadmaps to support the strategic plan 

  • Building, managing, and directing technical teams 

  • Creating a high energy and proactive environment using a hands-on management style 

  • Representing the company at an executive level to suppliers, partners, and investor 

  • Building relationships with both internal and external stakeholders 

  • Managing departmental and project processes including annual budgets 


The requirements 

You’ll have 10+ years’ experience in vehicle technology and product development, as well as: 

  • Degree level educated in a relevant subject 

  • Demonstrable experience in all-new vehicle concepts engineering, ideally in dedicated ZEV platforms 

  • Ideally multinational or global experience 

  • Awareness and experience of business operations and business strategy

  • Able to credibly engage with customers, suppliers, and investors 

  • Innovative and able to resolve challenges

  • Strong understanding of automotive product cost structures and processes to deliver cost targets 

  • Able to lead and empower teams in a fast-paced, technical environment 

  • Excellent flexibility and personal commitment 


Important information 

Reference number: 11318

FMC contact for this role: James B Watson ( 

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