Head OF/ Director R&D E-bike Drive

For our client, a well-known & highly innovative e-bike engine manufacturer that is used by the world's leading bicycle brands, we are looking for a Head OF/Director R&D (m/f/d).

Purpose of the job:

  • Analyze and challenge the current R&D structure, processes landscape. Built and hire benchmark R&D Department within the industry.

  • Set up the R&D targets in close alignment with the product management team and ensure the successful development and target achievement.

  • Responsible for the team leader of the functional organization (mechanic, electronics, system, testing/validation, prototyping) as well as the project /products teams. (Full system, drive units, batteries, HMI/accessories)

  • Ensure a sustainable/quality product acting aligned with preventive quality.

  • Ensure sufficient R&D support to quality for 0km and field claims.

  • Ensure the successful development of the products.

  • Support communication to clients as well common development projects with strategic partners.

  • Ensure sufficient work with suppliers to guaranty the development quality.

  • Responsible for setting up and managed the R&D budget.

  • Ensure the R&D Support for the production ramp up.

Main Accountabilities:

  • Responsible for overseeing the entire development process of new products within an organization, from the initial planning phase to implementation or production.

  • Keep track of all the costs related to the creation of these new products.

  • Make sure the company is up-to-date and current with the most advanced R&D developments.

  • Support implementation of mindset, processes, methods, tools and tasks to accomplish APQP, ASPICE Level III and PDP activities, agile methodology.

  • Responsible of IP processes. Promoting the usage of IP activities along development processes.

  • Tracking optimization and balancing of resources versus workload, providing transparency and rationality to Management/Controlling/HR.

  • Development and validation team working from different locations all over Europe.

  • Coordination with production facilities (Europe and China)

  • Global coordination of Suppliers and Development Partners mainly in Asia

Technical competencies:

  • University Degree in Engineering or similar

  • Minimum 10 years experience + experience in a similar position, preferably in automotive or bike industry & an international environment

  • Experienced Team Leader (Team Lead up to 100 people)

  • Technology Knowledge & Innovation Driven

  • Strategic Mindset as well as Hand-On Mentality

  • Superb experience/ knowledge of Design, Engineering, and development

  • Fluent in English, further languages are a Plus

  • High Intercultural Competence

  • High (e) Bike Affinity


  • Highly attractive position in an innovative company

  • a very attractive salary package

  • Relocation package

  • Possible promotion to Director and C-Level in the near future

  • Exciting products

  • And much more!

Have we aroused your interest? Then send us your comprehensive application to daniel@bicitalent.com stating your earliest possible starting date and your salary expectations.