VP of R&D at ZenRobotics

We offer you an interesting working environment right in the intersection of two global megatrends: the revolution of smart robotics technology and the global need for ecological efficiency.
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Enabling Circular Economy through smart automation and digitalization - do you have what it takes to drive the AI-powered robotic uprising and solve the world’s waste crisis?

ZenRobotics is the global pioneer in developing, manufacturing and implementing robotic solutions for the waste sorting and recycling industry. We are looking for a VP of R&D to lead our R&D operations and product development.

As the VP of R&D, your key responsibility is to manage our R&D team, from daily coaching to long-term competence development and provide your team with purpose and direction toward our shared vision. You are an open-minded team player, a strong organizer and executor as well a strategic thinker. Ideally, you are excited to work in a fast-paced international environment. 

Here’s what you’ll get to do:

  • Own our development roadmap and collaborate with various stakeholders to define and prioritize development work and follow-up with R&D teams to ensure high-quality on-time deliveries
  • Maintain and develop an agile and lean team structure and leadership model 
  • Contribute to strategic company planning as a key member of the management team
  • Develop our technology roadmap and foster innovation within the R&D teams
  • Plan and execute R&D product development, including teams, resources and schedules
  • Continuously improve product performance and the quality of installed units in close cooperation with our Operations team
  • Manage and monitor the R&D budget

To succeed, we expect you to have: 

  • Proven track record of developing physical products 
  • Good knowledge of product development processes for software, mechatronics and automation
  • Background in lean and agile methodologies
  • 5+ years of experience in leadership role in multidisciplinary R&D organisation, including both project and line management responsibilities
  • Excellent leadership and communication skills in English
  • A relevant Master’s degree or equivalent

Experience from an industrial environment is considered as a plus. Even though this position is based at our HQ in the very heart of Helsinki, working also remotely is part of our culture. The job requires willingness to travel from time to time.

We will fill the position as soon as we find the right candidate, so please send your application as soon as possible. For more information please contact CEO Wolfgang Schiller at +491743268388, best reachable on Tuesday 17th of March at 16:30-17:30 pm, or Tuesday 24th of March at 10:00-11:00 am. We look forward to hearing from you!

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ZenRobotics Headquarters, Helsinki

ZenRobotics Oy
00100 Helsinki Directions info@zenrobotics.com +358 45 259 6161 View page

Culture & Workplace

The ZenRobotics team is an international, versatile mix of world-class talent, excited about our joint mission. As our team is constantly growing, we pull together and help each other to succeed. Things are happening fast – there are no dull days at ZenRobotics!

We are located right in the heart of Helsinki, with just a (really) short walk from the train station. You won’t be tied to the office, though: as our robots are all over the world, we sometimes need to visit remote continents, too.

It’s not all work - we like to get together and let loose every now and then. Our monthly Last Friday’s are popular events to mix with your colleagues. Robots are not invited, we’ll leave them in the secret lab!

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