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Lead as CTO in London, UK for Believ, shaping technological vision and strategy, ensuring successful delivery, and driving innovation in electric vehicle charging networks.

Believ
Believ
London, United Kingdom  UTC+00:00   On-site   Full Time   11-50   More than 3 months ago

At Believ, formerly known as Liberty Charge, we believe sustainable transport should be accessible to everyone. We’re a Charge Point Operator (CPO) on a mission to create the UK’s most reliable electric vehicle charging network that doesn’t cost the earth and leaves no one behind.

We work closely with local authorities and businesses to deliver reliable, high quality charging networks at pace, at scale and at zero cost.

We offer all the advantages of being a scale-up business, but with the added security and long-term backing from well-known parents - Liberty Global (who also own our delivery partner, Virgin Media O2) and Zouk Capital (who manage the Government’s Charging Investment Infrastructure Fund).

You’ll be joining this exciting journey at the start of our scale-up phase, and work with us to hit the ambitious targets our shareholders have set. You’ll become part of a passionate and supportive team in a fast-paced, dynamic and result-driven environment.

About the role

As the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Believ, you will play a pivotal role in shaping the technological vision and strategy of the company. Reporting to the CEO, the Chief Technology Officer’s role is to develop the long term technology road map for Believ and ensure its successful delivery. It ensures business continuity of key technology & IT activities within Believ to lead and drive benefits from specific initiatives related to the technology space, and provides vision, strategy, and leadership for developing and implementing information technology initiatives and innovations that align and enable the mission of Believ. The CTO directs the design, planning and implementation of all technology solutions within Believ to deliver outstanding products and services for its Public and Private sector customers while improving cost effectiveness, service quality, and customer satisfaction.

Key responsibilities

  • Working with other members of the Company’s senior management team to design, develop and execute strategic plans to optimize the use of product evolution and information technology to support business objectives
  • Leading the product technology strategy derived from the overall business strategy; ensuring planning & implementation of strategic targets & priorities are in line with the targets for the company
  • Leading the strategic technology partnerships, identifying and supporting investment opportunities in core product technology’s and platforms
  • Continually scanning the market for new vendors and radical products to deploy into the UK
  • Ensuring continuous service delivery and operation of integrated information systems on a national scale with a focus for Believ
  • Acting as point of escalation in case of severe issues with regard to technology matters and ensures timely resolution of issues and restoration of services
  • Through his / her team, driving and deciding technology-related policies, overseeing regulatory compliance, ensuring data privacy, managing identity and access management, Conducting electronic discovery and digital forensic investigations and working with other executives to establish disaster recovery and business continuity plans
  • Regularly reviewing technology performance with management team and derives and ensures improvement measures where required
  • Ensuring quality and customer satisfaction through the optimization and harmonization of all customer facing systems
  • Driving ongoing evolution and innovation of Information & Technology ensuring alignment with industry direction and best practice to maximize value to Believ
  • Delivery management leadership and direction to ensure that all agreed initiatives are successfully delivered per plan, on time and with the right quality for Believ
  • Defines specifications together with functions and hand over specifications to respective technology partners
  • Directs overall program delivery, and reports on key programs in the Technology and IT areas specific to Believ requirements
  • Proposes allocation of capital to technology development needs ensuring maximum efficiency
  • Build a network of industry stakeholders.

About you

At Believ, we are building a culture that attracts and retains the best talent. We are a dedicated and high-performing team, accustomed to working at pace in an ever-evolving industry, and we are looking for people who are as passionate as us about cutting carbon emissions and providing cleaner air for all. The successful candidate will have the following attributes and skills:

Preferred education/ qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or a related field. Master’s degree or MBA preferred
  • Extensive experience in product development and bringing innovative technology solutions to market
  • Strong knowledge of charging technologies, protocols, and standards (e.g., OCPP, CCS, CHAdeMO, AC Level 2, etc.)
  • Proficiency in cybersecurity best practices and experience with compliance standards (e.g., ISO 27001, GDPR, etc.)
  • Exceptional leadership and team management skills, with a track record of building and leading high-performing engineering teams.

Knowledge & Experience

  • Proven track record of at least 10 years of experience in a senior technology leadership role, preferably in the electric vehicle or renewable energy industry
  • Previous experience of building and leading Teams in a customer focused environment
  • Proven experience in managing budgets and delivering cost effective solutions.

Skills & Abilities

  • Strategic thinker with long term vision of applied technologies for renewable energies
  • Proven Multi-Cultural leadership skills
  • Excellent communication and customer management skills
  • Strong focus and drive of operational excellence
  • Confident and credible influencer, able to command respect
  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills to broadly influence and effectively forge partnerships (both internally and externally)
  • Ability to be supportive, consultative and collaborative and to work effectively across management team
  • Ability to quickly understand business objectives and to recognise and capitalise on opportunities
  • A technical aptitude to understand product features and functions as well as a healthy business acumen
  • Ability to lead & motivate a highly capable & multi-cultural team

Benefits

  • Competitive basic salary
  • 33 days annual leave, including 8 Bank Holiday days
  • Access to wellbeing and mental health benefits such as the Calm app, personal medical insurance, critical illness cover and dental insurance
  • Pension contribution
  • Access to our car benefit scheme
  • Access to our online learning platform to continue to develop and grow your career with us.

Location

The business is currently based in our offices in Southwark. The position is full time and office based.

Believ is an equal opportunity employer. We embrace diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for our people. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

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About the role

Nov 22, 2023

Full Time

Company

May 12, 2024

On-site

London, United Kingdom

Senior (10+ years)

UTC+00:00

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