Director of Vehicle Engineering

we are unu

We believe in cities in which all people are able to embrace the full potential of urban life. This is why we are committed to creating the mobility solution, that fully connects people to their city.
 
unu is an urban mobility brand based in Berlin. Our first product was the unu Scooter Classic, an electric scooter with portable batteries and was launched in 2014. Our products are sold both directly to consumers and business customers, making them accessible to everyone and resulting in fair prices by eluding dealership costs. In 2019, we launched the second generation of our scooter: The unu Scooter was designed inhouse and completely re-developed with our partners in Germany. The new scooter offers space for two people, as well as the largest storage space and one of the fastest acceleration values in the electric scooter segment. With its own app and integrated display, it also offers innovative smart features such as navigation, theft protection and digital key sharing.

After a successful rollout in Germany, Austria, the Netherlands and France, unu is now expanding into further European countries.

With more than 100 creative, pragmatic and solution oriented team members, we are now looking for a strong Director of Vehicle Engineering to join the team in unu’s headquarter in Berlin.


THE ROLE

You will work with our young but highly talented Vehicle Engineering team, to further develop our existing scooter model and its variations. Strategically we will bring new models to the market, and you will also play a key role in this. 

Our drive for usability and design simplicity has created a unique vehicle brand in Germany, and growing in Europe. You will be central in combining these principles with Engineering Excellence to bring astonishing products to the market.

We believe strongly in the people within our organisation, and a key part of the role will be to develop the team, allowing them to acquire not just practical but also personal skills.

As our organisation has grown we see a need to develop strong processes and structures, you will also be responsible for helping to establish these, and identifying the right tooling to make them work.

YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Reporting to the CTO, you will lead the Vehicle Engineering team, in continuous improvement of our existing Scooter, and the development of new vehicles from concept to mass production. You will: 
  • Collaborate with other departments including the product team, embedded engineering team, quality assurance team, and other stakeholders
  • Familiar with DFx (design for manufacturing, test, cost, service, safety, sustainability)
  • Oversee the continued development of the current unu scooter through change management
  • Work with our contract manufacturers to deliver on the engineering changes
  • Manage the research, development and manufacturing of new classes of vehicles
  • Experience with managing multiple projects and workflows with modern tooling (PLM System)
  • Lead a cross functional team to streamline the vehicle homologation process
  • Drive excellence initiatives within the team towards increasing professionalism in unu Vehicle Engineering team 

WHAT YOU BRING

  • First of all, you should be passionate about our values - connection, creative challenger, simple perfection, authenticity, we are david - and our vision to create a mobility solution that fully connects people to their city. We’d really like if you bring us the following:
  • A degree in any relevant engineering discipline
  • Proven experience in leading a Vehicle team within a company with international background (5 years or more as a lead)  with experience in best engineering practices, including manufacturing techniques & tooling such as plastic moulding
  • Proven experience in mechanical engineering - especially two-wheeled vehicles
  • Demonstrate collaboration on bringing a hardware product to market with engineering and production validation
  • Experience in collaborating with contract manufacturers especially with chinese suppliers
  • Knowledge and experience in European Vehicle Homologation
  • Self-confident and self-driven personality with a clear focus on efficient and solution-oriented in behaviour towards customers and suppliers
  • Great communication skills - you can communicate with anyone, within or outside of unu
  • Fluency in English. German or an other European language is plus
  • Current and valid drivers license (Class A would be ideal)

YOUR PERKS

  • A highly diverse and vibrant group of people with a strong cultural bond, flat hierarchy, with space for your own ideas in a dynamic, dedicated and motivating environment
  • Competitive salary and attractive stock options
  • You will get your own company unu Scooter to unlock Berlin’s potential - furthermore we offer:
  • A creative workspace in Kreuzberg
  • Healthy snacks, drinks and meals, e.g. daily lunch vouchers
  • Discounted Urban Sports Club Membership and more activities to come
Are you ready to join our team? Would you like to learn more about unu’s vision, then please send us:
 
-  A short motivational letter, highlighting relevant recent projects
- Your CV, or a link to your updated profile on Linkedin, Xing, etc.