Head of R&D France – Automotive

2nd April 2022
Vandu Worldwide

Our Client is developing the next generation of electric powertrain systems, which will change the electric vehicles market. The HQ is in Israel. The Company decided to establish a Development Center in France, close to the main market. We are seeking a passionate and experienced R&D Director, to establish the local site, build the team and manage the development activities.



  • Lead the research and development projects in France, related to:
    • Advanced-topology power modules based on WBG switching devices for automotive inverters
    • Next-gen AI-driven control SW
  • Manage research activities with ecosystem partners – semiconductor companies, automotive OEMs and T1s, research institutes and laboratories
  • Manage co-development projects with automotive customers
  • Manage government-funded research programs in France / EU
  • Build the R&D team in France – talent acquisition, onboarding and ongoing management
  • Position the site in France as a center of excellence and innovation
  • Manage the administrative activities related to the French office



  • MSc / PhD in Electrical Engineering / Computer Science / Mechanical Engineer
  • Extensive experience in a hands-on, senior engineering position in the automotive, aerospace or energy industry
  • Relevant experience in managing multidisciplinary engineering / research teams
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, mentor, and coach teams and individuals
  • Passion for deep-technologies and for technological revolutions
  • Creativity, long-term thinking and problem-solving abilities
  • Decision-making skills, conflict resolution, and follow through
  • Ability to lead teams in a fast-paced and deadline-oriented business environment with broad impact.
  • Ability to work with cross-site international teams
  • Ability to work in a startup environment
  • Fluent English, both written and verbal