Sep 13, 2021

Senior Innovation Scientist / Engineer

  • HARTING
  • San Francisco, CA, USA
Full time Business Development Engineering

Job Description

HARTING Americas is a subsidiary of HARTING Technology Group, a German-based global leader in the connector industry. We develop, manufacture and sell the world's most durable and reliable products and solutions for use in mechanical and plant engineering, broadcast and entertainment, factory automation, power generation and distribution as well as industrial electronics and Data Centers. 

SUMMARY:

The Senior Innovation Scientist will focus on bringing new technologies to life through co-creation with partners, creation of functional industrial prototypes and working with early adopter customers to test these prototypes. Deliverables are prototypes with increasing maturity level. The prototype to be created can be significantly different from HARTING's core business and a large portion of the work will also involve exploring disruptive business models.  The Senior Innovation is well linked-up with his/her network, has a minimum five years experience in innovating and brings along a distinct entrepreneurial spirit.  

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Co-create with external partners 
  • Identify, collaborate and partner with strategic partners, research institutions, and other companies
  • Seek out and develop innovative new products, services and business models that significantly diverge from HARTING offerings and provide significant upside potential for value creation
  • Develop forementioned fundamentally different prototypes and disruptive products and services which create new business models and new value streams 
  • Scanning and scouting of new technologies to pursue innovative approaches and applications
  • Operate with a startup mentality in terms of speed to market, focus on rapid prototyping and testing, and working with early adopter customers as soon as possible to get valuable market feedback 
  • Communicates results and opportunities on technical and management level 
  • Structuring and managing small projects or working bricks, also in an international context
  • Explores partnerships and possible joint ventures with partner companies, investors, and other strategic stakeholders while preserving HARTING's IP and strategic business interests
  • Basic skillset to assess cost structure and revenue streams of a product/business idea
  • Strong understanding, management and coordination of comprehensive topics and their stakeholders
  • Files for IP as necessary to protect and enhance HARTING's IP portfolio
  • Performs other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS:  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The expected qualifications include, by may not be limited to: 

  • Passionate and open minded with an entrepreneurial mindset
  • Technology enthusiastic and interested in adjacent technologies and scientific disciplines
  • Minimum of five years experience in innovating, including business model innovations and proven distinct entrepreneurial spirit 
  • Strong networking skills
  • Outstanding critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Thorough understanding of basic scientific process and engineering principles
  • Proficient with all related software programs used for testing and reporting

 EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: 

  • Master’s degree or Ph.D. in a technical direction
  • Basic qualifications in economics
  • Very good language skills in local language or English
  • At minimum very good English skills in writing and speaking

Our Culture: As a third generation, family-owned company, with over 75 years of history, we continue to create value and shape the future with technologies for people. You will discover that we work hard – to fulfill our personal, company, and customer goals, and in our commitment to our community with our holiday drives and our paid VTO (Voluntary Time Off). You will also discover that we like to have fun – like when we celebrate the holidays, host theme days and sweater parties, prost to Oktoberfest, and much more! 

HARTING USA offers an attractive total compensation package and employee benefits, including: 

  • 18 days PTO (Paid Time Off) to start – quickly earn more PTO as you stick with us (33 days max)
  • Medical, dental, and vision – several Blue Cross Blue Shield plan options to choose from
  • Company-sponsored life, AD&D, and short- and long-term disability – at no cost to employee
  • 401(k) with a 4% dollar-for-dollar match – fully vested upon eligibility!

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