Head of Incubator Solid State Batteries

Belgium, Brussels
New Business Incubation
Business Development, Process & Product Development

Posted on 17-05-2022

About Umicore

Reducing harmful vehicle emissions. Giving new life to used metals. Powering the cars of the future. As a global materials and technology group, we apply our specialist knowledge to offer materials and solutions that are essential to everyday life. We aim to be a clear world leader in materials for clean mobility and recycling and have turned our sustainability approach into an even greater competitive advantage. With ambitions like this, imagine what you could do?

About New Business Incubator

In NBI we develop long-term business opportunities for the business units, as well as business opportunities with a different business model that may develop into a stand-alone business, called incubators.

What you will be doing

As Head of Incubator, you are accountable for business execution of the Solid State Battery incubator. Your focus will be on building the business strategy and associated business plan, building and leading the Solid State Incubator team, defining and supervising R&D, IP and commercialisation strategies and leading the P&L (including production, initial sales & R&D costs). 

Detailed Responsibilities :

  • You define and communicate to relevant stakeholders (internal and external) the overall solid state Incubator business strategy (in collaboration with N+1), build and ensure proper execution of the associated business plan (with help of solid state Incubator management team)
  • You manage (recruit, train, lead) the solid state Incubator team, interact with relevant other departments (Business Units, Corporate R&D and other Corporate units) to ensure proper allocation of internal resources, lead the solid state Incubator management team.
  • You define the high-level technology development and commercialization strategies and ensure proper execution of R&D, IP, Marketing & Sales, Applied Technology and Industrialization related actions together with appropriate stakeholders.
  • -You lead the solid state Incubator P&L and provide adequate reporting to management and stakeholders in close collaboration with PMO.


The geographical area of these activities is worldwide. The position will be located in Brussels, Belgium.

Who we are looking for


  • You have a technical degree (engineering, chemistry, physics, applied maths/economics …) with healthy and strong 10 years min. business experience (MBA is a plus). 5 years experience in the Li-ion battery domain at least.
  • Confirmed ability to translate technology trends into business opportunities and experience in developing profitable strategies and implementing vision
  • An entrepreneurial mindset with outstanding organizational and leadership skills .
  • Demonstrated ability to inspire effective teamwork and motivate staff (including in a matrix structure)
  • Ability to utilize resources effectively on a global scale
  • You are an excellent communicator, with good oral and written presentation skills.
  • You can work on your own under general direction, have a good sense of prioritization of assigned goals and run time accordingly in collaboration within your network and with your team(s).
  • Fluency in both oral and written English is a must. Chinese/Korean/Japanese/German/French are a plus.
  • You are willing to travel frequently.


What we offer

We aim to lead the way. Not just for our customers, but for our employees too. That is why we strive to create a collaborative environment in which we can all succeed, and a culture through which we can all share ideas, develop our expertise and advance our careers. We engage in building an inclusive work culture that offers equal opportunities for all employees irrespective of their diverse backgrounds. As you would expect from a world-leading organisation, we will also reward your contribution with a competitive salary and benefits. With all this and more, imagine what you could do?

If our pioneering approach can make us a leader in sustainability, IMAGINE WHAT YOU COULD DO


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