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Exide Technologies Plant Satellite R&D in Lille, France


Lead the development projects in the plant, providing continuous technical assistance to all functions involved in the product and process development, focusing on cost reduction and customer satisfaction.


  • Planning, coordination and driving the execution of projects

  • Resource adjustment within the R&D organization (program managers) and other functions

  • Responsible for defining and updating of process instructions and (local) material specifications as well as defining the BOM's and test procedures

  • Assure information flow & documentation in respective plant

  • Responsible for local R&D costs (overviewing function)

  • Knowledge Transfer within the European Organization

  • Collaboration and participation in Engineering projects (6S, EEP, IEP, MEP, PEP, etc.)

  • Local R&D FY Budget Planning (project and cost related)

  • Support Technical and quality related issues in plants, including Customer Audits

  • Support Sales, Application & Procurement on customer/supplier issues (customer claims)

  • Support R&D Organization on technical issues

  • Support the execution of the Strategic Plan(s), Roadmaps, Development Plan(s) in R&D



COMMUNICATION SKILLS: Internal: Able to teach, train and help others understand why things work in a given way. External: able to understand the customer needs. Able to listen.

NEGOTIATION SKILLS: Able to argument change, convince others and influence change in the plant. Able to compromise and balance the needs of the plant and R&D. Demonstrated ability to lead negotiations to create a win win outcome for the different parts. Is able to overcome objections and rejections during the negotiation process. Be fact and data based.

ENGLISH SKILLS: Able to communicate fluently in English.

PROBLEM SOLVING: Ability to apply principles of logical scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual or practical problems. Demonstrated understanding and process based use of problem solving techniques. Ability to make fact based decisions in a timely manner so that corrective actions can be managed to prevent re-occurrence. Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions. Be able to facilitate the problem s olving and resolution process engaging all key stakeholders.

ANALYTICAL SKILLS: Root cause analysis. Able to understand a complex situation, breaking it down into different parts.


EDUCATION: Recommended University technical degree: Chemistry, Engineering.

EXPERIENCE: Experience at shopfloor in a technical environment at least 5 years as project manager in the lead acid battery business, and preferably in the plant where they will be plant satellite.

Knowledgeable of the plant needs. Able to “speak the language of the plant”, not with R&D language.

Knowledge of the products and manufacturing processes in the plant where they support. Is the reference in the plant as technical expert.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT: Able to manage projects in budget, in time, in scope. Prioritizes use of resources. Plans ahead. Good task management.

Electrochemical knowledge

Experience at working in a cross-functional environment. Interaction and collaboration (cross-functional inside and outside R&D)

PEOPLE MANAGEMENT: Able to coach, develop and engage a team, both on the technical and personal development sides. Get the best out of each person.


COLLABORATION: Teamwork. Ask for help. Provide help. Communication & Networking: Open transparent communication with other departments. Get and share information.

FIRM WHEN NEEDED: Able to say no and able to stop changes when there has been not enough data available for maintaining the quality and performance of the product.

CHAMPION CHANGE: Leads and support the changes in the product and processes in the plant.

Able to escalate issues when there is a problem that requires decision making above own level.

INTEGRITY: Ethical Behaviour. Role model company values and behaviors.

PROACTIVITY: Demonstrate ownership of the problems (plan-do-check-act). Tries to anticipate to problems and does things that were not requested to improve the results of the area, or to solve problems or find solutions.

ADAPTABILITY: Able to adapt and work efficiently in different situations and in varied groups of people. Able to listen, understand and if needed adjust to different points of views.

EXECUTION: Focus on results. Understand priority level. Understand time constraints and importance of deadline respect. Able to finish the projects once started.

About Exide

Exide Technologies (www.exide.com) is a global provider of stored electrical-energy solutions for the transportation and industrial markets. Exide’s 130 years of technology innovation combined with operations in more than 80 countries enables the company to deliver compelling solutions for the world’s current and future power needs. Exide produces and recycles a broad range of products, serving the Transportation, Industrial Network Power and Motive Power market segments with battery and energy storage systems and specialty applications for a broad range of industries including: agricultural, automotive, electric, light and heavy-duty truck, marine, materials handling, military, mining, powersport, railroad, security, telecommunications, utility and uninterruptible power supply (UPS), among others. Exide is Powering the World Forward - history and scale combined with a start-up mentality make Exide the right choice for customers who want more than simply a battery supplier.


Exide Technologies is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

Requisition ID 2018-2161

Category Research & Development