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VP Engineering

Belgium, Vlaams Gewest, Leuven

Job description

Octiva creates robotic labor automation solutions for the Controlled Environment Agriculture market in close collaboration and at the service of innovative growers. Octiva was created in 2021 from a merger from Priva’s robotic solutions and Octinion’s agricultural robotics. Priva is one of the global leaders in horticulture process control, Octinion is known for building ground-breaking agricultural robotics. With teams in De Lier (The Netherlands) and Leuven (Belgium), Octiva has about 40 employees.


As VP Engineering, you will be accountable for the overall engineering operations and alignment with the product and engineering roadmap.
Building and scaling our engineering organization for supporting key components and foundations in the product, setting up engineering processes, and delivering high-quality outcomes with your teams in a timely manner.

As a member of the leadership team, you will play a critical role in shaping the organization, enabling engineers to quickly and autonomously build for our customers, at massive scale and speed. You will use your technical expertise to provide tactical direction. Drive a “fail fast to learn fast” lean culture in all projects and innovations.

You will be our business-oriented Engineering leader who can grow company business from a holistic perspective, with an entrepreneurial hands-on approach to problem-solving.

Inspire, lead, and manage the Engineering team in the Core business, and ensure company has the right setup to succeed in their innovation around the globe, present in Europe as well as the US.

You’ll report to the CEO.


In this role you will: 

  • Grow, manage, and shape the Engineering Team
  • Organise the engineering teams, and develop a product team culture based on shared standards
  • Communicate with stakeholders throughout the organization and understand their needs, including all engineers, business managers and commercially oriented teams to ensure the goals are clear and the vision is aligned with business objectives
  • Defining tactical goals for Engineering products, and continuously measure and communicate our progress towards them
  • Facilitate and lead engineering discussions, technical evaluations, and involve the right stakeholders at each gate
  • Support the process for incident management including quality control
  • Coach and mentor engineers to create a highly effective engineering team
  • Foster a generative culture that is performance oriented, lean, cooperative, adaptive, and innovative
  • Define a hiring plan and work with HR to source and hire amazing engineer

Job requirements

YOUR PROFILE

  • 10 years industry experience, 5+ yrs experience at Senior level
  • Strong emphasis on operational and people management at scale, engineering excellence, productivity and execution
  • Strong prioritization and project management skills and understanding of business impact for various solutions
  • Result focused, data-driven engineering development skills in a cross functional environment
  • Good understanding of product requirements and ability to align with technical strategy
  • History of successfully defining, launching and scaling technical products in a fast-paced engineering environment
  • Experience in scaling and growing effective and well managed engineering teams
  • Excellent interpersonal, management, and communications skills
  • Proven experience managing and mentoring Engineering teams
  • Demonstrated knowledge of budgeting, financial planning, and business operations
  • Excellent knowledge of Dutch and English is required (written and oral)

OUR OFFER

At Octiva you’ll become part of an innovative, challenging work environment with an entrepreneurial atmosphere. Our organization culture is Teal, meaning that we focus very strongly on self-management, wholeness and evolutionary purpose – therefore it is important that you align with our purpose: being an innovator, collaborating with organizations world-wide to create disruptive solutions that help to use earth’s resources in a sustainable way. Since we are a young company, the opportunities are ample. We will give you the training you require to further develop your expertise and knowledge.

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  • Leuven
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