Website Kite Company Creator

Building today, Solving for tomorrow

Company Description 
Kite Company Creator creates world class companies that apply digital technologies to solve resource industry problems and deliver a large positive environmental impact. Kite engages with resource sector operators to define large unsolved challenges, thereby reducing market introduction risk by focusing on existing needs. A global network of academic and industry experts is then tapped to enable Kite to find competitively advantaged pre-commercial solutions. With critical challenges and compelling solutions in hand, Kite brings together world-class expertise to form and launch companies built for scale. This process includes defining business models, demonstrating initial products, applying necessary financing, and support from a network of mentors and industry leaders. Kite Company Creator is based in Squamish, BC.

Job Description 
Kite is looking for a CTO to join our current team of engineers and entrepreneurs, to work at the crossroads of these two units to systematically identify industrial challenges and develop techno-economically feasible solutions.   The role includes applying software and or hardware-light digital solutions to address sustainability/climate problems in resource and industrial sectors.  Specific solutions may include some combination of artificial intelligence, robotics, IoT/sensing/earth observation, GIS analytics, business intelligence, workflow management, and or UI/UX design.  The individual will work as part of the executive team to identify key industrial challenges and assess the techno-economic feasibility of potential solutions.  This will include business development activities with new and existing partners.  The individual will work with the team to develop technology roadmaps of identified technologies and transfer to a clear project charter for execution.  The individual will then be responsible for building, leading and mentoring a team of Software and Hardware Engineers to conduct industrial R&D projects focused on project delivery.

Job Qualifications 
Technology Leadership 
Bachelor’s degree in Mechatronics, Mechanical Engineering, or Engineering Physics Degree preferred.  Will consider other relevant Engineering Degree.
Masters or PhD degree in Computer Science is preferred or equivalent work experience.
Background in both hardware and software engineering.
Experienced at developing technology roadmaps.
Experienced at leading focused industrial R&D teams.
Experienced at leading a team focused on product delivery.
Expertise in one or more of the following (artificial intelligence, robotics, IoT/sensing/earth observation, GIS analytics, business intelligence, workflow management, UI/UX design).
Expertise in resource industries is considered an asset (mining, energy, forestry, etc.).

Business Experience 
Successful past track-record of building and exiting start-ups.
Understanding of key fundamentals behind lean start-up.
IP strategy development.
Demonstrated ability to successfully manage teams.
Ability to work on multiple projects and establishing key priority schedules.
Experience conducting techno-economic analysis of nascent technologies.

Kite is an equal opportunity employer and promotes inclusivity, multiculturalism and equality throughout the entire company.   Kite values its employees as key to the success of the organization and empowers everyone for both success in their careers and the launching of innovative companies.  Work is based in Squamish BC with infrequent remote work available.    Applicants should be eligible to work in Canada.

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