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Product Manager- Battery Systems

Turntide Technologies

Turntide Technologies

Sunderland, UK
Posted on Tuesday, April 2, 2024

In 2021 Turntide acquired three North East businesses to establish our presence in the UK – those businesses were Borg Warner in Gateshead, Hyperdrive in Sunderland and Avid in Cramlington. The acquisitions allowed us to extend our Smart Motor System to the transportation sector and help turn the tide on climate change.

There is a massive change happening across Transportation. Companies are working furiously to develop new electrified platforms to meet the demands of their customers and do their part to reduce carbon emissions. Our Turntide for Electrification solutions help ease the customer journey and accelerate their transition. The faster they can transform, the better it is for our planet.

As a technical Product Manager for Battery Systems in electromobility you will identify technology enabling solution opportunities focusing on the market, the customer and pulling from the internal knowledge pool to continuously identify and define the technology roadmap, product placement and solution delivery

We are looking for someone who is comfortable working with the ambiguity of a fast-paced startup. This means being proactive and autonomous, having a team player mindset and being an excellent communicator.

At this point, we hope you're feeling excited about the job description you’re reading. Even if you don't feel that you meet every single requirement, we still encourage you to apply. We're eager to meet people that believe in Turntide's mission and can contribute to our team in a variety of ways - not just candidates who check all the boxes. We want people to feel comfortable expressing their true selves and to come, stay, and do their best work here.

This position is located in our facility in Sunderland however flexible hybrid working could be considered for the right candidate, in which case regular travel would be required to support activities at the three facilities of Turntide in the North East. This role reports into the Head of Product.

Job Role

In this role the Product Manager- Battery System’s will be responsible for the following:

  • Supporting Turntide's strategy for battery systems in transportation by providing input to roadmaps including product diversification, features and options while translating that into detailed requirements and a go-to-market strategy.
  • Supporting Turntide’s strategy to be a leader in providing a full electric drivetrain. This would mean close team work with Turntide product experts for motors, inverters and thermal products to ensure an optimised electric drive train.
  • Serving as the subject matter expert and main technical interface to the customer in the pursuit phase of new business opportunities.
  • Being able to create concept mechanical and electrical diagrams to help the customer to understand the offering.
  • Understanding the basic functions of a BMS, both electronically and software.
  • Working closely with customers to understand their business needs and opportunities and apply it to our product offerings by capturing and articulating market problems and translating them into market requirements for product management including design, performance needs, features and options.
  • Ensuring that the technical solution presented to customers is the optimal one considering the expectation on performance, cost and timing whilst assessing the new business opportunities with the Sales team considering alignment to strategy, technical risk, resources, and cost.
  • Supporting the commercial business function with technology collateral, whilst assisting with opportunity identification, quantification, and qualification. Generating business cases for product extensions and product enhancements.
  • Driving OEM awareness of current and future products and value propositions and leverage differentiations to be suitably positioned to win the right business opportunities.
  • Acting as subject matter expert throughout the product development cycle. Managing the technical risk management and escalation of issues

Experience and Skills

We’re looking for candidates with the following experience and skills:

  • Significant experience (around 5 years or equivalent) in product management in the field of electrification of transport or battery technology
  • Excellent understanding of current and future technology, systems, and concepts related to electrification and Industry 4.0 operations
  • Ability to innovate and solve problems creatively
  • Ability to influence, manage and mobilize stakeholders with varied expertise from different cultures and geographic locations
  • Project management experience and proven ability to lead product development teams
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent business sense to proactively identify and resolve problems and issues quickly and efficiently
  • Customer facing experience

It would also be great (but not essential) if in addition to the above you also had:

  • Experience in manufacturing and component sourcing for serial production of battery systems
  • Knowledge of development of electric machines, power electronics and software


A Bachelor's or Master's Degree in Electrical/ Electronic, Mechanical or Aerospace engineering, Maths or Science as appropriate fields of study or equivalent

An MBA or a PhD in the field of electrification of transports or battery technology would be advantageous

A Project management certification would also be advantageous

Relevant experience could also be considered


The ideal candidate will have the following personal qualities :

  • Enthusiastic, flexible and able to thrive and succeed in times of ambiguity and change
  • Structured individual with ability to interact and communicate at all levels of the organisation
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communications and relationship building skills with internal and external stakeholders
  • Good commercial awareness and proactive problem-solving skills to ensure business needs are understood and agreed solutions are delivered.
  • This is a very hands-on position – we expect a person with a ‘roll up your sleeves’ attitude.
  • Ability to work well under pressure, prioritise work accordingly and meet tight deadlines
  • Pro-active taking ownership of tasks given and follow through to completion
  • Must model highest degree of moral and ethical behaviour given the access to such confidential data
  • Must be able to work alone with minimum guidance, but also be able to operate effectively as part of a team.
  • Confident, thoughtful and able to articulate ideas to both technical and non-technical team members
  • Ability to mentor and train effectively, supporting development through hands-on or practical experience.
  • Must display strong leadership skills and be able to engage and drive a positive high-performance culture
  • Must have an agile approach to work
  • Tackle problems with creativity and innovation
  • Hungry for success, self-motivated, results-driven, and ambitious
  • Able to travel both within and outside of the UK

The Upside

  • Competitive salary
  • Hybrid/flexible working options
  • Enhanced Company pension scheme
  • Life insurance annual salary
  • Enhanced maternity, paternity, adoption & SPL
  • Employee assistance wellbeing scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • On-site gym and restaurant (Gateshead site only)
  • Eyecare support
  • 25 days holiday plus bank holidays with the option to purchase an additional five day’s annual leave

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

Turntide Technologies is committed to applying equal opportunities at all stages of recruitment and selection, in line with its Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policy in addition to our duty under the Equality Act 2010 to have due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination; to advance equality of opportunity. As such, any applicant with a disability will not be excluded unless unable to perform a duty intrinsic to the role, having considered reasonable adjustments. Reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process will be made to ensure that no applicant is disadvantaged because of their disability.

Please contact the UK Recruitment team to discuss or request any reasonable adjustments or find out any further information regarding this position.

Please note: Direct applications only. No unsolicited Staffing Recruitment Firm submissions will be accepted. Any unsolicited CVs received will be treated as the property of Turntide Technologies.

Terms and Conditions

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I further understand that my personal information will be kept confidential, secure, and may be stored by Company and/or third parties in various locations worldwide, including the USA, Canada and the UK.

I consent to the collection, use, and disclosure of my personal information provided to Company for purposes noted herein, including the Voluntary Disclosures for diversity, equity and inclusion reporting purposes. Except for consent relating to Voluntary Disclosures, I understand that if consent is withheld or revoked, my application will be withdrawn.

I verify that all statements made in my application for employment are true and correct and understand that any false statement shall disqualify me from employment. For additional information regarding Company’s applicant privacy policies and the collection, use or disclosure of personal information in connection with submitting an application for employment, please refer to the Applicant Privacy Notice.