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Chapter Lead (Software)

Are you enthusiastic about supporting teams to enable the most efficient, effective and flexible engineering organisation? Are you passionate about helping to create ways of working that nurture confidence, knowledge, collaboration, autonomy and creativity, leading to the best place to work? 

Full-time · Helmond / Remote

Where: The Automotive Campus in Helmond or remotely. For some (also senior) roles we are accommodating people to work from outside of the Netherlands for the majority of their weeks. But for the full on-site experience: Helmond is part of Brainport: the heart of Europe's innovation. You will feel at home here.
Domain: Software Cluster in Engineering
Experience: at least 5 years of experience in a similar role. Experience in organisational change in fast-growing companies is considered a big plus
Degree: at least a Master’s degree in a relevant field including an academic way of thinking

Working at Lightyear is a unique experience. You get the opportunity to work for a company with a pure and meaningful mission. A mission that will make a positive and lasting impact on future generations.

What will you do as a Chapter Lead?

As a Chapter Lead you become part of the Software Cluster. This team ensures the Lightyear One has a safe, reliable and innovative user experience — we provide the best software to make that happen!

You can consider it your personal mission to:

Empower the people in your chapter to become the best version of themselves. You help them grow both personally as well as professionally. With your unrelenting focus on people you live and breathe our value of ‘People First’.

As a Chapter Lead you:

  • Create and maintain an environment where people feel safe and sense they belong and are valued;
  • Identify training needs and encourage professional growth through continuous, incremental learning;
  • Ensure people focus on their vitality; 
  • Are able to adapt based on maturity

  • Establish a learning culture amongst people
  • Can always be called upon to tell the story of the why and how of the Software Cluster;
  • Help the team members so they help each other grow
  • Stimulate the team, so they introduce better ways to do things in their role
  • Promote collaboration with other departments

A day in the life of a Chapter Lead
It’s a sunny morning, one of your team members calls you up to brag about their delivery, they’ve just implemented and used the new tip you forwarded and surely it really worked! They were twice as efficient and it left them with more time to help a colleague with the same issue. You celebrate the success with them and invite them to share this during the next chapter team meeting. It will really help the team’s quarterly objective to make deliveries more efficient and fun.

Shortly after, you have a regular performance meeting, the team member was late to show up, because they got stuck in refinement. Together, you discuss the next small step you want to walk. They ask you if they can be mentored, as they think they have it covered, but want feedback. You ask some questions from which you indeed agree that perhaps they have it covered. Perhaps they just want a pat on the back, so you agree to mentor them in the next meeting where this will take place, so next time you can celebrate the improvement and go to the next.

You end the day with a beerla (bi(er)la) with one of your new team members to get better acquainted and hear about their lives and stories.

What do we expect from a Chapter Lead?

In order to succeed in the dynamic world of Lightyear; pro-activity, professionalism, communication and adaptability are crucial. We are looking for someone who will lead the team without managing them and work from their own strength, with an ambitious attitude who learns from the past but who is especially open to transforming new developments or ideas into the ‘tried and tested’ of the future! You thrive on working team based, but working independently shouldn’t be an issue. You are flexible and can work under pressure. Furthermore:

  • A degree in a relevant field including an academic way of thinking;

  • at least 3 years of experience in a similar role;
  • Able to inspire others to become leaders
  • People oriented, looking at the strengths of the person and putting them to practice
  • Have and keep focus on the growth of the individual in line with the strategic need
  • Use of common sense and a smile
  • Work focused and at a steady pace with the team members towards improvements.
  • Like sharing knowledge and asking for help or pick things up together with other people
  • Must have: “Growth mindset”
  • Proficient in English;

On a personal level you can relate to the following characteristics; you are a quick learner with a studious mindset, you are someone who speaks up and shares his or hers opinion and you are meticulous in your work. 

What can you expect from Lightyear?
In addition to a challenging role we also offer:

  • A high degree of freedom and independence in your role
  • A role within a multidisciplinary team consisting of highly motivated, inquisitive and talented people with a broad diversity of experience
  • A role at one of the fastest growing technical companies in the Netherlands with tremendous potential
  • 40 vacation days per year
  • An interesting and balanced pension through Zwitserleven that is in line with the mission of Lightyear
  • The ability to participate via shares and to be involved in the growth and success of Lightyear
  • In addition to a dynamic working environment, there is time for relaxation during our already epic Friday afternoon drinks

About Lightyear

Lightyear is an innovative and progressive scale-up with one mission: clean mobility for everyone, everywhere.

Lightyear originates from the legacy as a multiple world championship of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge® Cruiser Class. Officially established in 2016 by 5 visionaries with the dream to make this groundbreaking technology accessible to everyone, everywhere. In order to accelerate the transition towards a truly sustainable solution for mobility, we believe that it is necessary to completely rethink automotive design by starting from scratch, not limited by industry conventions.

At Lightyear, we all strive for the same goal. We have a team with diverse skill sets and backgrounds; all working tirelessly towards clean mobility for everyone, everywhere. We’re proud of our culture and live up to our core values: think independently, be bold, deliver the change, put people first and take responsibility. Our shared vision is what unites and drives us.

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