VP Automation (w/m/d) - Robotics

Permanent employee, Full-time · Munich

Our Mission

At Circus (Xetra: CA1), headquartered in Hamburg with offices in Berlin and Munich, we are pioneering global developments in on-demand autonomous food production, disrupting a 2,6 trillion market. Everything from creation to production and operation – enabled by seamlessly integrated cutting-edge robotics and transformative AI technology.

Our foundation rests in the extensive developments of groundbreaking robotics driven by artificial intelligence, previously the missing link in achieving true autonomous food automation. This is the moment for a new status quo: Just as autonomous driving will disrupt how we build cities, organize our days, and live our lives, so will we shift our whole reality around food.

Our Team is backing a paradigm shift in one of humanity’s most important sectors with the sharpest minds in Robotics, AI, Engineering and Culinary, collaborating closely with industry-leading partners to revolutionize every aspect of the food service experience.

Join us as we forge ahead, crafting a future where the art of cooking and the science of technology converge to create a world that thinks differently about food than it has for thousands of years—a world where food means something new.

About the Role

We are seeking a highly skilled and visionary Automation Leader to lead our multidisciplinary teams in Robotics & Automation, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Quality Engineering, Production and Technical Supply Chain in Munich. The ideal candidate will be a strategic thinker with a proven track record of innovation in Robotics Automation, capable of driving forward our ambitious goals in autonomous food production.

Your Daily Business
  • Provide strategic direction and leadership to the Robotics teams, fostering a culture of innovation, pioneering, collaboration, and excellence.

  • Lead the strategic development of cutting-edge robotics and automation technologies for autonomous food production, ensuring alignment with company objectives, working directly with C-level.

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive R&D strategy, leveraging internal expertise and external partnerships to drive innovation and continuous improvement.

  • Manage and mentor multidisciplinary teams in Robotics & Automation, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Quality Engineering, Prototyping and Technical Supply Chain, providing guidance and support to achieve departmental and company goals.

  • Work closely with Culinary, AI, and other teams to integrate robotics and technology into every aspect of the food service experience, from creation to production and operation.

  • Work closely and collaborate with the Founders, investors, and external partners to provide updates on progress, challenges, and opportunities in robotics and R&D.

Base Qualifications
  • Proven track record of successfully bringing mechatronic products to market, demonstrating expertise in the full product lifecycle from conception to commercialization.

  • Strong technical expertise in robotics, automation, mechanical design, electrical systems, and quality engineering. 

  • At least 8 years experience managing multidisciplinary teams in a fast-paced, dynamic environment, with a focus on innovation and continuous improvement.

  • At least 5 years in a strategic position (VP / C-Level) in technical (hardware) product development.

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to inspire and motivate teams and collaborate effectively with stakeholders at all levels.

  • Strategic thinking and problem-solving abilities, with a demonstrated ability to set and achieve ambitious goals in a rapidly evolving industry.

  • Passion for revolutionising the food industry through technology and a commitment to our mission.

Our Offer
  • Competitive Compensation: Receive a competitive compensation package with offered stock options for full-time employees.

  • Work-Life Balance: Enjoy regular team events, a hybrid work setup, 2 months/year remote work (Worcation), and unlimited vacation days, along with a corporate pension plan.

  • Personal Development: Personal budget for training, in-house trainings, and growth opportunities in a fast-paced environment.

  • Mobility: Benefit from monthly budget for mobility or other expenses and a subsidized Dance Mobility Subscription for E-Bike/E-Moped.

  • Well-Being: Get a 30% discount on our food brands and access discounted Urban Sports Club membership.

We pride ourselves on being an inclusive and equal opportunities employer with a diverse and multicultural team. We are proud to have an inclusive workplace environment that will foster your development no matter your gender, civil status, family status, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, education level, or race. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.
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