Join us on our journey towards enabling a greener future.

If the world is to achieve its target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to net zero, then aviation cannot be left out. One of the most difficult sectors to decarbonise, we at Metafuels have developed a new and innovative, breakthrough technology “aerobrew” for the production of sustainable aviation fuel based on renewable energy and feedstocks. As we continue with our mission to develop and deploy aerobrew technology we are expanding our teams as we scale the process from the pilot stage to full scale commercial production plants. If tackling the global climate challenge in harmony with the earth’s ability to sustain human activity, without compromising on biodiversity, appeals to you as a professional we would like to hear from you.

To enquire about/apply for a job role, please email us your CV at crew@metafuels.ch

The role

As the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) you will provide technical leadership in all aspects of our business. Working directly with the CEO you will act as both a technology and business expert, making decisions impacting the current and future success of the company. Activities will span operational and strategic aspects of the business with a focus on the development, commercialisation, deployment, and continuous improvement of Metafuels aerobrew sustainable aviation fuel technology.

Job description

As a technology (development) visionary within the process industry, the CTO is able to create the technology vision for the company. Based on that you will set technology strategy and will oversee all technology and technological resources. You will manage the technology budget making the necessary investments to align the organization with its vision for future technological needs.

Strategic thinking and strong business acumen are essential in this role. As a member of the Senior Executive Management team you will be familiar with a variety of business concepts relating to the process technology licensing business. You will be the internal and external face of the technology and communicate with the Senior Executive Management team, employees, technology partners, suppliers, stakeholders, and also build customer relations on CTO level to ensure continuous technology (co-) development, project development and implementation and operational support.

The CTO will have the expertise to support our growth strategy and ensure that the organisation has the technology resources and capabilities required at all stages and to identify and assess new business opportunities and cultivate partner relationships. This will require building and leading a technology and engineering organisation.

Responsibilities

  • Develop technical aspects of the company’s strategy to ensure alignment with its business goals;
  • Overall management of the technology development pathway from R&D through to full commercialisation;
  • Management of company’s intellectual property (IP) including definition and implementation of a focused IP protection strategy;
  • Manage the technology relationships with technology partners and the technology development programme;
  • Develop technical opportunities, new solutions and help to drive customer solutions;
  • Discover and implement new technologies that yield competitive advantage;
  • Lead the strategy for technology platforms, partnerships, and external relationships;
  • Adequately staff, lead and manage the technology and engineering organization
  • Effectively manage interface with key suppliers;
  • Supervise the company engineering and design tools, working methods, and infrastructure to ensure functionality and efficiency;
  • Monitor KPIs and budgets to assess technological performance;
  • Develop, track, and control the development of annual operating and capital budgets for technology development programmes, staffing, and operations;
  • Support and assist (potential) clients to optimize our technology in terms of efficiency and profitability;
  • Use stakeholders’ feedback to inform and introduce necessary improvements and adjustments to technology;
  • Ensure that the company’s products are always aligned with the market needs, taking into account the “voice of the customer” in maintaining the product market specifications;
  • Communicate technology strategy to partners and investors;
  • Support of the technology licensing business development and sales process;
  • Support in project delivery, commissioning, start up and testing.

Qualifications and experiences

  • Proven experience as a CTO, Director, or similar leadership role within the chemical, gas, petrochemical and/or refining process industry;
  • Broad knowledge of process technology and engineering, preferably in the hydrocarbons industry;
  • Sound understanding of key elements in on-going energy transition processes and good insight and overview on integrated process operations in process industry;
  • Prior experience managing and/or establishing engineering processes, procedures and tools;
  • Excellent communication and multiple stakeholder management skills;
  • Visionary and strategic thinker with a “can do”, enterprising attitude;
  • Problem-solving, opportunity driven mindset;
  • Experience with integrating teams across multiple disciplines and managing a geographically dispersed workforce;
  • Master’s degree in chemical engineering/process engineering.

Company description

Metafuels is a start-up company founded by three experienced energy professionals. The company has developed a breakthrough power to fuels process, aerobrew, for the production of sustainable aviation fuel starting with renewable power and sustainably sourced CO2. The next phase of the company’s development is the installation and operation of a pilot plant to be located in Switzerland. In addition the company is engaging with various strategic partners for the development of the first pioneer project that will produce the first aerobrew sustainable aviation fuel for the market. The company’ business model ultimately is that of a technology licensor complemented by certain proprietary supplies. The company has a relaxed informal style but has a steely determination to achieve its objectives.

Location

The position will be based in Switzerland in the Zürich area.

The role

 As our Senior Process Engineer you will focus on the development, design and commercialisation of our proprietary, new aerobrew technology, supporting Metafuels mission to enable affordable, sustainable aviation for all without it costing the earth. You will have an integral key role at the heart of this exciting and challenging activity and help to solve one of the toughest engineering challenges in the global energy transition, namely the decarbonisation of aviation.

Your role will span process conceptualisation & design, pilot plant work, development of commercial process designs, technology scale-up, and continuous evolution of our know-how basis and products.

Job description

The Senior Process Engineer will be part of the Technology & Process Group reporting to the Chief Technology Officer. Your activities will centre on achieving the following goals:

  • Development, validation and scale-up of the aerobrew technology and process;
  • Optimum translation of results from R&D and pilot operations into technology & design know-how;
  • Development and continuous improvement of a reliable process and plant design for aerobrew plants,
  • Establishment of efficient engineering processes and tools and their deployment into the engineering & design processes;
  • Support of aerobrew studies, proposals and projects with process information and performance predictions.

To achieve your goals, you will work closely with Metafuels’ partners including the Paul Scherrer Institut and suppliers of proprietary catalysts and components. You will guide equipment suppliers and contractors during the engineering and construction phase of aerobrew plants. You will monitor and ensure that “as built” aerobrew plant will perform as required.

You daily activities and work tasks will include:

  • Participate in R&D reviews, accompany R&D activities and pilot operations;
  • Evaluate experimental R&D results and pilot operation data and translate them into deployable process technology;
  • Develop, own and operate a process simulation of the aerobrew process simulation tool (Aspen+) to predict plant performance and support the plant and equipment design;
  • Generate process design packages (PDP) for aerobrew projects, including (but not limited to) documentation as process flow diagrams, process descriptions, performance data, operating guidelines, design specifications and process data sheets for equipment, package units, instrumentation, piping;
  • Deliver process input to the plant & piping discipline, electrical & instrumentation and the rotating and non-rotating equipment discipline;
  • Support the engineering, execution, and implementation of projects by means of reviews (Hazid, HaZop, SIL, PFD review, P&ID review);
  • Participate in the commissioning and start-up activities for aerobrew projects and secure the lessons-learnt from these activities for consideration in future projects;
  • Provide consultancy and advice on plant operation and trouble-shooting;
  • Serve as a technical authority, reviewing and approving design documentation;
  • Mentor junior process engineers;
  • Set up, maintain and continuously update an uncertainty and risk register (using FMEA methodology or similar), suggest and develop risk mitigation strategies and activities;
  • Provide consulting and guidance during initial project scoping and conceptualization of a project or an investment opportunity.

Responsibilities

The Senior Process Engineer is responsible for

  • The close and fruitful collaboration with technology specialists including the scientific staff of the Paul Scherrer Institut to ensure the technology is developed and deployed within the context of the Metafuels’ targets and business objectives;
  • The continuous improvement and evolution of the process engineering and design tools used, in particular the process simulator;
  • The provision of leadership and guidance to our engineering contractors and key suppliers to ensure a safe, operable process design that will meet all the project premises;
  • Securing and documenting all process know-how accumulated in the R&D activities, the engineering and design activities and the lessons-learnt from actual plant commissioning and operation;
  • The process performance data and process guarantees included in aerobrew studies and commercial proposals;
  • The continuous monitoring and reporting on the type and evolution of the technology and process risk situation.

Skills and requirements

  • BSc, MSc, Dipl Ing degree in chemical engineering or process engineering;
  • At least ten (10) years of process engineering experience in projects including preferably commissioning and start-up;
  • Strong personal commitment to HSSE Leadership and experienced with process safety in design standards and practices throughout all project phases;
  • Experience in chemical, gas, petrochemical, or refinery processes;
  • Experience in safety and/or environmental management;
  • Prior experience in process design and commercialization for new technology developments;
  • Prior project experience working with engineering and construction contractors;
  • Attention to process details required to make projects work that meet business objectives, are designed to be technically safe, meet environmental requirements, are operable and maintainable;
  • Excellent stakeholder management communication and leadership skills working in multi-disciplined teams;
  • Enthusiasm, professionalism, and desire to make a difference in a net-zero greenhouse gas emissions world.

Company description 

Metafuels is a start-up company founded by three experienced energy professionals. The company has developed a power to fuels process, aerobrew, for the production of sustainable aviation fuel starting with renewable power and sustainably sourced CO2. The next phase of the company’s development is the installation and operation of a pilot plant to be located in Switzerland. In addition, the company is engaging with various strategic partners for the development of the first pioneer projects that will produce the first aerobrew sustainable aviation fuel for the market. The company has a relaxed informal style but has a steely determination to achieve its objectives.

Location

The position will be based in Switzerland in the Zürich area.

The role

As our Senior Plant & Piping Engineer you will focus on the development, engineering and realisation of plant designs of process plants using our proprietary, new aerobrew technology, supporting Metafuels’ mission to enable affordable, sustainable aviation for all without it costing the earth. You will have a key role at the heart of this exciting and challenging activity and help to solve one of the toughest engineering challenges in the global energy transition, namely the decarbonisation of aviation.

Your role will span the design, engineering and realisation of our aerobrew Pioneer plant and commercial aerobrew plants, accompanying the technology scale-up, and shaping the continuous evolution of our know-how basis and products.

Job description

The Senior Plant & Piping Engineer will be part of Metafuels’ engineering team reporting to the Chief Technology Officer. Your activities will centre on achieving the following goals:

  • Development, engineering, costing and validation of efficient, safe and reliable plant designs for Pioneer plants as well as commercial plants using the aerobrew technology;
  • Development of cost efficient, safe and reliable solutions for the arrangement of the key equipment and the engineering of the connecting piping;
  • Creation and continuous optimization of state-of-the-art, intelligent 3D models of the aerobrew plants;
  • Optimum translation of results from pilot and Pioneer plant operations into technology & plant design know-how;
  • Establishment of efficient engineering tools and their deployment into the engineering processes of Metafuels;
  • Support of aerobrew studies, proposals and projects with information on plant design & layout and plant cost estimates.

To achieve your goals, you will work closely with Metafuels’ partners and suppliers of proprietary components. You will guide suppliers and contractors during the engineering and construction phase of aerobrew plants. You will develop, own, and manage the core pieces of any process plant, the Piping & Instrumentation diagram (P&ID) and the intelligent 3D model. You will be active in start-up and troubleshooting of aerobrew plants and ensure that lessons learnt are considered in future plant designs.

You daily activities and work tasks will include:

  • Developing a cost-efficient, safe and reliable plant and piping design for all aerobrew projects, based on the process design and working in close cooperation with the technology & process discipline;
  • Coordinating and performing the modelling of the plant designs in a state-of-the-art intelligent 3D model, using the Smart 3D (formerly Intergraph), PDS or AutoCAD plant-3D software;
  • Leading and performing the development of P&IDs cooperating with the process discipline, electrical & instrumentation and the rotating and non-rotating equipment discipline to obtain their respective inputs to the P&ID´s;
  • Providing plant & piping input to process design packages (PDP) for aerobrew projects, including (but not limited to) documentation as draft P&ID´s, plant layouts & plot plans, 3D model visualisations, pipe specifications, design specifications, hazardous area specifications;
  • Participating in engineering reviews, accompanying engineering activities and pilot operations;
  • Performing constructability and operability studies, assessing accessibility for construction and maintenance;
  • Providing cost estimates for piping, bulk materials, developing material take-offs;
  • Supporting aerobrew studies, proposals and projects with information on plant design & layout planning and cost estimates;
  • Supporting the engineering, execution, and implementation of projects by means of reviews (HaZop, SIL, PFD review, P&ID review);
  • Performing “as built” checks on site, comparing the installation as built with the P&IDs and other engineering documentation;
  • Collecting experience from the commissioning and start-up activities for aerobrew projects and secure the lessons-learnt from these activities for consideration in the plant designs of future projects;
  • Providing consultancy and advice on plant operation & maintenance, trouble-shooting;
  • Serve as a technical authority, reviewing and approving design documentation;
  • Mentor junior Plant & Piping engineers.

Responsibilities

The Senior Plant & Piping Engineer:

  • Owns and manages the P&IDs and the 3D plant model;
  • Is responsible for the continuous improvement and evolution of the engineering and design tools used, in particular the 3D modelling tool;
  • Provides leadership and guidance to our engineering contractors and key suppliers to ensure a safe, operable plant design that will meet all the project premises;
  • Is responsible for timely and accurate delivery of plant & piping engineering documentation as P&ID´s, pipe specifications, plot & layout plans, pipe specifications, bulk material-take offs.

Skills and requirements

  • BSc, MSc, Dipl Ing degree in chemical or mechanical engineering;
  • At least ten (10) years of relevant engineering experience in plant and piping design including preferably basic & detail engineering, FEED´s, construction supervision and trouble-shooting;
  • Strong personal commitment to HSSE Leadership and experienced with plant safety in design standards and practices throughout all project phases;
  • Experience in regulations for plants handling hazardous materials and in Hazardous Area classification;
  • Experience in chemical, gas, petrochemical, or refinery plants & processes;
  • Prior experience in Plant & Piping design and commercialization for new technology developments;
  • Prior project experience working with engineering and construction contractors;
  • Attention to Plant & Piping details required to make projects work that meet business objectives, are designed to be technically safe, meet environmental requirements, are operable and maintainable;
  • Excellent stakeholder management communication and leadership skills working in multi-disciplined teams;
  • Enthusiasm, professionalism, and desire to make a difference in a net-zero greenhouse gas emissions world.

Company description 

Metafuels is a start-up company founded by three experienced energy professionals. The company has developed a power to fuels Plant & Piping, aerobrew, for the production of sustainable aviation fuel starting with renewable power and sustainably sourced CO2. The next phase of the company’s development is the installation and operation of a pilot plant to be located in Switzerland. In addition, the company is engaging with various strategic partners for the development of the first pioneer projects that will produce the first aerobrew sustainable aviation fuel for the market. The company has a relaxed informal style but has a steely determination to achieve its objectives.

Location

The position will be based in Switzerland in the Zürich area.

The role

As a Senior Business Development Manager you will play an integral role in the development and commercialisation of our new and innovative proprietary aerobrew sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) production technology. You will initiate and develop the projects accompanying the technology development which are a fundamental element of the development and commercialisation of the technology. Together with the Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), you will establish and maintain Metafuels’ business, customer base and strategic partnerships.

You will be at the heart of the commercialisation of a new technology that will help to solve one of the toughest engineering challenges in the global energy transition, namely the decarbonisation of aviation. By supporting Metafuels’ to achieve its ambition of enabling affordable aviation for all without it costing the earth, you will have a measurable positive impact on the future of our society and planet.

Responsibilities

Your principal objectives are:

  • in the short term, development of Pioneer and scale-up projects as a key part of the aerobrew technology commercialisation process;
  • in the medium term, develop and grow the aerobrew licensing business, and identify investment opportunities in SAF production projects;
  • in the longer term, continue organic growth and identify potential new areas of business.

You will report directly to the Chief Commercial Officer.

Job description

You will manage, perform or coordinate the following activities:

Project development (focus for first 2 years):

  • Identify and secure strategic partners and investors for Pioneer SAF projects;
  • Identify, initiate and develop Pioneer projects as strategic commercialisation and investment opportunities through the initial scale-up steps of Metafuels’ new technology.
  • Identify potential sites hosting aerobrew Pioneer projects;
  • Develop, negotiate, and close project development agreements between strategic partners/investors;
  • Lead the project development of Pioneer projects through all front end loading (FEL) phases and drive project development through to final investment decisions (FID);
  • Steer the Pioneer projects through FEL gate reviews and ensure that decisions (go/no go and FID) can be made based on complete and contemporary information;
  • Manage the project development team and ensure that the right resources are available at all stages for each workstream including overall management & coordination, commercial/legal, technical definition/estimating, financing/capital formation, consenting & approvals;
  • Identify, develop and secure grant funding for Pioneer projects;
  • Work closely with the CCO and executive management team to ensure alignment with company strategies, to obtain necessary approvals, and to secure required cross company input in support of the FEL workstreams;
  • Foster and maintain good relations with all strategic partners involved in Pioneer projects and develop for approval project development modus operandi and communication requirements.

Business development

  • Develop and define the aerobrew product offering in close coordination with the CCO, including licensing, process design packages, catalyst supply and (potentially) proprietary equipment;
  • Develop an extensive network of potential customers and build relations with senior and C-level executives within those potential customers;
  • Promote the technology through attendance at conferences, professional organisations, digital platforms, etc.;
  • Develop business development targets including business volumes (financial and numbers of plants) and market shares;
  • Develop and maintain a pipeline of prospects for regular presentation to the executive management team for bid/no bid decisions and allocation of tendering resources;
  • Identify investment opportunities for co-investment in 3rd party aerobrew projects where it makes sense;
  • Manage the bid cycle including proposal preparation, final bid approvals, bid submission, contract negotiations, contract signature, hand-over to operations;
  • Based on a deep understanding of clients’ requirements develop a market specification for the aerobrew technology, and maintain/update the specification based on market feedback;
  • Work closely with the CTO and the process group providing continuous market based feedback for continuous technology improvement.

Skills and requirements

  • BSc, MSc, or Dipl. Ing. in chemical engineering or process engineering;
  • At least ten (10) years of project development and/or business development experience in the field of oil & gas, refining, petrochemicals, or chemical processes;
  • At least five (5) years’ experience in technology licensing and/or EPC contracting;
  • Prior experience in commercialization of new technology developments an advantage;
  • Excellent stakeholder management communication and leadership skills working with multi-disciplined teams;
  • Enthusiasm, professionalism, and desire to make a difference in a net-zero greenhouse gas emissions world;
  • Fluent in English both written and spoken, with German advantageous.
  • Excellent IT skills using Microsoft suite of applications.

Company description 

Metafuels is a start-up company founded by three experienced energy professionals. The company has developed a power to fuels process, aerobrew, for the production of sustainable aviation fuel starting with renewable power and sustainably sourced CO2. The next phase of the company’s development is the installation and operation of a pilot plant to be located in Switzerland. In addition, the company is engaging with various strategic partners for the development of the first pioneer projects that will produce the first aerobrew sustainable aviation fuel for the market. The company has a relaxed informal style but has a steely determination to achieve its objectives.

Location

The position will be based in Switzerland in the Zürich area.

The role

You will work directly with the C-suite executive management team to manage and drive key strategic and operational initiatives. In the first three months, the Chief of Staff will develop a strong understanding of the business objectives, the company’s requirements and how it works, and the key internal and external stakeholders needed to accomplish goals. You will prepare quarterly board materials and investor updates, as well as summary board materials and takeaways designed for broader company-wide visibility. The Chief of Staff will also support the executive management team on external engagements including business development meetings, conference presentations, investor dialogues, and recruitment of key hires.

The Chief of Staff will be a thought partner to the executive management team in strategic and financial planning, goal-setting, and people and operational initiatives and directly lead a range of cross-functional efforts and strategic initiatives across the team. The Chief of Staff will also take personal responsibility for the management and coordination of some key projects with external services providers. Over the course of the first year we expect that this person will independently identify needs across the organization and make recommendations to the executive management team on which to prioritize and how to address these needs.

Job description

The Chief of Staff performs a crucial role in the strategic development and ultimate success of the company. Taking care of the day to day coordination and organisation of business activities the Chief of Staff ensures that operations run smoothly between the executive management team and the wider staff. Through providing insights and knowledge and with an awareness of the market the Chief of Staff is an important sounding board and initiator of strategic initiatives and tactical ideas for the executive management team. A confident communicator the Chief of Staff is also comfortable representing the company to both internal and external stakeholders on behalf of the executive management team. The Chief of Staff also takes responsibility for identified strategic projects at times working independently to producing internal and external reports on behalf of the executive management team.

Responsibilities

This Chief of Staff has the following responsibilities:

  • Collaborating with executive team members to determine and prioritize business strategies;
  • Scheduling, organising quarterly Board meetings, including preparation and collation of Board materials, preparation of minutes of meeting and follow-up of agreed actions;
  • Providing CEO and other executives with insight and analysis on the company’s operations, market developments, and product positioning, etc;
  • Working with leadership to deliver, monitor and communicate progress towards goals;
  • Providing functionalleaders with recommendations and consultation to improve teamwork;
  • Developing and optimising company work processes and procedures and, identifying and helping solve core problems or opportunities within business processes;
  • Providing support and oversight for special projects and initiatives especially those that fall between leadership direct areas of responsibility;
  • Responding to inquiries on behalf of the CEO and occasionally other executives;
  • Scheduling meetings and planning travelfor the executive management team;
  • Planning, coordinating and leading meetings and workshops;
  • Manage Metafuels’ social media presence and strategic communications.

Skills and requirements

  • Business degree (MBA) and ideally a first degree BSc/BEng/Dipl. Ing., in engineering (Chemical/Mechanical preferred);
  • Strongly written and verbal communication skills are crucial including strong presentational skills;
  • Leadership skills including planning meetings and determining the needs of the business;
  • Minimum 5 years previous experience working in an executive leadership team environment (e.g. senior advisor, leadership of company-wide projects, etc.);
  • Interested in and motivated by sustainability issues and a desire to make a positive difference;
  • Experience with issues of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG), carbon reporting advantageous;
  • Excellent IT skills including Microsoft suite of applications;
  • Fluency in English written and spoken, with similar knowledge of German advantageous;
  • Dedicated, reliable and highly trustworthy.

Company description 

Metafuels is a start-up company founded by three experienced energy professionals. The company has developed a power to fuels process, aerobrew, for the production of sustainable aviation fuel starting with renewable power and sustainably sourced CO2. The next phase of the company’s development is the installation and operation of a pilot plant to be located in Switzerland. In addition the company is engaging with various strategic partners for the development of the first pioneer projects that will produce the first aerobrew sustainable aviation fuel for the market. The company has a relaxed informal style but has a steely determination to achieve its objectives.

Location

The position will be based in Switzerland in the Zürich area.

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