Spin-out advanced technology company (SATCO)
Interim research and development director – Product enhancements and commercialisation
SATCO is a pioneering, early-stage cleantech company, spun out from the research department of a leading UK university in 2006, following a ground-breaking discovery.
Their technology is set to revolutionise the use of electric vehicles and renewable energy technologies; an area experiencing significant growth due to the ever-increasing demand for environmental sustainability.
Within just five years of trading, SATCO’s developmental progress had already been acknowledged by many prominent external sources. This included winning two Rushlight awards and being listed as one of the Global Guardian 100 Cleantech Companies.
SATCO appointed a high-profile chief executive in 2009, whose leadership further accelerated the company’s growth. In 2012, having already moved into their revenue generating
phase, and being appointed to an important £2million joint development contract, SATCO approached Intramezzo to help them bring on board an experienced interim research and development (R&D) director. This appointment was to play a pivotal role in driving the business through to the next stage.
The successful candidate would be required to lead the R&D team to deliver various innovative technologies that would ensure a step change in SATCO’s products. This included developing significant short-term product enhancements necessary for commercialisation in both consumer and commercial applications.
The new R&D director would need to inspire the generation of new materials and products through outstanding technological breakthroughs, while managing resources on time and to budget. Being able to develop a customer-focused, highly commercial culture within R&D was critical..
“Our chosen candidate has brought a wealth of experience, fitted in well and has already made a significant impact on the business.”
The venture’s rapid expansion meant that the COO needed to be appointed with some urgency so that Fuel3D could take full advantage of their market position and commercial opportunities. With that in mind, Intramezzo was retained to find both an interim COO who could make an immediate start and act as a safe pair of hands taking the role forward in the short/medium term, as well as a permanent candidate.