Kongsberg Maritime - Sensors and Robotics

Vice President R&D

An exciting opportunity has arisen as Vice President R&D, reporting to Senior Vice President of Sensing Solutions. In this role, you will be a part of the Sensing Solutions Management Team. The business unit, located at Grilstad, Trondheim, includes R&D, product management, sales, service, and production, and delivers sensors, systems and services to a variety of maritime applications. You will be responsible for managing our R&D department consisting of highly skilled engineers within electronics, software, and advanced analytics.

We see an exciting sensing future ahead and have ambitious growth targets. The head of R&D will play a key role in realizing our ambitions with shaping the maritime future, by developing state of the art systems from sensor to cloud.  

You thrive from bringing ideas into life, enable teams across borders and you are both customer and people oriented. As a leader you are inspirational, encouraging people and teams to be creative which leads them to feel inspired, empowered, and ready for the future.

Key accountabilities

  • Responsible for our technology strategy in strong cooperation with product line managers and management team
  • Implementing and improving R&D project execution process
  • Establish and maintain a network for promoting our technology
  • Strengthen our innovation culture through developing and inspiring your colleagues
  • Budget and prioritize resource spend to the best benefit of KM and Sensing Solution
  • Recruitment of top-of-the-line developers


Qualifications and experience

  • Master or bachelor within technical areas such as (but not limited to) cybernetics, electronics, computer science, industrial design, industrial engineering or technology management
  • Leadership experience is required, including the ability to enable teams to work efficiently and collaboratively across a matrix organization, across diverse teams and cultures
  • Understanding business and customer value
  • Experience in strategy work
  • Fluency in English both verbal and written


This employment may require security clearance by the Norwegian National Security Authority.  For more information visit www.nsm.no.

You are able to

  • act on own initiative and as a team player, make things happen and take responsibility for the results
  • lead the technology development into a new era of sustainable shipping
  • focus the technology and product development towards business growth
  • build a useful network of contacts and relationships and utilizes it to achieve objectives
  • develop people through delegation, empowerment, coaching and promote self-development
  • facilitate an environment creating fresh and imaginative ideas and solutions


What we can offer

  • An exciting and important position working for the world-leading supplier of maritime solutions
  • International work environment and multidisciplinary team collaboration
  • An inspiring and safe work environment
  • Personal development and career opportunities
  • Competitive terms including attractive insurance policies and pension schemes
  • To take part in the green shift for the ocean space
  • We offer the possibility to work with sustainable and exciting solutions for the future
  • We offer flexible working hours and hybrid working arrangement


Work location
Grilstad, Trondheim

Point of contact
Øyvind Horntvedt, Senior Vice President,  +47 97 95 39 46

Our Sensors and Robotics division develops and delivers world class connected sensors and smart robotics for Marine, Research and Naval applications. The division has the responsibility for KM's leading offering of Underwater Mapping systems, Underwater Positioning, Marine Robotics, Fishery and Naval Sensors, Precision Positioning and Sensing Solutions.

At Kongsberg, we believe in tackling challenging problems and delivering extreme performance for extreme conditions.  We do that through excellent products and services developed for delivering the greatest benefits to our customers.

WORLD CLASS – through people, technology and dedication

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