Client: Scania
REF: 20610

Scania is a world leading provider of transport solutions. Together with its partners and customers it is driving the shift towards a sustainable transport system with provision of commercial solutions and services. The world urgently needs to break the correlation between increasing demand for transportation, and increasing carbon emissions, noise, congestion and accidents. Scania is therefore researching, developing and promoting sustainable solutions for cleaner and safer transport of people and goods.

A truly global company, Scania now has manufacturing facilities in Sweden, France, the Netherlands, India, Argentina, Brazil, Poland, Russia and Finland, with assembly plants in ten countries across Africa, Asia and Europe and sales and service operations in most parts of the world. Research and development activities are mainly concentrated in Södertälje, Sweden. As of 2018, the company employed over 52,100 people worldwide and is now a member of the TRATON Group – listed on both the Frankfurt and Stockholm stock exchanges – and controlled by Volkswagen AG.

In recent years the focus on e-Mobility, connectivity and automation has led to new challenges in the IP field, with new competitors, increased licensing activities and new partnerships. Scania believes that the future of transport will be decarbonised, clean, electrified, automated and digitalised.

THE OPPORTUNITY

Scania is now offering the unique opportunity for a suitably experienced patent attorney to become Head of Patents and Intellectual Property at its Södertälje headquarters, to contribute to the company’s vision of a sustainable transport system, and creating a world of mobility that is better for business, society and the environment.

The role of Head of Patents and Intellectual Property is an exceptional opportunity to help continue to steer Scania’s patent department in a successful commercial direction, and build on existing leadership skills in an environment in which IP is recognised as crucial to commercial success, and is thus at the forefront of decision making. The Head of Patents and IP also retains higher-level substantive responsibilities such as litigation involvement and licensing negotiations.

THE CANDIDATE

This exciting leadership position is crucial to the continuing commercial success of Scania, and as such requires an outgoing and business-minded individual demonstrating strong managerial and diplomacy skills.

The successful candidate will ideally possess:

  • Masters or PhD qualification in a relevant technical discipline such as electrical or mechanical engineering; applied physics; IT or similar;
  • A fundamental understanding of relevant technical fields, with particular emphasis on the automotive field including areas such as: powertrain technology; eMobility, and connectivity as well as broader understanding of automation, AI, machine learning, and computer-implemented inventions;
  • Full qualification as a European Patent Attorney;
  • Substantial post-qualification experience within an industry setting;
  • Understanding of design patents and the use of design rights;
  • Substantial licensing experience, particularly leading on negotiations;
  • Well documented leadership experience across the immediate IPR team, and confidence in directing and interacting with R&D colleagues and others across the business and externally;
  • Exceptional communication skills including demonstrable persuasive capabilities and the ability to operate with diplomacy across all business sectors;
  • Keen commercial understanding and business mindset including an appreciation of Scania’s core values;
  • Ability to prioritise effectively and efficiently in a fast-paced, dynamic environment;
  • Commercial awareness and interest in Scania’s proprietary technologies and future aims;
  • Fluency in English and Swedish, with fluency in German beneficial.

If you would like to explore this opportunity further, please contact

Julian Adamson

Partner

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