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Company: Ascend Elements

Ascend Elements is revolutionizing the production of lithium-ion battery materials by establishing a clean and sustainable supply chain using recycled feedstock. Its patented Hydro-to-Cathode™ technology directly synthesizes new cathode materials from spent lithium-ion cells more efficiently than traditional methods, resulting in reduced cost, improved performance, and lowered GHG emissions. The results are lower cost, better performance batteries with fewer discarded in landfill, a cleaner manufacturing process, and a truly sustainable closed-loop circular battery economy. Ascend Elements is taking the lithium-ion battery industry to a higher level.

We are currently hiring a Technical Sales Manageron our team!

Position Overview

The Technical Sales Manager (South Korea)will be responsible for creating and leading the business development efforts and advance technical sales support for a set of new potential and existing customer’s accounts to deliver growth for AE. The Technical Sales Manager will be responsible for the introduction and advancement of Ascend’s Hydro to Cathode pCAM and CAM business.

This position reports to the VP of Business Development.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Opening doors to new business opportunities & developing existing new business opportunities, with focus on pCAM and CAM but also support securing battery feed stock (input) & offtakes of black mass, metals and active materials (output) with key target customers.
  • Responsible as the lead point of contact for customer engineering & technical related topics during the new business acquisition process.
  • Support the AE team to progress JDAs with target OEMs and Battery Makers with the objective of qualifying AE recycled materials within cell manufacturers and OEMs road maps.
  • Processing of RFQ’s and leading the preparation of bids for new business, in particular evaluating and presenting AE compliance / exceptions to customer requirements / specifications.
  • Be the contact point and serve the customer to answer, support and follow up on technical topics, testing and approvals to advance the business development efforts.
  • Understand customer needs and wants in terms of technical topics and provide solutions with company products and services.
  • Be regularly present at customer engineering facilities.
  • Work with Quality to deliver technical resolution with customers when specs are not met and there are product performance issues.
  • Owning the relationship to purchasing / strategic contacts at prospective customers.
  • Overseeing the quality of relationship to engineering, quality and program departments.
  • Processing of RFQ’s and leading the preparation of bids for new business
  • Supporting pricing negotiations for current & future business opportunities
  • Work with Ascend Elements legal department to present and negotiate contract T&C’s.
  • Gathering customer, market and competitor intel to contribute to shaping Battery Strategy.
  • Identify trends in customer future technical specifications / requirements.
  • Contributing to the annual budgeting and long-term forecasting, personal input to guide the business on anticipated customer volumes.
  • Act as expert and consultants to customer and industry related stakeholders in CAM and pCAM products.
  • Weekly reports on activities and additional reports during important customer interactions.
  • Participate in industry events and frequent travels both domestic and international.

Education and other requirements:

  • Chemical Engineering or Chemistry background degree required. Master & PhD highly preferred.
  • Experience with managing product portfolio in CAM (Cathode Active Materials) and/or pCAM (Precursor Cathode Active Materials).
  • Successful track record of securing strategic sales of engineered systems, materials or components to automotive OEM’s.
  • Understanding of Electric Vehicle Industry and the Supply Chain for EV Batteries and raw materials.
  • Experience with (Hybrid) Electric Vehicles and/or high voltage or low voltage Li-ion battery systems or battery materials industry.
  • Fluent in English and Korean. Japanese will be an advantage.
  • Hands-on, detailed oriented leader who promotes a lean culture oriented towards action.
  • Proficient in all forms of Microsoft office products.
  • Ability to react to adjustments and alterations promptly and efficiently.
  • Strong written, oral communication and presentation skills.
  • Well-presented individual with strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to travel up to 50% of your time.


Ascend Elements is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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