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Director Smart Software & Artificial Intelligence

TKH Group

global collaboration and connection of IT, R&D and technology

Our client is TKH Group NV, a company with a focus on high-end innovative technologies in high growth markets across three business sectors: Telecom, Building and Industrial Solutions. Leveraging a blend of technologies, TKH offers superior solutions that improve the efficiency and safety of its customers. The technologies are provided together with software to create smart technologies and one-stop-shop solutions with integrated plug-and-play technologies.

With its multitude of companies, TKH operates worldwide. Over the course of 2020, TKH and its 5,500 employees generated a turnover of €1.3 billion. Short lines of communication, entrepreneurship and delegated responsibilities are hallmarks of the organization. TKH shares are listed on the Euronext Amsterdam stock exchange.

TKH pursues strong market positions, based chiefly on its own high-end technologies. Across the various locations worldwide, TKH companies have sizeable R&D teams that are placing an increasing focus on Smart Technology, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning within software development. The transition towards more data-driven services along the customer journey is impacting the TKH operating models and is shaping their digital mindset (IT, R&D, business teams and leadership).

To create insight and keep an overview of all A.I. developments and promote knowledge sharing between the various TKH companies, the Executive Board has created a new position at the senior level. As a consequence, we are now searching for a Director Smart Software & Artificial Intelligence.

Director Smart Software & Artificial Intelligence

As Director Smart Software & Artificial Intelligence, your focus will be on facilitating and driving developments in the field of A.I. within TKH. Your role involves gaining insight into the developments that the R&D teams of the various TKH companies worldwide are working on, and the way that their projects or products could benefit from A.I. technology and advancements. You will provide insights into the use of A.I. by their competitors, and industry trends in A.I. that could disrupt existing business models. You encourage and support these teams in the area of A.I. development as necessary and take on a connecting role.

From your position, you connect external specialists to the R&D teams within the companies and ensure that the resources are put to optimal use to facilitate the intended developments. You foster knowledge sharing and work on a platform enabling the various companies to learn from each other.

You have a keen eye for standardization, with due regard for the varying degrees of the diversity of the various companies. While retaining flexibility, you are on the lookout for synergy advantages by contracting suppliers and data providers to assist the various companies in these developments. At the same time, you ensure clear agreements on ownership and intellectual property between the various companies and the group.

The Director Smart Software & Artificial Intelligence reports to the Executive Board of TKH.

Your profile

To fill this overarching international position, we are looking for candidates with relevant experience in Artificial Intelligence (Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Artificial Neural Networks, Data Mining, cloud/edge computing and software development). You have an affinity with the industry and a graduate degree in a relevant field (MSc).

We are looking for a senior leader who is up to date with new technologies and trends in digital, someone who sees the opportunities to create a digital enterprise. The ideal candidate is comfortable interacting with the Executive Board, and at the same time brings hands-on experience in leveraging A.I. to transform products and processes as in a modern IT operating model based on Agile Development, DevOps, Cloud Computing and Strategic Portfolio management.

You are a moderator of knowledge exchange between various teams and organizations, keeping in mind the different interests. You are a team player who motivates teams to develop together. From experience, you are familiar with contracting suppliers and legal aspects like IP. This exciting role will require a certain pragmatism to juggle TKH’s huge ambition with constraint and developing capabilities.

In addition, your background includes:

  • A university degree.
  • Successful completion of digital transformation or complex change programs, bringing together business and technology.
  • Proven digital capabilities, and a strong understanding of modern ways of working (Agile, DevOps, Delivery).
  • Thought leader on new technologies, mobilizing people, facilitating leadership style.
  • Comfortable in working with multi-skilled digital teams (Architects, Project Managers, Data Analysts and Software Engineers).
  • International Experience.
  • Excellent communication skills.

Our client offers

TKH offers you an important strategic position in a multinational with an open culture. You will be given a lot of space and freedom in this position to realize the necessary change and cooperation. You can expect collegiality of the executive board members and R&D teams and above all a tough challenge to manage technical integration and growth.

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