Ascend Elements is offering exciting opportunities globally across North America, United Kingdom, Europe, and South Korea.

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Technical Sales Manager – South Korea

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 Manager on 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.

Director of Project Management – On Site, Westborough MA

***Location: On-Site, Westborough MA***

Ascend Elements is a technology company commercializing the patented low-cost process for producing high quality cathode active materials from spent lithium-ion batteries. Founded with technology initially developed at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and with facilities in Massachusetts, Michigan and Georgia, we have built strong relationships throughout the electric vehicle supply chain. We are expanding out project and program management team to execute our plans for rapid growth in 2024 and beyond including our first cathode materials production facility in Kentucky.

The Director of the Program Management Office (PMO) reports to the CFO/COO. The Dir of the PMO is responsible for planning and overseeing major corporate projects that include R&D project teams with the vehicle OEMs, lithium-ion battery manufacturers, and battery active material producers. In addition, the role supports global strategy and business development activities.


  • Design and implement a corporate stage-gate process for the corporate PMO.

  • Oversee projects deliverables of direct reports to ensure outcomes consistent with expectations.

  • Develop and maintain detailed project plans, project charters with scopes and objectives to track progress and oversee all institutionalization other critical project management tools.

  • Push for critical focus on budget, scope, schedule, and critical paths within the PMO and Company.

  • Prepare and maintain reporting tools to communicate project performance (e.g., weekly scorecard)

  • Perform risk assessments and management to minimize project threats and optimize project opportunities.

  • Coordinate internal resources and third parties for the execution of joint-development projects.

  • Oversee PMO group of 5+ people with projects over $1bn.

  • PMO tools experience – Project Charters, Schedule Budgets

  • Define and update project RASIC charts.

  • Cross-functional focus on accomplishing project goals on time within budget and scope.

  • Seamless handoffs with focus on the critical path through proactive project plan monitoring, risk management, and cross-functional management of project issues with timely escalation to leadership as required.

  • Use strong facilitation skills to lead regular project team meetings and apply consistent best practice for meeting agendas, actions, minutes, and other meeting documentation.

  • Lead options planning, generate recommendations, alternatives, and tradeoffs to strengthen decision-making and optimize the project strategy.

  • Establish and maintain relationships with internal and third parties/vendors/clients.

  • Align team activities through tracking of meeting minutes, action items, etc.

  • Ensure resource availability and allocation across all functions required.

  • Monitor and track project progress.

  • Manage change requests and negotiate new schedules and budget impact.

  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Qualifications and experience:

  • BA/BS or higher degree in Chemistry, Materials Science, or Chemical, Mechanical, or applicable Engineering field

  • Minimum of 10 (Ten) years program management experience in an automotive or chemicals industry.

  • Experience with APQP is required.

  • 10 years proven working experience in project management; PMP certification preferred.

  • 10 years’ experience building and maintaining project plans, budget and resource forecasts, and project management documentation (key assumptions, risks, etc.).

  • Solid organizational skills including attention to detail and ability multitask and run multiple projects at the same time.

  • Proved meeting leadership and interpersonal skills.

  • Excellent communication skills – written, verbal, and presentation skills required.

  • Computer proficiency, including spreadsheets and presentations; experience with Microsoft Project is highly desirable.

  • Physical and Environmental Requirements:

    • Capable of wearing task specific personal protective equipment including dust mask, respirator, safety shoes, gloves, and safety glasses/face shield

    • Capable of meeting OSHA standards for manual lifting guidelines: < 50lbs

    • While performing the duties of this job, it is required to stand, walk, and use hands to operate objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands or arms; climb, balance, stoop, kneel, or crouch when necessary for job activity.

  • The employee is committed to and must support the EHS management process to obtain the ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 certification as well as participate in system standards and practices in its compliance and commitment to policies, objectives, operational controls, documentation, system guidelines, and others that the organization subscribes to as mandatory.

  • Will participate in all EHS aspects, including reporting hazards, incidents, and injury/illness without fear of reprisal.

  • Must attend an Environment, Health, and Safety Orientation program appropriate to their work environment.

  • The employee must follow 6S step-by-step methodology to maintain orderly workspaces and resources thereby enhancing productivity and safety.

  • Travel up to 50% may be required.

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