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Chief Technical Officer (CTO) (m/w)

easyOptimize GmbH

Germany (Berlin or Essen) or The Netherlands (Almelo)

Business Development Produktmanagement Co-Founder

Frühestmöglicher Eintrittstermin: Februar 2017

Anstellungsverhältnis: Vollzeit


Shine- the new venture

We are a local start-up with the goal of creating a global new energy world. We believe in a future where people will be powering themselves and other people in regional, interconnected communities. Besides a great deal of satisfaction from producing own electricity this gives our customers increased control and independence from incumbent energy suppliers. Storing electricity raises autonomy further, while the opportunity to trade excess energy with friends, family members and neighbours creates meaningful energy communities.

We envision to build this local and connected energy future. easyOptimize developed an intelligent energy management software under the brand name “shine” which optimizes production and consumption within households, raises independence and enables the local trade of self-produced power; our current product shineConnect targets solar PV system owners and everyone else who produces own energy. shine now uses its distinct advantage to build the business through rapid implementation of new business models and products based on consumer insights for the current and future energy market. easyOptimize is an agile organisation where we want to respond to change and concurrently deliver quality products.

We are an international team of entrepreneurial-minded, highly-motivated and high-achieving people who are excited to change the energy world for the better. Currently we are looking for a high impact and self-starter CTO for this business – experience in building a new venture is a necessity and due to the timing of this opportunity you will be in a great place to take personal responsibility for many aspects of the journey to a new decentralised energy future.


Your responsibilities

The CTO’s role is to assure the successful execution of the company’s business mission through the definition, development and deployment of the company’s technology infrastructure. This requires a broad understanding of a range of technology areas and the ability to identify and work with appropriate technology specialists where detailed understanding is required to ensure that a commercially astute technology strategy and roadmap can be developed, executed and maintained. We want to be leading in the development of algorithms that enable households to manage their energy between their own production, consumption and storage plus enabling them to share and trade their energy locally. In addition, we work with leading international experts in California to achieve a global reach for our vision.

Strategy & Planning

  • As integral and leading part of the senior management team, identify opportunities and risks for delivering the company’s services
  • Lead a team of IT experts, developers and staff in the Netherlands and Germany
  • Lead strategic planning to achieve business goals
  • Communicate the company’s technology strategy to investors, management, staff, partners, customers, and any other stakeholders
  • Represent easyOptimize at conferences, with investors and clients and drive the vision of a decentralized energy world forward
  • Evaluate and identify appropriate technology platforms (including application frameworks and the deployment stack) for delivering our services
  • Identify technology trends and evolving consumer behaviors that may support or impede the success of the business
  • Participate in establishing governance processes of direction and control to ensure that objectives are achieved, risks are managed appropriately and the organization’s resources are used appropriately, particularly in the areas of:
    • Software and hardware specification and development
    • Office networks and IT
    • Renewable (and related) technologies
  • Direct development and execution of a disaster recovery and business continuity plan


Implementation & Deployment

  • Ensure that robust hardware and software development processes / methodologies and standards (coding, documentation, testing, etc.) are defined and operated
  • Supervise the quality assurance process, including integration and system testing
  • Define, select and oversee the deployment of web-based internal communications systems. use cases (or user stories) and specifications that describe the company’s services as a well-defined set of services / applications
  • Participate in the selection of third party suppliers in areas like web application development, embedded application development, soft and hardware design & cloud services
  • Establish appropriate specification conformance and testing regimens for all areas of development (primarily based on user stories and the user experience design)
  • Select and manage company staff or outsourced vendors who will define, design, develop, deploy and operate technology based systems


Your profile

Formal Education & Certification

  • University degree in the field of computer science / engineering, or an engineering discipline combined with extensive experience in the computing marketplace
  • A post-graduate degree in an appropriate (engineering related) discipline is a plus
  • Qualification in a business discipline is a plus


Knowledge & Experience

  • Demonstrated ability to envision web-based services that meet consumer needs and solve business problems
  • 7-10 years+ experience managing technology development
  • Experience in building a technology-based company
  • 3 years+ experience with embedded systems

Personal Attributes

  • Proven leadership ability and able to inspire both internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability and passion to lead your team to build amazing products that drive the next energy revolution
  • Ability to articulate ideas to both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Attention to detail combined with superior analytical, evaluative, and problem-solving abilities
  • Fluency in English; German, Dutch and other languages are an asset


We offer

  • Start-up spirit of the 21st century
  • Opportunity to pioneer in shaping the energy future
  • Responsibility, participation and interesting career perspectives
  • Attractive compensation package
  • An exciting, extraordinary and flexible working environment
  • A dynamic team with transparent communication


If our offer sounds appealing to you and your profile matches our requirements, we look forward to receiving your application including your possible start date and salary expectations. Please submit your application to

easyOptimize GmbH (Germany)

easyOptimize Service BV (The Netherlands)

Mr. René Meyer
Telephone: +49 170 437 3561


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