EVP Sourcing & Supply chain – Kyoto Group

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Kyoto Group is currently looking for a very experienced EVP Sourcing & Supply chain, and member of the company`s executive team. As EVP Sourcing & Supply chain you will have the full responsibility and accountability for the development, implementation, and execution of Kyoto´s strategic Sourcing and Supply Chain Activities (SCM).

Typical /Key Responsibilities

  • As this position reports directly into the CEO of Kyoto, the candidate is expected to take full responsibility and accountability for the development, implementation, and execution of Kyoto´s strategic Sourcing and Supply Chain Activities (SCM).
  • The Candidate is expected to define the companies SCM strategy, set goals and develop KPI´s that supports the company´s overall strategy including defining and developing Kyoto´s SCM organization, additionally deliver daily leadership and supervision of the SCM organization.

Further, as part of the Company’s Management Group, the Candidate is expected to engage in strategic cooperation processes, in M&A activities, to ensure alignment to company strategic business goals, and to partake in the preparation and participate in Board meetings.


  • The Candidate should have at least 7-10 years’ experience in SCM or related field from international corporations, within serial production, OEM of comparable systems or products, preferably from the Wind, Oil & Gas, or Solar Power industries.
  • The candidate should be able to provide documented results with success in developing and implementing, efficient & effective Supply Chain Management processes, that the cost effectively supports the business growth strategy and drive cost down initiatives.
  • The candidate has experience working with LEAN processes and production, and are capable, to define and implement optimization initiatives in a complex, fast moving and creative environment.
  • You have previously demonstrated your ability to create and implement Supply Chain Strategies and deliver on it in a complex environment.
  • As this position is critical to the business it is crucial that the candidate is an experienced leader with demonstrated ability to lead and motivate multidisciplinary teams.

The candidate should be an experienced negotiator, with demonstrated experience in drafting and negotiating various contracts, that secures cost effective contracts and secure a strong collaboration with external stakeholders, timely deliveries and high quality is essential to Kyoto, hence some experience and knowledge of Contract Management practices would be an advantage.

Strategic sourcing is essential for this position; hence the candidate should demonstrate experience with market and supplier research, supplier evaluation, development, and approvals.

BSc or MSc in Engineering, Business or equivalent within supply chain, sourcing and logistics. Several years of relevant experience may be a substitute for lack of formal degree.

Personal skills

  • As a person you work in a structured and effective manner, you are highly analytical and bring to Kyoto professional approach.
  • You like to be busy and hands on, whilst maintaining a strategic perspective in everything you do, you are calm and able to focus on the objective in every situation.
  • This position requires the candidate to possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to work with a diverse group of individuals and styles, internally and externally, with a strong collaborative approach towards stakeholders and enjoy working in cross-functional teams.
  • You enjoy working in a start-up culture, in the sense that you are adaptable, flexible and have a strong willingness to get the job done with the ability to go the extra mile that is required from time to time.
  • It goes without saying, that you possess strong business acumen skills, and the ability to work self-driven and independently, to secure success, this includes developing and driving initiatives from idea to closure.
  • You have excellent written and verbal communications skills in English and Norwegian, other languages may be beneficial but not required.
  • You respect and adhere to timelines.

Kyoto can offer:

  • A unique opportunity to be a part of a fast-growing company in the «green economy»
  • Competitive salary and benefits
  • Exciting challenges in an entrepreneurial business environment.

Further information about the position can be obtained from CEO Christopher Kjølner, tel. +47 90 53 19 62, or our advisers Trond Sandvik / Per Inge Hjertaker at Headvisor, tel. +47 950 55 233/+47 917 29 682. All inquiries will be treated confidentially. Please send your application and CV no later than 24th of August.

Kyoto launched the «HeatCube» in 2020. «HeatCube» is thermal batteries, enabling industrial consumption of low-cost heat sourced from excess solar and wind energy (excess meaning low priced electricity). Kyoto has developed their own energy management system, Kytopia SCADA to operate the «HeatCube». Kyoto Group has a strong financial position and board members with broad experience from large Norwegian and international companies. Everything is in place to create a new Norwegian industrial adventure.