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Head of Engineering, Power-to-Liquids E-Fuels Startup

United Kingdom, Competitive, subject to experience, with generous equity options,


Location:        Remote (initially)

Salary:            Competitive, subject to experience, with generous equity options

Start date:      Flexible


Are you a hands-on team player with at least 10 years of experience working in the sustainable engineering or petrochemical sector? If so, we want to welcome you to the Carbon Neutral Fuels team as our Head of Engineering!  Your role will be to lead the design and development of our modular e-fuels system.


About Carbon Neutral Fuels

We are an early stage startup pioneering a modular e-fuel production system that can be mass manufactured at the scale needed to make a meaningful contribution to solving climate change. As a carbon neutral drop-in replacement for fossil fuels, e-fuels enable rapid decarbonisation in hard to electrify industries such as aviation and long-distance transport.

We are looking to build an inclusive, engaging team of makers that enjoy solving complex problems, who are aligned in our vision of creating a better future for tomorrow. We are proud supporters of The Better Business Act, The Women’s Engineering Society, The Better Business Network and Support the Goals. CNF is also an accredited Living Wage Employer and a Disability Confident Employer. You can read our Environmental Policy and our Equality and Equity policy on our website.

You will be joining us at the beginning of our journey. This is an exciting opportunity to make a real difference in the relatively new field of sustainable synthetic liquid fuels.


The opportunity

In this role, you will be tasked with leading the development of our modular e-fuels system, integrating technologies in a way that can ultimately be mass-manufactured at scale. Initially this will involve being the primary point of contact with our engineering partner, whilst laying the foundations for you to build a cross-functional internal design team comprising Process, Electrical and Mechanical Engineers later in 2024.

You will have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in an Engineering discipline and have experience across the product development lifecycle. Safety expertise is critical and familiarity with manufacturing and petrochemical processes being advantageous.

This is an exciting opportunity to work with cutting-edge green technologies, such as Direct Air Capture (DAC), renewable and low carbon energy, electrolysis/hydrogen and Fischer-Tropsch reactors.



  • This is a UK based remote role, with 2-3 days per month set aside for team meetings in London and Manchester


Your responsibilities:

  • Developing the forward-thinking vision for our modular e-fuels system
  • Acting as the primary interface with our Front-End-Loading engineering design partner
  • Engaging in stakeholder management with suppliers and manufacturing partners
  • Performing project management, budgeting and prioritisation tasks to ensure successful project delivery
  • Hiring, managing and mentoring a cross-functional team of process/chemical, electrical/control and manufacturing engineers to successfully bring this vision to reality (hiring strategy to be developed with the founders later in 2024)
  • Building an inclusive, welcoming and engaging company culture


Personal Qualities:

  • You must have a Bachelors or Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Project Management, or a similar discipline
  • You must have at least 10 years relevant industry experience in managing complex projects through to completion
  • A customer-centric commercial mindset with the ability to confidently communicate with multiple stakeholders and the supply chain
  • Be confident in leading and motivating a team of skilled individuals to deliver on project outcomes
  • Experience with petrochemical systems and processes (e.g. syngas, hydrocarbons, etc)
  • Knowledge of manufacturing processes is extremely advantageous
  • A keen interest in climate change, sustainability and responsible business practices


Also desirable:

  • Safety design and compliance advantageous (e.g. HAZOP/HAZID, LOPA, etc)
  • Experience working with electrical and control systems
  • Expertise with CAD including SolidWorks
  • Networks and links to manufacturing and engineering organisations


What it is like working with us

We work on a trust-based model, motivated by outcomes rather than rigid processes. We value and take input from everyone on the team and work hard to create a culture of inclusivity, transparency and integrity. We are deeply motivated by a strong desire to help be a part of the solution to climate change and hope that as we grow, we can deliver even more local and national impact in communities.

Creating a diverse and welcoming workplace is also very important to us and we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. As a small team, finding the right culture fit is key. Empowering great people is what makes CNF successful and we are determined to find the very best to join our growing team!

What do we offer

  • Competitive salary with generous share options scheme
  • A flexible working policy that is outcomes driven
  • Generous holiday entitlement (FTE equivalent 28 days per annum), in addition to bank holidays and the office closure between Christmas and New Year
  • We accommodate all religious holidays and our flexible leave policy reflects this
  • CNF provides flexible working options for those with care requirements, and supports maternity / paternity / carers leave for individuals with caring responsibilities
  • Career development training and budget


Recruitment logistics

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics or disability.


Recruitment timeline

Applications - 1st February - 29th February

Online Interview - week commencing 4th March

In person interview - week commencing 11th March

Successful offer - week commencing 18th March

*Please note that these dates are approximate and subject to change at the discretion of Carbon Neutral Fuels.


Things to consider

This job description has been reviewed for minority-bias language (e.g. gender, ethnicity) to encourage applications from a range of backgrounds and experiences.


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Job Details

United Kingdom
Competitive, subject to experience, with generous equity options