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South 8

South 8

Sales & Business Development
San Diego, CA, USA
Posted on Monday, August 8, 2022
Job Title: Director of Business Development
Location: San Diego, CA – Bay Park area (non-remote)
Position Type: Full-time
Experience Level: 10+ years of experience in Key Account Management and/or Business Development in the Li-ion battery industry
Benefits: Medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 401k, paid vacation, stock options, and a great team environment
Work with a fast-paced startup team that is transforming the battery industry. The Director of Business Development will focus on international business development and expand the Company’s knowledge of state-of-the-art battery development and manufacturing as well as business practices especially in Asia.
The ideal candidate is an initiative-taking and action-oriented Director who can provide impactful support to customers and suppliers. The candidate must be able to build relationships that create substantial value for South 8 Technologies by accelerating our time to market and/or increasing revenue. The candidate will work directly with customers, partners, and suppliers to ensure their satisfaction and work closely with other employees to ensure customer and supplier questions or concerns are addressed in a timely manner.
  • Build effective relationships based on trust, and transparency with customers, partners, and suppliers
  • Leverage profound knowledge of world-leading battery company product and business development as well as decision-making processes to augment South 8 Technologies’ competencies in those areas
  • Continuously seek and acquire knowledge of the best practices in product and business development across the battery value chain
  • Rapidly and robustly qualify and prioritize, in accordance with senior management direction, new partner and customer prospects
  • Meet or exceed corporate strategic business objectives by expeditiously and effectively moving qualified prospects through the customer/partner acquisition process which shall include negotiating agreements
  • Formulation and execution of partnership, joint-development, and engineering agreements with battery ecosystem players (cell manufacturers, manufacturing equipment suppliers, automotive supply chain)
  • Develop, implement, monitor, and maintain supply chain management strategies that increase the efficiency and speed of supply operations
  • Keep records of sales and other relationship data
  • Manage accounts from both our existing sales pipeline and new business opportunities
  • Manage input entry and maintenance of the Company’s Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
  • Participate in the formation and execution of strategies based on data, trends, as well as knowledge of customers, products, and competitors


  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university (technical degree preferred: electrical, chemical, systems engineering or related discipline)
  • In depth understanding of cylindrical Lithium-ion cell manufacturing processes, supplier qualification requirements (technical and business) as well as profound knowledge of terms and conditions for typical business transactions in battery manufacturer to supplier relationships
  • 10+ years of experience in battery supply chain, ideally in business development and product development roles
  • Extensive international experience including comprehensive experience with Asia / US transactions
  • Experience with product sales, technology licensing, joint development agreements and other strategic partner relationships
  • Effectively present information and respond promptly to requests from peers, managers, clients, customers, and partners
  • Exceptional ability to communicate and foster positive relationships
  • Accountability and personal organization are essential
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office products as well as CRM systems
  • International travel

At the time of posting, the expected starting salary range for this role is $160,000.00 – $220,000.00 annually. The actual pay depends on multiple individualized factors, including education, job-related knowledge, experience, and skills, which will be assessed during the interview process. The comprehensive compensation package for this position may also include other elements, such as health benefits, 401k, and company stock options. The base pay range and package is subject to change and may be modified in the future.

South 8 Technologies, Inc. is a fast growing and well-funded company backed by leading global organizations. We have developed a breakthrough Liquefied Gas Electrolyte chemistry for current and next-generation lithium batteries. Our patented technology enables a substantial increase in energy, significant cost reductions, unmatched safety improvements, and an exceptionally wide operating temperature. Leveraging conventional materials and manufacturing, South 8 Technologies offers a near drop-in solution for a variety of e-mobility, energy storage, and industrial applications.
South 8 Technologies, Inc. was founded in 2015 and spun out of UC San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering. We are a diverse team, which values integrity and hard work in an environment that encourages creative thinking, collaboration, and honest feedback. Become a critical member of our team and grow alongside us as we transform the energy ecosystem.
Candidates only – we will not respond to inquiries from third-party recruiters.
South 8 Technologies is an equal opportunity employer.