Vantage Power manufactures complete hybrid powertrains that retrofit buses already on the road. Coming with remote telemetry as standard, customers get live performance data enabling enhanced fleet management, maintenance, fuel economy and emissions.
About Us

Welcome to Vantage Power! We design and manufacture retrofit hybrid powertrains for buses, enabling operators to reduce their fuel consumption and emissions at a fraction of the cost of purchasing new hybrid buses. By designing the whole hybrid system - everything between the fuel tank and the wheels - we ensure optimal performance of every component, resulting in higher fuel economy, lower emissions, and greater reliability than other systems.

Our engineering team - drawn from the heavy-duty vehicle, Formula 1 and aerospace industries - is continuously challenged to develop innovative solutions, and this has culminated in a truly unique product offering. To bring our products successfully to market, we are partnered with:

- Ensignbus: The UK’s largest used bus dealer, selling approximately 1,000 vehicles a year, and a commercial bus operator with a fleet 100-strong. Ensign have been instrumental in testing and verifying our hybrid retrofit system, and represent a significant route to market.

- Marshall of Cambridge: A £1.4bn turnover engineering powerhouse that has built over 10,000 buses alongside its aerospace, military vehicle and motor retail businesses. Marshalls bring key commercial and engineering support.

Vantage Power was founded by Alexander Schey and Toby Schulz in 2011, both having been active in the electric and hybrid vehicle space since 2007. The company is well funded through its active and supportive investor base, and has attracted close to £1m in government funding.

Awards
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    NI Engineering Impact Awards 2014
    Runner-Up

    On 3rd November 2014 Vantage Power collected 2nd prize in the Transportation category at the National Instruments Engineering Impact Awards. Coming second behind the overall winner from all categories, Vantage Power's application was praised by the judges as an innovative deployment of their tools and for the industry beating speed of development for such a product.


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    Shell Springboard 2013
    National Winner

    On 14th May 2013 Vantage Power became UK winner for the Shell Springboard Award. The award which was designed to find the UK's most innovative and exciting low-carbon business was presented by the Chairman of Shell UK and the Secretary of State, the Rt. Hon. Vince Cable.


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    Shell Springboard 2013
    Regional Winner

    On 23rd April 2013 Vantage Power won the Shell Springboard 2013 Award for one of three regions in the UK. VP saw off more than 120 companies to secure a place at the regional heat of this year's competition and impressed judges with their low carbon innovations. This prestigious award comes with a £40,000 cash prize and a place in the national finals.


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    Lloyds TSB Enterprise Awards
    2013 Regional Winner

    On 21st March 2013 Vantage Power won the Lloyds TSB Award for Best Enterprise in London and South-East. Competition at the awards was very intense with many other companies exhibiting hugely promising and exciting business cases. VP was awarded the prize alongside £5,000 for the business as well as two years of free mentoring.


Our Board
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Alex Schey - CEO

Alex has been involved in the design and building of electric and hybrid vehicles since 2007, and has complimented this with energetic, enthusiastic and entrepreneurial leadership. He combines an in-depth understanding of Vantage Power’s technical solutions with a natural affinity for sales, networking and public speaking. Alex has a 1st class honours degree in mechanical engineering from Imperial College London, and speaks English and Spanish.

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Toby Schulz - CTO

During the five years prior to founding Vantage Power, Toby worked in the design and build of several hybrid and electric vehicles. Specialising in vehicle control systems and powertrain architecture design, and with a 1st class honours degree in mechanical engineering, Toby adds key knowledge and skills to the team. He is passionate about new ventures in the low carbon vehicle sector and seeking out new opportunities to bring innovative technology to the market place. Toby is fluent in English, German and Spanish.

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Peter Cowley - Non Executive Director

Peter Cowley is a Cambridge University Engineering/Computing graduate who has founded and run a dozen technology and construction businesses and has angel invested in over 35 start-ups in Cambridge and London. He is or has been a non-exec director of nine of those.  For over a decade, Peter has been involved in charity and social enterprise governance as chair and treasurer of various trustee boards. Peter is a board member of the Cambridge Angels, and has mentored countless entrepreneurs. He setup and runs the Martlet start-up investment fund of Marshall of Cambridge, like a family office investing off a £1.4bn revenue, corporate balance sheet. He is a Fellow in Entrepreneurship of the Cambridge Judge Business School and, currently, UK Angel Investor of the Year.

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Robert Marshall - Board Observer

Robert was appointed CEO of the Marshall Group of Companies in January 2012. Marshall is a fourth generation family company with annual sales of £1.4bn that has extensive activities in aerospace design, military aircraft maintenance, military ground systems and motor retail. After attaining a 1st Class Degree in Engineering at Cambridge University, Robert spent some time in the USA as a Scientific Research Associate with Lockheed Martin, later founding a business designing and manufacturing specialist equipment for use in microbiology laboratories. Robert is enthusiastic about engineering and the education and training of engineers in UK. He sits on the Board of the EEF and is a member of the prestigious Cambridge Angels investment group.

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Nat Billington - Board Observer

Nat is a founder and director at Synergy Energy - investing time and capital in technologies and businesses which efficiently and sustainably generate and store electricity at human scale. Previously Nat was a founder of bespoke software development business, KBW Consulting that created digital information solutions for many large UK corporations. This grew into a digital agency with over 200 staff and exited with a trade sale in 2005 to form LBi. More recently, he was MD of Map of Medicine, responsible for early stage business growth, product development and sales; and acquired by Hearst Corp. in 2008. Nat is a Trustee of the Longford Trust, offering higher education to ex-prisoners; and a member of Isiqalo Foundation, using sport to help vulnerable youth in South Africa's townships.

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John Stares - Board Observer

John Stares is an Imperial College Maths graduate who worked in IT, qualified as a Chartered Accountant and then was with Accenture for 23 years. With Accenture he worked as consultant with clients in most industry sectors and during his 15-year tenure as a partner held a wide variety of leadership roles in Accenture's Canadian and European businesses. Since retiring from Accenture in 2001, John has held Chair/Non-Executive roles with a variety of Operational businesses (including an airline, teleco and electric utility), Investment Funds and Charities. Between 2002 and 2012 John also led the Guernsey Enterprise Agency. When he retired from that role he co-founded Guernsey’s first Angel Investor group through which he has built up a portfolio of 12 angel investments.

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Colin Nunn - Board Observer

Colin has twenty five years’ experience in a wide variety of international senior Financial Director and Commercial Director roles, with experience ranging from multi-billion pound quoted companies such as Rovi, Lotus, BAe Systems and NTT, to having worked in seven start-ups. Colin is an investor in early stage companies and a portfolio Finance Director, currently working with nine companies, and having been the Finance Director of over thirty companies in the past. Originally qualifying with Deloitte, Colin is a Chartered Accountant.


Careers
Thank you for your interest in a career at Vantage Power. We are a dynamic company based in West London formed to create innovative electric and hybrid powertrains for the heavy-duty vehicle industry. We are always on the look out for highly motivated and enthusiastic individuals that relish a challenge. If you fit any of the job descriptions below or feel you could add value in other ways and are NOT a recruitment agent, please get in touch.
  • Chief Vehicle Model Engineer

    About Role:

    You will be in charge of leading a team of packaging and integration engineers in order to repackage the B320 System into a new vehicle model. This will be a process from concept through to production and include design for manufacture of sheet metal and extruded parts, as well as fluid transfer and cable harness routing. An important part of this role is complying with the integration requirements of the various component suppliers and this should be a process you have experience in.

    Responsibilities and Activities:

    - Leading packaging and integration team for new vehicle model;

    - Concept design of system layout in new vehicle – using 3D scanning tools to create accurate 3D model;

    - Project management of new model development including managing engineers’ workload;

    - Overseeing and participating in detailed design and manufacture of sheet metal and extruded parts;

    - Overseeing and participating in detailed design and manufacture of fluid transfer routing;

    - Assembly and test of first prototype build and documentation of assembly procedures;

    - Ensuring suppliers’ integration requirements are adhered to and taking system through sign-off testing with supplier;

    - Collaboration with production team to establish assembly procedures.

    Skills and Experience

    Required:

    - Proficient in use of 3D CAD software including management of large and complex assemblies;

    - At least 3 years experience in automotive powertrain development environment;

    - Very good knowledge of heavy duty powertrain components;

    - Excellence in design for manufacture, engineering drawings and GDT;

    - Previous practical hands-on experience dealing with powertrain assemblies;

    - Experience managing a team of engineers.

    Desirable:

    - Experience with Autodesk Inventor and FEA packages;

    - Experience with hybrid powertrains.

  • Production Manager

    About Role:

    You will work within the Operations Team and will report directly to the COO. You will be responsible for building up a battery pack production line and overseeing system assembly at our sub-contractors. Achieving your goals will be challenging but immensely rewarding, and you will be expected to demonstrate a high degree of initiative, autonomy, perseverance and dedication.

    Responsibilities and Activities:

    - Design and build up of an in-house battery pack assembly line including the specification of specification of machines and tooling;

    - Management of large-scale assembly operations of chassis and mechanical components at a variety of sub-contractors;

    - Working with the Engineering and Supply Chain teams to ensure component and system quality;

    - Take the company up to ISO9001 accreditation;

    - Build up and manage a motivated, skillful production team.

    Skills and Experience

    Required:

    - A solid command of Word, Excel and Powerpoint with the ability to create Excel-based models, and accurate, concise reports;

    - At least 5 years experience as a Production Director/Manager in a related industry or related sector;

    - Experience of creating new high-tech manufacturing processes;

    - Experience of building and managing a production team;

    - Experience of and adherence to ISO quality standards;

    - Experience in auditing suppliers’ factories.

    Desirable:

    - Experience of managing the process to ISO9001 accreditation;

    - Experience of battery pack manufacture including cell tab welding and high voltage working practice and safety;

    - Experience in selecting, implementing and using production management software.

  • Chief Control Engineer

    About Role:

    You will be in charge of leading the control engineering team and overseeing the development of the control system from a prototype to a production ready version to be deployed on many road vehicles. This is an evolutionary step that you will have experienced before in your career and you will be confident around the control system design cycles, processes and documentation.

    Responsibilities and Activities:

    - Leading control engineering team – currently 4 engineers – and project management of development;

    - Identifying and implementing control system design processes;

    - Implementing rigorous control system documentation;

    - Guiding and participating in control algorithm development;

    - Liaising with other engineering teams to determine interfaces between control system and application.

    Skills and Experience

    Required:

    - Experience in automotive control systems environment in leadership position;

    - Experience in developing embedded control algorithms for automotive;

    - Proficient use of at least two common embedded programming languages;

    - Experience with embedded controllers;

    - Experience with automotive CAN tools (one of Peak CAN, CANalyser, Softing);

    - Experience with software version control.

    Desirable:

    - Experience with National Instruments LabVIEW, CompactRIO and SoM;

    - Experience with networking communication protocols, TCP/IP, server implementation and databases.

  • Mechanical Design Engineer

    About Role:

    You will be a part of the packaging design team, designing the integration of the B320 hybrid powertrain into different vehicle models. You should have relevant experience in integrating automotive engine and powertrain components and be comfortable with design-for-manufacture processes and practices. Designing new parts from scratch, validating designs using appropriate analysis tools, creating manufacturing drawings and overseeing the manufacturing of the parts should be second nature to you.

    Responsibilities and Activities:

    - Design for manufacture of mountings for engine bay components;

    - FEA of designed components;

    - Creating assembly drawings and instructions for production;

    - Designing integration of critical powertrain components e.g. diesel engine and transmission.

    Skills and Experience

    Required:

    - Mechanical Engineering Honours Degree or similar;

    - A solid command of a 3D CAD modelling software preferably Autodesk Inventor;

    - Experience in vehicle build programs preferably in heavy-duty sector;

    - Confident grasp of drawing for manufacture and GDT;

    - Experience and confidence in FEA;

    - Good knowledge of manufacturing techniques for sheet metal and extrusions.

    Desirable:

    - Hands-on experience with operating workshop machinery (i.e. lathe, mill, grinders etc.) is desirable.

    - Experience with automotive hybrid and/or electric powertrains.

If you are interested in working with us please use the following email address to get in touch (no agencies):