25 Oct 2023

Job Offer | Project manager on critical raw materials and recycling in the automotive industry

CDD (One year fixed-term contract) đź“Ť Paris

Presentation of the Mobility in Transition Institute (IMT)

After two years, Iddri (The institute for sustainable development and international relations) has created in 2023 the Mobility in Transition Institute: a think tank dedicated to the transition of the mobility and transport sector in France and Europe. Both a platform for dialogue and a place for producing analyses and recommendations, the ITM aims to objectify the environmental, social, industrial and political issues at stake, in order to facilitate the operational implementation of the transition. The work is based on multi-stakeholder consultation, within a platform that brings together players from diverse horizons to exchange views in a protected dialogue space, and on a modeling tool that gathers data on the entire French motorized road fleet, the fiscal and regulatory framework, and the sociological profile of vehicle owners. Last but not least, the ITM is keen to join forces with other organizations and think tanks to collaborate on specific issues.

The ITM remains a component of the IDDRI eco-system, a think tank that has become influential on the French and international scene, while keeping its independence and intellectual freedom. The teams share the same office, and Iddri Managing Director SĂ©bastien Treyer is also Chairman of the ITM. In this way, the Mobility in Transition Institute benefits from the cross-disciplinary expertise and support of some forty researchers (notably in the fields of energy, agriculture, industry, adaptation, etc.), and retains a capacity for systemic analysis of the challenges of transition. These daily interactions between the teams form an inspiring and rich multidisciplinary and international collaborative framework.

Mission 

The electrification of the vehicle fleet raises issues such as the supply of critical materials and the carbon footprint of vehicle production. In the automotive industry, the levers of recycling and the circular economy are essential to achieving carbon neutrality and securing industrial sovereignty. The current revision of the European end-of-life vehicles and the eco-design directive provide a regulatory framework to support the industry's development prospects.

In this context, the ITM has chosen to focus on the recycling of critical materials associated with end-of-life vehicles, and on the use of recycled materials to supply traditional materials (steel, copper, aluminum, glass or plastics). The aim is to broaden the ITM's scope of study and position itself as a leading player in France on the subjects of critical materials and recycling in the automotive industry, by developing high level in-house expertise.

The priority topic to be addressed in 2024 is the role of the circular economy and recycling in decarbonizing steel production and strengthening OEMs' commitment to and investment in green steel.

The project involves the deep dismantling of three hundred end-of-life vehicles to carry out in-depth recycling of the steel, copper and aluminum present in the carcass, in order to study the technical and economic conditions for deploying such a process. The aim is to explore the potential for producing more high-quality steel scrap to feed the green steel industry, and to strengthen the interest and commitment of carmakers.

Under the supervision of the Managing Director, the Project Manager will be responsible for:

  • Monitoring and implementation of the ELV and green steel project
  • Coordination of the various stakeholders
  • Analysis and reporting of results.
  • In-depth monitoring of political, regulatory, economic, and industrial news relating to the subject
  • Contribution to internal work, such as writing publications.
  • Increased personal skills and in-depth knowledge with a view to building a new pole of expertise within the ITM over the long term.
  • Continuation of ITM's work on critical raw materials for battery production and recycling (Li, Co, Ni, Cu), whether in terms of analyzing industrial capacity and strategic issues or building demand scenarios that take sobriety and frugality into account.

Profile

  • Master's degree in a field closely related to the offer with 3 to 5 years' experience in the automotive industry, recycling, or critical raw materials issues.
  • In-depth knowledge of environmental issues
  • Project management skills
  • Ability to analyze, synthesize and report in writing.
  • Fluency in French  
  • Autonomy and team spirit

Contract

The contract type is CDD (12-month fixed-term contract). The remuneration will be determined according to profile and experience. IMT offers favorable working conditions: 37.5 hours/week, 5 weeks annual leave in addition to public holidays and 15 days off (French JRTT system), social security and complementary medical cover, restaurant tickets, contribution to public transport, etc. 

The office is located in the heart of Paris’ quartier Saint Germain, a particularly pleasant location in the French capital, with very easy access using public transport.  Remote working is possible 2 or 3 days a week.

Application process

Applications (Resume and cover letter) must be sent to marjorie.mascaro@sciencespo.fr and jeanphilippe.hermine@sciencespo.fr.