Vice-President, Business Development

Term: Permanent, full-time
August 2021
Closing: Open until a suitable candidate is found

Ideon Technologies is a world pioneer in cosmic-ray muon tomography, based in Richmond, British Columbia on the beautiful west coast of Canada. Our discovery platform integrates proprietary detectors, imaging systems, inversion technologies, and artificial intelligence to provide x-ray-like visibility up to 1 km beneath the Earth’s surface. By detecting subsurface muons and transforming the data into reliable geophysical surveys and 3D density maps, we help geologists identify new mineral and metal deposits with precision and confidence. Our innovative technology has been proven in a range of other geotechnical/subsurface applications as well. Here’s a short video about what we do.

The role
We are seeking an experienced business development leader – with a background in geology. mineral exploration, mining, and related technologies – to join our growing company as we transform subsurface discovery. In this role, you will be responsible for developing the go-to-market strategy and executing a plan to deliver impressive customer engagement, market adoption, and revenue growth.

You will play a vital role in shaping the growth of a Canadian start-up business on the global stage. As member of our leadership team, you will be involved in setting strategic direction, building the team, developing the organizational capabilities, setting the product roadmap priorities and much more.

During the early days of this role, as the company ramps up to full commercialization, you will also have personal sales numbers to deliver in addition to your broader responsibilities:

  • Leadership:
    Model authentic leadership behaviours, provide guidance, and steward team talent, fostering a culture of accountability, professionalism, performance, respect, and ethical behaviour.
  • Go-to-market strategy:
    Design, build, and execute an effective go-to-market strategy, aligning sales objectives with company strategy, applying critical and aspirational thinking.
  • Pipeline management:
    Make the customer relationship management platform (HubSpot) an integral part of developing a high-performance go-to-market capability, with sales seamlessly integrated with marketing, centred on the customer.
  • Results:
    Close deals and meet bold targets for customer success, sales volume, strategic growth, and other key objectives.
  • Operations and resourcing:
    Develop and grow a knowledgeable and dynamic solution-based sales organization (including role definition, recruitment, performance management etc.). Develop and manage the sales and business development budget, assessing needs and recommending investments in line with our strategic objectives.
  • Professional development:
    Champion professional development initiatives to enhance the sales team’s effectiveness, productivity, and technical acumen.

You are commercially astute and know how to hustle, while operating with the highest professional standards. You see rejections as a growth opportunity, and you live to deliver extraordinary results. In addition, your credentials, attributes, and qualifications include:  

  • Master of Business Administration or equivalent.
  • Undergraduate or advanced degree in Earth sciences, engineering, or equivalent.
  • Minimum fifteen years of sales management experience in a technology-based, business-to-business environment.
  • Minimum ten years’ experience directly inside or supporting the mineral exploration and/or mining industry.
  • A proven track record of excellence in sales growth, leadership and high-performance team building.
  • Strong communication and presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in leveraging the full power of a sales and marketing-centred CRM platform.
  • References who can speak to your personal integrity, collegial style, trustworthiness, and delivery of results.
  • A willingness to be very hands-on in helping to build the business, doing what it takes to move the company ahead.

Job Requirements
The position is based in Richmond, BC (Greater Vancouver) and will require travel. Applicants will be subject to a background check.

What We Offer
This is an opportunity to work with a dynamic technology start-up and spin-off from TRIUMF (Canada’s national particle accelerator laboratory) at one of the most exciting moments in its journey to commercialization. You will be working together with company founders and technical experts to advance a ground-breaking solution that will generate significant economic and environmental benefit. Our team is entrepreneurial by nature, mission-driven, and focused on doing things right to deliver great customer outcomes. We are also committed to seeking out the best brains and the most exceptional humans, however they happen to be packaged.

What It’s Like Here
Great ideas and rich company culture come from diversity of thought, experience, and perspective. The Ideon culture is anchored in a set of core values that directly shape how we hire, coach, evaluate and develop our people: 

  • Driven by industry, informed by science
    We solve industry problems with scientific rigour: listening carefully, analyzing the data, and developing solutions that our clients – and the planet – cannot live without.
  • Inspired to create, wired to deliver              
    We’re imaginative, creating new possibilities and embracing the diversity of thought and experience within our team to move with urgency, learn from our failures, and execute masterfully.
  • Unified team, personally accountable
    We have each other’s backs and operate with integrity, respect, and empathy. Success depends on leaving egos at the door, celebrating our differences, delivering promises, and owning the outcome together.
  • Boldly ambitious, exceptionally human
    We think big and have the courage to blaze new trails. We’re in this business to win, but that doesn’t mean we compromise on doing the right thing for our people, our clients, and our world.

Please send your résumé and cover letter via email to Kim Lawrence, including the job title ‘VP Business Development’ in the subject line.