I smiled when I ended my call with Dube Pender. Dube is “Head of Propulsion System Assembly” at Lilium. We had a very pleasant conversation about English jobs at Lilium. I encourage you to listen to the full interview here. Get the “inside scoop” and an advantage over other candidates.
Now, let me tell you why you should be excited to work for Lilium:
Right after my call with Dube, I had to leave the house. It was my mum’s birthday and we had to drive a hundred kilometers to see her. Luckily, there is a highway that basically leads from my front door all the way to my parent’s house. I love the “Ruhrschnellweg” because it’s like a meditation in asphalt. You start in Düsseldorf and get on the Ruhrschnellweg in Essen, then follows Bochum, Dortmund, Unna – all lined up like pearls on a string. And you just drive straight the whole time. No turns, no missed exits. Very calming and relaxing.
If it wouldn’t be for the fact that a million other cars also travel this route. While I watched the red taillights of the cars in front of me move another inch forward, I had time to consider what it takes to get my family from my home to my parent’s house:
– 1.5 tons of steel;
– Thousands of small explosions right in front of my feet. (Sidenote: Driving gasoline on this trip after more than a year of fully electric cars felt like a step back into the stone age.);
– Gasoline to keep the engine running;
– Lots of paper towels, 1.5 l of water and a clean shirt. (Because my little daughter got car sick from the gasoline smell);
– one asphalt band, 36 meters wide and 100.000 meters long. 3,6 million square meters of asphalt in total. (Price: Between 600 million and two billion EUR.)
All just to move four people to their destination at an average speed of 71 kilometers per hour. (Forget about speed limits. There are on average 100.000 cars on the Ruhrschnellweg per day. Just get in line and meditate on stop and go.)
That’s why I am so excited every single time when I interview someone from Lilium. Because they offer to completely change how we travel. Their idea is very simple:
Do you see that giant asphalt scar that we drove into the earth between our cities? Those thousands and thousands of tons of concrete, gravel and steel? What if we got rid of it?
What if we filled the space with fields and forests and houses to live in and green gardens to grow flowers, vegetables and weed? (Okay, they don’t actually propose that last one.)
What if instead we only built the first and the last meter of asphalt? Lilium promises to transport you from Point A to Point B four times faster than my car –without ever having to stop in a traffic jam.
The 100-kilometer trip to my mom would shrink from 1.5 hours to just 22 minutes.
And it would be silent, smooth and not smell of gasoline. Because they use electricity.
In short: Lilium is building the first fully electric VTOL jet. An electric plane that takes off like a helicopter, but flies like a regular plane once it gained it’s cruising altitude. In the last years, they built several models followed by a full scale 2-seater plane in 2017 and a 5-seater plane that flew in 2019.
Now they are about to take the next step: Lilium is in the certification process for their 7-seater VTOL in Europe and the United States. Operations are supposed to start in 2024. And they need you and your expertise to help them ramp up production to build hundreds and later thousands of fully electric jets.
When cars replaced horses, it changed the world.
When airlines replaced passenger ships it changed the world.
When electric VTOL comes to market, it will change the way we travel between cities forever.
And you can be part of that revolution.
I invite you to listen to my interview with Dube Pender and then check out current job openings at Lilium – so that we can all serve our ultimate purpose: To increase my personal comfort. 😊