Kite Designer

Permanent contract

La Teste de Buch

Job offer published on 16 February 2023

Beyond the Sea, a human-sized company based in the Bay of Arcachon, is a start-up created in 2014 by Yves Parlier, a sailor with multiple victories in ocean races.
Today, the company develops and markets kites for the traction of pleasure boats, the LibertyKite®. This kite brings safety to sailors by allowing them to return to port in the event of engine failure or dismasting. In addition, thanks to the fuel savings achieved, it also provides the autonomy required for transoceanic voyages. At the same time, the start-up is developing the SeaKite®, an automatic kite steering system designed to pull larger boats such as pleasure craft, trawlers and merchant navy freighters, which will eventually allow them to make significant fossil fuel savings and reduce greenhouse gas emissions!
Through its program, Beyond the Sea is fundamentally involved in major environmental and societal issues and therefore proposes innovative solutions, at the cutting edge of technology, which are perfectly in line with the “Blue Growth” strategy, which aims at a sustainable development and growth of the maritime sector, in search of environmental preservation.


The Kite Designer will work in close collaboration with the Beyond the Sea Kite Designers and with the technical and operational teams on the different kite models under development. By being able to apply his/her knowledge and experience, he/she will be able to bring his/her support and skills to the development of traction kites. As a true Kite or Paraglider enthusiast and seasoned practitioner, he/she will be able to put his/her scientific mind to good use and integrate his/her knowledge into his/her passion. While being attentive to the state of the art both internally and externally, he/she will have to be able to move from the virtual: an important computer phase, to the concrete; an equally important phase of operational implementation of the models. He/she will have to be able to draw the quintessence of the work of the School of Air and Space, the easy reading of thesis on the resistance of fabrics and flexible structures, the various works carried out by the different universities on kites.


We are looking for someone who is passionate and curious, with a strong appetite for innovation, who is committed to the environment and the protection of our planet, and who has a good command of kitesurfing and/or paragliding. Competition skills would be a plus. Having an expertise acquired in the field of aerodynamics, Having a strong appetite for sail, Kite and Paraglider fabrics. Previous experience in the field of sail design and production would be appreciated. Graduate from an engineering school such as SUPAERO / IAE / INSA / CENTRALE / TU Delft. With previous concrete experience in kite design or sail design. This will be an undeniable asset to your application. Comfortable with 3D design software; Rhino, SurfPlan Pro, Catia, with proven skills in fluid mechanics and fluid-structure interactions. With a background in CFD software (CCM / or ANSYS fluent.). With the ability to integrate and adapt to a multidisciplinary team.


You will participate in the development of an innovative and promising project. Joining us is an opportunity to gain rewarding experience and develop your skills in a multidisciplinary, dynamic, passionate team that is sensitive to environmental issues.


Travel to the South East of France is desirable on the basis of approximately x1 week per month. For travel to events, all travel, accommodation and meal expenses will be covered, with receipts.

  • Full time, permanent contract


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