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Director of Operational Excellence

  • Applications are considered on a rolling basis
  • Skellefteå
  • Applications are considered on a rolling basis
  • Skellefteå

This is a rare opportunity to join the management team for Northvolt's first Gigafactory, Northvolt ETT! We are looking for a dedicated Director of Operational Excellence to join us in our mission to contribute to a greener future. By joining us, you will be a key player in establishing operational excellence and contribute to building one of the first large-scale European battery factories.

About the job

As Director of Operational Excellence, you will develop the Northvolt Excellence System (for our Gigafactory Northvolt Ett) and create the basics of Northvolt’s production efficiency.

In this role, you will both recruit and develop your own central team, as well as be a part of building local lean functions within the manufacturing organization.

Based on lean principles, lessons learned, and best practice findings, you will coach and drive Operational Excellence in regard to production. You will transfer targets into routines and standards to guide the organization towards lean and efficiency. You will lead the management to a common goal of organizational behavior.

Your competencies will be requested in the day-to-day business as well as in the strategic questions and factory expansions.

About the team
You will be a part of Northvolt ETT 's management team and report directly to the CEO of Northvolt ETT.

You will build and develop your own team of Lean experts but also be a part of building local lean functions within the manufacturing organization.

Key responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Development of Northvolt Operational Excellence System
  • Development of shop floor management
  • Responsible for creating training material for general lean training, training in Northvolt Excellence System, change management and follow-up of knowledge levels
  • Ensure coordination of production system and shop floor management with other functions
  • Develop the Production System and Lean implementation Roadmap
  • Coach, deploy and teach Lean principles in the manufacturing environment.
  • Establish work measurement programs and analyze work samples to develop labor utilization standards.
  • Educate and coach company personnel on Lean concepts, tools and methods.
  • Sort and guide Lean teams to achieve results and meet project goals.
  • Audit regular lean activities.
  • Develop collective lean tool box, i.e. 5S, SMED, Takt, Kanban and flow etc and assure instruments are available to lean project participants.
  • Develop standard work principles and ensure high level of understanding and implementation, e.g. Wis, processes, one point lessons etc
  • Function as support in execution of improvement activities.
  • Support departments to execute Lean processes.

The person we are looking for is driven, caring and structured. You thrive by leading others and work towards common goals. You are used to a high paced work environment and got good time management skills. Qualities that we cherish are flexibility, sense of quality, friendliness, motivation to take on new challenges, grit and a sense of humor.

Northvolt is an equal opportunity employer. We're a diverse group of individuals, united by a common mission, who recognise that while our actions as individuals have a role to play in driving Northvolt towards its goals, we always seek to move forward as a team. We offer you an open and welcoming atmosphere where we win as a team – and fail as a team. Northvolt is growing at the speed of light and we are a strong believer in internal career development. For us it’s important to look at your skills and potential, please refrain form including your picture and age with your application to help us with this.

Apply with CV in english or your complete LinkedIn profile.

Full time employment, fixed salary.
Planned starting date is asap.

Work with great people

Josephine Korijn
Investment Manager
"We move at a fast pace and decisions are made in a deliberate, thoughtful, and bold manner."
Mohamed Farah
R&D Electrode Manager
"At Northvolt there is no right or wrong. Everyone brings something to the table."
Maria Åstrand
Director Raw Materials
"It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of starting up a new industry segment."
Erin Mathews
Industrialisation Manager
"I love being a part of such a bold effort to tackle the energy problem."

Skills & Requirements

We believe that you have :

  • Master of Science
  • Lean education/training
  • Experience in Productions Systems / Operational Excellence
  • More than 5 years as manager in production
  • Experience in Quality Management and Problem Solving
  • Production Engineering or Production Lean Engineering experience
  • Fluent in English
  • Excellent in Lean philosophies and related methodologies
  • Excellent coaching skills
  • High level of knowledge in shop floor management
  • High competence in change management
  • Ability to break down strategic targets to operational tasks/routines
  • Good understanding of how software/digitalization can support manufacturing

Bonus points for:

  • Green field experience

Great Place to Work

  • World leading technique

  • Top specialists as team peers

  • International environment

  • Fast paced & entrepreneurial culture

  • Warrant program

  • Wellness grant

About the company

Northvolt makes green batteries for a blue planet. Affordable cells and high-quality battery systems. All manufactured with a record-low carbon footprint. Purposely built to provide Europe with the opportunity to switch to renewable energy – efficiently and entirely.

To accomplish this, we do things differently. We design, manufacture, and recycle everything under one roof. We even build our own factories. All this is incredibly challenging and requires us to think in unconventional ways. We’re constantly experimenting, learning and adapting to make batteries so great – they will one day make oil history.

Northvolt is growing fast. We’re staffing our international office in Stockholm, our R&D facility, Northvolt Labs, in Västerås, as well as our Gdansk facility for production of battery systems. We're also hiring for our gigafactory Northvolt Ett in Skellefteå, Sweden. We want to work with smart individuals from all disciplines. Strong individuals that truly want to make a positive impact on the future. Those of us already on board share a passion for our mission. We’re prepared to work hard in pursuit of excellence. We enjoy the ride and our main drive is to make a difference for real. As a team, we’re dedicated to thinking new, working hard and having fun.

Ellen Ritzer | Contact Person

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