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Director Supplier Quality and Industrialization

  • Applications are considered on a rolling basis
  • Västerås
  • On-site
  • Applications are considered on a rolling basis
  • Västerås
  • On-site

We are looking for an operationally experienced Supplier Quality Professional to build and lead our Supplier Quality and Industrialization team. In co-operation with our Group Quality organisation and Site Supplier Quality teams, you will own Northvolt’s Supplier Quality and Industrialization Framework, and strategically drive all related supplier qualification and development activities and the related processes and tool development. In this role, you will lead the team of Supplier Development and Supplier Quality Engineers.

Your future key responsibilities:

  • Lead and scale a rock star Supplier Quality team consisting of Supplier Development and Supplier Quality Engineers driving the industrialization of Northvolt’s supply base globally.
  • With your team, assess new and existing suppliers to consistently meet requirements for performance, quality, cost, sustainability, and delivery.

  • Ensure robust Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP), Production Part Approval Process (PPAP), Value Analysis/Value Engineering (VA/VE) and Quality plans in our customer projects.

  • Develop and negotiate Supplier Quality Agreements and material specifications in collaboration with our Category Managers and R&D Engineers

  • Own the efficiency and effectiveness of our procedures for evaluating and qualifying new suppliers and materials and ensure that supplier selection follows a robust qualification process.

  • Take ownership of our supplier evaluation and development activities to systematically drive supplier quality performance across all dimensions.

  • Develop, align, and improve Supplier Quality strategy, processes, tools, and Northvolt’s Supplier Quality Handbook with Northvolt’s Group Quality Organization

Your profile

You share our passion to make the world a better, cleaner place. You are characterized by curiosity, motivation to take on new challenges, and a strong “can-do” attitude which you spread contagiously with your team and peers. Being a Supplier Quality professional with operational experience, you have worked in automotive or industrial manufacturing environments, and you have a track record in effectively industrializing new supply chains. You are convinced that working in a diverse, multi-cultural environment does not only drive value, it also is a source of energy and satisfaction for you as a leader. Through your career you have also learned how to handle ambiguity while providing structure and guidance to your team, even in high-intensity situations and tight deadlines. You are service oriented and understand that Supplier Quality is a pivotal to Northvolt’s ability to scale while you are also able to be assertive and manage demanding customer requirements. You have proven to take and guide solid decisions under uncertainty through balancing risks and possible trade-offs.

This position is a full-time employment and will include traveling to other Northvolt sites and suppliers.

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 bring:

  • Education and experience in quality and industrialization discipline
  • Experience and specific knowledge of quality management systems, e.g., IATF16949, ISO 9001, TQM
  • 10+ years of management experience within high volume manufacturing
  • Experience of supplier quality management in relevant industry, e.g., Battery Manufacturing or Materials, Automotive, Pharmaceutical, Food industries

  • Experience from auditing and developing suppliers in a global setting, i.e., Asia, Europe, North America

  • Experience in developing processes, manuals, standards, procedures, and documentation to support efficient Supplier Quality Management and Industrialization

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.


Västerås | On-site
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