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Lean Manufacturing Manager

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

We are looking for an experienced Lean Manufacturing Manager to join us in our mission to contribute to a greener future. The role is a part of our Operational Excellence team based in Skellefteå. By joining us, you will be a key player in establishing and contribute to building one of the first large scale European battery factories.

About the job
In this role, you will build and develop Northvolt Ett as a lean organization consisting of energized teams working in standardized ways and together continuously identifies ways to improve our processes. You will internalize learnings through development of Nothvolt Excellence System as a core part of operations ways of working.

About the team
We're a fairly newly founded and small team based in Skellefteå, and our goal is to establish northvolt's excellence systems to achieve safe production of cells that meet and exceed our customers demand on quality and output daily.

Key responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Lead the development and execution of Northvolt’s ’Mastering the Line’ line approach throughout each process area, including:

    • Studying the process from a Muri, Mura, and Muda perspective to identify all activities needed to operate the line, this means feet on the ground shadowing Team Members, Team Leaders and Shift Managers
    • Turn all predictable activities into standardized cyclical and periodic standard work
    • Facilitate training on standards together with Ett Academy and operations organization
    • Establish effective Shift Handovers, Leadership Standard Work, and Pulse Meetings
    • Coach team members to sustain established standards and to move towards real-time management in the line
    • Train, facilitate and coach establishment of effective Problem Solving activities (QRQC) on the shop-floor to drive continuous improvement upon standards
    • Lead development and deployment of lean methods such as 5S, Kaizen, VSM, Standard Work, QRQC and engage in training and development of colleagues, mainly though full deployment of ‘Mastering the Line’
    • Develop Lean leaders within Operations that can coach and further develop colleagues throughout the organistion
  • Build Northvolt Excellence System (NES) based on learnings from ‘Mastering the Line’ and other best practices in Northvolt or within industry

  • Ensure effective interface and handover with Operational Excellence Industrial Engineering, Ett Academy and Mother Plan teams to ensure consistency and collaboration across the core functions of Operational Excellence department

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 :

  • Bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, or a related field.
  • Proven experience in a Lean Manufacturing role (10+ years), with a strong background in lean methodologies and philosophies.
  • Strong coaching ability to enable effective coaching of operations teams in lean methodologies
  • Enjoy working with people development
  • Enjoy working on the shop-floor side by side with the operations team members
  • English, fluent in speech and writing.

Bonus points for:

  • Fluency in other languages (Japanese, Swedish, Chinese, French)
  • Experience from a multi-cultural environment
  • Experience from a factory's ramp up phase

Great Place to Work

  • World leading technique

  • Top specialists as team peers

  • International environment

  • Fast paced & entrepreneurial culture

  • Warrant program

  • Wellness grant

  • 4 semaines de vacances / 4 weeks of vacation

  • Journées maladie illimitées / Unlimited sick days

  • Programme de parts / Employee Stock Option Program


  • Compte Frais Employés / Employee Spending Account

  • Télémédecine / Telemedicine

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.


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