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Battery Excellence program - Automation Engineer (m/w/d)

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

We offer you a unique opportunity to become one of the pioneers at our battery gigafactory in Germany, offering a head-start to boost your battery career in Sweden during the initial phase of your employment with us. Through our 12-18 months Battery Excellence program you will have the chance to delve into various aspects of the battery manufacturing process in Sweden and ultimately emerge as one of the first engineers at our Heide facility.

As an excellent Automation Engineer , you will be working intimately with the design and software teams in Sweden to design and implement a highly automated production process for our upcoming giga factory in Germany, Heide in the North of Germany. In joining our team you will be responsible to design, analyse, implement, and continuously improve the control systems of highly specialized battery manufacturing equipment.

About the job
Our production environment has very high demands on cleanliness, up-time to reach the set quality level, production efficiency and traceability. Its operation requires a combination of proven technologies and design of new innovative solutions.

In general, you have a long experience in the field and have been driving large, innovative, and challenging automation projects with very high demand on accuracy and scale. Specifically, you have a deep understanding and hands-on experience of integrating very diverse, complex, equipment into higher automation layers developing some of the most advanced control systems in the world. You will work symbiotically with the Plant Design, Manufacturing Engineering, and IT & Digitalization teams, translating their inputs into crisp specifications, and orchestrating the execution in an ecosystem of external suppliers and own developers. Your journey will include times of learning and further improving your skills and competences in our locations in Västerås and Skellefteå, Sweden.

About the team
You will be part of our international delivery team being incubated in Sweden and moving with the developed equipment into Heide, Germany. You have the unique opportunity to focus on deploying the next generation of high-volume battery manufacturing equipment following its life cycle from design and development during and after purchase order through FAT at supplier site to installation and commissioning until start of production and even beyond.

Based on our culture and values we are willing to build a fast-learning organization. You can contribute with your strong ability to network and build reliable relationships with internal and external domain experts throughout this amazing journey.

Our goal for you is to hand over high-performing and digitally integrated equipment to our production engineering and manufacturing departments. This challenging role will allow you to take responsibility and further build your professional career by building a strong team around you, creating structures, methods, and tools to scale and train our production and maintenance teams to meet our ambitious timeline.

Key responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Be part of the team that will develop and deliver tools into operations to run one of the most advanced and efficient production factories in the world
  • Develop, maintain and implement the automation system in the factory by working and interacting with internal and external stakeholders and suppliers
  • Author and review Engineering Design Documentation (requirement specifications, functional design, logic diagrams, test cases, test records), code, and software
  • Participate in R&D activities for piloting of new technologies and their suitability to production environments; contribute towards design forums and improvement meetings for technical improvement and optimization of software processes
  • Cost estimations for projects and change requests; provide input for quoting and planning works

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 humour.

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.
Planned starting date is asap.
Please note that candidates considered for employment with NV may be subject to a mandatory background check process. 

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:

  • Degree in electrical, manufacturing, or mechanical engineering, information systems, software engineering, computer science or similar
  • Successful track record of implementing and driving advanced industrial automation systems in a production environment in process-driven industries, ideally Battery, Automotive, Food, Pharma, Paper & Pulp, Semiconductor, Electrochemical or similar
  • Experience with PLC/SCADA (Siemens, Beckhoff, and ABB 800xA) programming, code writing, and the development of control system architecture
  • Experience in OPC(UA) connectivity, MES interfaces, and edge device
  • Experience in writing technical documentation (requirement specifications, functional design, UML, test cases, test records

Bonus points for:

  • Experience working with servo drives and motion technology
  • Fluency in other languages (Japanese, Swedish, Chinese, French)
  • Experience from a multi-cultural environment

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.

Magda Zenderowska | Contact Person

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