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Incoming Quality Control Area Manager

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

About the job

The key responsibilities of the Testing manager is to plan, manage and coordinate the daily activities of a sub-team within the Laboratories Quality team at Northvolt ETT. This includes ensuring the execution of the control plan, both the logistics and successful testing of cells, as well as collaborating with stakeholders from production/quality/logistics/R&D/cell design to support them as best as possible in terms of their daily testing needs and requirements. Additionally, the Testing Manager’s responsibility is to maximise the use of available resources (personnel, equipment, material), build a strong and talented team that can meet the high demands of our internal customers in terms of quality, efficiency, and turn-around time of results.

Key responsibilities include but are not limited to:

The Quality Control Area Manager has several key types of responsibilities, each with a distinct set of duties and expectations. In addition, this role requires a high degree of flexibility and ability to cope with ambiguity and rapid change in production operations and quality control needs.

The main types of responsibilities and expectations thereof are (in no particular order of priority):

  • Direct Management of Employees. This role usually has several direct reports and as such the Area Manager is expected to handle the day-to-day management of these employees, including:
  • Assistance with hiring and onboarding.
  • Attendance.
  • Vacation, holiday, and other time-off management and approvals.
  • Corrective actions for behaviour if required.
  • Ensuring all basic company compliance type training (e.g., safety, company policy) is attended and adhered to.
  • Operations Management of specific QC activities (both employees and throughput). This responsibility is concerned with the actual productivity of the sub-team.
  • Management of the execution of all quality control analyses of the sub-team as per the control plan.
  • Plan and communicate to the team their daily/weekly priorities (immediate to 168-hour timeframe), ensure expectations and responsibilities are clear.
  • Responsible for short-term planning and scheduling of people and resources to achieve optimal throughput, as well as any necessary planning involved with control plan and project changes.
  • Coordinate logistics of incoming/outgoing samples to/from QC lab; immediate collection and reporting of results back to production.
  • Support the team with running analytical testing on a range of instruments.
  • Ensure non-conformities about material deviations are reported and follow up on improvement.

  • Operational Training, Quality, and Safety Compliance of Direct Personnel and Daily Processes. The Area Managers are responsible for ensuring that basic expectations and requirements are met, which includes:

  • Strict adherence to all safety requirements and safe operation/handling of equipment and materials by all team members. ensure the team works in the safest manner possible.

  • Drive continuous improvement of ways of workings and analyses to increase the team’s efficiency and optimize analyses turn-around times.

  • Ensure continuous cross-training within the team; set up training sessions, develop & grow expertise within the team for them to be able to safely and competently perform their tasks.

  • Ensure SOPs and WIs are being followed and continuously updated. This includes strict adherence to Northvolt’s 5S standards.
  • Expect, Plan For, and Manage a Certain Degree of Ambiguity and Constant Change. This job, due to the company still being a start-up environment, requires flexibility and the ability to work well and coordinate with others. It requires the ability to build relationships and trust across boundaries of responsibility, continuously collaborate with all internal customers to ensure to support them as best as needed, so that ultimately the company can operate as a team with a common goal, while still holding each other accountable for their respective expectations.


  • Budget responsibility: Yes
  • Direct reports: Yes
  • Authorized to decide on investments according to role and policy.

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.

Please note that any applications submitted via email or direct messaging will not be considered.

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

Educational Background

  • Strongly preferred prior experience (3+ years) of working in a laboratory environment.
  • Preferably a degree in Natural Sciences, Materials Science, Engineering.
  • Experience in resources shift planning.
  • Experience in leading and coordinating teams .
  • Experience in troubleshooting analytical instruments/equipment.
  • Knowledgeable in Lean and six sigma .
  • Knowledge of quality management systems, e.g., ISO 9001, IATF16949, TQM.

Specific skills

  • Excellent English written and oral skills, Swedish is a plus.
  • Elementary computer literacy (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, ability to learn new platforms).
  • Project management skills.
  • Leadership skills.

Personal success factors

  • Highly organised and results driven with an eye for details.
  • Solution oriented mindset – exceptionally good problem-solving skills and flexibility.
  • Proactive, passionate and purpose driven - goes beyond expectations.
  • Ability to work under high pressure and tight deadlines, excellent time management.
  • Ability to work in a high profile and often high-pressured international environment.
  • Able to learn and acquire new information quickly.
  • High ability to keep to good laboratory practice including 5S, cleanliness, routines, etc.
  • Strong technical interest.
  • Communicative and “likeable” personality; drives and inspires others.
  • Shows grit and determination to continuously thrive to optimise current routines and processes.
  • Has a can do-attitude and an entrepreneurial spirit. When the any process is stopped, figures out how to get to “go.”

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.

Erasmia Giannoudaki | Contact Person

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