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Industrial PhD Mother Plant

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

Join Northvolt Ett, Europe’s first homegrown battery Gigafactory, as a Industrial PhD within our Mother Plant function, serving as a pivotal interface between Northvolt Ett (our first Gigafactory), forthcoming factories, and the factory design units. Be part of the team that will enable effective scaling production of the world's greenest battery across multiple facilities. Take a key role in enabling our operational readiness through developing best practices that can be deployed across multiple disciplines including logistics, maintenance, utilities and maintenance.

Your role will be to ensure future factory designs are based on proven facts from existing factories and take into account
requirements across teams in the factories. Support efficient use of Mother Plant resources to support new expansion projects to enable successful ramp-up.

Key responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Drive development of key processes within mother plant, evaluate effectiveness and create actionable use cases to share with future sites
  • Develop our XPS (Northvolt Excellence System) to enable adoption across sites to support performance throughout ramp-up phase and in mass production mode
  • Facilitate operational target setting and operational module updates in collaboration with the Industrial engineers, including targets on Overall Equipment Efficiency (OEE), head count targets per process station, ramp-up curves, etc.
  • Gather operational requirements for new factories from the operations teams, including floorspace need per functions, people flow, commissioning requirements, etc.
  • Act as the representative for Ett operations in discussion on new design solution addressing the operational requirements
  • Ensure the right functions and expertise is provided as part of input to the blueprint and construction team at the right time
  • Manage design review process and approve new design solutions to ensure alignment with operational needs
  • Develop lessons learned library and feed lessons learned and operational requirements within mother plant and to the upcoming expansion projects
  • Collect, analyse best practices across industries and transfer into actionable intel for Northvolt
  • Develop model for Mother Plant to support new expansion projects in ramp-up phase

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 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

We believe you have:
- Excellent academic achievements
- Master of Science in a relevant engineering field
- High degree of self-motivation
- Excellent English skills – spoken and written
- You are or have been admitted to third-cycle courses and study programmes at a higher education may be appointed to doctoral studentships. For further information see Chapter 5 of the Higher Education Ordinance (SFS 1993:100).

Bonus points for:
- Work experience related to operational excellence and operational readiness
- Swedish skills

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, sustainable, and high-quality cells and battery systems. Built to enable the future of energy.

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 the world’s greenest batteries.

Northvolt is growing fast. We’re looking for smart people 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!

Julia Glasfors | Contact Person

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