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Operational Excellence Manager

Our Operational Excellence Manager will build and develop NV Materials BU Manufacturing Operational Excellence as a lean organization consisting of energized teams working in standardized ways and together continuously identifies ways to improve our processes. You will be accountable for shaping the Manufacturing approach to Operational Excellence in terms of Manufacturing Work processes, Foundation work through the Northvolt Production systems framework, tools and methodologies, Standardization within Manufacturing Execution mainly focusing on Production execution and Maintenance execution.

The person should be highly analytical and experienced with project coordination, using their problem-solving skills to foresee obstacles and provide information to support decisions. The role will also be required to be a coach to Opex team and Manufacturing organizations, builds a healthy environment to have open communication to support daily improvements within Manufacturing.

You will participate in the development and training of Northvolt Production Systems and related methodologies and standards. You will oversee coaching, deploying and driving Opex initiatives of building work processes, Lean principles, methods and standards in the manufacturing environment. Responsible to follow up performance and add on with needed Opex initiatives as needed.

Key responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Display a commitment to health, safety, environmental responsibility and sustainable development.
  • Lead the department Strategic Focus Area work, including status follow-up and reporting.
  • Be part of annual objective setting and give guidance to other manufacturing managers to create smart objectives & KPIs
  • Build organizational capabilities by champion, develop and sustain a culture of continuous improvement, develop and expand local capabilities in applying continuous improvement tools and methods.
  • Improve site performances by supporting and challenging the workforce and local MT in direction setting, prioritization (timing, resources, and sequence of actions) and implementation of improvement activities to best achieve the targets for the key performance indicators of the yearly site improvement plan.
  • Drive and manage the improvement portfolio by identifying, validate and drive new improvement opportunities and promote the passion for excellence and delivering on commitment values.

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

We believe that you have

  • 5+ years experience in manufacturing environment and in Continuous improvement roles
  • Six sigma education, Black Belt preferred
  • Experience with production systems
  • Curious, technically educated and with a strong business background
  • Must have worked in multi-cultural environment
  • Excellent English written and oral skills, Swedish is a plus
  • Excellent in Lean philosophies and related methodologies
  • Experiences in 5S, SMED, Standard work, VSM, Takt, etc.
  • Highly organized and result-driven

Personal success factors

  • Has the ability to take decisions even in the face of uncertainty
  • Is visionary and contributes to push beyond conventional wisdom
  • Challenges solutions and ideas
  • Very good team player, contributes with passion, energy and create relatedness
  • High level of grit and morale
  • Deliver on expectations and promises

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!


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