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Production Engineer - Battery Cell Manufacturing

  • Application Deadline: Aug. 13, 2024
  • Gothenburg
  • On-site
  • Application Deadline: Aug. 13, 2024
  • Gothenburg
  • On-site

Production Engineer - Battery Cell Manufacturing
Are you a driven engineer with a great interest in battery technology? Step into the world of Battery Cell Manufacturing and be part of a team that's shaping the future of technology and innovation!

We are building a state-of-the-art Gigafactory that will be one of the largest cell production facilities in Europe. We are now looking for Production Engineers to join our Engineering team.

Volvo Cars is one of the most well-known and respected car brands in the world. Northvolt is a leading supplier of sustainable, high-quality battery cells and systems, dedicated to delivering the world’s greenest lithium-ion battery.

Together, we have formed a joint venture, NOVO Energy, to power the next generation of pure electric Volvo cars.

Our Engineering team is coalition of specialists, engineers and technical project managers across a broad range of technical disciplines. Together they work toward the shared goal of scaling and industrializing the production of our lithium-ion battery technology that will help Volvo transform into a pure electric car manufacturer.

The team is currently focused on designing, planning and equipping a world class Gigafactory in time for start of production in 2026. This is an immense undertaking requiring the joint efforts and contributions of engineers working cross-functionally, with the ultimate goal of producing the world’s most sustainable lithium-ion batteries.

What you will do
In this role you will be responsible for achieving and maintaining Key Performance Indicators for a dedicated area of battery cell manufacturing equipment during ramp-up and production in our NOVO site in Gothenburg. One of the following areas below will be your main scope, depending on your previous experience and interest:

  • Electrode
  • Cell Assembly
  • Formation and Ageing

You will also support with suppliers and cross functional NOVO teams for a specific area of battery cell manufacturing equipment, from acceptance test at the supplier site all the way to ramp-up and start of production in our NOVO site in Gothenburg. This role will initially be assigned to the Engineering Department and later transferred to the Manufacturing or Quality Department in NOVO Energy, on a shift bases, for ramp-up and start of production in our NOVO site in Gothenburg.

Before start of Production your key responsibilities will include:

  • Support design reviews and FMEAs with suppliers and approve machine design concepts, technical drawings and documentation
  • Support the definition and release of training, standards and instructions for manufacturing processes based on the trials and lessons learned performed on the way
  • Support commissioning activities on site, from installation and during ramp-up
  • Support for the battery cell manufacturing equipment handover from the Process Team to the Production Team, reviewing and accepting the documentation provided by the Process Team

After start of Production your key responsibilities will include:

  • After Start of Production, responsible for achieving and maintaining Key Performance Indicators (technical availability, yield, etc) for the assigned equipment
  • Supporting in 24/7 mass production (on a shift base) with Operations Team
  • Leading projects to improve and optimize Key Performance Indicators for the equipment during production, identifying root causes for top loses and applying corrective actions for increasing production performances.
  • Actively participating and sharing all relevant information within a cross-functional team regularly.

Skills & Requirements
We see that you are a curious and persistent team player with a track record of leading improvement projects in a production factory environment. You approach problem-solving with a “can-do” attitude, discipline and thrive in a fast-paced environment.

  • M.Sc. in Engineering or higher degree in chemical, mechanical, industrial or electrical engineering or equivalent
  • Industrial experience in demanding industrial environments
  • Experience from scaling production in a fast-growing environment - ideally in the Battery, Food, Pharma, Paper & Pulp, Semiconductor or similar industry
  • Experience and interest in design and commissioning
  • Detailed root cause analysis skills
  • Familiar with OEE (Overall Equipment Efficiency) metric and other relevant Production Key Performance Index
  • Familiar with lean, 5S, Poka-Yoke, Six Sigma method is a plus
  • Beneficial to have worked in multi-cultural environment
  • Very good English, additional languages are a plus

Information about the recruitment process during the summer vacation period:
We would like to inform you that our recruitment process may take longer than usual due to the holiday season. We ask for your understanding as our lead times are extended during the summer, and we appreciate your patience. We will review your application as soon as possible and get back to you at the earliest opportunity.

Thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to connecting with you!

Work with great people

Shintaro
Senior Director of Advanced Materials
"I was attracted to NOVO Energy and Sweden, after having seen the impressive growth of the European electric vehicle market where Northvolt’s work on sustainable batteries is already well-known."
Saman
Mechanical Engineering Manager
"Our mission to produce the world's greenest battery spoke to me. I feel I'm doing something to help the world towards sustainability. This is what drives my colleagues and gives us a shared purpose."
Aneta
Senior Construction Manager
"To me, it's exciting being part of this from the beginning and put down the cornerstone for a project of this size and scope. A once-in-a-lifetime experience and too fun of a challenge not to take on."
Carina
Senior Technical Project Manager
"I firmly believe that batteries are the future. We’re in an interesting time in history where everything we take for granted about cars will change. It's exciting being part of this technological leap."
Nikolaj
Construction Field Supervisor
"To build a factory producing the world’s greenest battery, accelerating the transition toward a sustainable future is why I want to be part of this. I feel lucky and proud helping it become reality."

Great Place to Work

  • International Environment

    International Environment

  • Leading Edge Technology

    Leading Edge Technology

  • Purpose

    Purpose

  • Flexible working hours

    Flexible working hours

  • Hybrid work

    Hybrid work

  • Collective agreement

    Collective agreement

About the company

Volvo Cars is one of the most well-known and respected car brands in the world. Northvolt is a leading supplier of sustainable, high-quality battery cells and systems, dedicated to delivering the world’s greenest lithium-ion battery. Together, we have formed a joint venture, NOVO Energy, to power the next generation of pure electric Volvo cars.

Our Gigafactory in Gothenburg will be one of the largest cell production facilities in Europe, with a potential annual cell production capacity of up to 50 gigawatt hours (GWh) - thereby enabling a supply of batteries for approximately half a million Volvo cars per year. Our state-of-the-art R&D facility will gather leading expertise from all over the world, to create the next generation battery cells.

You can read more about this joint venture in these press releases, here and here.

2022R&D facility established

2023Start of construction of Gigafactory in Gothenburg

2024Volvo Cars will source 15 GWh of battery cells per year from Northvolt Ett in Skellefteå

202550% of Volvo Cars’ global sales will be fully electric

2026Production start of Gigafactory in Gothenburg

2030Volvo Cars will offer only pure electric cars

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