About the team
In the Automation Team at Northvolt we work with our equipment suppliers from around the world to make sure the equipment we are sourcing meets our requirements - Northvolt’s high automation, safety and connectivity standards - and deliver to us the most advanced pieces of equipment available anywhere in the world. Connecting the equipment to the rest of the factory lays the foundation for Northvolt´s vision. You will be contributing in your area in building one of the first European battery factories which will play an important role in the design and development of the large-scale battery factories, which will help the transformation to a carbon free society.
The team leverage today’s technology to collect every piece of information we can from our machines in order to improve processes, enable traceability and develop digital twins of production lines and whole factories. Once we collect this information, we can start to understand it. Once we understand it, we can make it better. Just as you would expect in a start-up. (Yes, we still consider ourselves a start-up after 4 years in the energy & manufacturing industry!) The team is a welcoming, diverse and knowledgeable mix of Automation and Software engineers, environment nerds, tech geeks and foodies. And we think this is a great place to work! You get to take part in building the team, developing our standards and ways of working - while also enabling the future of energy. (Sure, we are slightly biased and we might all have turned in to battery nerds since starting to work at Northvolt - but it's really hard not to, you'll see!)
We believe that a tight collaboration between internal and external suppliers is crucial in order to deliver world class technology and standardization. Working with suppliers from around the world and different teams at Northvolt provide us with the opportunity to leverage their knowledge and marry the Mechanical Electrical, Networking and Software Engineering disciplines.
As Software Engineer in the Automation Team you will be part of the team that is responsible to develop, maintain and implement the automation system in the factory and commission new equipment. You will closely work together with Factory Controls engineers in your team to deliver monitoring, traceability and control for all machines in our factories. Your software runs on our edge gateways, which are the link between the PLCs that control the machines and the cloud. It runs 24x7 on our fleet of thousands of devices across the world and enables Northvolt to make better decisions.
The data we collect monitors and drives our production process and provides a live report on how every cell is manufactured. To make this happen, you will interact with the Automation engineers, suppliers and other cross-functional teams to understand how the machine is built, what its software interface looks like and how to get the data we need. Then you test and deploy an application to collect the data and integrate the machine into our production process.
Part of that process is to manage the software that runs on our fleet of edge devices. This requires to deliver software and OS updates to thousands of edge gateways remotely, reliably, securely and at scale. For this, we have built a custom fleet management system and Linux distribution that you and the team continuously improve.
How we work
Our software is written in Go and we open source software like https://github.com/gopcua/opcua. We choose carefully which services, tools and libraries we use since we need to have long-term maintainability in mind. Because of this, we try to focus on simple solutions that we can write ourselves and if possible rely on managed services from AWS.
Our Interview Process
Our interview process is structured to determine whether you have the necessary skills and/or potential to do the job. We are open, honest and polite and it is important to us that you to feel comfortable during the interview. For that, we only ask relevant questions and will not waste your time with brain teasers or extensive coding exercises. Most of the knowledge has to be learned on the job anyway.
You hold a relevant university degree or equivalent experience
You have basic knowledge of algorithms, data structures, concurrency, distributed systems and eventual consistency but you don’t have to be an expert. We value passion, curiosity and willingness to learn on the job and teach you what you need to know
You have experience with one or several programming languages (Go, Python, Java, ...)
You are a curious team player with enthusiasm and self motivation, it is also a plus if you usually tend to make others enthusiastic about solving problems with technology
You know how to explain your ideas to your peers and like to find solutions to complex problems.
We are an international team and we would like to see that you have excellent communication skills, as well as good verbal and written presentation skills in English
If you happen to have experience and interest in manufacturing industry that is considered a plus
Keywords : Go, Python, algorithms, concurrency, data structures, distributed systems, eventual consistency, automation, DevOps
World leading technique
Top specialists as team peers
Fast paced & entrepreneurial culture
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.
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