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Director of Process Engineering - Germany

  • Braunschweig
  • Braunschweig

Northvolt is looking for an experienced director of process engineering. This role will be in charge of the process in our cell manufacturing factory in Germany. The process steps to move the electrodes roles into the cell container, add electrolyte, seal the container and perform formation and aging tests with charge and discharge sequences. The process steps require a high level of accuracy high throughput to assure a lean process flow.

The director will be in charge and the leader of a team of highly qualified process engineers that work with the manufacturing part of the cell assembly and electrochemical verification of the battery cell. The work location will be in Braunschweig initially and later on transfer to the production site where we start production within the next few years.

In joining us you will play an important part from the very start in building one of the first large scale European battery factories. Northvolt will play an important role in the transformation to a carbon free society.

As leader of the unit you will have the opportunity to build a competent and dependable team from scratch, capable to scale Northvolt’s operations in Germany and beyond. You will be in charge of setting up and executing the long-term process strategy initially reporting the CEO and with frequent travels to Sweden. You will be in charge of the process technology knowledge transfer between the production units.

In this role, you will work in close cooperation with the Construction, Automation, Environmental, Supply-chain and R&D teams to create a world class production of li-ion battery cells.

As a director, you should have long experience and deep knowledge in the field of chemical and process engineering and have been in charge of leading engineers and technicians before. It is qualifying if you have been driving large, innovative and challenging improvement projects in the area of yield, cost, quality, or efficiency with great success in your career. The candidate should continuously recommend improvements to the process through the tracking of metrics and reporting of data.

Key responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Build, coach and grow a team of process engineers who will drive the delivery of a fully functional cell manufacturing plant.
  • Implement the process plan and establish processes for metrics and goals.
  • Work in close cooperation and set up interfaces successful alignment with construction, environmental, supply-chain and other work streams.
  • Lead the improvement projects and update the progress weekly in the factory.
  • Finalize the process windows and FMEA.

The person we are looking for is a team player, curious and eager to learn and to develop the process and its colleagues. Our organization requires and values great self-discipline and a natural talent to make things happen.

Apply with CV and cover letter in English or your complete LinkedIn profile. Full time employment, fixed salary.

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Skills & Requirements


  • MSc or PhD degree in Physics/Industrial/Electrical/Engineering.
  • 10+ years of relevant work experience within high volume production engineering in a related field or a Process Managing role for 5+ years.
  • Experience of supervising a team of process engineers and proven successful leadership in a multicultural environment.
  • Six sigma training on advanced level.
  • Experienced with DOE and SPC.
  • Experienced with DFMEA and QA troubleshooting tools.
  • Successful track record of leading process improvement projects in production factory.
  • Experience from scaling production in a fast-growing environment ideally in the Battery, Pharmaceutical, Chemical or similar industries.

Specific Skills/Abilities

  • Excellent English written and oral skills, Swedish/German is a plus.
  • Highly organized and result-driven.
  • Proactive and goes beyond expectations.
  • Exceptionally good negotiation and problem-solving skills.
  • Has a “can do” attitude and an entrepreneurial spirit.
  • 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.
  • Qualities that we cherish are flexibility, sense of quality, friendliness, motivation to take on new challenges, grit and a sense of humor.
  • Passionate and purpose driven - we enable the future of energy.

Great Place to Work

  • World leading technique

  • Top specialists as team peers

  • International environment

  • Start-up possibilities

  • Wellness Grant

About the company

Northvolt was founded in 2016 with the mission to build the world’s greenest battery cell, with a minimal carbon footprint and the highest ambitions for recycling, to enable the European transition to renewable energy. Northvolt’s team of experts is building the next generation battery cell factory focused on process innovation, scale and vertical integration. Once completed, it will be Europe’s largest battery cell factory and produce 32 GWh worth of capacity annually.

We are currently in an exciting fast-growing phase and operate in a busy, fast moving environment, dealing with a wide range of stakeholders. We are 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 are also preparing for upcoming positions at the main factory, Northvolt Ett, in Skellefteå and Northvolt Zwei in Germany.

The Northvolt–Volkswagen Group joint venture is establishing a gigafactory in Salzgitter, Germany. Northvolt Zwei takes its design from the Northvolt blueprint for battery manufacturing developed for Northvolt Ett. Start of construction is planned for 2021 and start of operations beginning of 2024. Initial annual output will be at least 16 GWh.​

André Hellström | Hiring Manager

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