Chemical Process Area Manager



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Other Engineering, Sales & Business Development
Skellefteå, Sweden
Posted on Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Job Description

We are now looking for an experienced Chemical/Process Engineering Manager to join us in our mission to contribute to a greener future. The position is within the Cathode Active Material unit of Northvolt, the part of Northvolt producing the cathode material for our cells.

For the world to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and phase out carbon sources, we need a lot of sustainably produced batteries. To minimise the carbon footprint of these batteries, Northvolt is producing and developing in-house Cathode Active Material (CAM). By joining us, you will be a key player in establishing CAM and contribute to building, starting up and expanding the cathode part of Nortvolt’s first and coming battery factories.

The production of cathode is very much a chemical process. As a Process Area Manager you will be responsible for leading a team of skilled engineers to:

  • Establish and execute roadmap to next generation process design for the area you are responsible for.
  • Deliver process engineering design within new factory projects.
  • Deliver commissioning of new factories and projects.
  • Deliver solutions to escalated production concerns and blockers.

You will have responsibility over a team spread across two locations. The Process Engineering team is working both in Västerås and Skellefteå in Sweden. In Västerås, we focus on developing and industrialising Northvolt’s next generation li-ion battery cathode material and process design. In Skellefteå, we have a team that executes and drives the start-up, ramp-up and expansion of the first full-scale Northvolt production plant. You will be responsible for the engineers across these two (and in future maybe more) locations.

Cathode chemistry and processes are complex, meaning both research and production comes with significant challenges. The juggling between detailed technical solutions and practical hands-on solutions is constantly present in a process manager’s work. We are looking for a manager that can handle the complex technical topics that arise with the team, developing the process area design into a world-class blueprint. At the same time, we expect the manager to follow the team getting hands-on in field in the production facility to resolve production process blockers. Are you up for the challenge?

About the job
Being the Manager of a team of process engineers for assigned CAM process area includes:

  • Line management responsibility for the assigned process engineers
  • Technical accountability for Process design of CAM facilities in Northvolt including:
    • Industrialization of CAM recipes and concepts
    • Development of technology and process improvements
    • Process commissioning of new CAM facilities

Key responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Responsible for the Process Engineering design and development

  • Responsible as the technical authority for the assigned process area

  • Responsible for Process area deliveries in projects, allocating resources into the project and program teams

  • Establishment and running of relevant processes and forums to control the process engineering delivery

  • Line management responsibilities for a group of process engineers:

    • Leadership of the team in line with the wider CAM Process Engineering function
    • Resource planning for the area team
    • Recruitment and team management
    • Team competence development and succession / progression planning

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 humour.

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.

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