Director Quality Control



Quality Assurance
Gothenburg, Sweden
Posted on Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Job Description

Director - Quality Control

Are you an experienced leader with extensive knowledge of Quality Control Laboratory operations? Would you like to play a key role in one of Europe’s most exciting industrial projects? This is a unique opportunity to be involved early in the development of our organization, building a team and processes for the future.

NOVO Energy

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 and Polestar cars.

What you will do

As Director of Quality Control, you will have a crucial role in leading all activities and people in the Quality Control lab. Reporting to the Senior Director Quality, this role will see you flex your skills across two distinct phases of NOVO Energy’s growth - the Project phase when we’re building and equipping the Gigafactory, and the Production phase when we’ll be making sustainable EV batteries in a hi-tech production environment.
During the project phase, you’ll play a major role in helping the Quality team deliver on the project plan in establishing a new QC- lab. Deliveries include layout, specifications, support in the Request for Quotation process and execution of installations and commissioning of analytical instruments.

You responsibilities will include:

  • Lead and develop the organization, leaders, and team members in line with NOVO Energy’s Mission, Vision, and Culture values.
  • Set, develop, and lead Quality strategy, objectives, and targets.
  • Drive continuous improvement within the team and processes.
  • Lead the operations of the QC laboratory, including mechanical and chemical materials analysis, incoming quality control, production quality control and failure analysis.
  • Accountable for the QC laboratory area, always ensuring safe operation by employees in the laboratories.
  • Own the QC instruments throughout the factory.
  • Define, own, and execute the method and equipment development roadmap, as well as the development and validation of analytical methods.
  • Develop, implement, and ensure compliance with the NOVO Energy QMS and ensure successful implementation and continued certification of ISO9001, ISO14001, IATF 16949, ISO 17025 and other relevant standards.

Skills & Requirements

To excel in this role, you need to have a proven strong leadership capability with 5-10 years’ experience from leading roles in a lab; Battery, Process, Food or Pharma industry. You are confident in your knowledge in QC methods, equipment, and tools as well as in statistics and problem-solving methods.
The importance of leading by example in a new organization is self-evident to you, and you operate with a high level of integrity also under pressure. As a person you are structured, organized and meticulous with excellent communication skills. You always strive to improve with focus on safety, quality, environment, and production efficiency.

We also see that you bring the following competencies and experiences:

  • MSc in e.g. Chemistry, Materials Science or Mechanical engineering.
  • Experience from setting up a lab intended for continuous 24/7 operation: chemical and / or mechanical.
  • Knowledge of quality management systems, e.g. ISO 9001, and IATF16949
  • English, EQF level 6.
  • Able to organize teams and competences.
  • Able to efficiently sort and prioritize between tasks
  • Analytical and fact based when making decisions
  • Able to manage risk.

What’s in it for you?

This is a key position in a rapidly scaling organization full of passionate people. Few industries offer as great opportunity for career growth and personal development as the new European battery industry. Joining us, you’ll help build the foundations of a forward-looking industry set to create thousands of highly skilled jobs along major societal, economic and environmental contributions.
If you’re an experienced leader, longing for a greener future and ready for a major challenge we’d love to hear from you.