Production Engineer

Alameda, CA

Posted: 08/12/2019 Employment Type: Contract Industry: Manufacturing Job Number: j-239

Job Description

This company is working to revolutionize energy storage by developing next-generation Lithium-ion technologies that increase energy density and reduce the cost of storage. The manufacturing Production Engineer will support the manufacturing team through safety, quality, and productivity process improvements. This role will be instrumental in ensuring the manufacturing team can safely and consistently produce quality material from process step to process step. They will be the manufacturing team’s day-to-day technical support for addressing safety, quality, and productivity issues. They will also be responsible for leading long-term projects that implement key manufacturing systems and increase overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) with the goal of scaling up manufacturing capabilities and maximizing production, while maintaining a safe working environment. 


  • Troubleshoot and provide day-to-day technical support for manufacturing tools and processes. Get excited about firefighting, analyzing, and addressing each day’s operational challenge with enthusiasm and rigor. 
  • Support the development and continuous improvement of standard operating procedures. 
  • Review non-conformances and work with both manufacturing and external teams to execute root cause analyses and implement corrective and preventative actions. 
  • Understand and implement relevant Lean manufacturing principles to optimize workflow and debottleneck production processes. 
  • Be a leader and technical resource for the manufacturing team to identify and drive continuous improvement projects. 
  • Effectively collaborate with multiple teams to lead the implementation and management of key manufacturing systems that enable the scale up of manufacturing capabilities and drive productivity, quality and safety. 
  • Act as a servant leader for all manufacturing operations team members through focused listening, consistent information sharing, coaching and development/delivery of training. Willing to periodically work shifted hours to support night shift teams. 


  • B.S. in industrial, chemical, manufacturing engineering or similar field, Master’s Degree a plus 
  • 5+ years of related work experience 
  • Knowledge and demonstrated application of Lean Manufacturing Principles 
  • Experience using statistical software packages (SPC), querying relational databases, and strong data analytics skills 
  • Experience using or implementing key manufacturing systems such as: Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES), Management of Change, Inventory Management/Tracking Systems, Statistical Process Control (SPC) charts, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Quality Management Systems (QMS), and Document Control Systems 
  • Demonstrated technical understanding of complex production equipment including wiring, mechanics, controls, instrumentation, and operation 
  • Demonstrated leadership, ability to inspire others and work autonomously 
  • Excellent listening and verbal/written communication skills 

Good to have 

  • High volume manufacturing experience in semiconductor, PV, chemical industry, batteries or similar is preferred 
  • Six Sigma training preferred 
  • Demonstrated project management experience a plus 

About Us 

We design and produce engineered materials that dramatically increase the energy density of rechargeable Li-ion batteries. We enable smaller, lighter, longer lasting electronic devices and unlock mass adoption of affordable, long-range electric vehicles. Our products work today, are a drop-in solution for existing battery manufacturing processes, and can be manufactured economically at scale. 

This company was founded in 2011 and is based in Alameda, CA. Our founders are two early Tesla Motors battery engineers and a Professor of Materials Science at Georgia Tech. We’re backed by top tier venture capital firms, led by Bessemer Venture Partners, Matrix Partners, Sutter Hill Ventures, and In-Q-Tel. 

Our company culture is built on personal growth, mutual trust, inclusiveness, and safety. We are building a world-class materials company, where our team is close, debates are data-driven, and our nerdiest office puppies are named Angstrom, Lumen, and Gadget. 

Our Company Values 

  • MASTER YOUR CRAFT. Excellence matters, and it compounds over time. Revel in hard work, relish the details. 
  • LEARN MORE. Learn and grow today to be ready for tomorrow's bold challenges. Our best work is ahead of us. 
  • FIND AND FACE FACTS. Reason from first principles with intellectual honesty. Question your own biases and assumptions and consider alternatives. Choose to seek truths over winning arguments. 
  • OWN IT. True leadership comes from demonstrated excellence. Lead by example, taking deep responsibility. 
  • WIN TOGETHER. As a diverse team, we amplify our individual talents. Be compassionate, understanding, and patient to bring out the best in each other. 
  • TRUST. Trust that company act from good intentions, in pursuit of our common vision. Work confidently knowing that we have each other's backs. 
  • BE SAFE. Each of us has the power and responsibility to promote the health and safety of fellow coworkers. Always work with safety in mind. 
  • HAVE FUN. Work and fun are better together. Enjoy the journey and be yourself at the company. 
  • RISK. WISELY. Be curious and enterprising, even if it means failing some of the time. You can learn more by risking wisely than risking nothing. 

We believe that building a diverse team at the company helps us amplify our individual talents. We are an equal opportunity employer and committed to creating an inclusive environment where good ideas are free to come from anyone. We are proud to celebrate diversity and all qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, national origin, or any other status protected by law. 

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