| Thomas Arkell

Lithium brine deposit


Our client is on a mission to transform energy storage with solid-state lithium-metal battery technology. The company’s next-generation batteries are designed to enable longer range, faster charging and enhanced safety in electric vehicles to support the transition away from legacy energy sources toward a lower carbon future.

Do you want to learn about and work in the future energy economy? Our client is seeking a motivated Production Director for their Manufacturing team. You will be playing a meaningful role in developing and building a team that will orchestrate the production and development of battery cells. As the Production Director, you will recruit, lead, and develop a team that includes managers, supervisors, and technicians.


  • Ensure safety and conduct policies are prioritized and met among employees.
  • Build and continuously develop a strong, motivated production team.
  • Resolves personnel problems by analyzing data; investigating issues; identifying solutions; recommending action.
  • Organize and run production activities according to organization needs and plans.
  • Monitor and report on production KPIs as needed to technical and management teams.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams such as Quality and Engineering to synchronize activities and ensure organized execution of activities.
  • Mentor and develop supervisory teams.
  • Facilitate the development and deployment of standard works whenever a gap is identified.
  • Recommend and implement changes to product or process in order to improve cost, delivery, and quality.
  • Monitor, analyze, and report on all processes and departmental performance. This position is directly responsible for the output of the machines.

Knowledge and Skills Required:

  • Typically requires a bachelor’s degree plus a minimum of 12 years of experience or a master’s degree and 10 years of experience or a Ph.D. and a minimum of 8
  • 5+ year experience managing teams of people. Proven experience in lithium-ion batteries preferred.
  • Experience working in development programs a plus.
  • Can demonstrate an ability to hit deadlines and perform under high pressure.
  • Creatively develop production performance metrics (efficiency, quality, safety, throughput, costs).
  • Communicate clearly using excellent written and verbal skills.
  • Strong organization skills with meticulous attention to detail.
  • Excellent computer and systems knowledge: Strong literacy in Microsoft Office Suite (MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
  • Knowledge of manufacturing equipment and line management tools, including routine equipment maintenance, statistical process control, lean manufacturing, MES/SCADA systems, and TPM.
  • Balance multiple projects on a fast-paced schedule, while taking care of some vagueness in a high output environment.
  • Strong collaboration with a focus on promoting teamwork while growing your internal network

Our client is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity in their company. They do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

They will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact them to request an accommodation.

If you believe you are right for this role, or wish to nominate someone, we would love to hear from you.


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Peter Arkell writes for Carrington Day News - 2016-01-01


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