Where: The Automotive Campus in Helmond (part of Brainport: the heart of Europe's innovation) or remote from the comfort of your own home office or in one of our hubs
Domain: Systems Engineering
Experience: 10+ years experience in high voltage battery development from concept phase, through development and industrialisation to Start-Of-Production
Degree: Master's degree in an engineering domain
Working at Lightyear is a unique experience. You get the opportunity to work for a company with a pure and meaningful mission. A mission that will make a positive and lasting impact on future generations.
What will you do as a Battery System Architect?
Your mission is:
To deliver a battery system that meets or even exceeds the stakeholder expectations. The system you create is always part of a bigger context. The goal of your job is to deliver that system, functionally integrated into that bigger context, meeting all the expected performances and qualities. With respect to systems, think of a drive train, the car interior, suspension, electrical wiring, infotainment, the doors, HVAC, and more.
Your job will consist of, but is not limited to:
Outcomes of the successful implementation of the architecting process:
A day as Battery System Architect at Lightyear
Let's start by saying Lightyear is very flexible in terms of your working hours, we offer near-full remote working with any office equipment we need to work ergonomically (and a work-at-home budget to upgrade your internet). If needed, or desired, you can spend your working time at our modern office at the Automotive Campus close to Helmond (travel allowance included). Here you can enjoy a good cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate, fresh fruit and experience the buzz of the office and the labs/workshops.
So, let's assume it's Friday and this day you chose to come to our office and the first thing you do is grab your favourite wake-up drink and chat with a colleague about your weekend plans before rolling into your to-do list for today. You start the day aligning with your Project Manager on the long term plan, priorities and deliverables for the different areas of the system, before jumping to the daily stand-up with the rest of the team. You also discuss the next tough steps on the Battery System Architecture you have been building recently based on simulations and lab verifications from the test engineers, and provide your feedback to their choice of actuators for the control units.
Then you hear your stomach growl and your smartwatch indicates it's time for lunch! You decided to go for a lunch-walk together with a few colleagues, because the weather is perfect today (well, the sun is ALWAYS shining in Helmond of course!). During this walk it's not only about work, you also talk about when you are going for a mountain bike ride together (again). After lunch, you meet with some engineering colleagues in your team to review the latest design proposal, as well as to get a better understanding of the fixtures to be solved during the next sprint. Following, you meet your control engineering colleagues to select the best concept of State Machine for the various system controlling modes, and to revisit the transition criteria between operating modes. Don’t forget to prepare the presentation for the Sprint Review with the other Architects, where you will need to provide an updated status of your interfaces with multiple other systems, and an overview of your philosophy for breaking down the vehicle-level requirements into requirements to your subsystems.
At the end of the day, and the work week, you enjoy your well deserved (virtual) Friday afternoon drink or a fun activity our happiness team came up with and you cheer for the weekend together with a few colleagues, looking forward to what next week will bring!
What do we expect from a Battery System Architect at Lightyear?
In order to succeed in the dynamic world of Lightyear pro-activity, professionalism, responsibility, communication and adaptability are crucial. We are looking for people with an ambitious attitude who learn from the past (tried and tested) and who strive to set new standards when needed. You can work within the team or independently and you plan your budget and time well. You are flexible and can work under pressure. Furthermore we are looking for someone with:
On a personal level you can relate to the following characteristics. Others would say that you are a father/mother figure (who puts the team first), decision-maker, hands-on (e.g., you can tinker with a car), and you can handle a joke and take a helicopter view.
What can you expect from Lightyear?
In addition to a challenging role we also offer:
Lightyear is an innovative and progressive scale-up with one mission: clean mobility for everyone, everywhere.
Lightyear originates from the legacy as a multiple world championship of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge® Cruiser Class. Officially established in 2016 by 5 visionaries with the dream to make this groundbreaking technology accessible to everyone, everywhere. In order to accelerate the transition towards a truly sustainable solution for mobility, we believe that it is necessary to completely rethink automotive design by starting from scratch, not limited by industry conventions.
At Lightyear, we all strive for the same goal. We have a team with diverse skill sets and backgrounds; all working tirelessly towards clean mobility for everyone, everywhere. We’re proud of our culture and live up to our core values: think independently, be bold, deliver the change, put people first and take responsibility. Our shared vision is what unites and drives us.
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Bridgestone World Solar Challenge
2013 - 2015 - 2017
For Best Technology Achievement, beating Apple, SpaceX and Blockchain
Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge
CES Climate Change Innovator Award
At t CES in Las Vegas, Lightyear wins a Climate Change Innovator Award for the huge potential to reduce the emission of CO2.
Automotive Innovation Award
Lightyear won the Challenging Concepts and the People's Price.