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Battery System Architect

Do you have a background in Requirement & System Architecture within a high-tech environment and are you ready to contriute to the best battery system for our solar cars? Then have a look!

Full-time · Helmond / Remote

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 
DomainSystems Engineering
Experience: 10+ years experience in high voltage battery development from concept phase, through development and industrialisation to Start-Of-Production
DegreeMaster'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:

  • Being the technical owner or ‘product owner’ of the battery system with a significant amount of interdependencies;
  • Capturing the stakeholder requirements (e.g., time to market, efficiency, cost, reliability, quality), translating these into solid requirements for the battery system. And always with Lightyear's mission in the back of your mind;
  • Based on the system requirements, generating system architecture alternatives, selecting one or more alternative(s) that frame stakeholder concerns and meet these system requirements and express this in a set of consistent views;
  • Technically guide and coach the development and engineering team in their design definition and implementation process, together with the Project Manager;
  • Set-up a solid integration strategy approach to both verify and validate a successful integration of your system-of-interest in its bigger context;
  • Iterate the architecture definition with the Lightyear mission, the system requirements, the design definition, stakeholder needs and requirements, so that there is a negotiated understanding of the problem to be solved and a satisfactory solution identified;
  • Apply the right level of abstraction for the architecture definition, highlighting the relevant detail that is necessary for the decisions at that level;
  • Ensuring that, by the time the system is delivered, all documentation is in place and the entire development process has been followed to the required company standards;
  • Staying responsible for the technical decisions in your system, from initiation to ingetration and system test;

Outcomes of the successful implementation of the architecting process:

  • Identified stakeholder concerns are addressed by the architecture;
  • Context, boundaries, and external interfaces of the system are defined;
  • Architecture views and models of the battery system are developed;
  • Concepts, properties, characteristics, behaviours, functions, or constraints that are significant to architecture decisions of the system are allocated to architectural entities;
  • System elements and their interfaces are identified;
  • Architecture candidates are assessed;
  • An architectural basis for processes throughout the life cycle is achieved;
  • Alignment of the architecture with requirements and design characteristics is achieved;
  • Any enabling systems or services needed for architecture definition are available;
  • Traceability of architecture elements to stakeholder and system requirements is developed.

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:

  • A Master's degree in an engineering discipline;
  • At least 10 years experience in high voltage battery development from concept phase, through developemnt and industrialisation to Start-Of-Production;
  • Knowledge of FMEA and applicable standards (ECE R100, IATF16949, etc.)
  • Experience in requirements management with strong knowledge of system architecting tools and approaches (e.g. Jama, SysML);
  • Knowledge of subcomponent level: Battery Management System, Electronics, Control Systems, etc.
  • An eye for the non-functionals such as maintainability and testability, but also costs;
  • Ability to work in dynamical multidisciplinary teams;
  • Knowledge of Agile Methods, SCRUM based approaches;
  • Fluent in English is mandatory;
  • Availability for 40 hours per week.

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:

  • A high degree of freedom and independence in your role
  • A role within a multidisciplinary team consisting of highly motivated, inquisitive and talented people with a broad diversity of experience
  • A role at one of the fastest growing technical companies in the Netherlands with tremendous potential
  • 40 vacation days per year
  • An interesting and balanced pension through Zwitserleven that is in line with the mission of Lightyear
  • The ability to participate via shares and to be involved in the growth and success of Lightyear
  • In addition to a dynamic working environment, there is time for relaxation during our already epic Friday afternoon drinks
About Lightyear

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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