Logistic Engineer

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Logistic Engineer

Looking for the opportunity to tackle two logistical challenges simultaneously?

We offer the challenge to become the logistic linking pin between Lightyear and our VCM and to set up the logistic processes for our expanding solar roof business.

Join us on our mission!

Full-time · Helmond

Summary
Where: The Automotive Campus in Helmond, part of Brainport: the heart of Europe's innovation
Domain: Operations & Logistics
Experience5+ years of experience in a similar role
Degree: at least a Bachelor degree

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 Logistic Engineer?
As our Logistic Engineer you are an important part of the Operations Circle. Your mission is to be the linking pin between our Vehicle Contract Manufacturer (VCM) and Lightyear with regards to all logistic affairs. Together with our VCM you need to set-up a smooth running logic process with an accurate information exchange between Lightyear and the VCM. But there is more! You will also design the logistical concept from scratch for the solar panel production. Once we are in production and we don’t have production losses or stops due to logistic problems you nailed it. How might a day go you wonder? 

You are reading the notes of the meeting yesterday and start to think about the packaging concept for the production materials for the solar panel production. Manufacturing Process Engineering is waiting for input to design the production lay-out in a proper way.

Also the warehouse activities are screaming for your attention. To keep the stock in the warehouse under control which is difficult because everybody is walking in and out and taking parts because they are in a hurry to get the validation cars built, informing logistics is the last thing they think about, of course with all best intentions. The logistic operator dropped a few ideas to tackle this and you promised to have a look at it and organize a meeting with them to discuss.

Then the phone is ringing. Your peer at the Vehicle Contract Manufacturer is calling you. She has some burning topics she wants to discuss. You check your agenda and squeeze the meeting between other important activities planned. At the coffee machine you have a chat with some colleagues and their remarks spark your creativity and you find an out-of-the-box solution for a burning topic.You return to your desk and after a while you have a look at the clock and realize, wow it is already late in the afternoon. The day is again not long enough but home is waiting for you. You call it a day because it is also important to keep a good balance between work and private. 

Your job will focus on but is not limited to: 

  • Being the eyes, ears and represent the logistics department within Lightyear
  • Map, design and build together with our VCM (Vehicle Contract Manufacturer) the best suitable supply chain for the build of the Lightyear Exclusive Series and High Volume in the (near) future and of course make it as sustainable as possible
  • Setup and organize the logistic processes needed for the delivery of the materials required for our solar panel production
  • Continuously adapt your annual plans for the Supply Chain strategy on the short and on the long term within a fast changing and international environment
  • Initiate continuous improvements and innovation in the execution of Lightyears plan

  • Defining and setting up agreements with the (internal) clients, suppliers and logistics partners about SLA and KPI’ s etc.

  • Organise the material flow required for our testing & prototyping activities, defining the correct level of safety stock and monitor this within the whole logistic chain
  • Being the main interface towards our suppliers regarding, Supply Chain Risk Mitigation and Project Management and assess the Operational Excellence Performance of suppliers
  • Create Logistics Manual(s) and prepare a working method to administer the logistics way of working inside Lightyear
  • Executing supply chain risk analysis and execute action plans to mitigate risk
  • Defining, finding and attracting the right amount and variety of partnerships and/ or joint ventures with technology providers
  • Design, initiate and implement warehouse processes
  • Support in the design of efficient packaging needed for in-house designed/created parts
  • Managing escalations to solve bottlenecks in supply chain and avoid re-occurrence
  • Developing and optimizing just-in-time and just-in-sequence capabilities
  • Ensuring constructive cooperation with all stakeholders and partners

What do we expect from our Logistic Engineer at Lightyear?
In order to succeed in the dynamic world of Lightyear pro-activity, professionalism, 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 quickly learn new things. You are sustainable, confident but also down to earth. You have a high energy level and an enthusiastic, positive attitude. You have a clear vision of your profession. Furthermore we are looking for someone with:

  • A Bachelor or Master degree in Supply Chain, (industrial) engineering, Business Administration or equivalent

  • 5+ years of Supply Chain management experience in complex new product development environments (automotive experience is a plus)

  • the ability to take ownership of the logistics scope and take control of your vision which is in line with the values of Lightyear

  • the ability to execute power, in order for you to realize the intended objectives in a fast changing organization

  • experience in managing supply chain professionals and complex activities

  • experience in or closely involved in setting up a complete new supply chain is considered a tremendous plus

  • the ability to think outside the box and come up with creative/innovative (logistical) solutions

  • the ability to create processes from scratch based on experience and a proven track record

  • an open mindset in which you can adapt fast to new situations with the ability to ask critical questions
  • excellent communication skills verbally and in writing in English (Dutch is preferred and good command of a third language is considered a plus)
  • Availability for 40 hours per week


On a personal level you can relate to the following characteristics; you are analytical and you have a high sense of responsibility. You are results oriented and above all a team player which enable you to collectively achieve results. You are meticulous and able to perform well in a dynamic and hectic environment.

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 (online) epic Friday afternoon drinks and events

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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