Manufacturing Engineer - High Volume

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Manufacturing Engineer - High Volume

Do you have solid experience in high volume manufacturing environments? Are you eager to join us in ramping up our production from scratch? Then join us as Manufacturing Engineer - High Volume!

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 
Domain: Operations - Manufacturing & Logistics 
Experience5-10 years of relevant work experience
DegreeBachelor's 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 a Manufacturing Engineer - High Volume?
Let’s start with some context. As you might know we’ve been working on researching, designing and engineering our first Solar Electric Vehicle: Lightyear 0. While we’re bringing this first model into manufacturing, we’re working on a next model in parallel: Lightyear Two. And that’s where it becomes challenging.

While Lightyear 0 will be a statement car, being built in a relatively low amount, Lightyear Two is all about bringing clean mobility to everyone resulting in a high-volume car. As you’re experienced with manufacturing cars you’ll probably know what type of challenges this will bring. On top of that, you should realize that everything needs to be built within the company. Luckily we’ve partnered up with Valmet Automotive, who’s our manufacturing partner bringing along decades of experience (video for more context).

So, given that context of bringing our first model into production while preparing for our second model in advance, you’ll step into the manufacturing team which is essentially the interface between our engineering teams and our operations team. Ultimately, to make sure that we’ll manufacture our cars as efficiently and smoothly as possible.

Within the team and the given context, it’s your personal job mission to both improve and co-build manufacturing processes. This will include;

  • Supporting the transition of a product from concept to pilot line production and eventually into mass manufacturing;
  • Develop and modify existing line layouts, processes and fixtures to improve material flow, waste reduction, and ergonomics by utilising Lean Manufacturing best practices;
  • Analyse, design and optimise new production processes;
  • Partner with Equipment Engineering to ensure equipment cycle time objectives are properly balanced by the needs of the production workforce.;
  • Define a project’s scope, manage spend against the budget, coordinate with outside vendors, and oversee the installation of new equipment to ensure all requirements are met;
  • Influence design engineers and production associates with recommendations to incorporate alternate vehicle design features or assembly techniques that enhance the manufacturability of the product;
  • Maintain and control Engineering changes and documentation;

What do we expect from our Manufacturing Engineer - High Volume?
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 work within the team or independently. You are flexible and can work under pressure. Furthermore, we are looking for someone with:

  • A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field including an academic way of thinking;
  • 5-10 years of relevant work experience;
  • Strong understanding of BOMs, manufacturability, process design, process validation, assembly methods, design reviews and cost reduction methodologies;
  • Strong analytical skills of statistics to identify critical process parameters;
  • Solid knowledge of CATIA software or other factory layout tools;
  • The ability to present simple solutions to complex problems and influence key change directives to external teams;
  • Experience in Value Stream Mapping;
  • Solid understanding and experience in Six Sigma, FMEA, problem solving techniques;
  • Experience in predetermined motion time analysis techniques (such as MTM);
  • Passion for automotive manufacturing;

On a personal level we’re looking for someone who’s extremely participative, has solid communication skills, is eager to learn and has a strong desire to change. Above all, you’re committed to deliver our mission.

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 technology companies in the Netherlands with tremendous potential
  • 40 vacation days per year based on a full-time workweek
  • An interesting and balanced pension 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
  • Own responsibility to have a good work/life balance with the option to work from home
  • In addition to a dynamic working environment, there is time for relaxation during our epic Friday afternoon drinks or other fun activities arranged by our happiness team
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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