Process Engineering Lead

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Process Engineering Lead

Are you a seasoned (process) engineer with affinity for solar technology? Do you want to use your knowledge and people skills to lead a team of talented engineers and process experts to bring innovative solar products to mass production?

Full-time · Venray

Where: Venray, the Amfoor 2
Domain: Operations
Experience: at least 5-10 years of experience in a similar role. Experience in solar or solar materials is considered a plus as is the knowledge of SixSigma.
Degree: at least a Bachelor degree in mechanical engineering, solar engineering or process technology including an analytical way of thinking

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 Process Engineering Lead?
As a process engineering lead you’ll play an important part in developing the processes of the next generation for VIPV (Vehicle Integrated Photovoltaics) manufacturing. On the one hand by guiding the team of process engineers and leading them to successful implementations of new and improved processes. Whilst on the other hand you’re using your skills and experience to lead a cross-functional team in developing innovative solar manufacturing equipment and processes for the next generation product line. As a process engineering lead you will have the following tasks and responsibilities:

  • Setting up a way of working for the process engineering department;
  • Identifying process opportunities to improve the output and quality and as such impact the overall business results;
  • Creating new processes with the team and by working closely with the solar engineering domain;
  • Developing and implementing new developed and bespoke equipment for manufacturing and assembly of solar panels;
  • Set up and lead process engineering team;
  • Ensure production problems are analyzed thoroughly and solutions are developed and implemented;
  • Collaborating with various departments to jointly develop the solar production factory of the future.

A day as a Process Engineering Lead
You get into our Venray office and start the day preparing for your work. In this modern office building, you can enjoy a good cup of coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and fresh fruit and experience the buzz of the office and the production area and lab.

The morning starts with a daily stand-up in which you review the issues production has been facing the past 24 hours and if this requires immediate attention, of the process engineering team. Your team consists of process engineers, manufacturing engineers, maintenance engineers, and a project manager.

After that, you will check in with your project manager to review the status of the equipment and process development for future products. The equipment development is done with a cross-functional team with experts from all areas of the organization.

During lunch, you have time to reflect and relax. You are free to have a good walk, do some sports or a nice meditation session, or whatever is necessary to be physically and mentally prepared for what is coming in the afternoon.

In the afternoon you will start with an alignment meeting with an equipment supplier to go over the latest details and changes to the machine he is building for our shop floor process. If there is a need you have a quick chat with the operations manager on the status of the projects and any roadblocks you might have encountered.

You end the day with a digital coffee to have a chat with a colleague you wanted to check in with as you didn’t talk to her for a long time.

What do we expect from a Process Engineering Lead?
In order to succeed in the dynamic world of Lightyear; pro-activity, professionalism, communication, and adaptability are crucial. We are looking for someone with an ambitious attitude who learns from the past but who is especially open to transforming new developments or ideas into the ‘tried and tested’ of the future! You thrive on working team-based, but working independently shouldn’t be an issue. You are flexible and can work under pressure. Furthermore, we are looking for someone with:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, solar engineering, or process technology an academic way of thinking;
  • At least 5 years of experience in a similar role;
  • Experience in solar is considered a plus;
  • Experience in solar materials and process research as a tremendous plus;
  • Affinity with mechanical engineering;
  • The ability to perform six sigma analysis;
  • Extensive solar skills and the track record to show for it;
  • Excellent people skills and you are great at bridging gaps between different disciplines such as operations, engineering, research, and procurement.;
  • Strong communication skills and problem-solving attitude;
  • Proficient in English;
  • A 100% match between our core values and your values as a person;
  • Mission-driven and eager to deliver the change.

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
  • 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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