Solar Proto Lead

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Solar Proto Lead

Do you get excited about leading a small team of solar prototyping engineers and keeping the lab calibrated and staying up to date with relevant technology?

Join us on our mission!

Full-time · Venray

Where: De Amfoor 2 in Venray
DomainLayer Operations
Experienceat least 3 years of experience
Degreeat least a relevant Higher Vocational Education (HBO)/ 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 a Solar Proto Lead?
As a solar prototyping lead you’re leading a small team of solar prototyping engineers and you’re responsible for keeping the lab calibrated and up to date with relevant technology. In practice the three main elements of this role consist of (1) planning and scheduling of the lab activities, (2) keeping equipment up to date and calibrated, and (3) working alongside the proto engineers in building prototypes and conducting experimental manufacturing methods.

The lab activities itself range from performing sample measurements in coordination with testing, building proto parts entered via the proto portal and analyzing materials and samples. This person needs to be able to plan work and maintain the lab area as well as enable the solar prototyping engineers to perform their jobs and provide hands-on support where needed.

As a Solar Proto Lead you will have the following tasks and responsibilities:

  • Responsible for managing the equipment and people of the solar lab
  • Participate as the manufacturing lead for solar prototypes
  • Work alongside the solar proto engineers in building prototypes and conducting experimental manufacturing methods
  • Collaborate with a team of solar engineers, architects and testing engineers to define new module and experiment configurations
  • Work with demand planning, procurement and logistics in obtaining the required materials
  • Report to operations manager on main lab KPI’s and output

A day as a Solar Proto Lead at Lightyear
So, let's assume it's Friday. You start the day at the office with a cup of coffee or tea before you open your laptop. Taking a quick glance over your e-mails, you focus on the prototype portal which provides you with the jobs in que and you scan for new requests.

In the daily stand-up you go over the progress with your team and check issues and status updates. Some jobs might require inputs from engineering for which you will be the liaison, others require materials to be coming in via the logistic flow.
You will be the champion for your team in removing roadblocks and aligning with the departments for which you’re performing work. Therefore it is important to manage stakeholders and align within the several departments.
During the course of the day production quality will come in to perform the CoP (Conformity of Production) tests which might require your attention and engineering and research might make an inquiry.

And then you decide: it’s time for lunch!
You decided to go for a walk together with a few colleagues, because the weather is perfect today (the sun is ALWAYS shining at Lightyear of course!). During walks like these, it's not all about work. You talk about when you will go mountain biking together or about what you have planned for the upcoming weekend. 

In the afternoon you align with the project managers of the various projects to learn about their mid to long term plan and how that will affect your area. Once a week you align with the manager operations on the progress and the forecast of workload and equipment requirements. Towards the end of the day, you check if things went to plan and ensure the lab is nice tidy before leaving. Then, it's finally time for your well-deserved Friday afternoon drink or you participate in one of the fun activities our happiness team comes up with!

What do we expect from a Solar Proto 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 Higher Vocational Education (HBO)/ Bachelor degree in a relevant field
  • At least 3 years of relevant experience (in a similar role)
  • Experience with 5S and DMAIC (Six Sigma)
  • Experience in solar (module building) is considered a tremendous plus

Ideal personality (strengths) for this position would be that you are a:

  • Team player
  • Problem solver
  • Planner
  • Self-starter; being hands-on
  • Performer of high quality and accuracy
  • True people leader and cooperating captain

In general you are:

  • Proficient in English; Dutch is preferred/ considered a plus

  • Available for 40 hours per week; less is negotiable

  • 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 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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