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Position:  Manager, Cell Chemistry Design
Location:  Waltham, MA
Job Id:  315
# of Openings:  0

Position Overview
The Manager of Cell Chemistry Design will be responsible for development of new lithium-ion battery designs for lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) and Nickel/Manganese/Cobalt (NMC) chemistries. This person will manage a team of 4-6 scientists and engineers, including BS, MS, and PhD level contributors. The team will be responsible for developing the cell chemistry and layer design. In addition, the Cell Development team will be responsible for generating material, subassembly, and assembly level specifications for all cell components (cathode, anode, electrolyte, and separator), often working with materials vendors and/or other internal stakeholders to align on material and component characteristics. The preferred candidate will have a track record of leadership in product development, an understanding of Tier-1 automotive, the battery industry, as well as the research community.
This person and their team will also interface closely with other functions in cell development and the larger organization. The group will interface frequently with peers in Fundamental R&D to evaluate new materials, Modeling to define requirements, and Validation to test new designs. The group will work with Cell Mechanical Design, defining the cell bill of materials (BOM) as well as all critical chemical and mechanical design parameters. The team will also be responsible for developing and maintaining a product DFMEA and support development of PFMEA and manufacturing control plans, working with Manufacturing teams to transfer processes and designs.
Travel up to 25% (including international) required.
This position will report to Director, Cell Design.
  • MS in chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science, or related field of study. PhD preferred.
  • Minimum 4+ years of experience in battery industry
  • 3+ years in a product development role
  • 3+ years in a management role
  • Demonstrated record of launching products successfully.
  • Experience with concept, design, and product validation (CV, DV, and PV) as part of a product development environment
  • Understanding of Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA, DFMEA, PFMEA)
  • Experience maintaining effective technical relationships with suppliers and internal departments
  • Demonstrated record of technical innovation, including publications, presentations, and/or patents
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience working in the automotive industry (Tier-1 supplier particularly)
  • Understanding of design-for-cost and value-added value-engineering (VA/VE)
  • Familiarity with Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) or similar product development process
  • Experience with formal root cause analysis (Ishikawa, Six Sigma) and design of experiments (DOE) tools
  • Experience with Design for Manufacturing (DFM)Document cell designs and maintain design concept iterations in Agile Documentation System
  • Good tolerance stack up calculation ability

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