Director, New Product Introduction

Number of employees

200

Pittsburgh, PA or Weirton, WV, USA

Posted on: 2023-01-06

Category: renewables

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Employment type:

Full time

Experience required:

Director

Salary

Salary not provided

About the company:

Form Energy is developing a new class of cost-effective, multi-day energy storage systems that will enable a reliable and fully-renewable electric grid year-round. Our pioneering battery technology will entirely reshape the global electric system and give it new form.

Learn more about Form Energy at https://www.formenergy.com.  

We’re always looking for outstanding people to join our team. If you’re interested, please visit https://formenergy.com/careers/.

Are you ready to rise to the challenge of climate change with the team that will deliver? Form Energy is a U.S. technology and manufacturing company that is developing and commercializing pioneering energy storage technologies to enable the electric grid to run on 100% renewable energy, every day of the year.

Supported by leading investors such as Breakthrough Energy Ventures, ArcelorMittal, TPG Rise, MIT’s The Engine, and others, we share a common belief that low-cost, multi-day energy storage is the key to enable tomorrow’s zero carbon electric grid. Driven by our core values of humanity, excellence, and creativity, we are deeply motivated and inspired to create a better world. We need talented, hardworking individuals who share our goal of tackling the challenge of climate change. Do you want to work with us today to build a better tomorrow? 

Role Description
As Form Energy’s Director of New Product Introduction, you will own responsibility to take product through the technical transfer process from pilot scale production in an R&D environment to full rate production in a scaled manufacturing facility. This includes leading the team of technicians and managers that operate Form’s pilot production facility in Eighty Four, PA and providing engineering support to the operation of that line. As a leader in Form's quickly growing manufacturing organization, you'll have the opportunity to make an immediate impact on our first of a kind manufacturing operations.

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Besides joining a community of people working to make the world better, Form Energy commits to you equitable compensation, stock options, and offers a generous benefits package to make sure you have the support you need to thrive.

We cover 100% of employee premiums and 80% of dependent premiums for medical, dental, and vision insurance for full time employees. We offer a flexible Paid Time Off program and every employee, regardless of gender identity or expression, is eligible for 12 weeks of paid parental bonding leave. A full listing of our benefits is available on our careers page

At Form Energy, we are working toward a 100% renewable energy future for everyone in the world. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all our employees and are seeking to build a team that reflects the diversity of the people we hope to serve with our revolutionary products. Form Energy is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

What You'll Do:

  • Develop and hire the NPI team and create the technical transfer process to take product from R&D to full rate production.
  • Own the safety, health and well-being of the NPI Team by ensuring responsible practices are used to protect them and their work environment. 
  • Own initial pilot scale production of Form’s energy storage systems and all new production introductions, including major coordinated changes to the high volume production lines.
  • Drive the feedback loop between pilot production and manufacturing engineering teams and dynamically tackle pilot production roadblocks.
  • Partner with EHS leadership to ensure best practices are implemented throughout the pilot manufacturing and NPI process.
  • Achieve product quality specs in production and provide feedback to supply chain and engineering teams for quality improvement.
  • Support development and implementation of standard operating procedures and programs to improve the safety and productivity of the production line(s) achieving world class OEE.
  • Support development of production maintenance teams and programs to ensure the highest standards for OEE, with a focus on equipment availability. 
  • Aid the initial development and reporting of key manufacturing operations KPI’s from the floor level to the executive level on a daily and weekly basis.
  • Drive continuous improvement through close collaboration with Supply Chain, Manufacturing Engineering, Product Engineering, Software Engineering, and other internal stakeholders.
  • Collaborate closely with Form’s Finance department to build a budget and manage the performance and adherence to the budget
  • Leverage the Form culture to create an inclusive working environment where team members are engaged, feel valued, and are motivated to be strong contributors.
  • What You'll Bring:

  • Seasoned operations leader with 10+ years of experience in manufacturing operations, engineering or supply chain. 
  • Experience in technology manufacturing, automating and scaling novel chemical or metallurgical processes ideally involving battery manufacturing, energy storage, or a similar field.
  • Proven experience moving products through the Engineering NPI process from product concept to production.
  • Fundamental understanding of production operation, manufacturing validation process, Design for Manufacturing (DFM), material movement through supply chain and the factory.
  • Empathic leader who can manage team members of all skill levels.
  • Experience leading PFMEA exercises. 
  • Lean and/or Six Sigma practitioner is highly desired
  • Experience leading a continuous improvement program through established practices like Kaizen, Yokoten, eliminating waste (Muda), Value Stream mapping or other manufacturing practices 
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