Principal Industrial Engineer

Number of employees

190

Devens, MA, United States

Posted on: 2024-03-15

Category: renewables

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Employment type:

Full time

Experience required:

Intermediate

Salary

Salary not provided

About the company:

Commonwealth Fusion Systems (CFS) has the fastest, lowest cost path to commercial fusion energy. 

CFS is collaborating with MIT to leverage decades of research combined with new groundbreaking high-temperature superconducting (HTS) magnet technology. HTS magnets will enable compact fusion power plants that can be constructed faster and at lower cost. 

The mission is to deploy fusion power plants to meet global decarbonization goals as fast as possible. CFS has assembled a team of leaders in tough tech, fusion science, and manufacturing with a track record of rapid execution. Supported by the world’s leading investors, CFS is uniquely positioned to deliver limitless, clean, fusion power to combat climate change. 

If you are interested in joining our team, check out cfs.energy/careers for more information.

Commonwealth Fusion Systems (CFS) has the fastest, lowest cost path to commercial fusion energy.

CFS collaborates with MIT to leverage decades of research combined with groundbreaking new high-temperature superconducting (HTS) magnet technology. HTS magnets will enable compact fusion power plants that can be constructed faster and at lower cost. Our mission is to deploy these power plants to meet global decarbonization goals as fast as possible. To that end, CFS has assembled a team of leaders in tough tech, fusion science, and manufacturing with a track record of rapid execution. Supported by the world’s leading investors, CFS is uniquely positioned to deliver limitless, clean, fusion power to combat climate change. To implement this plan, we are looking to add dedicated people to the team who treat people well, improve our work by adding multifaceted perspectives and new ways of solving problems, have achieved outstanding results through a range of pursuits, and have skills and experience related to this role.

CFS aims to be the fastest, surest path to clean, limitless, fusion energy – in time to make a difference for climate change. In pursuit of that goal, we have ramped up a production factory to build many of the major assemblies that make up SPARC – our fusion power plant prototype. We aspire to run a lean, efficient production operation and we are looking to hire a principal industrial engineer to lead continuous improvement of our manufacturing processes as we work towards that aspiration. This individual is a critical member of the Production team and will work directly with our VP of Production and COO to streamline our production lines and company operations. This role collaborates with our Production, Quality, Supply Chain, and IT/EIS (enterprise information systems) teams to improve our processes, remove roadblocks, and enhance operational efficiency in support of the overarching mission.

CFS team members thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment and have demonstrated exceptional results through a range of different pursuits. We all tightly align with our company values of integrity, execution, impact and self-critique. As we grow, we are looking to add talented people who are mission driven and bring diverse perspectives and new ways of solving problems.

At CFS, we deeply value diversity and are an equal opportunity employer by choice. We consider all qualified applicants equally for employment. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, protected veteran status, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, or any other basis protected by law, ordinance, or regulation.

This team member will:

  • Lead cross-functional continuous improvement projects to rapidly improve manufacturing processes for the company’s critical product lines 
  • Develop strategies and business processes to grow and scale our manufacturing, quality, and supply chain operations from R&D to full-scale production with a focus on reducing waste, improving product quality, increasing productivity, and improving employee quality of life
  • Identify, analyze, and improve bottlenecks on the production floor and in business processes through data collection, process flows, value stream mapping, and root cause analysis
  • Create standards, templates, and processes to mature the organization for production operations using tools such as Lean Six Sigma, value stream mapping, PFMEAs (process failure mode and effects analysis), 8D problem solving, change control plans, etc.
  • Grow a company culture focused on continuous improvement. Author and facilitate training for the company on topics including Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma, and DFM (design for manufacturability)
  • Support factory simulation modeling and build out of future manufacturing facilities
  • Work collaboratively with a cross-functional team of design engineers, manufacturing engineers, technicians, quality specialists, and supply chain specialists to brainstorm and innovate on efficient operations for the company
  • The ideal candidate will have most, if not all, of these requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in engineering or operations management
  • 12+ years' experience as an industrial, lean, continuous improvement, manufacturing, or operations engineer and/or operations leader in a production environment
  • Experience developing processes and procedures to transition from R&D into production
  • Lean Six Sigma Black Belt or Master Black Belt (or equivalent experience)
  • Proficiency in continuous improvement methods and tools such as Value Stream Mapping, Kaizen, 5S, DMAIC, etc.
  • Project management experience working with cross-functional teams to deliver projects with desired results within specified timelines
  • Experience as a project facilitator and/or trainer
  • Strong drive for continuous improvement and operational efficiency 
  • High self-motivation and drive to execute quickly with excellent troubleshooting/problem-solving skills
  • Strong communication and collaboration
  • Additional preferred experience and/or qualifications:

  • Experience with Atlassian products including JIRA and Confluence
  • Experience with ERP (enterprise resource planning) and MES (manufacturing execution system) software
  • Perform activities such as stooping, typing, standing, sitting, or for extended periods of time
  • Dedication to safety to mitigate industrial hazards that may include heat, cold, noise, fumes, strong magnets, lead (Pb), high voltage, and cryogenics
  • Willingness to travel or work required nights/weekends/on-call occasionally
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