Lead Automation Engineer

Lead process automation strategy and implementation in Västerås, Sweden for Northvolt's green battery production. Requires master's in engineering, SCADA/PLC expertise, team leadership, and innovation in industrial automation.

Västerås, Sweden  UTC+01:00   On-site   Full Time   1001-5000   53 days ago

Northvolt’s mission is to build the world’s greenest battery with a minimal carbon footprint and the highest ambitions for recycling, to enable the European transition to renewable energy.

Do you have what it takes to enable the future of energy?

Northvolt Materials business unit is right now looking for a lead engineer that will secure out process automation strategy and implementation. You will learn and understand what our internal and external needs are to make sure we have the best automation solution for our operations. You will be given the opportunity to lay out the strategy with a tight connection to our operators and internal requirements. We also see that you are a vital part in the process automation design and taking the role as our stakeholder in the development of our solution.

Process automation is a vital part of making the world’s greenest battery and it is important that you take an active role in fitting this part into the big picture for battery recycling as well as active materials development. For example, we are building one of the first European large-scale lithium-ion battery recycling plant together with Northolt’s active material production plant.

The daily work within this role includes setting the roadmap for our upcoming plants with regards to process automation in balance with implementing the process automation systems for our existing plants. The work also entitles interaction with our suppliers for automation as well as tight collaboration with our process engineering team.

Key Responsibilities include but are not limited to

  • Leading process automation strategy and implementation
  • Capturing the needs from the process engineering team as well as our operations
  • Supplier and stakeholder management
  • Being the focal point in the development process automation.
  • Lead R&D activities for piloting of new technologies and their suitability to production environments
  • Cost estimations for projects and change requests. Provide input for quoting and planning works

In general you have a long experience in the field and have been part in driving large, innovative and challenging process automation projects with high demands on industrialisation and scaling.

Your personal characteristics can be flexibility, quality, friendliness, motivation to take on new challenges, grit and a great team spirit. You are also passionate & purpose driven – you want to join us on the journey of enabling the future of energy!

At Northvolt we all work tightly together with a low level of hierarchy, and we encourage different backgrounds and levels of experience. What we all have in common is that we are bold, passionate and in whatever area we are working in we do it with excellence. Do you have what it takes to be a part of our team?

Full time employment, fixed salary.
Planned starting date is asap.

Please note that any applications submitted via email or direct messaging will not be considered.

Skills & Requirements

We believe that you have:

  • Master degree in Electronic/Computer Engineering, Information Systems, Computing, Software Engineering, or simila
  • Strong field experience from process automation
  • Deeper knowledge from SCADA and PLC systems , such as Siemens, ABB and others.
  • Experience from team leadership
  • Experience with suppliers and commissioning of industrial systems
  • Track record of being innovative
  • Passionate by solving complex problems with technology in a simple yet innovative way

Bonus points for

  • Experience and interest in manufacturing industry
  • Fluency in other languages (Japanese, Swedish, Chinese, French)
  • Experience from a multi-cultural environment


  • Great Place to Work
  • World leading technique
  • Top specialists as team peers
  • International environment
  • Fast paced & entrepreneurial culture
  • Warrant program
  • Wellness grant

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About the role

Feb 22, 2024

Full Time


Aug 17, 2024


Västerås, Sweden

Master's degree in Electronic/Computer Engineering or similar, with strong field experience from process automation


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