Battery Cells are the common denominator for every Tesla product. Our product requirements demand ground-up cell architectures with state-of-the-art performance, manufactured at volumes that are orders of magnitude higher than the products they power. Our environment is fast-paced and incredibly exciting, so being passionate and self-motivated to push your limits is critical. Our team works with engineering groups across various disciplines, requiring strong communication skills and a team-first mentality. You will work alongside seasoned industry experts, high aptitude recent graduates, and people from every stage in between. We look for anyone with an exceptional ability to solve problems in both individual and team settings.
Tesla’s Supplier Industrialization team is responsible for critical component development and qualification activities at suppliers. More specifically, this DFM focused SIE will be the point resource to drive DFM activity for battery components working with supplier and cross-functional teams to understand manufacturing challenges and devise solutions to mitigate risks and eventually help develop a mass producible design. The job involves communicating well with internal and external teams, traveling to suppliers in different regions, and reviewing product/process concerns/risks. This position will be responsible for preparing suppliers for success and improving supplier product quality using collaborative efforts to accomplish this task via DFM activities. The goal: delivering on time quantities of high-quality component parts into Tesla’s production processes to enable extremely rapid development cycles and product launches.
What You’ll Do
Early engagement in design of battery mechanical components with a focus on Design for manufacturability (DFM)
Engage with suppliers to understand the process design and develop DFM documentation with a focus on sustainable mass production
Collaborate with Tesla design team to work on design iterations and process iterations that result in sustainable mass production
Develop, manage, audit, improve, and correct supplier component manufacturing execution, assembly techniques, and quality control processes from the advanced development phase to mass production qualification
Lead supplier improvements in scalability, cost, and quality driven by DFM findings.
Facilitate clear communication of technical requirements between suppliers and Tesla design, quality, manufacturing and purchasing teams
Guide suppliers in developing robust manufacturing processes and qualifying these processes.
What You’ll Bring
BS Degree in Electrical / Mechanical / Chemical / Industrial / Manufacturing Engineering or evidence of experience and exceptional ability
5+ years leading DFM experience supporting battery cell, battery cell components, mechanical enclosures or similar in a Supplier Quality, Quality Engineering, Process Engineering or Manufacturing Engineering or Supplier Industrialization Engineering role
Experience in Quality Systems a plus: PPAP/APQP processes
Background in Statistical Process Control, Capability Analysis (Cp, Cpk), MSA, FMEA, Control Plans
In-depth knowledge of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) and inspection
Possess demonstrable leadership abilities
Ability to communicate and direct supplier activities at the management level
Ability to define and execute a project using project management techniques
Self-starter, Ability to thrive in a fast paced, dynamic environment
Excellent team building skills in dealing with suppliers, peers and other functional areas
Strong technical writing ability and an ability to explain complex issues in a concise and plain manner.
Willingness to travel on short notice, up to 25% travel may be required