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Manager, Quality Engineering

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Job Description

Are you ready to build America’s clean energy future with the team that will deliver? Form Energy is an American energy technology and manufacturing company. We are pioneering a new class of iron-air batteries to enable our electric grid to run on renewable, reliable, and affordable energy, every day of the year.

Form Energy has been recognized by TIME as “One of the Best Inventions of 2023” for its battery technology and by MIT Technology Review as a “Top Climate Tech Company to Watch”. We are making rapid progress on our mission of delivering energy storage for a better world, and are growing just as rapidly to meet demand. Our team has more than doubled in size in the past year, and continues to expand every day. We have signed contracts with leading electric utilities across the United States. Pilot production of our iron-air batteries has already begun, and later this year, production will take off to high volumes at our new factory in West Virginia.

Working for Form Energy is more than just a job, it’s a chance to be part of something extraordinary. And right now might be the most exciting moment in the company’s history to join. We are assembling a team of some of the most talented and motivated individuals across the country. Driven by our core values of humanity, excellence, and creativity, our team is determined to deliver on our mission and transform the energy landscape for the better.

Feeling energized to make a meaningful impact on the world? Then keep reading - you’ve come to the right place.

Role Description

As a Manager of Quality Engineering at Form Energy, you will lead in building out the Quality organization. You will drive key initiatives to develop/implement systems and processes that ensure products are designed, manufactured and shipped to the highest levels of performance, reliability and quality. These quality systems and processes will be heavily focused on Prevention with elements of Detection and Containment, impacting all three phases of Design, Supply Chain and Manufacturing. You will also provide leadership and strategy with product optimization, cost down, as well as implement training of best practices for various disciplines throughout the company. You will fly high to properly set vision and define strategy; however, when required, dive deep with the technical staff to solve complex, multi-dimensional issues. You will work in close partnerships with leadership as well as various cross-functional teams throughout the product development lifecycle, from early R&D to validation testing, pilot builds and ultimately, SOP/customer deliveries. It is highly desirable that you bring forth a good foundation of logic which will allow for a deep technical understanding of new technologies and their development.

What You'll Do:

  • Provide leadership for not only the Quality organization but throughout the company via vision, strategy, culture and strong execution
  • Develop and implement systems/processes to ensure all products shipped meet rigorous standards for not only performance, reliability and quality but also regulatory, compliance and safety
  • Lead/develop FMEA processes to properly mitigate risks in both design and manufacturing
  • Develop, implement and train other mission-critical quality systems: Material Review Board (MRB), Process Change Requests (PCR), Production Part Approval Process (PPAP), Inspection Standards, Control Plans, SPC/Control Charts, Traceability, etc.
  • Own quality metrics, reporting and action plan to ensure timely, effective countermeasure(s) and resolution
  • Build and develop a capable reliability team to ensure proper product reliability specifications are defined and tested in order to meet customer expectations
  • Own the creation and daily operation of Form Energy’s Quality Management Systems, ensuring regulatory compliance for safe development, production, and deployment of Form’s battery systems; Develop a roadmap and staffing plan to enable ISO (or other) compliance
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams on continuous improvement activities, cost down initiatives, etc.
  • Facilitate, promote and train in the use of highly effective best practices: 8D (problem solving), SPC (data analytics), DOE (Design of Experiments), GD&T (Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing), RCA (root cause analysis), proper auditing techniques, design reviews, etc.

What You'll Bring:

  • At least 8 years experience in quality, manufacturing or manufacturing engineering.
  • Prior management experience required, demonstrating a clear record of success in building industry-leading teams that can execute in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  • Expertise in building out Quality Management Systems (e.g., IATF 16949, ISO9001).
  • Highly technical, with a strong foundation for logic that allows for a steep learning curve and the ability to adapt to new technologies.
  • Critical thinker, problem solver utilizing first principles
  • Experience/expertise of various quality system methodologies
  • Excellent leadership, project management, communication, and organizational skills.
  • Bachelor’s Degree (or higher) in Engineering or related technical discipline

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Humanity is a cornerstone of Form Energy’s culture, and we make sure our compensation and benefits reflect that. Form Energy offers competitive salaries, stock options, and a holistic benefits package to ensure all employees have what they need to thrive while working here.

When it comes to you and your family’s health, we cover 100% of medical, dental, and vision premiums for full-time employees - and 80% of healthcare premiums for dependents. This starts from day one. We also offer at least 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents (up to 20 weeks for birthing parents), and generous vacation policies to give employees time to recharge when needed.

To build a clean and equitable energy future, we need everyone at the table. We strive to form a team as diverse as the communities we will serve with our technology, and are committed to maintaining an inclusive environment for all employees. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply to our open jobs.

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