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Supplier Industrialization Engineer



Software Engineering
United States
Posted on Wednesday, June 14, 2023

Cuberg is seeking a highly skilled and motivated Supplier Development Engineer (SDE) to join our team. In this role, you will be responsible for managing and enhancing our supplier base for new and complex products, ensuring their capabilities align with our organization's strategic goals and requirements.

As a SDE, you will collaborate closely with cross-functional teams, including R&D, Engineering, Procurement, and Quality, to drive launch readiness for new products and design changes, optimize supplier performance, and foster long-term partnerships. Your technical skills and expertise in supplier evaluation, development, and quality management will be crucial in maintaining a robust and reliable supply chain. The ideal candidate is comfortable in a fast-paced, highly collaborative, and dynamic startup environment, with the ability to work well with internal and external stakeholders, as well as independently.

Join us in building the future of energy.


Cuberg builds high-performance energy solutions based on next-generation technology for the world’s most demanding battery applications. Cuberg technology, paired with the manufacturing excellence of parent company Northvolt, will help give rise to a new generation of mobility businesses and decarbonize hard-to-abate segments of the transportation industry.
Cuberg technology uses a lithium metal anode and proprietary liquid electrolyte to simultaneously solve the interlocking challenges of battery performance and manufacturability. While incumbent battery technologies, such as lithium-ion, can be too heavy and low-performing for use in aircraft, Cuberg’s battery cells are lightweight and high-performance. The technology is also compatible with industry standard manufacturing methods, enabling scalability, reliability and traceability across the value chain.
Cuberg and Northvolt believe that complete electrification will require a revolutionary spirit and a practical mind. We won’t just design the world’s best batteries—we will ship them at scale.


  • Supplier Evaluation and Selection: Assess potential suppliers' capabilities, quality systems, and performance against Cuberg’s needs. Collaborate with procurement and engineering teams to identify supplier capability / capacity / system gaps determined through supplier assessment activities.
  • Technical Specifications Development: Work with internal stakeholders (R&D, Engineering, Process & Equipment) to determine ideal performance specifications and test methods. Facilitate communication and clarification of technical requirements between Suppliers and internal stakeholders. Participate in Design for Manufacturability reviews, guide suppliers in efficient use of poka-yoke, best methods of gauging, and correct tools or assembly equipment to use. Provide feedback to internal stakeholders to continuously improve the design for quality, cost and manufacturability.
  • Supplier Development: Develop and implement strategies to enhance suppliers' manufacturing processes, quality control systems, and overall operational capabilities. Provide guidance and support to suppliers to drive continuous improvement initiatives, increase efficiency and performance, and reduce costs.
  • Risk Assessment and Mitigation: Identify potential risks in the supply chain and develop/drive risk mitigation strategies. Collaborate with suppliers and internal stakeholders to develop contingency plans and ensure business continuity.
  • Supplier Relationship Management: Cultivate and maintain strong relationships with suppliers through effective communication, collaboration, and regular performance reviews. Conduct supplier business reviews to discuss performance, future opportunities, and areas for improvement.
  • Quality Management: Collaborate with the quality team to ensure suppliers meet and exceed quality standards and specifications. Assist the Quality Team in root cause analysis and implementation of corrective and preventive actions (CAPAs) to address quality issues and improve overall supplier quality.
  • BSc or MSc degree in Engineering/Physics/Chemistry/Manufacturing
  • 5+ years of relevant work experience, including Supplier Quality Management. Knowledge of quality management systems (e.g. IATF16949, ISO 9001, TQM), and track record of launching into volume production, complex components and assemblies is a plus.
  • Excellent analytical, problem-solving, and project management skills. Prior experience in Program Management is a plus.
  • Good knowledge of Lean and six sigma, SPC, FMEA, process capability, Quality troubleshooting tools and problem-solving methodology
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills to build and maintain relationships with suppliers and cross-functional teams
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally

We offer competitive compensation and benefits packages to help you and your family build a healthy and secure future.

  • Generous stock options
  • Group health benefits that provide strong support for employee well-being and preventative care, including comprehensive medical, dental, vision, and flexible savings account plans
  • A retirement program that helps build future financial security through both traditional and Roth 401(k) options with employer matching
  • Generous paid time off plans to renew and refresh through vacation, personal leave, holidays, and parental leave

The target US compensation range for this full-time position is $91,000-$192,000 + equity + benefits. Compensation ranges are determined by level, role and location. The range displayed on each job posting reflects the target for new hire total cash compensation (base + bonus), individual pay is determined by additional factors including relevant job-related skills, experience and additional factors. Your recruiter will be happy to share more about about the salary range during your hiring process