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Controls Engineering Manager



Other Engineering
San Leandro, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, October 20, 2023

At Cuberg we push batteries to their limits and beyond. We are using specialized equipment to mechanically assemble, package and test our proprietary Li metal anode batteries. The Controls Engineering Manager will build out and lead the Controls engineering team, with the ability to train and develop junior controls engineers. The CE Manager will ensure that projects are following Cuberg/Northvolt specifications as well as industry codes and standards, in addition to managing multiple projects and ensuring that projects stay on track according to the project timeline. The Controls Engineering Team is responsible for sustaining, improving, and designing automated manufacturing equipment for the production line. They will collaborate with equipment suppliers and internal stakeholders to commission new equipment, maintain, troubleshoot and identify opportunities for process enhancement through new automation components of existing automated manufacturing equipment. The controls engineers will closely interact with the data engineering team in setting up data transfer between equipment and MES/Engineering Databases for process analysis and control. We are looking for candidates with strong process and controls engineering fundamentals and the ideal candidate is independent, proactive, hands-on, and detail-oriented.

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.


  • Our Controls Engineers will develop automation solutions and participate in various phases of equipment & automation projects including creating PLC design specifications and programming, software specifications and configuration,electrical design, panel design and testing, as well as supporting the commissioning and start-up of a variety of high speed manufacturing processes/equipment.
  • The ideal candidate will have a track record of leading engineering teams, proficiency with control systems and understanding of troubleshooting problems in high throughput environments.
  • Establish controls standards to improve team quality and efficiency
  • Develop controls designs, both hardware and software, that are compliant with Cuberg/Northvolt specifications and industry standards
  • Ensure designs conform to all applicable safety standards
  • Accountability for complete project execution including team leadership, control panel engineering, PLC and HMI programming, and site start-up support of integrated systems.
  • Maintaining and growing solid relationships with internal customers and stakeholders is a key responsibility, including the MES software and data engineering teams.
  • Requires excellent analytical and problem-solving skills to be applied in design, installation, commissioning, and troubleshooting of assembly and packaging lines, process systems, and software systems.
  • This position requires the ability to successfully lead and execute multiple project responsibilities with minimal supervision.
  • B.S. Electrical Engineering, equivalent in experience and education combined, or equivalent
  • Minimum 7 years’ experience in automation industry with 3-5 years’ experience in a lead or supervisory role working on large scale automation projects
  • The ability to mentor others and experience in Controls Estimating
  • Expert in PLC programming, following IEC 61131 standard. Mitsubishi, Siemens S7-1500F and/or Beckhoff controller experience is a plus
  • Experience with HMI, SCADA, PLC’s, and control system design using development tools including TIA Portal and Ignition
  • Familiarity with integrating robots (ABB, Fanuc, Yaskawa, Epson).
  • Familiarity with Vision systems & Barcode scanning systems (Keyence, Cognex).
  • Familiar with different types of machine interfaces and industry standard communications and protocols, including OPC, ProfiNet and EtherNet/IP
  • The ability to manage multiple projects and keep them on schedule for on-time delivery
  • Candidates need to possess excellent communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills.
  • Willing and able to travel as necessary for project requirements to include but not be limited to: supplier meetings, factory acceptance, trainings, industry related seminars, forums, or conventions, etc
  • Assembly, packaging and process controls experience in batteries, automotive, aerospace industry.

The target US compensation range for this full-time position is $161,000-$242,000 + 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