Energy Impact Partners
Energy Impact Partners

Director-Battery Module Engineering

Advanced Microgrid Solutions

Advanced Microgrid Solutions

Houston, TX, USA
Posted on Monday, June 3, 2024
The Director of Battery Module Engineering promotes solid execution excellence of battery modules, battery hardware and analytics. The person in this role will foster an exciting culture of accountability, innovation mixed with a heavy dose of fun. This position will be responsible for leading our extended battery team including electrochemistry, analytics integration, sensing hardware, busing, switches and module development. The leader will foster an environment of collaboration. The person in this role will actively foster individual development, training and growth – in a way that makes very complicated concepts applicable to them and easier to understand. The person in this role will actively reach out to other teams they interface with. They will ensure that interfaces of batteries and associated hardware/software are well understood and documented. They will not do the work. They will make sure the process is running seamlessly and the final engineering will be successful. They will eliminate confusion and proactively clarify roles and responsibilities to ensure team alignment and success.
The person in this role will lead a team that delivers on time and launches with excellence. They will foster a culture of accountability and the pride that goes with delivering excellence. They will teach the value of speed and creativity to their teams. The person in this role will be able to reach out across the corporation to collaborate with others outside of Engineering. They will collaborate to understand non-obvious opportunities and challenges.

What does a Director-Battery Module Engineering do at Fluence?

  • Proactively advise on processes. Advise the team what “good looks like”/expectations constantly. The team should understand expectations 30, 60, 90 and 180 days out.
  • Advise on engineering, design and testing fundamentals. Oversee the engineers to make sure detailed work is not missed or skipped.
  • Advise on technical challenges or find someone that can.
  • Proactively anticipate and remove roadblocks before team members encounter them.
  • Interpret the needs of the corporation and translate into tactical items the team can act on. Follow through with processes and progress to ensure understanding and success of the team.
  • Determine and tweak/strengthen execution process for everyday workgroups. Process should reduce meeting time and improve effectiveness of workgroup and PET meetings.
  • Be an advocate for the execution team, working proactively to keep them engaged and effective. Work three to six months out to anticipate their needs and make sure they are successful.
  • The manager is expected to create a strong culture where team members feel respected, are empowered, and make meaningful contributions to Fluence. The manager is expected to have regular 1:1’s with team members. The person in this position is expected to be in touch with all team members across Module Engineering.

What does the ideal candidate look like?

  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering or related field. Technical advanced degree is preferred.
  • More than 5 years of Battery Systems design experience with experience launching module hardware
  • Understanding of cell chemistry including cell bill of materials and cell manufacturing processes
  • Understanding of BMS including cell balancing methods, cell sense boards, ASICs
  • Understanding of DFM/DFA methods
  • Understanding of GD&T
  • Deep understanding of FEA, development testing, and validation
  • Understanding of statistical methods. Understanding of Design for Six Sigma and Monte Carlo analysis is a bonus
  • Understanding of DFMEA. Understanding of Fault Trees is a bonus
  • Ability to action complex and ambiguous issues
  • Demonstrated ability to establish a culture of accountability, fun and excellence
  • Team player with excellent communication and presentation skills, with the ability to convey complex concepts effectively.
  • Ability to work independently, stay hyper-focused, and prioritize work effectively.
  • Results-oriented, diligent, and detail-oriented.
  • Ability to lead teams to outcomes through leadership by influence