Vice President of Manufacturing & Operations at ESS
Wilsonville, OR, US

Energy Storage Systems (ESS Inc) is a fast-growing, venture-backed, multi patented, clean technology start-up, located in Wilsonville, OR. ESS has developed an extremely cost-effective energy management system that combines an environmentally safe, abundant and non-toxic iron electrolyte with our patented flow cell design. Our advanced flow battery technology combines high performance with low cost, renewable integration designed for commercial, industrial, and utility applications.

Our team boasts decades of experience in distributed power generation and energy storage technologies. We are team building a disruptive, cutting edge technology. We are looking for motivated, hard-working, like-minded people to join our team of individuals who have a passion for sustainability, the environment, and who thrive in a fast-paced entrepreneurial setting. This position involves close interaction with numerous engineering disciplines. Applicant must be comfortable working in a team environment that is fast paced and dynamic. A strong commitment to quality and continuous improvement is required.

2.0 Position Profile:

ESS is seeking a dynamic Manufacturing Operations leader with a strong background in contract manufacturing & assembly, supplier management, contract negotiation, operational logistics (warehousing, shipping, and sparing). The role includes development, implementation and management of manufacturing and supply chain for its advanced battery technology. The successful candidate will have excellent project management skills and an ability to manage multiple projects effortlessly. Candidates with knowledge of large and complex industrial products, containerized manufacturing & transport are highly desired. Experience in battery, fuel cell technologies or power generation systems are helpful.

The ideal candidate will have a passion for sustainability and the environment, will thrive in a fast-paced entrepreneurial setting, be self-motivated and have an interest in disruptive, cutting edge technology. Someone who understands the culture, the rigor and the challenges of a start-up environment.

Please Note: Position may be filled at Sr. Vice President level depending on candidate experience.

3.0 Qualifications

· Ability to deliver on multiple priorities in a fast-paced work environment.

· Must have an in-depth understanding and application of quality principles, concepts, practices, and standards.

· Comfortable in fast-paced, collaborative work environment.

· Strong communication and presentation skills, affable, and demonstrated maturity and professionalism.

· Must be a strong problem solver with the ability to think logically and rationally.

· High work ethic and strong attention to details.

· Able to work in a cross-functional and geographically dispersed team environment.

· Good interpersonal and communication skills to work effectively with a small, dynamic team responsible for product development.

4.0 Primary Responsibilities & Core Duties

· Design, implement and execute greenfield manufacturing and assembly facility.

· Implement and update manufacturing, supply chain and operational strategies.

· Source critical components and negotiate supplier contracts.

· Establish and manage ERP system.

· Establish and manage safe and efficient facilities.

· Lead and manage Quality, Supply Chain, and production functions.

· Coordinate manufacturing for on-schedule delivery of multi-million-dollar installations.

· Work with engineering and sales teams to manage manufacturing-related operational challenges.

· Provide critical input to resolve operational problems related to logistics, manufacturing and fabrication.

· Ensure projects meet or exceed all industry and customer requirements for cost, quality and responsiveness.

· Successful operation of the production facility including daily, weekly and monthly plans as well as capital and operating budgets.

· Monitor, address and report daily production and quality metrics.

· Maintain neat, clean and orderly plant appearance.

· Develop and maintain standard operating procedures that meet and exceed safety requirements.

· Participate with management and sales on creating the annual plant budget and operating plan.

· Responsible for oversight of the recruitment and training/retraining of personnel to ensure compliance to SOPs. Provide mentoring, coaching.

· Ability to build and develop effective, high-performance operating teams.

5.0 Additional Requirements & Qualifications

· Legally authorized, U.S. Citizenship or permanent residency. – See Note:

· Ability to follow job required Standards and Safety Protocols, per pre-defined processes.

· Must be able to wear Personal Protection Equipment according to OSHA rules and regulations.

· Ability to fluently read and write English, comprehend and follow verbal and written instructions.

· Intermediate to advanced shop math. Knowledge of English/Metric system measurement.


· With supplier management and supply contact negotiation.

· Hands-on experience in manufacturing start-up implementation.

· In building supply-chain strategies with consideration for repairs and spares.

· In battery, fuel cell or power-gen systems is helpful.

· With production scheduling, contract manufacturing and vendor relationship.

· Commercializing new technologies in a production environment is preferred.

· With financial management of a production facility including budget, expense management, and investment/return analysis.

· Interacting with Lab and Engineering operations.

· With financial management of a production facility including budget, expense management, and investment/return analysis.

· Commercializing new technologies in a production environment is preferred.


· BS Engineering in a related discipline, MS preferred.

· 15 years’ experience in a manufacturing, assembly and logistics/supply chain leadership role.

· 4 years of which is in executive management.

Physical Demands

· The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

· While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk or hear.

· Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

· The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

Work Environment

· The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

· The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Warehouse/ manufacturing environment.

Other Duties

· Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Job Type: Full-time


As an equal opportunity employer, we are open to considering every qualified candidate who is eligible and legally authorized to work in the United States on a full or part-time basis, and who does not require a visa sponsorship or who is of H1B1 status.

6.0 What ESS Offers


· In addition to the value of working with and helping grow a global reaching clean technology, headquartered in the middle of the beautiful Pacific Northwest valley, ESS offers a competitive benefits package: Company assisted Health insurance, Approved PPE Reimbursement, Medical & Dental; FLEX spending account; 6 paid holidays; 401K, a generous PTO accrual; and public transportation assistance.

Job Type: Full-time


  • a manufacturing, assembly and logistics/supply chain leaders: 10 years (Required)
  • executive management: 4 years (Preferred)


  • Bachelor's (Required)


  • Wilsonville, OR 97070 (Required)


  • English (Required)

Work authorization:

  • United States (Required)

Work Location:

  • One location


  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Other

Pay Frequency:

  • Bi weekly or Twice monthly

This Job Is:

  • A job for which military experienced candidates are encouraged to apply
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