Manufacturing Optimization Engineer 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

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.

Job Description Summary
In the role of Manufacturing Optimization Engineer, you will support the manufacturing and
assembly of cutting-edge technology flow batteries. In this position you will be responsible for
mapping, analyzing, and optimizing the overall process flow. This will include working closely
with supply chain to identify opportunities for outsource of non-core competency processes You
will work with a cross functional team involving operations, design, and supply chain to achieve
improvements to efficiency and cost of producing world class products to our customers.

Job Description

Essential Responsibilities:
• Maintain, support, and improve the manufacturing processes for the site’s top revenue
generating product with a focus on cost, cycle, and vend out opportunities as you value
stream map the process.
• Complete ownership of system integration processes in a manufacturing environment.
• Identify, process map, analyze, and execute impact projects using LEAN or Six Sigma
tools that result in significant process improvements.
• Manage multiple projects by providing scheduling, resource management, budget control
and EHS compliance.
• Collaborate with the design engineering and supply chain teams to partner in success for
process improvement, outside vendor standup and qualification, and product
manufacturability improvement.
• Subject matter expert on entire integration process - documentation for manufacturing
processes, engineering design flow down and approval, BOM and other technical data,
• Design necessary tooling & fixtures for manufacturing and process improvements.

• Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from an accredited college or university (OR a
minimum 5 years of experience in similar role).
• Minimum of 3-5 years of experience in manufacturing or operations.
• Experience within fuel cell, power storage, or automotive industry preferred.
• Track record of demonstrated cost and cycle reduction, LEAN project success, and
similar as an independent, self-guided engineer that excels at driving projects with
stakeholders to closure and success.
• Demonstrated leadership abilities to influence and drive change.

Desired Characteristics:
• Knowledge of fluid transfer systems, electronic systems, production methods and
• Startup or restructure experience and track record of being successful in an early
development stage environment.
• Strong oral and written communication skills. Strong interpersonal and leadership skills.
• Lead initiatives of moderate scope and impact. Ability to coordinate several projects
simultaneously, document clearly, and report effectively.
• Effective problem identification and solution skills. Proven analytical and organizational
• Ability to read drawings and specifications, GD&T experience.
• Strong electrical and mechanical aptitude.
• Strong problem-solving abilities.
• Lean Six Sigma or equivalent training/experience.
• 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.

• Legally authorized to work in the USA - U.S. Citizenship or permanent residency:
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.
• Able to follow job required Standards and Safety Protocols, per pre-defined processes.
• Able to wear Personal Protection Equipment according to OSHA rules and regulations.

Benefits: 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, Medical & Dental; FLEX spending account; 8 paid
holidays; 401K, a generous PTO accrual; and public transportation assistance.
• Pay dependent on experience.
• Job Type: Full-time
• COVID-19 considerations:
ESS has COVID policy in place.