Job Opening: Senior Manufacturing Engineer

Sparkz Inc., is looking to hire a Senior Manufacturing Engineer at their California location. Posted July, 18 2022.

Job Description

Sparkz is looking for a skilled and dedicated Manufacturing Engineer to help take battery manufacturing to the next level. You will play an essential role as the primary stakeholder in developing systems and methods across the manufacturing enterprise. This is a critical position in our organization; you will be responsible for ensuring that the engineering documentation structure meets the organization’s needs and that disciplined engineering change management is used effectively and consistently.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Oversee the integration of new design and manufacturing techniques. Apply state-of-the-art industry technologies to develop new or improved processes and procedures.
  • The position requires strong communication, teamwork, initiative, integrity, and attention to detail. Ability to assess and translate complex issues into cohesive, actionable components and communicate at multiple levels across several functions.
  • Development, assessment, and documenting state-of-the-art process capabilities and guidelines for product designers.
  • Specifying, identifying, and partnering in procuring new manufacturing equipment for production readiness and managing the validation process of equipment for production.
  • Solving manufacturing problems (related to materials, designs, equipment and tooling, training, and instructions) to support the manufacturing effort.
  • Creating and managing project plans (tasks, resources, and schedules) for process development activities.
  • Assisting with the training of manufacturing personnel and participation in the design and development of operation training materials.
  • Oversees and contributes to developing manufacturing documentation, including test methods, final product specifications, SOPs, etc.
  • Collaborate with other departments to ensure a unified understanding of the processes.
  • Contributes to continuous improvement to assure compliance with the established requirements and build a World-Class manufacturing culture.
  • Manufacturing experience with roll-to-roll foil converting systems is highly desirable.
  • Manufacturing experience: exposure to the lithium-ion industry is preferred.

Requirements and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s, Master’s degree in Manufacturing, Quality, or another relevant field is preferred.
  • Strong leadership, communication, strategic thinking, change management, and analytical skills.
  • 5+ years of experience in continuous manufacturing or leading the implementation of cutting-edge roll-to-roll foil converting processes.
  • 5+ years of experience in hands-on execution of safety, quality, delivery, and cost in a manufacturing setting.
  • Proficiency in 3D Solid Modeling using SolidWorks software.
  • Understanding statistically thinking strategies, work breakdown structures, and value stream mapping optimization in a manufacturing setting.
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office, relational databases, and ERP systems (e.g., NetSuite).
  • Deep understanding of product and equipment qualification processes and drive continuous improvement in the manufacturing systems.

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Founder & CEO

Dr. Sanjiv Malhotra

Dr. Sanjiv Malhotra is the founder and CEO of Sparkz—the battery start-up reinventing the energy supply chain.


Malhotra has been a leader in the energy sector for nearly three decades as a founder, investor and executive. Most recently, he served as the inaugural director for the Energy Investor Center at the U.S Department of Energy (DOE), serving under both Democratic and Republican administrations.


At DOE, Malhotra led the Obama Administration’s initiative to boost public-private partnerships to accelerate the commercialization of technologies developed in national research centers like Oak Ridge National Labs.


Malhotra was recruited to the Department of Energy after a successful exit of Oorja Protonics—the world leader in methanol fuel cells—which he founded and led as CEO for 10 years. Oorja raised $50 Million in equity financing from leading VCs such as Sequoia, DAG Ventures, Artis Capital and others during his tenure. He boosted Oorja’s revenue and profitability growth, while expanding operations globally in Japan, China, South Africa, Mexico, and India.


Oorja was acquired in 2014 by the Private Equity firm MinXing Growth Fund.


As an investor and consultant, Malhotra has worked at leading venture capital firms, including Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers as an advisor on clean energy and advanced materials.


Earlier in his career, Malhotra led the engineering and product development team at H Power, a pioneer in hydrogen fuel cells. As part of the management team, he managed the successful IPO, which raised more than $100 million in August 2000.


He began his career as a post-doctoral fellow at the renowned Lawrence Berkeley National Labs on electrochemical storage systems. Dr. Malhotra has authored seven patents and more than 40 publications in various fields of energy storage technology and materials. He holds a PhD in chemical engineering and an M.B.A from University of Iowa.