BREAKING: NIO is hiring a Plant Manager to start producing Battery Swap Stations in Europe

Written by Cláudio Afonso |

According to a job post published on LinkedIn, the electric vehicle maker NIO started on Thursday looking for a Plant Manager in Europe. The company aims to produce Battery Swap Stations and Charging Piles in Europe to avoid exporting costs from China. The position is located in Budapest (Hungary) suggesting that the company could acquire/ buy a factory there during the next years and establish its European production centre in the country.

“With NIO Power products (Power Swap Station / Charging Pile) going to EU market, we are looking for an EU Plant Manager (w/m/d) to work with NIO China team to establish a plant in EU.” — the company said.

Among the main tasks, the European Plant Manager will establish the plant to make sure facilities, layout and capability are well designed and installed. The candidate will also build up and develop operation function team, including MFG, process, quality, supply chain, warehouse, etc,.

Other Responsabilities

  • Provide leadership between function teams and sub-tier suppliers, to ensure all activities well controlled within program timeline, ensure the successful products entry to the EU market.
  • Build up communication network with NIO team to develop EU plant yearly global planning playbook on products for resources planning.
  • Manage MFG team, to make sure workforce, equipment, Tooling, Jigs, MFG process are ready and maintained for production, operators are trained, build up and ship products on plan.
  • Ensure quality compliance activities are executed and drive continuous quality improvement in plant.
  • Supplier chain team management, to ensure matls. are planned and purchased on schedule, warehouse management to ensure inventory and logistics transportation.
  • Budget and control expenses within operational plan.
  • Additional task assigned by Launch Director.

According to a Chinese News Agency, NIO said on April 14 that “the supply chain has recovered slightly, and the Hefei production base is gradually backing to normal“. The electric vehicle maker has announced on April 9 the suspension of the vehicles production due to Covid-19. NIO’s supply chain partners in Jilin (Shanghai) stopped production forcing the company to suspend the production of its vehicles.

Written by Cláudio Afonso |