Job Locations US-GA-Kennesaw
Full Time

Position Overview

As the Team Lead of the Joining and Additive Manufacturing cluster, the incumbent will work closely with Engineers and Scientists to focus on joining of aluminum alloys for automotive applications. This is a key technology to be developed in the Product and Process Technology group of Novelis R&D Americas Organization. The incumbent will lead a team within the Joining and Additive Manufacturing Cluster to develop customer-focused technologies and sheet aluminum joining expertise.  This role requires extensive project management skills, people leadership and design knowledge of sheet aluminum systems across diverse usage scenarios in the can, auto, aerospace, and specialties markets. Hands-on experience with a wide range of joining technologies is essential, including Resistance Spot Welding, Self-piercing riveting, laser welding, GMAW, and other types of Mechanical Joining. The incumbent is expected to find the synergies of aluminum joining and additive manufacturing which can be applied in Novelis manufacturing operations.  Candidates are sought who have demonstrated ability to identify gaps; develop, propose, and manage projects; and execute within a team environment. Opportunities exist to leverage current state-of-the-art testing capabilities, propose new equipment, and to develop bespoke equipment.


In addition to the Joining and Additive Manufacturing Team, the Team lead will work closely with other clusters of R&D Engineers and Scientists in Metallurgy, Forming, Surfaces/coating and Corrosion to solve challenging problems across all Novelis value streams (can, auto, aerospace, and specialties) and develop a deeper core knowledge.  Opportunities exist to manage projects, interface with external customers and partners, travel to Global Novelis sites, and disseminate findings in peer-reviewed journals and at international conferences.  Applicants should be able to deliver on-time results in a fast-paced research and development environment.  Self-starter candidates with demonstrated hands-on experience are highly sought.

Responsibilities & Qualifications


  • Lead Science and Engineering innovations in Joining and Additive Manufacturing to innovate new joining ideas.
  • Manage the portfolio of projects in Joining and additive manufacturing. Lead large internal and external customer-focused projects from concept to completion to enable increased customer use of aluminum. Ensure projects are well planned, appropriately resourced, correctly prioritized and timely delivered.
  • Provide technical sharing and knowledge dissemination in Joining and Additive manufacturing
  • Mentor and coach team members in technical competency and project management
  • Communicate with other cluster leads in Product and Process Technology group and coordinate necessary support from other clusters to overcome technical challenges in Joining and Additive Manufacturing.
  • Perform regular update meetings to key stakeholders highlighting accomplishments, risks, and where additional resources are required
  • Take a leading role in solving customer aluminum joining issues including mixed material joining and identifying their potential knowledge gaps
  • Proactively propose new additive manufacturing solutions Novelis operations in response to process performance and reliability challenges.
  • Leverage data and techniques developed within Novelis to inform customer design constraints and experimental trial scenarios
  • Provide technical competency in aluminum joining and additive manufacturing.
  • Develop joining and additive manufacturing roadmaps for Novelis. Identify competency and capability gaps and propose measures to close the gaps
  • Write Technical reports and invention records in the course of research and support patent filing to strengthen Novelis IP position and protection.



  • B.S. in Mechanical or Materials/Metallurgical Engineering with 12+ years’ work experience or M.S./Ph. D. degree with 8 – 10 years’ work experience
  • Proven track record of developing joining and additive manufacturing technologies for implementation in automotive OEMs or other industries.
  • Demonstrated management skills in planning, resourcing, and execution to deliver on-time results of large and complex projects
  • First-hand experience presenting project highlights, outcomes, and setbacks to stakeholders
  • Capacity to evaluate customer needs and pivot when goals or requirements change
  • Knowledge of aluminum alloy systems and how these systems are applied to various use scenarios, such as: auto applications or can body versus can end applications
  • Demonstrated experience in sheet metal joining with practical experience with resistance spot welding, self-piercing riveting, laser welding and other mechanical joining.
  • Deep knowledge of impact of material properties on joining process and joining performance.
  • Understanding of the business impact such as manufacturing/assembly cost by choice of certain joining technology and equipment.
  • Knowledge of methods to measure and monitor Joining operations, such as vision systems, image analysis and load sensors, etc.

Location Profile

Novelis’ Global Research and Technology Center located in Kennesaw Georgia within the greater Atlanta metropolitan area is a cutting-edge full-service research and technology hub that employs approximately 200 people including world-class engineers metallurgists chemists and scientists. The facility includes state-of-the-art lab equipment and a diverse mix of product pilot lines that bring innovative solutions to customers in the automotive beverage can and specialty markets. Kennesaw provides a diverse and family-friendly place to live with countless museums cultural opportunities and educational institutions. Novelis is committed to the Kennesaw community and supports a number of local charitable organizations including Habitat for Humanity as well as FIRST Robotics aimed at encouraging young people to pursue the Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields in order to spur the next generation of scientists and innovators. Novelis recognizes its talented and diverse workforce as a key competitive advantage. Novelis provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants. All terms and conditions of employment at Novelis including recruiting hiring placement promotion termination layoffs recalls transfers leaves of absence compensation and training are without regard to race color religion age sex national origin disability status genetics protected veteran status sexual orientation gender identity or expression or any other characteristic protected by federal provincial or local laws.


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