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Director of Cathode Technology Development

Redwood Materials

Redwood Materials

McCarran, NV, USA
Posted on Thursday, March 14, 2024

About Redwood Materials

Redwood Materials was founded in 2017 to create a circular supply chain for electric vehicles and clean energy products, making them more sustainable and driving down the cost for batteries. We’re doing this by developing and deploying new technologies to increase the scope and scale of recycled and sustainable materials in the global battery supply chain.

Director of Cathode Technology Development

Redwood Materials is in pursuit of our Director of Cathode Technology Development. This position will be a core member of our world-class engineering leadership team focused on developing the next generation of cathode active materials (CAM). We’re seeking a hands-on technical leader to help develop processes and equipment to drive our company and industry well beyond what exists today. The emphasis is on leading the development of new processes for scaling-up and manufacturing cathode active materials including identifying and developing production technologies. These technologies are key for scaling cost-effective processes that meet the high-quality needs of CAM. You will also build your team while working across all engineering and business functions.

This position is at the center of our activities focused on creating a sustainable circular economy for lithium-ion batteries by transforming recycled materials into cathode materials for new lithium-ion battery production.

Our facility in McCarran, NV includes state-of-the-art analytical and electrochemical capabilities, and pilot plant facilities to produce CAM and pCAM. We are also opening a technology development center in the Bay Area. As a member of the Redwood Materials team, you will be at the center of a rapidly growing company driving to become the world’s largest and most sustainable producer of materials for lithium-ion batteries.


  • Identify, develop and implement manufacturing processes and equipment for the scale-up and production of cathode active materials from recycled materials.
  • Develop a technology roadmap to support our business strategy and customer needs. Define and lead technology projects.
  • Develop a network of equipment vendors that we can leverage for development and to support future capital investment.
  • Creating intellectual property (IP) and working with the legal team to write and file patent applications.
  • Providing technical expertise to the commercial and business development teams and wider Redwood Materials senior management and stakeholders.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Degree in mechanical or chemical engineering. Advanced degree preferred.
  • At least, 7 to 10 years of industrial experience with experience in relevant areas such as process scale-up, process engineering and technology management.
  • Technical expertise in inorganic materials processes including solids handling, calcination, washing, drying, filtering and milling. Recognized as a technology leader and expert in inorganic materials processing.
  • Preferably, strong understanding of cathode synthesis, pCAM synthesis and how these translate into battery performance.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and develop high performance teams.
  • Ability to manage and prioritize activities in a fast-changing environment.
  • Track record of building trust within internal teams and with external customers.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to communicate effectively.
  • A passion for sustainability and making the world a better place!

The position is full-time. Compensation will be commensurate with experience.

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