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Herndon, VA, US

Function:  Engineering
Job Category:  Engineering

Engineering Manager - Electrical Design


Wärtsilä is an innovative technology company known for being a forerunner in the Marine and Energy markets. Every day, we - Wärtsilians - put our hearts and minds into turning Wärtsilä's purpose of enabling sustainable societies with smart technology, and our Smart Marine and Energy visions into reality. Our ultimate aim is to provide increased value to both our customers and society. New, game-changing ideas and continuous improvement have been part of our DNA since 1834. Together, we can create new business opportunities and a more sustainable future that we can all be proud of.

We are transitioning the world towards a cleaner future. By pushing the boundaries of engineering and technology, we make it work. We are always on the lookout for future-oriented talent - want to join the ride?


Wartsila is looking for an Engineering Manager - Electrical Design with experience in lithium-ion battery systems and power systems up to 1500V.  This position is within the Hardware Engineering Team which is responsible for the development of Wartsila’s integrated battery energy storage systems products.

The ideal candidate will be a self-starter that can work both independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team. The candidate should thrive in a fast paced, constantly changing environment while the industry and company go through substantial growth. 


Preferred location(s) for this position is Wärtsilä office in Herndon, VA or Vaasa, Finland. You could also work remote, in the US eastern time zone. 





  • Provide technical guidance and act as subject matter expert in topics related to Wartsila energy storage product
  • Lead the efforts in developing the next generation energy storage product
  • Provide overall leadership and administrative management for personnel which includes defining roles and responsibilities, conducting performance appraisals, participating in salary planning, promoting professional growth through timely performance feedback, coaching, and counseling, among other leadership responsibilities
  • Evaluate product and system designs and configurations for compliance to relevant industry standards such as UL9540, NEC, NFPA 69, IEC62933, UL1741, UL1973, and IEEE1574
  • Provide leadership with high integrity and oversight of processes protecting intellectual property, export controlled and strategic technology
  • Build the technical abilities of the teams, including support developing a pipeline of controlled title holders. Provide leadership, guidance, coaching, and technical direction to assigned personnel
  • Work towards continuous process improvements, especially with respect to achieving product functional requirement goals and process effectiveness
  • Conduct root cause analyses of failures, propose design or component changes, and implement and validate design changes
  • Support cost reduction efforts, and identify cost take out
  • Collaborate in a team environment and/or take charge of opportunities to develop optimal solutions for the product development programs.



Minimum Experience and Educational Requirements


  • BS EE degree required; graduate degree preferred
  • 5+ years of electrical engineering experience focusing on designing and testing power systems, control panels, battery modules, and Battery Management System (BMS) preferably in the Battery Energy Storage System (BESS)
  • 5+ years of product development and systems engineering, preferably in the energy storage industry
  • 5+ experience leading design engineering team
  • Ability to provide guidance and feedback to help others strengthen specific knowledge / skill areas needed to accomplish a task or solve a problem
  • Able to design, configure and validate control panels for Battery Energy Storage System (BESS), that to include component selection such as breakers, fuses and relays for DC and AC circuits, define system architect, site layout, functional safety analyses, auxiliary load estimation, HVAC sizing, and battery sizing/configuration
  • Highly preferable to be able to design, configure and validate Battery Module and Battery Management System (BMS)
  • Ability to design electrical circuits for up to 1000 Volt AC and 1500 Volt DC ensuring compliance to common design standard
  • Able to review project specification and interconnection requirements, select adequate PCS, and develop/calculate settings and configuration
  • Working knowledge of industrial control philosophies, and communication protocols
  • Experience with AutoCAD Electrical
  • Strong understanding of good documentation practices
  • Ability to work with global team from different backgrounds and on different time zones
  • Problem solving and innovative mindset
  • Maintain positive working relationships with customers, peers, subordinates, and vendors in a fast-paced environment
  • Flexible and willing to adapt and learn
  • Excellent written and verbal English and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Team player attitude
  • Willing to travel 20% of the time.



Why you and us


You will be a part of a global organization with local presence and work in an exciting and dynamic working environment with highly motivated and skilled co-workers. We offer interesting and challenging work tasks, as well as personal and professional development in a great team.


If you feel excited by being a part of this working environment and think your personal skills and qualities match the job requirements, we look forward to receiving your job application.


Successful applicant must be authorized to work in the USA without sponsorship.


We look forward to hearing from you. Qualified candidates must apply online:


Wärtsilä North America values our employees. We offer a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.   Wärtsilä North America is an EOE/AA employer.


A successful candidate will have the ability to travel to other countries.


Vaccination is a vital tool to reduce the presence and severity of COVID-19 cases in the workplace, in communities, and in the nation as a whole. The spread of COVID when working in customer facilities and project sites can lead to costly site shutdowns, for which Wärtsilä could be deemed financially responsible. Many local government authorities require proof of vaccination to enter the state or country, and many of our customers require proof of vaccination to be on a project site. In line with legal regulations Wärtsilä has implemented a COVID-19 policy on vaccination and testing to reduce the risk of transmission on Wärtsilä premises. Wärtsilä strongly encourages all employees to be vaccinated to protect themselves and other employees.






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