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Herndon, VA, US

Function:  Engineering
Job Category:  Other

Engineering Manager - Manufacturing

Wärtsilä Energy Storage & Optimization (ES&O) is the leading global energy storage optimizer. Our mission is to deliver integrated energy solutions that build a resilient, intelligent, and flexible energy infrastructure - unlocking the way to an optimized renewable future. By integrating renewables, energy management technology, and storage with traditional energy resources, we reinvent clean energy production from the largest and most complex grids to the most remote and essential microgrids. We play a key role in Wärtsilä’s vision towards a 100% renewable energy future through flexibility, reliability, and integration for a more sustainable world for us all.


Wärtsilä’s Energy Business is looking for a Manufacture Engineer Manager for the Energy Storage & Optimization business. The role will be part of the hardware engineering team. 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’s location in Herndon, VA or Houston, TX. You could also work remote, in the eastern or central time zones. 




  • 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
  • Develop and manage resources including full time employees and contractors to staff manufacturing with appropriate skillsets
  • 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
  • Define manufacturing issues and risks to the product team and support driving solution and implementation
  • Drive root cause analyses for solving container/enclosure manufacturing issues
  • Analyze production to understand manufacturing uptime, availability, reliability, quality and investigate bottlenecks to identify root cause and countermeasure
  • Evaluate products based on specifications and quality standards
  • Work independently with vendors and design team to understand root cause of failures, propose design or component changes, and implement and validate design changes
  • Evaluate vendor capability to manufacture products and support ramp up target
  • Support cost reduction efforts, and identify cost take out to minimize scrap metal
  • Review product design and confirm manufacturability in collaboration with product development team and factory personal
  • Drive continuously improvement on manufacturing processes
  • Collaborate with the larger team to optimize requirement and needs
  • Support defining and design tooling & fixtures for manufacturing and process improvements
  • Support individuals in their career development plan
  • Ensure operational plan is met by establishing and monitoring hours used, and plans Assure technical excellence, timely completion of work and reviews, appropriate use of resources and consistency of methods
  • Collaborate in a team environment and/or take charge of opportunities to develop optimal solutions.


Minimum Experience and Educational Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree is required
  • 10+ years of manufacture engineering, focus on container/enclosure manufacturing
  • 3+ experience leading manufacturing 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
  • Familiar with product development and production process
  • Knowledge of Lean manufacturing process
  • Strong understanding of good documentation practices
  • Knowledge of energy storage certifications and compliances
  • Familiarity with NEMA and IP enclosure design and testing
  • Maintain positive working relationships with peers, subordinates, vendors, shop and office in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work with global team from different backgrounds and on different time zones
  • A dedication and commitment to results in a dynamic and fast developing environment
  • Flexible and willing to adapt and learn
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent written and verbal English and interpersonal skills
  • Team player attitude internally and externally
  • Willing to travel 40% of the time
  • US person needed

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Last application date: 31/12/2021


At Wärtsilä we value, respect and embrace all our differences, and are committed to diversity, inclusion and equal employment opportunities; everyone can be their true self and succeed based on their job-relevant merits and abilities.

This is Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä Energy leads the transition towards a 100% renewable energy future. We help our customers unlock the value of the energy transition by optimising their energy systems and future-proofing their assets. Our offering comprises flexible power plants, energy management systems, and storage, as well as lifecycle services that ensure increased efficiency and guaranteed performance. Wärtsilä has delivered 73 GW of power plant capacity in 180 countries around the world. www.wartsila.com/energy


Nearest Major Market: Washington DC