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Herndon, VA, US

Function:  Engineering
Job Category:  Engineering

Engineering Manager - Mechanical and Thermal Design

Wärtsilä is leading the transition towards a 100% renewable energy future. We Wärtsilians help our customers unlock the value of energy transition by optimizing their energy systems and future-proofing their assets. Did you know Wärtsilä has delivered 73 GW of power plant capacity in 180 countries around the world, including 80 energy storage systems?

In this era of innovation and fast changing world of energy, we are constantly on the lookout for future-oriented talent to join our team and to work towards enabling sustainable societies with smart technology - together. Want to join the ride?




Wartsila is looking for an Engineering Manager - Mechanical and Thermal Design with experience in lithium-ion battery systems and low voltage power systems up to 1500V.  This position is within the Engineering Hardware Product Development Team at Wartsila 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.


To be our ideal candidate you will have a Graduate Degree in Engineering and 10 years’ product development and systems engineering experience in the energy storage industry.

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. 


As a Engineering Manager – Mechanical and Thermal Design, you will focus on these responsibilities:

  • 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
  • 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
  • Provide support and technical system expertise to the rest of the development organization on topics related to our HW solutions and related sub-systems and components
  • Provide oversight and guidance on meeting standards requirements
  • Work towards continuous process improvements, especially with respect to achieving product functional requirement goals and process effectiveness
  • Define design issues and risks to the product team and support driving solution and implementation
  • Drive root cause analyses for solving container/enclosure design issues
  • Evaluate products based on specifications and design standards
  • Work independently with vendors to understand root cause of failures, propose design or component changes, and implement and validate design changes
  • Support cost reduction efforts, and identify cost take out to minimize waste
  • Review product design and confirm manufacturability
  • Collaborate with the larger team to optimize requirement and needs
  • Support individuals in their career development plan
  • Collaborate in a team environment and/or take charge of opportunities to develop optimal solutions.


To be successful in this role, we expect you to have:

  • Bachelor’s degree is required, graduate degree preferred
  • 10+ years of product development and systems engineering, preferably in the energy storage industry
  • 3+ 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
  • Strong understanding of system design for assemblies or installations with lithium-ion batteries
  • Excellent written and verbal English and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work with global team from different backgrounds and on different time zones
  • Maintain positive working relationships with peers, subordinates, vendors, shop and office in a fast-paced environment
  • A dedication and commitment to results in a dynamic and fast developing environment
  • Strong understanding of good documentation practices
  • Knowledge of energy storage certifications and compliances
  • Familiarity with NEMA and IP enclosure design and testing
  • Flexible and willing to adapt and learn
  • Strong technical 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: http://www.wartsila.com/en/careers/vacancies.



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


Last application date: 17/12/2021

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.


Wärtsilä is a global leader in smart technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising sustainable innovation, total efficiency and data analytics, Wärtsilä maximises the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers. In 2020, Wärtsilä’s net sales totalled EUR 4.6 billion with approximately 18,000 employees. The company has operations in over 200 locations in more than 70 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki. Find out more at www.wartsila.com.

Nearest Major Market: Washington DC