Herndon, VA, US

Function:  Engineering
Job Category:  Research & Development

Hardware Program Manager

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 and a more sustainable world for us all.


We are looking for a Manager to lead our Program Managers in the Hardware Product Development Organization to join our dynamic, fast-paced Energy Storage & Optimization team.  As the Manager, you will be responsible for managing a team of Program Managers who oversee the product development execution activities.  The team is responsible for managing product development costs, schedules, program scope, risk, changes, documentation, status reporting, vendor relationships and coordinating information with other stakeholders. Preferred location(s) for this position is Herndon, VA.


The ideal candidate has 5+ years of experience managing a Program Management Office and 10+ years of program management experience in a hardware/software product development environment.  Experience with product development for energy storage and renewable energy applications is a plus. 

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

  • People Management experience with a Program Management or Management experience in a Hardware product development role.  
  • Program Management experience in hardware product development organization is a must.  
  • Proficient in MS Project, MS Office Suite and JIRA/Asana for task tracking.
  • Applicant must have good English communication skills (Mandarin a strong plus), be motivated, organized, self-sufficient, personable, curious, and able to complete tasks without strict oversight.
  • Passion for innovation, ability to adapt to fasting changing market demands, working independently and as a team member.
  • Willingness to take ownership of issues and initiatives.  
  • Solid organizational skills including attention to detail and multi-tasking skills.  
  • Strong work ethic.  
  • Energetic and enthusiastic approach.



  • The individual in this position will play a key role in defining the procedures and processes that the Program Management Office will enforce.
  • Will be responsible for the staffing and developmental growth of the team.
  • The team is responsible creating the budgets and schedule for each development program.
  • Communicate program status and keep the cross-functional team informed on near term activities and issues.
  • The individual in this position will have responsibility for ensuring that we are following the phase gate product development process and for expediting tasks to keep each program on track.


Manager Program Management, Hardware Product Development:

  • Oversee the execution of the Program Management Office. 
  • Create schedules and budgets for new product development activities.
  • Communicate program status for team.
  • Execute the Wartsila Phase Gate process for new product development initiatives.
  • Build program plans with the functional managers and suppliers that are realistic.
  • Oversee and contribute as needed to the creation of product requirements documents, development plans, customer facing documentation and marketing support material. 
  • Coordinate with Business Development, Product Management, and Supply Chain to launch the new product and feature releases.
  • Possess strong communication skills and financial acumen to aid in the definition and creation of the budget for the development program.


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

  • In depth understand of the hardware development process for both electrical and mechanical design activities
  • 10 or more years of program management experience in a product development organization and 5 or more years of people management experience in a hardware product development environment.  
  • Independent, self-starter with validated ability to succeed in uncertain environments and constantly changing requirements.
  • Strong process management skills with experience managing multiple teams on simultaneous product development activities.
  • Excellent interpersonal, leadership and collaboration skills.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; Advanced degree or training in Agile/Scrum is a strong plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver results in a matrix environment without direct managerial control.
  • Experience coordinating activities and identifying priorities for the development team.
  • Good verbal and written English skills a must, Mandarin highly desirable. 


Last application date: 12/07/2024 


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. 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.


We are not accepting unsolicited submissions from 3rd party recruitment agencies.

Successful applicant must be authorized to work in the USA without sponsorship. We look forward to hearing from you. Qualified candidates must apply online: https://www.wartsila.com/careers


Individuals hired for positions that require on-site customer interactions and/or in-person travel may be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or other country-specific vaccinations, unless otherwise prohibited by law. Wärtsilä North America values our employees. We offer a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. Wärtsilä North America is an EOE/AA employer.




Nearest Major Market: Washington DC