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Primary Location: 

Netherlands - Drunen, NL

Function:  Research & Development
Job Category:  Research & Development

Platform Director, Thrusters and Propulsion Control Systems

Wärtsilä is a world leader in marine technology and leading the industry's transformation towards a Smart Marine Ecosystem. With the world’s widest portfolio and service network, we – Wärtsilians - deliver efficient, safe and sustainable integrated products and solutions to enhance the business of our customers. The opportunities presented through digitalisation and new technologies are offering a new era of shipping. Did you know that shipping is the world’s most efficient mode of transportation and that approximately 90% of world trade is carried by sea?

We want to change the course towards an interconnected and cleaner maritime future and are constantly on the lookout for future-oriented talent to join our team and to work towards enabling sustainable societies with smart technology - together. Are you ready to jump onboard?


R&D and Engineering as a strategic function in Marine Power Solutions is to enable the most competitive offering for the marine and energy​ markets. To provide a winning product offering, including integrated systems, for MPS business to the customer's current and future needs and marketing/technology development with scale fast/learn fast approach, we are looking for Platform Director, Thrusters and Propulsion Control Systems in MPS R&D and Engineering. 


This position reports to the R&D and Engineering Director,  preferred job location would be Drunen Netherlands.  


Please apply no later than Feb 26th, 2020


Platform Director, Thrusters and Propulsion Control Systems in MPS R&D and Engineering


•    Platform development and management 
•    Product development 
•    Product compliance 
•    Customer order engineering


•    Plan and lead engineering teams within own responsibility area
•    Plan and lead customer order engineering work based on requirements and inputs from business line
•    Manage engineering capacity and work priorities in own responsibility area
•    Manage product improvement process and quality issue resolution in own responsibility area
•    Provide technical and resource input for Product Director in product development project business case preparation 
•    Plan and lead product development projects and product maintenance according to the Product Roadmap and funding approved by Portfolio Forum, and the priorities agreed with the Product Director 
•    Manage product development projects according to agreed schedule and budget, scope and quality
•    Secure coordination with technology development projects with Director, Research & Technology
•    Definition of platform technologies to fulfil set customer requirements 
•    Support Product Management and Sales by providing and developing technical solutions to set customers' requirements 
•    Secure technical support to customers and other key stake holders, including, Sales, Product Management, Project Management, Sourcing, Delivery Centres, JVs and Services
•    Key member of the PLM forum (Product Lifecycle Management).
•    Work in close cooperation with the corresponding Product Director and other stakeholders 
•    Continuous improvement of ways of working and data/tools by active benchmarking internally and externally
•    Analyse competitor's products, technologies and ways of working to secure right differentiation in the market
•    Lead and develop the Platform Management organization 
•    Member of the R&D and Engineering MT in MPS


•    Deep technical understanding of products and technologies 
•    Strong leadership skills 
•    Experience in strategic planning, target setting and decision making 
•    Good communication and negotiation skills 
•    Relevant Wärtsilä and market knowledge 
•    Proactive, positive and good role model 
•    Ability to lead organisation by prioritizing, delegating, directing and coaching 
•    Relevant academic background with proven record of leadership within similar positions


Contact person to give more information

Juha Kytölä, RDE Director, MPS