Suzhou, CN

Function:  Engineering
Job Category:  Engineering

HW Engineering Manager - China Engineering Office - Product Development

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 through innovation in technology and services 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 more sustainable future that we can all be proud of. 

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

Wärtsilä is an innovative technology company leading the transition towards a 100% renewable energy future. Our Energy Storage & Optimization (ES&O) team is seeking an experienced HW Engineering Manager to support the development of our next-generation energy storage products and manage the “China Engineering Office”.


Preferred location(s) for this position is Wärtsilä’s location in Suzhou.



  • Provide technical leadership and serve as the subject matter expert for battery energy storage systems, including Li-ion battery architecture, AC/DC electrical design, battery management systems (BMS), module design, and fire safety.
  • Collaborate in the development of current and future energy storage product, ensuring they meet relevant industry standards such as UL9540, UL9540A, NFPA 70, NFPA 72, NFPA 855, IEC62933, UL1741, UL1973, IEC61508, and IEEE1574.
  • Build and manage the team for the “China Engineering Office”.
  • Coordinate cross-functional collaboration between mechanical, electrical, software, verification, testing, and manufacturing teams to achieve project goals.
  • Act as the technical lead for the engineering team, providing mentorship, coaching, and direction.
  • Collaborate with the US Product team, and report activities.
  • Ensure a deep understanding of how energy storage system components interact and define the tasks needed to implement changes.
  • Support the resolution of critical issues related to electrical, mechanical, and BMS concerns either for design or manufacturing.
  • Participate in the engineering change management process and provide input for project managers during gate reviews.
  • Define the tasks required to complete New Product Introduction (NPI) projects.
  • Continuously work towards process improvements to enhance product functionality and effectiveness.
  • Conduct root cause analyses of failures, propose design or component changes, and implement and validate those changes.
  • Foster a collaborative team environment and take charge of opportunities to develop optimal solutions for product development programs.


Minimum Experience and Educational Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering; advanced degree preferred.
  • 10+ years of electrical or mechanical engineering experience focused on designing and testing power systems, control panels, battery modules, and Battery Management Systems (BMS), preferably in the battery energy storage industry.
  • 5+ years of experience leading design engineering teams.
  • Experience on product development and systems engineering experience, with a focus on the battery energy storage industry is a plus.
  • Ability to provide guidance and feedback to help others strengthen their knowledge and skills.
  • Expertise in designing, configuring, and validating battery energy storage systems, including component selection, system architecture, site layout, functional safety analyses, auxiliary load estimation, thermal system (HVAC/Chiller) sizing, and battery sizing/configuration could be a plus.
  • Working knowledge of industrial control philosophies and communication protocols.
  • Proficiency in AutoCAD Electrical, CAMEO, and Inventor (or similar CAD tools).
  • Strong understanding of good documentation practices.
  • Excellent problem-solving and innovative mindset.
  • Flexible and adaptable, with a willingness to learn.
  • Maintain positive working relationships with customers, peers, subordinates, vendors, shop and office in a fast-paced environment.
  • Fluent in written and verbal English and Mandarin Chinese; strong interpersonal skills.
  • Willingness to travel up to 20% of the time.


Why you and us 

We have an amazing team and a clear purpose to exist. We are passionate about the work we do and hope to find a colleague with a shared passion for smart technologies and a sustainable future.

All our employees are encouraged to utilise the variety of training activities, learning solutions and self-study materials that we have to offer which supports the opportunity to further develop your talents and competencies within a very global working environment, in an ambitious and growth orientated organisation. 


Contact & next steps

Does this sound like the job for you? If yes, we hope to hear from you before the application 9th August 2024 by submitting your application through our careers portal. Are you still wondering if you should apply and would like to get something clarified? Please reach out to Tina Zheng, Talent Acquisition Specialist (tina.zheng@wartsila.com) with any questions related to this position. (only for questions from direct job applicants, applications through email will not be recorded or responded to)

Please apply by 9th August 2024 at 23:59 Chinese Standard Time. Our recruiting tool recognizes the time zone where the job ad has been published and closes the application period according to same time zone.


Last application date: 09/08/2024 


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 is a global leader in innovative technologies and lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. Our team of 17,800 professionals, in more than 280 locations in 79 countries, shape the decarbonisation transformation of our industries across the globe. Read more on www.wartsila.com