Toronto, CA

Function:  Engineering
Job Category:  Research & Development

Program Manager, Hardware Engineering

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 Program Manager for Hardware Product Development to join our dynamic, fast-paced Energy Storage & Optimization team.  As a Program Manager, you will manage product development execution activities, that will include managing product development costs, schedules, program scope, risk, changes, documentation, status reporting, vendor relationships and coordinating information with other stakeholders. 

The ideal candidate has 5+ years of program management experience in a hardware product development environment.  Experience with product development for energy storage and renewable energy applications a plus. 


Preferred location for this position is Toronto, Ontario Canada. You could also work hybrid within Canadian eastern time zone. 25% travel is expected.


To be successful in this role, we expect you to have: 
•   Program Management experience in hardware product development.  

•   Knowledge about the role of a Program Manager for hardware product development.

•   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 product development activities, creating the budget and schedule for the 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 following the phase gate product development process and for expediting tasks to keep the program on track.
The individual will also set priorities for the development team and track that the team is executing as expected. 


Program Manager, Hardware Product Development:

•    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
•    5 or more years of program management experience in a product development organization.
•    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: 01/07/2024 


Why you and us:

Wärtsilä Canada is committed to Employment Equity, supports diversity in the workplace, and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including women, members of visible minorities, Indigenous persons, and persons with disabilities. If you require accommodation during the recruitment process, please let us know, and we will work with you to support your request. 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 Canada 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.