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Design Release Engineer-Global Battery Cell


The Battery Cell Design Release Engineer of the Global Battery Cell Engineering is responsible for leading the design, release and execution of the battery cell.  The Cell Module Assemblies make up the largest collection of internal components in high voltage, lithium-ion battery packs.  They are involved with the latest battery technology in General Motors electrified vehicles portfolio for both current and future vehicles. They will lead a high-performance team of designers and engineers and will be responsible for the design, release, sourcing and quality of the cells within the battery pack.  The Design Release Engineer will directly affect the quality, durability and performance of future hybrid, plugin and battery electric vehicles manufactured by GM.

This job is based in General Motor’s Warren Technical Center and will work with GM’s Global Battery Systems Lab. The lab is a state-of-the-art facility that operates 24/7, covers 85,000 square-feet on the Warren Tech Center campus, and has capabilities to test 112 battery packs and 120 battery cells at a time.  


  • Lead Global Battery Cell PDT with suppliers and cross functional teams

  • Lead design and packaging of Cell into the Battery Module/Pack and battery/vehicle systems

  • Work with Designers & Module DREs to ensure interface, packaging and integration compatibility

  • Leverage lessons learned from other programs and ensure compliance to Bill of Design (BOD)

  • Work with BFOs to select appropriate Cell; reuse Cells where appropriate

  • Work with manufacturing to ensure build ability and support root cause.  Assist in determining quality requirements

  • Work with service to ensure serviceability

  • Lead &/or support DFMEA, DRBFM, and DRBTR activities

  • Support DV/PV activities and provide input to ADVP&R plan

  • Work with Module Lead DRE to execute optimal Module design

  • Facilitate agreement on Interface Documents

  • Lead Drawing creation with appropriate GD&T and KCDS designation

  • Support purchasing in sourcing of components.

  • Resolve all development/validation issues and manage change control.

  • Work with component suppliers to meet design and timing objectives.

Additional Description


  • Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering

  • Minimum two years of experience

  • High voltage or electrified vehicle safety training and hands on work experience

  • Excellent computer skills including analyzing data, creating presentations

  • Proficient in engineering theory and principles of automotive energy storage systems

  • High level of analytical ability where problems are complex

  • Time management skills to meet agreed upon customer deliverables, able to manage multiple projects

  • Interpersonal styles and communication skills to both lead and work effectively with local and international team members

  • Technical writing ability to create written engineering evaluation reports

  • Ability to read, interpret and generate engineering drawings and specifications

  • Must be able to travel domestic and international

Desired Skills:

  • Masters of Science degree in Engineering

  • Design for Six Sigma Certification

  • Experience with Unigraphics NX 

  • Experience in structural, thermal, electrical, electrochemical analysis

  • Demonstrated ability to run and manage cell product development/program teams

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Benefits Overview

The goal of the General Motors total rewards program is to support the health and well-being of you and your family. Our comprehensive compensation plan incudes, the following benefits, in addition to many others:
• Paid time off including vacation days, holidays, and parental leave for mothers, fathers and adoptive parents;
• Healthcare (including a triple tax advantaged health savings account and wellness incentive), dental, vision and life insurance plans to cover you and your family;
• Company and matching contributions to 401K savings plan to help you save for retirement;
• Global recognition program for peers and leaders to recognize and be recognized for results and behaviors that reflect our company values; 
• Tuition assistance and student loan refinancing;
• Discount on GM vehicles for you, your family and friends.

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