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Lead Design Release Engineer – Battery Pack Structures & Coolant Hoses


At this level you are expected to operate with a high level of independent discernment and are typically responsible for implementing functional strategy, administering and coordinating programs, counseling and advising management.

As a fully-qualified individual contributor who has thorough knowledge and understanding of all aspects of the function, you will provide expert judgment and analysis for the design, development and implementation of technical products and systems.

Resolve highly complex technical issues and conducts advanced research.
Recommend alterations to development and design to improve quality of products and/or procedures.

Skilled and proficient with a variety of the field's concepts, practices, and procedures. Rely mostly on extensive personal experience and discernment to plan and accomplish goals.

You will perform multiple tasks. Lead and likely direct the work of others. A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected.


This position is for a Lead Release Engineer for the Battery Structure and Coolant Hose Team. In addition to leading the execution of structural/coolant hose components, the Lead DRE will be responsible to support all technical aspects for the PMT with emphasis on: component requirement development, DFMEA & CTS template development, ICDm's and support the finalization of component designs for new architectures – work with New Products Group, etc.

Job position will be responsible for specifying and balancing requirements, definition, execution and evaluation of designs and performance targets, analysis, development, test procedures, testing and validation of major engineering projects where a substantial amount of creativity and initiative are involved as well as a high level of independent judgment.  The broad scope of responsibilities includes components and systems and technical mentoring of other engineers.  May have the need to exercise technical direction over other engineers or engineering support personnel and may have work direction responsibilities over a group with specific engineering objectives.  Capable of managing very broad or numerous projects with a high degree of difficulty.  Actively engages in team issue resolution and supplier leveraging.  

Key Responsibilities:

  • Support requirements roll-down from Battery Pack SSTS requirements

  • Develop requirements for new components and support CTS template development

  • Provide technical, manufacturing, supplier development and management, and execution support for all components

  • Navigate roadblocks/hurdles:

  • Bracket mounting component teams

  • Pack Integration Teams

  • Suppliers

  • Other teams outside of RESS

  • Key point of contact for leadership communication on progress and required decisions

  • Key point of contact between RESS teams and other teams

  • Harmonize strategy across all programs and ensure logical divergence when necessary

  • Support CAE sealing development and capability growth

  • Technical problem decomposition and failure mode identification for CAE

  • Ensure test goals and outcomes are clear and communicated across programs

  • Read-across learnings across all programs

  • Support TS/BFO with BOD/BOM development and documentation

  • Lead de-coupled projects – work with Advanced/NPG on future technologies

  • Actively participate in Product Management Team

  • Support and occasionally Lead Product Development Team(s)

  • Support supplier quality assurance process

  • Support warranty issue resolution

  • Support Technical Specialist in establishing component/system requirements

  • Participate in work groups with interactive/interfacing hardware/software teams as required

  • Travel as required

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering

  • At least 3 years of experience as a Design Release Engineer in battery systems or related field

  • Experience working with suppliers

  • Must be willing and able to present information to colleagues, leadership, and suppliers in a clear and concise manner

  • Must be willing and able to travel as needed globally to support the business as needed (estimated 0-20%)

  • Strong people leadership and coaching capabilities

Additional Description

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master of Science in Mechanical or other Engineering disciplines

  • At least 5 years of experience in Battery systems or Structural Component teams

  • Experience working with Battery Pack integration issues

  • Highly developed oral and written communication skills

  • High level of interpersonal skills to work effectively with others, motivate employees, and elicit work output

  • High level of analytical problem-solving skills where problems may be unusual and difficult to resolve

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