Director of High Voltage Battery

Phoenix, Arizona


You’re passionate about a zero-emissions future and want to build something special. You want to own your space, but work with talented, like-minded people on important projects. The pace doesn’t scare you; it excites you. Quality and integrity matter to you.

We feel exactly the same way.

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We are on the lookout for an experienced Director of HV Battery to manage the HV battery design and developmental activities from initial concept through production for the Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Platforms, including:
  • HV Battery vehicle architecture and concept
  • Development of specifications
  • Performance to requirements
  • Vehicle integration (mounting, packaging, electrical and controls)
  • Performance (power, energy, thermal performance, stiffness, NVH, efficiency and durability)

You Will:

  • Lead cross-functional teams, suppliers, manufacturing, testing, and validation teams on the complete life cycle of the project through product launch, and implementation of lessons learned on subsequent products (cradle-to-cradle responsibility)
  • Apply fundamental physics to lead the progression of design maturity from initial concept to product launch, to next concept
  • Lead definition of appropriate system-level engineering targets to meet function, quality and attribute requirements of the Vehicle Program
  • Lead development and validation of Vehicle/System Design Specifications incorporating company/industry/regulatory standards, test procedures and material specifications
  • Ensure HV battery systems meet program targets
  • Lead resolution of design, attribute, or packaging incompatibilities through deep collaboration with cross-functional teams
  • Develop and maintain the Design Validation Plan and Report (DVP&R) including both in-house and supplier testing plans, and ensure sign-off tests are completed on schedule
  • Troubleshoot and resolve all validation issues
  • Support the Purchasing team in sourcing and RFQ activities
  • Support vehicle launch and pre-production builds (both virtual and physical)

You Have:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering or relevant degree (Master’s or Ph.D. Preferred)
  • 15+ years vehicle electrical systems, design or product development (BEV, FCEV preferred)
  • 10+ years of experience on HV battery systems design and development
  • Familiarity with the ISO26262 design process
  • Excellent communications skills demonstrated ability to communicate at all levels.
  • Proven experience in leading vehicle design and development teams.
  • Working knowledge of GD&T, FMEA, DVP&R, DFSS, DFA, DFM, APQP, VAVE and problem resolution (8D, Ishikawa diagrams, etc.)
  • Engineering knowledge of defined requirements and validation of component(s) / system(s) design, function, performance, production & manufacturing requirements, testing, and validation
  • Experience launching automotive or trucking products.

Candidates must have current U.S. work authorization or be TN eligible from Mexico or Canada. This position is not eligible for CPT or OPT.


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