Engineering Manager, Sustaining Design Engineering

Position Overview

This position will lead and organize the efforts of the Sustaining Engineering team at Proterra. This team will provide design-focused support and technical issue resolution for our battery products that are entering or are already in mass production. This will entail leading the investigation and improvement of products with key cross functional teams, performing failure analysis, identifying design improvements, updating design specifications, testing to product requirements, and documenting work through the design release process.

About the Role – You will:

  • Build, develop and manage a team of design engineers to provide design- focused support to all battery products in active production.
  • Own the team budget, including planning for projects, tools, and headcount.
  • Lead investigations to identify and implement engineering solutions to design issues, utilizing Catia 3DXperience (3DX) to create/modify design data (3D and 2D)
  • Build and drive technical project plans and schedules covering engineering activities, meeting all design control and product development requirements.
  • Your team will create and support documentation and reporting activities, including (but not limited to) non-conformance reports (NCRs), supplier deviation requests (SDRs), and engineering change requests (ECRs)
  • Your team will also write, submit, and coordinate the approvals for engineering change orders (ECOs), while also supporting the implementation of design changes in production.
  • Work with quality and manufacturing teams to support first-article inspections, line trials and production pilot builds.
  • Collaborate with the broader engineering team to provide DFA/DFM feedback and assist in the development of significant design specifications, FMEAs, DOEs, verification and validation protocols.
  • Build positive relationships with suppliers and manufacturing partners to troubleshoot issues, request samples and understand cost and timing impacts of changes.
  • About Our Group:

  • By designing all the internal components in the battery, the Module & HV/LV teams play a critical role in driving innovation at the very heart of Proterra. This role is part of the larger Battery Technology Team. The Battery Technology Team's work is guided by our team values:
  • Purpose: We work towards a sustainable future for all by leading battery technology development and enabling electrification in every sector of transportation.
  • Initiative: We encourage taking ownership to find creative solutions to challenges. We're not afraid to fail.
  • Humility: We recognize when we're not the expert, ask for help when needed, and change our minds when we get new information.
  • Critical Thinking: We are both creative and analytical. We break problems down to the fundamentals and question assumptions.
  • Intellectual Challenge: We are continuously learning and growing so that we can strategically tackle hard problems that push the industry forward.
  • Community & Diversity: We actively work to build a supportive space where people from diverse backgrounds can bring their whole selves to work, connect meaningfully, and grow both as individuals and as a group.
  • Kindness: We're more productive when we treat each other with empathy and respect. We support each other and offer meaningful help.
  • Fun: We purposefully create outlets to take breaks and have fun. We believe we should be inspired by our jobs and each other.
  • You will report to the Director of Battery Design Engineering and collaborate with other Engineering team members located at our headquarters in Burlingame, CA and manufacturing facilities in Los Angeles, CA and Greenville, SC.
  • About You:

  • Self-starter with the ability to adapt interpersonal styles and techniques to influence at all levels of the organization.
  • Team player who understands and demonstrates by example the importance of working well with others both internal and external to the organization.
  • Strong desire to cultivate a stable environment for the team to operate within; willingness to set aside personal agendas and advocate for the interests of the business and team members.
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality, establish trust and credibility, and act with complete integrity.
  • Detail-oriented, data-driven, resourceful, and diligent.
  • Strong time management and organizational skills with the ability to balance and prioritize.
  • Sound judgment and problem-solving skills; excellent communication and presentation skills.
  • Qualifications:

  • BS degree in Engineering with 10+ years' of product development experience
  • 2+ years of team management experience with engineers or technicians
  • Exceptional people and leadership skills with outstanding communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to effectively communicate technically complex topics to a broad range of audiences (ranging from technicians to engineers to non- technical members of the organization)
  • Proficient in 3D CAD design and 2D drafting (including GD&T) of mechanical components (CATIA experience is preferred)
  • Knowledgeable in high and low volume manufacturing methods and equipment
  • Exposure to mechanical and electrical measurement equipment (isolation testing, multi-meter, oscilloscopes, data acquisition systems, etc.)
  • Location:

  • Onsite role in Greer, SC
  • 10% - 20% Travel
  • Job details


    Engineering Manager, Sustaining Design Engineering




    United States


    June 11, 2024

    Application deadline

    May 03, 2024

    Job type



    Architecture and Design

    About the employer

    As major cities convert to 100% electric fleets, Proterra vehicles have become the most popular electric buses on the road in North America. With more than 10 years of experience delivering heavy-duty electric transit vehicles, Proterra has sold 1,300+ buses to 135+ transit agencies across 43 U.S. states and Canadian provinces.

    To provide operators with a comprehensive set of products to deploy and scale their EV fleets, Proterra also offers a turn-key approach to delivering the complete energy ecosystem for commercial electric vehicles. In addition to high-power charging systems, Proterra Energy fleet solutions include charging infrastructure design, build, financing, operations, maintenance, and energy optimization.


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