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Director, Product Engineering

Job Number:  52826
Group:  Magna Powertrain
Division:  EC Troy
Job Type:  Permanent/Regular




Job Number: 52826 
Group: Magna Powertrain  
Division: EC Troy 
Job Type: Permanent/Regular 
Location: TROY 


Group Introduction


Advancing mobility. Making automotive technology that is smarter, cleaner, and safer, while still fun to drive. And making it for everyone. That’s what we’re passionate about at Magna Powertrain. We do it by creating world-class powertrain solutions for conventional, hybrid, and pure electric vehicles. We’re making electrification more than a buzzword, we’re bringing it to the road. Innovation is what drives us and we drive innovation. Dream big and create the future of mobility at Magna Powertrain.


Mission of the Position


The Director, Product Engineering leads, directs, and provides oversight for the engineering center and product engineering group at their site. They are accountable for the execution/implementation of customer application projects, internal engineering projects and site strategy.  This role will interface internally with Global engineering leadership and community, Business Units including Divisions, Sales and externally with Customers and Suppliers.

Key Responsibilities


  • Actively supports the customer activities to win the defined top programs
  • Engineering ownership for customer application projects (CAPs).  Customer point of contact within engineering for Troy-led projects.
  • Project Execution of CAPs and CTPs (Core Technology Programs)
  • Serial & Plant/Division Production support including VAVE
  • Engineering Site financial responsibility
  • Site Resource Management for Engineering headcount and capital planning
  • BCC (Best Cost Country) and Engineering efficiency target achievement 
  • Provide Engineering resource to Global engineering activities
  • Provide leadership to Troy Product Engineering team to improve culture of maximum employee commitment, retention, & development (Leading by example).
  • Helps establish the duties and responsibilities for positions reporting directly to them and delegates to each, responsibility and authority, for the performance of their assigned functions.
  • Ensures that the Product Engineering Group is staffed with competent personnel in all positions and that their abilities are identified, developed, and utilized through pro-active personnel development.  Ensures talent development and succession planning is in place for all people leaders and key technical positions.
  • Leads team competency growth relating to new technologies including knowledge, products, processes, and systems.
  • Develop and execute the site strategy and Business Plan supporting the global engineering strategy and in line with Magna Powertrain’s strategy.


Magna Standards


  • Practice and maintain integrity while following Magna’s Charter and Constitution.
  • Follow Magna’s Code of Conduct and Ethics and related compliance policies.
  • Supports and adheres to policies, procedures, and operational guidelines related to established quality management system (IATF 16949).
  • Drive the development of new technologies to improve quality, efficiency and reduce cost.
  • Comply with safety policies and procedures to ensure duties of self are performed in a safe manner.
  • Health & Safety responsibilities:
    •     Understands and enforces Environmental, Health & Safety policies, procedures and rules.
    •     Involved in accident / incident investigation, reporting and corrective actions.
    •     Reviews safety incidents, memos, etc. with employees.
    •     Train new employees.
    •     Correct unsafe acts and conditions.
    •     Ensure use of appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
    •     Assess employee safety performance as part of performance appraisal.
  • Create a positive work environment by demonstrating and sharing functional/technical knowledge.
  • Develop and maintain a responsive and cooperative working relationship with internal and external customers.
  • Treat everyone with dignity, trust and respect.
  • Complete additional duties and responsibilities as assigned.

The above is intended to describe the general content of and the requirements for the performance of this position. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements.

Customers and Business Interfaces


  • Senior Engineering and Business Unit Leadership
  • Engineering Groups and Teams
  • Business Development 
  • Purchasing
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Manufacturing
  • Suppliers and Customers
  • Product Engineering Team 

Requirements and Qualifications


  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering required. 
  • Masters’ degree, majoring in engineering, business or related preferred.
  • High level of analytical ability with engineering problems.
  • Keen knowledge of engineering theory and principles of design.
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills.
  • High level of interpersonal skills to work effectively with others.
  • 10+ years of progressive experience in various leadership roles across engineering with a combination of experience in Systems Engineering, Software Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and/or Mechanical Engineering required. 5+ years of experience leading large teams. 
  • Powertrain-specific customer and market knowledge, traditional and electrified powertrain experience required.
  • Understanding of manufacturing processes used for powertrain systems.
  • Experience with safety-relevant powertrain and control systems.
  • Proven ability to work in complex matrix organizations.
  • Ability to motivate and affect cultural change in large and diverse teams.
  • Understanding of financial models and methods used in manufacturing companies.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Strategic thinking and action.
  • Conflict Management and inter-cultural understanding.
  • Ability to drive discipline and accountability across large organizations.
  • Ability to travel domestic and international as required.

Work Environment


Office environment; frequent overseas and domestic travel. 


While working in this environment, the employee will be exposed to machinery, moving equipment and material, moderate noise, airborne particles, fumes and various levels of temperature created by manufacturing processes.



Awareness. Unity. Empowerment.


At Magna, we believe that a diverse workforce is critical to our success. That’s why we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We hire on the basis of experience and qualifications, and in consideration of job requirements, regardless of, in particular, color, ancestry, religion, gender, origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability or gender identity. Magna takes the privacy of your personal information seriously. We discourage you from sending applications via email to comply with GDPR requirements and your local Data Privacy Law.

Nearest Major Market: Troy
Nearest Secondary Market: Detroit

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