Director, Vehicle Powertrain Engineering


  • Full Time

As the leader of the Powertrain Engineering at Zoox, you will be leading a team of engineering managers responsible for the design, development, and production of an electric powertrain specifically tailored for our autonomous mobility service: electric drivetrain, high voltage power distribution, and high voltage battery.  You will work with engineering leaders across hardware, software, product, IT, infrastructure, procurement, finance, vehicle engineering, and various suppliers to develop project schedules, identify milestones, flag risks, estimate budgets, and clearly communicate on-going progress cross functionally.




  • Develop, deploy and improve the technology development processes and functions for the company within the powertrain domain
  • Lead technical Design Review of Powertrain Systems
  • Timely containment and resolution of technical issues
  • Review and approve requisite documentation (Reports, BOMs, Drawings, test reports, etc…)
  • Mentor, train, and develop engineering managers
  • Approval of budget, resource planning, and scheduling
  • Update job knowledge by remaining current on codes and requirements; participating in educational opportunities; reading professional publications; maintaining personal networks; and participating in professional organizations.



  • Deep technical knowledge of electric vehicle systems and subsystems including designs, modeling and simulation, materials, chemistries, and electronics
  • Experience with high voltage power distribution architectures
  • BS or MS in an engineering discipline or equivalent experience (EE or Mechatronics, preferably)
  • Experience: 10+ years of engineering plus 5+ years of people management
  • Demonstrated release of hardware products that depend on firmware/software
  • Hardware and software integration experience: project planning, bring-up, deploy and sustaining
  • Track record in managing complex cross-functional projects
  • Demonstrated ability to keep the big picture in focus and to provide clear, well-structured, and concise communications tailored to each appropriate audience
  • Tools: JIRA, Confluence, Polarion, Google Suite, 3DX, Reliasoft

    Bonus Qualifications


  • Experience with automotive functional safety (ISO26262) standards, EE HW reliability life calculations and system FMEA analysis
  • Experience with automotive EE system level communication(CAN, LIN) 
  • Understanding of Lithium-Ion degradation and failure modes / mechanisms
  • Understanding concepts of electromagnetic compatibility / interference
  • Six Sigma training or specific problem solving methodologies (PPS, A0, 8D, ect)


    Vaccine Mandate
    Employees working in this position will be required to have received a single dose of the J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine OR have completed the two-dose Pfizer or Moderna vaccine series. In addition, employees will be required to receive a COVID-19 booster vaccine by the earlier of (1) April 15 or (2) within two months of becoming eligible for the booster vaccine.
    Employees will be required to show proof of vaccination status upon receipt of a conditional offer of employment. That offer of employment will be conditioned upon, among other things, an Applicant’s ability to show proof of vaccination status. Please note the Company provides reasonable accommodations in accordance with applicable state, federal, and local laws.
    About Zoox
    Zoox is developing the first ground-up, fully autonomous vehicle fleet and the supporting ecosystem required to bring this technology to market. Sitting at the intersection of robotics, machine learning, and design, Zoox aims to provide the next generation of mobility-as-a-service in urban environments. We’re looking for top talent that shares our passion and wants to be part of a fast-moving and highly execution-oriented team.
    A Final Note:
    You do not need to match every listed expectation to apply for this position. Here at Zoox, we know that diverse perspectives foster the innovation we need to be successful, and we are committed to building a team that encompasses a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and skills.