Karma Automotive

  • Vice President, Powertrain and EV Drivetrain Systems

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    Karma Automotive is passionate, responsible and uncompromising. We promise to deliver our customers beautiful cars with high-technology and clean propulsion, and a memorable customer experience. If these commitments excite you, we would love to talk.


    The Vice President, Powertrain and EV Drivetrain Systems, is responsible for leading the Design and Engineering of all powertrain and EV Drivetrain systems encompassing all phases of product development from architecture to production launch.  This position is a rare opportunity to work for a company with exciting challenges, great opportunities with broad responsibility, new products, high-visibility and recognition.



    • Responsible for the integration of the powertrain, power electronics, and energy storage subsystems for plug-in hybrid electric and battery electric into globally competitive vehicle applications (Engines, Drivelines, Engine Adaptation Components, Fuel Systems, Transaxles, Chargers, Battery Packs, Inverters, Electric machines, DC-DC converters, thermal, HVAC, functional safety, high voltage distribution).
      • Multiple programs management and continuous improvement.
      • Meet global regulatory requirements such as emissions, OBD II diagnostics and compliance execution and Interface to government regulatory bodies
    • Development of a high performing team of Managers, Supervisors, System Engineers, and Design Release Engineers, including growing the engineering team to meet execution demands for multiple Karma vehicle programs.
    • Foster creativity to engineer drivetrain systems for low volume production at low costs.


    • 15-20 years of demonstrated progressive responsibility and hands on experience with automotive powertrain engineering including internal combustion engines, electric drive and hybrid control, power electronics, battery pack systems, emissions and regulatory testing.
    • Hands on, creative mindset with experience advancing automotive propulsion systems using advance engineering and leveraging applied R&D methodologies.
    • Track record of success engineering Best In Class in conventional powertrain and hybrid/EV automotive propulsion systems
    • Ability to deal effectively with and lead within a fast-paced, dynamic and change-oriented environment.
    • Excellent leadership skills with experience building and leading engineering and business teams that may be in multiple locations (i.e. Ca. and MI). International experience within China preferred.
    • Ability to partner and work collaboratively in a cross functional team environment.
    • Undergraduate bachelor’s degree in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering is required with a preference for a graduate degree in the same of related engineering discipline
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills
    • Basic knowledge of Quality Management Systems (ISO 9001:2015) and Environmental Management Systems (ISO 14001:2015), as applicable



    Come and join the great Karma Team, where you can make a career! Karma Automotive offers a complete benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life, STD, LTD; paid vacation, holidays and personal days; and a 401K with matching contributions.  Relocation assistance is available.



    NO 3rd Party Recruiters.  Principals Only, Please



    Karma Automotive LLC is an equal employment opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of gender, color, race, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, national origin, age, religion, veteran status, genetic information, citizenship status or any other group protected by law. Karma Automotive LLC, complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act to ensure equal access to all qualified individuals with a disability. Valid driver’s license may be required based on essential duties.



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