Karma Automotive

  • Vehicle Line Executive

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  • Overview

    Karma Automotive creates expressive and beautiful luxury cars that are environmentally conscious.  We deliver them with personal attention to customers in the global marketplace.  Our customers expect high levels of personalization and customization and we intend to deliver on that promise. 

    The Vehicle Line Executive will be responsible for leading technical teams, interfacing with high-level design teams, integrating current, next-generation technology, advanced engineering, and be an integral part of new vehicle launches. Additionally, the role will involve extensive collaboration with program management, design, sales/customer experience, finance, and talent acquisition. The expectation is that the “VLE” will, from cradle-to-grave, lead all automotive engineering programs with: manufacturing assembly, vehicle integration, development, and engineering.


    • Works closely with the COO, CTO and CEO to set and execute the overall vision of the organization
    • Takes ownership of project/engineering teams by defining and tracking KPIs for success
    • Serves as primary contact for vehicle integration and communicate project status and coordination of open issues
    • Manages the product program proactively within an Agile framework to ensure timing and program team objectives are met
    • Interfaces internally with all departments within the organization
    • Executes the Karma Product Development System, plans and manages all program deliverables
    • Maintains P&L accountability
    • Generates team commitment and ensure APQP and simultaneous engineering principles are followed
    • Follows and continuously improves program management systems, contract review, and APQP processes
    • Works closely with the manufacturing team to implement changes that improve the product quality, reduces product variability, reduces costs, and improves and control process


    • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (Mechanical, Electrical, Manufacturing, etc.) Advanced degree preferred
    • Must have Automotive industry experience
    • Previous experience in positions leading large comprehensive teams in total vehicle integration (e.g. Chief Engineer, Director of Vehicle Integration, Head of Vehicle Engineering, Engineer Principal, VLE, etc.)
    • Strong background in engineering, design, program management, and launch
    • Agile project management experience
    • Experience in vehicle analysis, GD&T, and certification
    • Proven experience in technical vehicle program delivery
    • Experience leading / managing large engineering teams
    • Must be able to lead cross-functional teams
    • Demonstrated ability to provide robust solutions to complex problems in a timely and cost-effective manner
    • Create and maintain staffing plans for hiring, training, and development of all direct reports
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Strong preference for related experience in both the United States and non-U.S. based locations, with an emphasis on China and other APAC locations.
    • Preferred: experience at a top-tier OEM and subsequent experience working in a start-up environment
    • Basic knowledge of Quality Management Systems (ISO 9001:2015) and Environmental Management Systems (ISO 14001:2015), as applicable

    NO 3rd Parties, Principals Only, Please

    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 may be available.

    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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