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Powertrain Design Mgr - Continuous Improvement

Location: Wyoming, Minnesota US


Job Number: 5650

Requisition Number: R7252

Position Title:

External Description: At Polaris Inc., we have fun doing what we love by driving change and innovation. We empower employees to take on challenging assignments and roles with an elevated level of responsibility in our agile working environment. Our people make us who we are, and we create incredible products and experiences that empower us to Think Outside.


This Powertrain Design Manager position entails the following:

  • Managing the activities of the Powertrain Continuous Improvement (CI) Team
  • Leading the Powertrain Design Staff supporting CI Activities
  • Leading an additional group of 5-7 Powertrain Design Staff as they support various Powertrain projects and processes

The Design Staff will include Layout Designers, Engineers and Project Assistants

The Continuous Improvement Team is the first point of contact for design related improvements related to engine components and systems currently in production. Production lines supported include those in Osceola WI and Monterrey Mexico.

  • Identify and manage design related opportunities to improve product and process quality
  • Lead Root Cause Analysis using techniques such as 8D, 5 Why, and A3 in support of CI Tasks
  • Identify early potential failure modes for design solutions by using DRBFM or DFMEA tools to:
    • Assess the risk associated with those failure modes
    • Rank the issues in terms of importance
    • Identify and carry out corrective actions addressing the most serious concerns
  • Identify and communicate Lessons Learned and corrective actions to the rest of Powertrain
  • Lead Design Staff career development by completing assessment reviews and annual performance reviews
  • Hold staff meetings with direct reports to provide Polaris business and general Powertrain updates
  • Attend CAPA Governance meetings with the Osceola Manufacturing Team as well as the Powertrain Team
  • Be an active participant on the Polaris Document Governance Team
  • Provide mentorship for at least one Powertrain Peer Team
  • Perform engineering calculations for basic stress and strength calculations, tolerance stack-up Analysis and GD&T
  • When required, create 3D-CAD Design of engine parts, assemblies and subassemblies including detailed drafting, dimensioning and tolerancing in support of problem resolution

  • 10+ years with BS in Engineering
  • 10+ years of experience in engine design
  • Quality and customer focused
  • Design and development experience required
  • Experience leading multi-person Design Teams
  • Experience with GD&T, FMEA, DRBFM, DFM, DFA, and dimensional tolerance stack-ups
  • Creative, innovative, decisive and prone to action
  • Possess and apply a broad knowledge of principals, practices and procedures to the completion of difficult technical problems and projects
  • Excellent verbal, written and presentation skills
  • High level of people skills, able to lead a diverse team
  • Ability to motivate people
  • Ability to work with cross functional partners
  • Familiarity with CREO 3D CAD modeling software
  • Domestic and International travel is approximately 10%

We are an ambitious, resourceful, and driven workforce, which empowers us to Think Outside. Apply today!

About Polaris

As the global leader in Powersports, Polaris Inc. (NYSE: PII) pioneers product breakthroughs and enriching experiences and services that have invited people to discover the joy of being outdoors since our founding in 1954. With annual 2020 sales of $7.0 billion, Polaris' high-quality product line-up includes the Polaris RANGER®, RZR® and Polaris GENERAL side-by-side off-road vehicles; Sportsman® all-terrain off-road vehicles; Indian Motorcycle® mid-size and heavyweight motorcycles; Slingshot® moto-roadsters; snowmobiles; and deck, cruiser and pontoon boats, including industry-leading Bennington pontoons. Polaris enhances the riding experience with parts, garments, and accessories, along with a growing aftermarket portfolio, including Transamerican Auto Parts. Polaris' presence in adjacent markets includes military and commercial off-road vehicles, quadricycles, and electric vehicles. Proudly headquartered in Minnesota, Polaris serves more than 100 countries across the globe.

EEO Statement

Polaris is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will make all employment-related decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, marital status, familial status, status with regard to public assistance, membership or activity in a local commission, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law.

City: Wyoming

State: Minnesota

Community / Marketing Title: Powertrain Design Mgr - Continuous Improvement

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