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NPI Staff Engineer– Vehicle Process Architect

Wyoming, MN
Posted on Jun 26, 2024 Full time R23420
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NPI Staff Engineer– Vehicle Process Architect


Wyoming, MN


Looking to add an Off-Road NPI Vehicle Process Architect to the Manufacturing team at our Wyoming location.  This person would be responsible for establishing and overseeing the next generation of vehicle manufacturing processes and concepts for Off-Road vehicles.  This includes identifying areas for efficiency improvements in our current manufacturing process and identifying new improved manufacturing methods.  The role will work with design and systems engineering, the vehicle architecture teams, and our assembly plants to implement more efficient designs and process in our next generation of vehicles.  In addition, the architect would be responsible for establishing requirements early in the design process and conducting tradeoffs with long-term strategic thinking to ensure our next generation of vehicles can meet long-term business objectives.


  • Engineering position with growth potential for high-achieving, highly motivated individual.
  • Individual with a solid ability to be a self-starter, willing to adapt and be flexible, helping define how to grow this function and role within our organization.
  • Strong understanding of vehicle manufacturing assembly strategies and processes.
  • Proactively evaluate 3D design concepts in CAD (Creo and Windchill PDM familiarity a plus) and provide manufacturing feedback with a goal of driving new architectural vehicle requirements into vehicle design.
  • Develop a method for tracking, quantifying, and reviewing manufacturing compatibility issues effectively across the organization and drive to solutions to address.
  • Drive resolution to current manufacturing high hurts (rework, first time quality, poor DFAM) by providing vehicle architecture input.
  • Identify areas of trapped labor in current manufacturing processes and work towards mitigating with new design input
  • Work with manufacturing and finance to develop a cost template to identify and quantify manufacturing savings driven by design concepts.  Ensure manufacturing data is available to make data driven decisions working collaboratively with all stakeholders.
  • Work with the SME and systems teams to draft manufacturing requirements to guide the design team in new product architecture.
  • Work to integrate the developed best practice requirements into requirements management software.
  • Work alongside vehicle architects early in the concept phase to conduct trade studies to determine the most efficient manufacturing technologies and processes.
  • Work with vehicle architects to balance vehicle and manufacturing requirements to ensure we are meeting customer KPCs and business objectives.
  • Work with system design teams to drive clear piece part count goals for execution on the vehicle platforms.
  • Interact effectively across the organization: manufacturing, program management, design engineering, plant network optimization and senior management teams.
  • Benchmark other organizations and research new manufacturing technologies.
  • Ensure new technology or process implementations are appropriately budgeted, resourced, and vetted so they can be implemented on schedule.
  • Work alongside manufacturing plant personnel to assess and recommend line/plant layouts and drive efficiency.
  • Drive platforming initiatives into the manufacturing process and develop and champion platforming methodology at the plant level.


  • BS or MS in engineering
  • 5+ years of manufacturing engineering experience
  • Passion for engineering and product excellence
  • Outstanding communication and presentation skills
  • Knowledge of all phases of Product Development
  • Overall vehicle, attribute, and functional hardware knowledge
  • Proven ability to progress complex manufacturing concepts for technical solutions to implementation (platformed systems a bonus)
  • Capable to design and run CAD software (Creo preferred)
  • Experience in systems engineering preferred.
  • Candidate must be willing to travel up to 10-15% to any of the manufacturing sites


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

At Polaris we put our employees first, by offering a holistic approach to their health and financial wellbeing.  Polaris is proud to offer competitive compensation, including a market-leading profit-sharing plan that is fundamental to our pay-for-performance culture. At Polaris, employees are owners of the company through company contributions to our Employee Stock Ownership Plan and discounted employee stock purchases plan. Employees receive a generous matching contribution to 401(k), financial wellness education and consultation to plan for their financial future. In addition to competitive pay, Polaris provides a comprehensive suite of benefits, including health, dental, and vision insurance, wellness programs, paid time off, gym & personal training reimbursement, life insurance and disability offerings.  Through the Polaris Foundation and our Polaris Gives paid volunteer time off, we support employees who actively volunteer their time, efforts, and passions to improve the health and wellbeing of the communities in which they live, play and work. Employees at Polaris drive our success and are rewarded for their commitment.

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. 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; military and commercial off-road vehicles; snowmobiles; Indian Motorcycle® mid-size and heavyweight motorcycles; Slingshot® moto-roadsters; Aixam quadricycles; Goupil electric vehicles; and pontoon and deck boats, including industry-leading Bennington pontoons. Polaris enhances the riding experience with a robust portfolio of parts, garments, and accessories. 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.