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Technical Planning Director, Modular Design

Wyoming, MN
Posted on Sep 8, 2022 Full time R14034
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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.

We have a great opportunity for a Technical leader to join our Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) business. You will be responsible for the planning and development of our subsystem modular design strategy to meet both the near- and long-term requirements of the global Off-Road business unit as well as our Off Road customers.  Subsystems include but are not limited to: Vehicle Powertrains (ICE & Electric), Drivelines, and vehicle controllers.  As the leader of Modular Design, you will collaborate with Off Road Product Planning, Engineering, Supply Chain, Operations, and Central Engineering to develop a 10-year roadmap to deliver on customer needs and drive productivity with scale. 


  • Lead Subsystem PDC Process to continually evaluate roadmaps relative to business strategy, advancing technology, global trends, and competitive threats

  • Partner with engineering and sourcing to identify and execute key strategic partnerships needed to deliver the modular design objectives by platform

  • Development and track investment plan to deliver modular design strategy through LRP, LRPP, and budget 

  • Oversee the processes and metrics required for successful planning and insertion of modular design in LRP(P), budgeting, and program kickoff

  • Continually benchmark competition and global industries relative to modular design and recommend internal improvements to drive Off-Road productivity

  • Partner with Off Road Strategy & Productivity Team and Central Engineering to ensure processes are documented and integrated within product development (LRPP, Pre PDP, PDP). 

  • Establish a governance process to ensure modular design targets are met and maintained.  Generate and maintain documents of record as needed to support subsystem and modular design plans.  May include, but are not limited to module interface requirements, subsystem roadmaps, and derivative plans by product platform.


  • Requires a BS degree (minimum) in Mechanical, Electrical, or related Engineering discipline

  • Passion for leading and directing engineering teams (preferably multi-level) with wide-ranging skills and experience

  • Demonstrated success managing the development of complex systems and/or technologies following a well-defined process

  • Extensive knowledge of vehicle systems preferably in the areas of powertrain, driveline, controllers, or structures.

  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills

  • Enthusiastic collaborator with the ability to manage and prioritize all day-to-day responsibilities with little to no direct supervision

  • Must be able to quickly assess and then make, escalate or delegate decisions as needed

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 2021 sales of $8.2 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® midsize 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. 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.