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Vehicle Control Systems Engineering Manager

Wyoming, MN
Posted on May 16, 2024 Full time R22958
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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.

Within the Vehicle Electronics & Software (VES) central engineering organization, this high impact role will lead the Vehicle Control Systems Team in the platforming and development of electronic control units. Your team will work with Global Business Units (GBUs) to integrate these electronic control unit subsystems and meet the needs of multiple product families, their platforms, and derivatives.  You will provide technical insight, steer strategic decision-making, and build/improve control systems capability and competencies. You and your team will be instrumental in scanning for new technologies, ideating and developing advanced products, and identify suppliers and partners for product development.


  • Works with the team to develop department strategy, product platforming plans, and execution plans that align with the VES Strategy, and GBUs product requirements.
  • Responsible for the development of innovative control system/subsystem concepts identify and prioritize new features/concepts/technologies/innovations that warrant patent protection and execute.
  • Leads the team in system/subsystem design including tradeoff analyses, component design or selection, influence supplier and/or partner selection, assess and recommend make vs. buy decisions, etc. leveraging the Polaris Product Development Process while meeting targets in quality, product cost, performance, schedule, etc.
  • Leads the development of control systems development-related competencies, processes, tools, training, industry standards, and certifications, etc. within engineering & cross-functionally; collaborates and influences cross-functionally with service, manufacturing, etc. as needed.
  • Responsible for employee hiring, compensation recommendations, and staff performance management.
  • Motivates, coaches, develops and directs employees (local and remote) to further organizational objectives and promote employee development. Focuses on integrating and steering a multi-cultural and multidisciplinary team.
  • Develops, manages and controls departmental budget, resource plans, and project estimation & prioritization while serving the needs of multiple Global Business Units. 
  • Promotes analysis led design activities and capability development to enable continuously increasing efficiency.


  • Bachelor’s and/or master’s degree in engineering required; Electrical, Mechatronics, Software Engineering preferred; MBA is a plus
  • 5-10+ years of experience in a fast-paced product development environment including 3+ years of leadership experience required
  • Experience with control systems/subsystems development and testing (including diagnostics and communications) required
  • Familiarity with current and emerging vehicle controls technologies & major trends strongly preferred
  • Experience with complex system tradeoff analyses, requirement management system tools, troubleshooting, risk management (project & technical including but not limited to HARA, DFMEA, DRBFM, FuSa methodologies), etc. strongly preferred
  • Excellent communication, critical thinking, negotiation, leadership, and influencing skills required
  • Strong business acumen and understanding of corporate finance preferred
  • Powersports riding experience (Motorcycle and/or ORV) strongly preferred.


  • Normal office working conditions.
  • Some (domestic and international) travel required.


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.