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Powertrain Controls Engineer


Zagreb, HR
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Engineering Hardware
  • Industry: Transportation
  • Post Date: 05/25/2023
  • Website:
  • Company Address: Ljubljanska 7, Sveta Nedelja, Croatia , 10431

About Rimac

As a part of Bugatti Rimac, Rimac Automobili is a leading electric hypercar brand that designs, engineers, and produces the next generation of performance cars.

Job Description

About us

We are a technology powerhouse that designs, engineers, and manufactures the world's most advanced automotive technology and hypercars. Bytes to bolts, Rimac is where everything happens.

Our teams develop and produce both hardware and software solutions for our flagship, record-breaking hypercar, the Nevera, as well as for other automotive manufacturers’ vehicles. Working on technology solutions for partners such as Porsche, Hyundai, Aston Martin, Koenigsegg, Automobili Pininfarina, and others, gives Rimac a unique position of a technology leader in the high-performance electric vehicle industry. The stakes are high.

As a fast-moving company, we nurture a high-performing culture. If you are interested in joining, you must be prepared for relentless learning, adapting, and embracing new technologies. We expect an easy-going person, but also self-driven, entrepreneurial, and highly independent in their work, that will enjoy rising to the challenge and have fun pushing the limits of technology.

Our expectations are high. And we can only achieve our goals with the dedication and collaboration of our exceptional team. Our ambition is to deliver and go the extra mile. We need to expand our already industry-leading team, find the best people, and lead the charge.

The candidate will be responsible for the on-time delivery of all powertrain ECUs development and powertrain controls integration activities across all Bugatti Rimac programs.

Key duties and responsibilities:

  • To manage internally and with external suppliers all powertrain electronic control units; that includes:
    • Engine ECU
    • Hybrid transmission control unit (TCU)
    • Traction electric inverters and motors (MCU)
    • Battery management system (BMS)
  • To lead the definition, calibration and industrialization activity of thermal management application software into main vehicle VCU
  • To lead the definition, calibration and industrialization activity of Powertrain hybrid strategy application software into main vehicle VCU
  • Ownership of control systems integration within the powertrain calibration team and definition of the main powertrain attributes and functions for each main subcomponent
  • Maintain and support de-bug activities for current and future thermal and electrified powertrains, ensuring corrective actions are implemented
  • Reference figure for powertrain controls for feasibility, functionality and resolution of technical issues for the main Powertrain ECUs; reference figure for the interaction of the ECUs with the main VCU (Vehicle control unit)
  • Engage with main external suppliers and manage costs and timings, and ensuring program milestones are met, including evaluation of RFQ responses to influence management decisions
  • Develop and ensure cross-functionality with other R&D departments to define hardware and software systems and achieving vehicle requirements
  • Lead the calibration and testing activity on MiL (Model in the loop), SiL (Software in the Loop) and support the calibration and testing activity on the HiL (Hardware in the loop), hybrid PWT rig and vehicle calibration and testing
  • Engage with software and hardware external and internal suppliers, ensuring high level software requirements are converted into detailed requirements and related verification tests
  • Engage with the product development process to understand the impact of design/engineering decisions
  • Evaluate competitor benchmark information to improve concept definition in early project phase
  • Establish regular design reviews with cross functional teams
  • Support Functional Safety and Cyber Security, Intellectual properties and patents within R&D team
  • Collaborative definition of methodology and release of standards related to durability and reliability with analysis team
  • Be a team player and share the knowledge throughout the whole powertrain team

Qualification & Experience:

  • Previous experience within an automotive OEM or automotive components supplier on powertrain virtual analysis and controls related topics
  • Engineering Degree in appropriate discipline or equivalent
  • Experience on vehicle energy management (VEM) approach, duty cycles definitions and CO2 emissions simulation
  • Experience on hybrid strategies for high performance hybrid powertrains
  • Experience on overall powertrain cooling simulation management
  • Experience on all relevant vehicle legislation and certification requirements for automotive application
  • Experience on Functional Safety and Cyber Security
  • Proven experience in tracking and planning of technical subjects and internal/external resources
  • In-depth vehicle powertrain knowledge and electrified components
  • Working across functional teams effectively to deliver viable problem resolution
  • Expert user of Matlab/Simulink and GTSuite environment

Considered a plus:

  • Excellent team player and communicator, able to work effectively with cross functional teams
  • Ability to organize multiple technical inputs, summarize and present to the top management
  • Strong problem-solving skills, along with an ability to manage a varied workload, to tight deadlines
  • Relevant written and verbal communication skills
  • Able to work at a fast pace and with a high degree of accuracy and flexibility
  • Passion for high performance thermal and electrified vehicles and related powertrain technology
  • Striving for constant improvement

What we are like and what we offer

  • We operate in a fast-paced and challenging environment
  • You will have the opportunity to work on world-class solutions with cutting-edge technology
  • We work a lot, but also know how to have fun (fun teambuilding, crazy company parties, kitchen and relaxation zones around the office, free coffee/tea and fresh fruit, etc.)
  • Family-like and open work environment (subsidies for kindergartens, Christmas parties for kids, and presents for kids)
  • Financial subsidy for transportation
  • Additional and supplementary healthcare covered
  • Internal educations program
  • Psychological counseling
  • Dog-friendly office
  • Flexible working hours and work-from-home days – up to 12 days of remote work per month
  • Discounts at stores and clinics – for humans and pets 😊

If you are a creative, problem solving, open-minded, highly-motivated individual and you love a fast-paced environment and are up for the challenge – where were you hiding?