Battery Systems Engineer

  • Role type
  • Permanent

  • Location/s
  • Van Buren, MI

Job Description

Automotive and Industrial is one of Ricardo plc’s five operating business units and is a trusted global engineering services partner for clean and efficient integrated propulsion and energy systems. Our experience and history over more than 100 years at the forefront of mobility innovation enables us to deliver solutions to the most complex challenges, allowing our customers across all global transport sectors to achieve a sustainable zero-carbon future. 


Working as part of the Electrification Systems team, as a Battery Systems Engineer, you’ll be performing a wide variety of tasks in support of new and existing Battery Programs. Candidates will be required to: Specify, design and develop battery systems from either a clean-sheet requirement, or provide application engineering support to identify the ideal battery pack and integrate into the desired applications.

Key activities

· Develop required documentation (sub-system technical specifications, block diagrams, FMEA, P-diagrams, DVP, work instructions, etc.) and Sheppard the design process through to production release.

· Work with suppliers to identify required components to be incorporated into the final design, resulting in a robust design meeting all client specifications and needs.

· Responsible for design release engineer for module assembly, components and subassemblies, including DFMEA, DVP, robustness/P-diagrams, 2D&3D models, GD&T, critical characteristics, tolerance analysis, engineering BOM, work instructions and process flow.

· Support procurement of prototype module components, subassembly and assembly, DV & production source selection, APQP, tool design & qualification, purchasing, inventory and quality management

· Provides timely and accurate department reports as appropriate and requested

· Delivers superior levels of client service to both internal and external clients while demonstrating Ricardo’s core values of respect, integrity, creativity and innovation, and passion

· Performs other job-related duties as assigned

Key accountabilities:

· This position requires a bachelor’s degree in electrical or mechanical engineering.

· Minimum five years’ experience in battery pack design and development.

· Experienced with designing and releasing of Automotive components

· Strong communication, client awareness, and problem-solving skills

· Experienced in developing good supplier relationships

· Highly motivated to succeed, a self-starter who is driven and able to work with others effectively to "get things done"

· Strong experience with automotive and industrial energy storage systems employing advanced cell chemistries in various configurations for high voltage, power and energy capacity

· Familiarity with automotive and industrial energy storage system designs at a high level and best practices. Has insight into the rationale for design approaches taken by design teams for current production battery packs.

· Experience with engineering processes from concept development to production energy storage system development.

· Familiarity with engineering development processes (block diagrams, FMEA, P-diagrams, DVP, work instructions, etc). Ability to establish development process tools from clean sheet or “own” established process until production release.

· Familiarity with industry energy storage system developers (OEM) and typical energy storage system suppliers chain (component suppliers).

· Familiarity with how an energy storage system will operate within a system (hybrid or grid).

· Design and Analysis – requirements documentation, compliance, a general understanding of mechanical and structural design. Ability to specify key analysis or interpret results.

· Thermal Systems – familiar with cooling systems: requirements, specifications, heat exchange, working fluids packaging and interconnects

· Electronic module – fundamental understanding of wiring and bus bar routing, fusing, connectors, mounting of components and maintain bill of materials

· Packaging – ability to address issues related to detailed design of module packaging, conductors, sensor locations and module and pack-level tolerance stack analysis, creepage and clearance requirements

Preferred Qualifications:

· Testing – develop comprehensive test specifications, support DV and PV testing for electrical, mechanical and thermal systems. Close familiarity with test equipment, laboratory requirements and safety.

· BMS - Familiarly with typical BMS system functionality, operation, and integration issues

· Proposal development - Ability to write clear proposals with scope, deliverables, assumptions clearly defined.

· Awareness of industry trends, cell chemistry trade-offs and best practices.

· Commercial delivery Ability to remain focused on delivery in “noisy environment”. Ability to simplify complex trade-offs into simple choices to support decision makers.

Working here

Ricardo is an exciting and rewarding place to work and you have the opportunity to make a difference. You will work with teams of talented, dedicated, and supportive individuals. Alongside having a fantastic opportunity to develop your career with us through our broad range of projects, mentoring opportunities and a personalized approach to your learning and development. We are always keen to hear from people who have driven, ambition and a flair for innovative thinking.

Diversity, Equality and Inclusion statement

We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, height, weight, gender identity and sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, arrest record (MI only), parental status (IL only), military or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. VEVRAA Federal Contractor.


Our core benefits include paid vacation time off, emergency/sick time, plus 14 holidays, Medical/Dental/Vision plus 401k. We also offer a wide range of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle.

Once you have submitted your application, if qualified, a member of our Recruitment Team will be in touch. Please be aware that the timing can vary dependent on the volume of applications that we receive for each role and in some cases, we may start to review applications prior to the closing date.