Electric Vehicle Powertrain Senior Systems Engineer in Glenview, IL at ITW

Date Posted: 5/14/2020

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Position at ITW Corporate

Since its founding more than 100 years ago, ITW has become one of the world’s leading diversified manufacturers of specialized industrial equipment, consumables, and related service businesses. We place a high premium on the development of innovative solutions–most of which are developed in tandem with our customers. In addition, we continue to ensure that our customers receive timely, cost-effective service for the innovative products we provide.

ITW’s differentiated business model is comprised of a set of unique core capabilities: our proprietary 80/20 business process, customer-focused innovation, and our well-known decentralized entrepreneurial culture. While we own many global businesses, these capabilities are unmistakably ITW—and key to our longevity and strong performance

ITW’s products and solutions are at work all over the world, in deep-sea oil rigs, aerospace technology, bridges and wind turbines, healthcare, the spaces in which we live and work, the cars we drive, and the mobile devices we rely on. We are never, whether we know it or not, more than a few steps from an innovative ITW solution.

Today, ITW (NYSE: ITW) is a Fortune 500 company that employs nearly 48,000 people, and is headquartered in Glenview, Illinois, USA with operations in 57 countries.

The Electric Vehicles Powertrain Senior Systems Engineer will be charged with understanding the entire ecosystem evolving around electric vehicles.  This deep understanding will encompass not only the electric vehicle powertrain, including the battery, motors, charging systems and electronics, but will also extend to the charging station ecosystem and the global electric vehicle market.  In addition to understanding the underlying technologies associated with all the various elements within the electric vehicle space, the EV powertrain systems engineer will be tasked with understanding the overall system architecture developing across the electric vehicle landscape.  Understanding the critical strategic, market and global imperatives and forecasting future trends around EV design, deployment and acceptance will be critical to the role.  Maintaining close contacts with research institutions, labs, automotive OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers in the industry along with automotive standards societies and other relevant external organizations will also be required.  Clearly articulating market, system and subsystem technical information to the different ITW businesses engaging in EV opportunities will be an essential requirement of this role.


  • Develop partnerships and engage with suppliers, labs, and academia, as needed, to understand market and technology trends in the electric vehicle ecosystem.
  • Provide support to ITW businesses engaged in the EV Powertrain technologies.  Work closely with ITW Divisions to increase understanding of EV Powertrain markets, trends, and technologies.
  • Support technology evaluation in knowledge areas for acquisition support, technology landscaping, design consultation, and opportunity evaluation.
  • Articulate to a broad range of constituents via written and verbal communication.  Research and report comprehensive technical findings on topics of strategic and tactical importance to ITW.
  • Scope/define and manage projects comprised of internal and 3rd party research resources.
  • Evaluate and assess technologies in the subject area


  • Minimum MS in Mechanical, Electrical or Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Materials Science or related field.
  • Minimum 10 years of automotive industry experience with 3 years of experience specifically in Electric Vehicle Powertrain System Engineering.
  • Understanding, expertise and experience working on electric vehicle architectures and systems: battery charging systems and battery management, energy recovery, battery thermal management, electric motors, and powertrain electronics.


  • Deep technical knowledge of Electric Vehicles systems and subsystems including designs, modelling and simulation, materials, chemistries, and electronics
  • Knowledgeable of new and emerging research/technology in the subject area
  • Proven track record of leadership in a technology-based corporation preferred
  • Intellectually curious with a driving interest in new technology


  • Attention to Detail
  • Technical Acumen
  • Excellent Analytical Skills
  • Decision Making
  • Communication
  • Creative Thinking/Innovation
  • Consulting/Consultative Approach
  • Reduces Complexity

Illinois Tool Works Inc. (“ITW” or “the Company”) is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability, protected Veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws.

If you are a qualified individual with a disability and are unable or limited in your ability to use or access the online application system process due to your disability, please email corp_accessibility@itw.com to request assistance. No other requests will be acknowledged.