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Sveta Nedelja, HRV

Powertrain ICE Lead Engineer (m/f)

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 Internal Combustion Engine part and related integration activities across all Bugatti Rimac programs on base engine design, integration, performance, and emissions.


Key duties and responsibilities:

  • To lead the definition of specifications for the internal combustion engine design in terms of:
    • Water connections type and position
    • Oil connections type and position
    • Intake line connections and position
    • Exhaust line connections and position
    • Wiring harness routings and connection with the rest of the vehicle
    • Sensors specification and position
    • Engine brackets definition in terms of position, geometry and NVH behavior based on simulation results
  • Lead the engine integration process into the vehicle in terms of:
    • Engine installation process during final assembly
    • End of line testing
    • Aftermarket and serviceability of main engine parts
  • Interact with the Powertrain systems team in terms of integration of the ICE with Intake line design, Exhaust line design, Cooling system design and Lubrication system design
  • Lead the external partners in terms of DMF (Dual mass flywheel) design and implementation and integration with the mechanical transmission
  • Lead the engine development overall performances in terms of emissions, speed/torque characteristics, heat rejection water/oil across all phase of engine development
  • Interact with the calibration team in terms of ECU definition and development and implementation of the ECU into the HIL (Hardware in the Loop)
  • Lead the external partner to deliver the ICE and related ECU on time into production according to target cost, package, mass, functionality and quality
  • Maintain and support de-bug activities for current and future internal combustion engines, ensuring corrective actions are implemented
  • Main reference figure for Powertrain team for internal combustion engine in terms of mechanics and dynamics related topics, including functionality and resolution of technical issues
  • Manage physical testing and prototype evaluation of hardware components
  • 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 achieve vehicle requirements
  • 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, train and coach all the team members and share the knowledge throughout the whole powertrain team


Qualification & Experience:

  • Previous experience within an automotive or automotive components supplier on drivetrain systems design, specifically on gasoline high performance internal combustion engines and hybrid/mechanical gearboxes
  • Engineering Degree in appropriate discipline or equivalent
  • Experience on all relevant vehicle legislation and certification requirements for related automotive components and systems
  • Experience of delivering drivetrain systems components from early design stage to series production
  • Leading and developing staff
  • Proven experience in tracking and planning of technical subjects, tooling processes and variable/investment costs
  • In-depth vehicle drivetrain systems knowledge and hybrid components
  • Working across functional teams effectively to deliver viable problem resolution
  • Experience on CAD modelling software


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 hybrid 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?