Director, Software Platforms for the Innovation & Engineering Center California

Engineering, Software, Artificial Intelligence, Network, Development
Full Time
Work from home available

Job Description

VW. Two letters. Endless opportunities. A bright future.

Innovation. Sophistication. Optimization. This is our Passion.

Worldwide, the Volkswagen Group has a long tradition of dramatic innovations. The Volkswagen Group with its headquarters in Wolfsburg is one of the world's leading automobile manufacturers and the largest carmaker in Europe. The Group comprises twelve brands from seven European countries: Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Audi, SEAT, KODA, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, Ducati, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Scania and MAN. Here in the US, we are blending German engineering with American ingenuity.

At the Innovation & Engineering Center California (IECC), we represent the Volkswagen Group in applied research and development. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, we create bold new ideas for the Volkswagen, Audi, Bentley, Lamborghini, Bugatti and Porsche brands. We're a team of engineers, designers, scientists, and psychologists looking to develop innovations for future generations of cars, and to transfer technologies from many industries and research institutions into the automotive domain. Our mission is to drive change which means we are not only impacting one of the world's largest car makers, but also the lives of millions of people. Are you ready to join us?

Dir, Software Platforms

Role Summary

This position is responsible for the Software Platforms group at the Innovation Center California (ICC). The purpose of this position is to manage all research and development activities in the area of Connected Mobility Products, Artificial Intelligence based orchestration layer, and Network-based next generation Cloud applications. The Software Platforms group focuses on all aspects of the information and entertainment experience in and outside of the vehicle, for both the driver and passenger, including device integration, vehicle interface, media management, entertainment, and audio/acoustics, as well as interface and technology concepts for automotive applications. The position's responsibilities include personnel management, multi-million dollar development program management, financial planning, internal reporting, network management, support and mentorship of engineering team in engineering related matters, and quality control of automotive grade SW product deliverables.

Role Responsibilities

  • Define overall mission and strategy for Software Platforms Team
  • Lead and mentor Connected Mobility Products and Smart Infrastructure and Service cluster research and development activities
  • Manage the internal and external budget for the Mobile and Cloud Intelligence Team and 2 strategic ICC project clusters
  • Regular executive level reporting to VW Group stakeholders (partners, mentors, department heads, and top executives)
  • Strategic planning for the ICC project portfolio in the area of mobility products and cloud intelligence based mobile applications and services

  • Manage the relationships to related departments in all Volkswagen Group brands and locations
  • Manage the relationship with technology suppliers and create strategic partnerships to influence the products
  • Manage strategic relationships to Silicon Valley companies
  • Manage strategic relationships and partnerships with academic and research institutions
  • Serve as the VW Group representatives to local Silicon Valley companies

  • Supervision of engineers, contractors, interns and FSEs in the team
  • Responsible for the recruitment of personnel
  • Facilitate research, design, development, and engineering skill development for the team

Research & Development
  • Secure internal project funding for supported projects by Volkswagen Group partners
  • Synchronization of the ICC mobility ecosystem topics to Volkswagen Group partner departments
  • Strategic evaluation of current and developing consumer electronics products
  • Ensure the ICC's work in the Silicon Valley is represented in our products through collaboration
  • Ensure the securing of intellectual property from the team
  • Oversee the SW product module development and releases to global market for multiple VW Group brands


Years of Experience
  • 15+ years of industry experience with 8-10 years' leadership experience

Education Required
  • CS, EE, B.S. Engineering (or equivalent) . Master's preferred.

  • Analytical and conceptual thinking - using logic and reason, creative and strategic
  • Communication skills - interpersonal, presentation and written
  • Managing interdisciplinary teams on individual projects
  • Integration - joining people, processes or systems
  • Influencing and negotiation skills
  • Problem solving
  • Resource management
  • Scouting novel technologies for vehicle Infotainment applications

Required Skills
  • Leadership experience in research, pre-development and development projects in the field of Mobile and Cloud Systems for Mobility ecosystem
  • Long term experience in managing interdisciplinary teams on individual projects and mentoring senior engineers
  • Industry experience in designing and developing systems, focused on mobile embedded SW with scalable backend infrastructure
  • Proven track record of scouting novel technologies for mobile applications and turning into products
  • Expert knowledge in evaluating technology and business models for product applicability
  • Management experience in ideating, prototyping, and creating intellectual property
  • Industry experience in developing technical specifications, system-level architecture, and other project and process documentation for successful project transfer to the development department.
  • Overseeing research teams and projects at partner research institutions
  • Developing concept in-vehicle functional prototypes
  • Evaluating computing architectures, tools and algorithms
  • Establishing business contacts with key industries and academic partners
  • Experience tracking the automotive and consumer electronics industry
  • Experience in creation and maintenance of team and project budget
  • Professional experience in presenting engineering topics in trade shows and to executive level audience
  • Analysis of new technologies and its feasibility for future implementation
  • Estimating costs of proposed technical changes and presenting to top management for acceptance
  • Testing software and hardware implementation and oversee feature implementation
  • Long-term experience in defining and designing large complex embedded networked computer systems including definition of system topologies, components, and interfaces
  • Expert level experience of connected systems
  • Expert level experience of embedded system software architecture, real-time operating systems, and web framework components and interfaces
  • Management experience in shaping and leading a team of hardware and software system experts in computer technologies
  • Long-term working experience with management level and ability to communicate at this level
  • Project management of large, complex multi-party software projects
  • Cost-oriented business and technical skills
  • Experience to create and maintain a professional network within the ecosystem of automotive suppliers, and technology partners such as:
    • Computer system technology partners
    • Semiconductor Vendors
    • Mobile communication companies
    • Internet technology companies
    • Startup companies
    • Venture capital firms
  • Corporate research facilities

Desired Skills
  • Developed strategic partnerships with consumer electronics companies
  • Knowledge of competitors infotainment systems
  • Designed SW components for next generation mobility services
  • Ability to communicate with partners globally
  • More than 10 years of experience in software R&D
  • Infotainment, Media and Communication Systems
  • Virtualization and embedded SW development
  • Advanced graphics technologies and tool chain
  • SW/HW development process and industrialization
  • VW Group system architecture and roadmap
  • Rapid prototyping and validation
  • Approaches for cloud oriented mobile internet applications
  • User-interface architecture for mobile and automotive systems
  • Expertise in data security and cryptography

Work Flexibility
  • Regular domestic and international travel required to meet with project partners, external suppliers, and attend internal and external demonstrations.

We are proud to be an EEO employer M/F/D/V. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing.


Dice Id : RTX1bd4a3
Position Id : ICC000064
Originally Posted : 4 months ago
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