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Manager, Vehicle Systems Engineering

Parallel Systems

Parallel Systems

Software Engineering
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, June 28, 2024

Parallel Systems is a Series A startup company developing the future of intermodal transportation. Our mission is to decarbonize freight while improving supply chain logistics and safety. We are developing vehicles and software to create new autonomous and electric transportation systems for existing rail infrastructure.

At Parallel Systems, we value the team as much as the mission. We want to work with talented people who are humble, motivated, and persistent. Our most successful team members are self-starters and collaborate with others to reach our collective goals.

As the leader of the Vehicle Systems team, the manager is responsible for the team that defines, architects, designs, tests, integrates, and validates the high and low voltage electrical systems of Parallel’s vehicles with an emphasis on safety, regulations, vehicle performance, cost and reliability.

This role will own product design, development and deployment of all electrical and electromechanical systems on previous and new generation hardware.

Success in this role requires an individual who is comfortable both architecting electrical integration solutions behind a computer and bringing electrical systems up directly on a vehicle and working in the field.


  • Lead cross functional interactions to gather interface documentation and requirements from all electrical component stakeholders.
  • Lead the team in the definition of low voltage and high voltage architectures that meet stakeholder and company needs.
  • Trade and own make vs buy component decisions to implement vehicle electrical architecture.
  • Define and iterate the electrical wire harnessing electrical design and its components (wire harness connector/symbol library, logical design, wire schematics) as the design requirements change.
  • Develop expertise with all vehicle electrical systems and components. Verify and validate components and systems performance through provide analysis and test. from simulation and real-life data gathered on prototype vehicles to optimize and meet or exceed vehicle targets.
  • Own the design of all current and future electronics and electromechanical systems of the vehicle – HV, LV, inverters, motor, batteries and breaking systems.
  • Work diligently with cross functional in-house teams to ensure a successful electrical integration of all electrical components on the vehicle.
  • Perform vehicle troubleshooting, prototype vehicle bring-up, electrical modifications, and testing.
  • Develop documentation for designing, troubleshooting, and change process of electrical systems.
  • Assist with pre-production vehicle electrical issue management and diagnosis, ensuring that all issues are identified, tracked, root caused, and corrected during all phases of testing.
  • Communicate issues clearly and constructively to the rest of the organization and use your expertise to recommend corrective actions.
  • Work closely with service team to ensure accuracy in all electrical service documentation.
  • Manage, mentor, and develop the team’s skills. Identify and recruit new engineering talent to grow the team.
  • Own team planning and on-time output consistent with company goals and milestones. Integrate with planning activities with company workflow management tools.

Required Experience

  • BS in a relevant engineering discipline with 6+ years of EE architecture, hardware, or system design experience.
  • 2+ years of experience hiring and managing teams.
  • Deep knowledge of HV electrical systems, vehicle communication systems, vehicle 12V power distribution systems, electronic distribution system design, wire harness design, hardware design, and electrical engineering fundamentals.
  • Experience with industry standard PCB and harnessing design tools, Altium suite preferred.
  • Experience defining, designing, or architecting HV electrical systems.
  • Skilled at establishing system engineering trades and maintaining performance budgets.
  • Experience in worst case circuit analysis (WCCA) and derating analysis
  • Proficient in creating and reading electrical/wire schematics.
  • Experience root causing electrical and software related issues.
  • Experience with collaborative productivity/workflow management tools, Jira preferred.
  • High level of Strong verbal oral and written communication skills.

Preferred Experience

  • MS EE or similar with 10+ years of automotive or aerospace EE hardware/architecture design experience.
  • Familiarity with wireless comm protocols such as WiFi, LTE and proprietary RF systems.
  • Experience with prototype vehicles, electric vehicles, motorsports, motorsport electronics, aviation electronics, or heavy vehicles.
  • Demonstrated full life cycle design of an electrical system from concept to high volume production and deployment in the field. Familiar with Dfx practices.
  • Familiarity with CAN, GMSL, Ethernet communications and the tools used with them.
  • Experience with thermal and random vibration environmental testing.

Please note the national salary range listed in the job posting reflects the new hire salary range across levels that would be applicable to the position. Final salary will be commensurate with the candidate’s final level. Also, this range represents base salary only and does not include equity or benefits, if applicable.

$168,000/year to $226,000/year + equity + benefits
$168,000$226,000 USD

Parallel Systems is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to any discriminatory factor protected by applicable federal, state or local laws. We work to build an inclusive environment in which all people can come to do their best work.

Parallel Systems is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, Parallel Systems will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact your recruiter.