Platform Director


Wärtsilä is a world leader in marine technology and leading the industry’s transformation towards a Smart Marine Ecosystem. With the world’s widest portfolio and service network, we – Wärtsilians – deliver efficient, safe and sustainable integrated products and solutions to enhance the business of our customers. The opportunities presented through digitalisation and new technologies are offering a new era of shipping. Did you know that shipping is the world’s most efficient mode of transportation and that approximately 90% of world trade is carried by sea ?
We want to change the course towards an interconnected and cleaner maritime future and are constantly on the lookout for future-oriented talent to join our team and to work towards enabling sustainable societies with smart technology – together. Are you ready to jump onboard ?
R&D and Engineering as a strategic function in Marine Power Solutions is to enable the most competitive offering for the marine and energy​ markets. To provide a winning product offering, including integrated systems, for MPS business to the customer’s current and future needs and marketing/technology development with scale fast/learn fast approach, we are looking for Platform Director, Thrusters and Propulsion Control Systems in MPS R&D and Engineering.
This position reports to the R&D and Engineering Director, preferred job location would be Drunen Netherlands.


  • Platform development and management
  • Product development
  • Product compliance
  • Customer order engineering


  • Plan and lead engineering teams within own responsibility area
  • Plan and lead customer order engineering work based on requirements and inputs from business line
  • Manage engineering capacity and work priorities in own responsibility area
  • Manage product improvement process and quality issue resolution in own responsibility area
  • Provide technical and resource input for Product Director in product development project business case preparation
  • Plan and lead product development projects and product maintenance according to the Product Roadmap and funding approved by Portfolio Forum, and the priorities agreed with the Product Director
  • Manage product development projects according to agreed schedule and budget, scope and quality
  • Secure coordination with technology development projects with Director, Research & Technology
  • Definition of platform technologies to fulfil set customer requirements
  • Support Product Management and Sales by providing and developing technical solutions to set customers’ requirements
  • Secure technical support to customers and other key stake holders, including, Sales, Product Management, Project Management, Sourcing, Delivery Centres, JVs and Services
  • Key member of the PLM forum (Product Lifecycle Management).
  • Work in close cooperation with the corresponding Product Director and other stakeholders
  • Continuous improvement of ways of working and data/tools by active benchmarking internally and externally
  • Analyse competitor’s products, technologies and ways of working to secure right differentiation in the market
  • Lead and develop the Platform Management organization
  • Member of the R&D and Engineering MT in MPS


  • Deep technical understanding of products and technologies
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Experience in strategic planning, target setting and decision making
  • Good communication and negotiation skills
  • Relevant Wärtsilä and market knowledge
  • Proactive, positive and good role model
  • Ability to lead organisation by prioritizing, delegating, directing and coaching
  • Relevant academic background with proven record of leadership within similar positions

Interested ?
please send your resume to
reference Platform Director.
You will receive confirmation of receipt and we will forward your application directly.

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