Senior Intelligent Systems Engineer


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United States-California-Belmont


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, ŠKODA, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, Ducati, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Scania and MAN. Here in the US, we are blending German engineering with American ingenuity. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the Volkswagen Electronics Research Laboratory (ERL) is becoming the epicenter of vehicle electronics expertise in North America. The ERL team of engineers works with researchers and development teams in the US, Germany and across the globe. Our mission is to develop innovations and technologies for future generations of cars, and to transfer technologies from many industries into the automotive domain.

Senior Intelligent Systems Engineer

Role Summary

  • Identify breakthrough ideas through a deep understanding of VW Group’s strategies and industry trends in the field of In Car applications and Mobility services.

  • Champion a compelling story of innovation across VW Group to inspire main stakeholders within the organization.

  • Create and lead the process for selecting, testing, and tracking top ideas for technical experimentation and implementation.

  • Technical program lead creating product roadmaps.

  • Must be able to articulate vision and influence decision making outcomes with internal stakeholders, external suppliers, and the customer

  • Leading multiple cross disciplined project teams to develop and implement innovative ideas in the areas of Infotainment and connected vehicles concepts

  • Partner with external companies within Silicon Valley 

  • Document and summarize project progress for Top Management reports

  • Serving as a communication link between VW , Audi and Porsche R&D Germany

  • Intellectual property creation.

  • You have the flexibility to learn new things, try new technology, seek opportunities to grow, mentor & be mentored, & participate in the Innovation Thinking process of the ERL.


Main responsibility – 70% of time spent

  • Design, develop and identify new technology for Smart Mobility concepts and features on Navigation, Maps and or speech technology

  • Define technical requirements for in-vehicle features.

  • Tracking ideas and their impact, and infusing the outcomes of proof of concepts into real products.

  • Partnership with external companies in Silicon Valley to bring disruptive technology and influence existing Project Portfolio.

  • Identify new features for future vehicle models and conduct competitor benchmarks.

Additional responsibilities – 30% of time

  • Manage Project related operations such as:  Purchasing orders, documentation, logistics for national or international technology events, coordination of related workshops with main stakeholders and potential companies.

  • Capture of intellectual property


Years of Experience:

1-3 years of related experience


Education Required: Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science , EE, ME, Engineering or equivalent

Education Desired: Master’s Degree in Engineering or Business Administration



  • Excellent communication skills – interpersonal, presentation and written.

  • Great leadership skills and ability to inspire team members with an innate ability to see the bigger picture.

  • Good technical evaluation skills.

  • Experience working in a dynamic multi-disciplined engineering environment, strong at multi-tasking.

  • Integration – joining people, processes or systems.

  • Drive project definition, resource management, milestones and timelines.

  • Work cross-functionally to ensure necessary project support and prioritization.

  • Strong presentation and communication skills required

  • Ability to understand and extract action plans from complex technical discussions and translate into succinct messaging for cross-functional and executive status reporting.

  • Influencing and negotiation skills

  • Ability to think in wider scope

  • Analytical and conceptual thinking – using logic and reason, creative and strategic.


Required Specialized Skills    

  • Experience on design, development and experimentation of Intelligent Systems for Automotive i.e : Navigation, Speech recognition, Connected Car. Mobility Service or similar technology.

  • Technical architectural knowledge of automotive infotainment systems or similar products

  • Customer centric approach to develop meaningful products

  • Experience on algorithms in the domain of navigation, mobility services, speech, Internet of Things or similar technology

  • Understands the value of communications to a complex global organization and consistently finds ways to maximize effectiveness of key messages

  • Exceptional technical project management and organization skills to handle multiple projects and initiatives, tracking ideas and their impact, and infusing the outcomes of proof of concepts into real products.

  • Experience with Agile or similar methodologies.

  • Strong initiative and excellent team and conflict resolutions skills

  • Proficient in project management tools such as Jira, Confluence, or similar.


Desired Specialized Skills

  • Experience on Android Car API, Cars Services,  Vehicle network Services and HAL

  • Experience in R&D-Centers.

  • Strong technical consulting background

  • Technical knowledge with one or some of the main OS like: Android, iOS. Linux, FireFox.

  • Experience as a Software Architect.

  • Experience with mobility services.

  • Experience in Automotive.


Work Flexibility

  • Readiness for international business trips to visit Audi AG, Volkswagen AG, Porsche AG

  • Flexibility to travel within US, Europe and Japan.




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.


This role description is a guideline and does not create contractual rights between the Company and any of its employees.  The Company does not enter into any type of employment contract, implied or written, with its employees regarding job security

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