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Daimler Trucks North America Global Cost Engineer: e-Mobility & Embedded Software (L5) in Detroit, Michigan

When you join Daimler, you become an agent of change within our global community of people working to create a cleaner, safer, and more efficient world for today and tomorrow. Through innovation at all levels, our teams ensure our world-changing brands continue to increase the quality of life and the business success of our customers, their customers, and the world around them. The Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) brand portfolio is second to none, and includes Freightliner Trucks, Western Star Trucks, Detroit engines and components, Thomas Built Buses and Freightliner Custom Chassis.

We are the undisputed leader in the commercial vehicle market and the industry’s technology trendsetter. Empowered by purpose, DTNA employees drive a Technology Revolution through innovative products and a customer-centric culture. Our dedication to our customers and society does not end once our products hit the road. That’s because we believe that business success and social responsibility go hand in hand. We immerse ourselves in our customer’s experience, and support the environmental responsibilities of our sites to ensure our products are the reliable, sustainable and the desired tools of the future.

Job Overview

Daimler Trucks Cost Engineering is working at the interface of Strategy, R&D, Purchasing and Controlling with the clear target to ensure Daimler’s profitability as well as the competitiveness of our products. The Cost Engineering (CE) Department is responsible for calculating should cost not only for commodities within the classic combustion technology, but also e-mobility components as well as embedded software applications for alternative technologies, such as fuel cell or battery. We can rely on standard tools, databases, and the global CE network in Europe, Brazil, Japan and India, CE to generate cost transparency and develop strategies for cost avoidance/reduction. This position will focus on further developing cost models and establishing expert knowledge around the cost structure of e-mobility technology to identify saving levers accordingly.

Cost Engineering works in collaboration with the Program Management and Finance departments to determine the bottom-up target costs of new product projects for all powertrain components. We support the Purchasing Department in negotiations of new parts and tooling based on REC (Reference Calculation), avoiding cost increases, and establishing long term strategies with Daimler suppliers.

CE also works with the Engineering Department to achieve design-to-target goals.

Cost Engineering is a key player in cost reduction efforts, either directly based on REC discussions and workshops, or globally through the Lead Cost planner structure.


  • Focus on further developing costing models for e-mobility technology, including hardware components such as Printed Circuit boards (ECU, MCM, ACM), sensors, microprocessor systems etc.

  • Develop understanding of complex electrical architectures with multiple ECU connected over multiple networking protocols and embedded software applications

  • Gain deeper understanding of costing structures regarding design, complexity of requirements, project management, software & hardware development, prototyping, debugging, etc.

  • Collaborate with Engineering to gain transparency on e-component design features and gain knowledge regarding potential cost drivers and saving potentials, promote design to cost and help to avoid costly product changes

  • Conduct bottom-up calculations of should cost for e-components/embedded software products.

  • Responsible to maintain detailed knowledge of parts in scope and related technologies, materials and production/programming processes

  • Proactively present differences between price and should cost to Purchasing & Engineering, align next steps and track the progress to close cost gaps.

  • Set up Cost Engineering strategy to achieve short- mid- and long-term savings.

  • Support Purchasing in negotiations and directly discuss cost gaps with suppliers.

  • Support the creation of cost targets with a bottom-up approach for product projects.

  • Verify savings potentials by benchmarking existing products with solutions of other OEMs.

  • Represent CE Team in cross functional project team meetings and provide cost transparency to relevant parties.

  • Occasional travel (North America and globally) involving supplier negotiations and On-site Assessments (OSA) is required.

Basic Qualifications (Required Skills & Experience)

  • Bachelors degree in Mechatronics or Electronic Engineering from an accredited college/university OR 8 years of relevant experience in lieu of degree required

  • 1 year of group leader, project lead or mentoring experience

  • Experience working within multicultural teams

  • Electrical engineering, experience with electrical systems & subcomponents

  • Experienced in cross-functional project work

  • An attached resume is required

Typical Minimum Experience Preferred (Desired Skills/Experience)

  • 5-7 years of related experience preferred

  • Preferred degrees: Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Software Engineering​​​​​​​

  • Experience in managing embedded software development projects

  • Negotiation skills

  • Basic knowledge of costing principles

  • Experience in manufacturing process optimization

Additional Information

  • Final candidate must successfully complete a pre-employment drug screen and criminal background check

  • EEO/Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans

For an accommodation or special assistance with applying for a posted position, please contact our Human Resources department at 503-745-8982 or toll free 800-206-3369. For TTY/TDD enabled call 503-745-2137 or toll free 866-355-6935.

Organization: Daimler Trucks North America LLC

Title: Global Cost Engineer: e-Mobility & Embedded Software (L5)

Location: Michigan-Detroit

Requisition ID: DAI0000HH9