Assistant Lead, Gearbox

Organization icon


Location icon

Porto, Portugal

Apply now
Clock icon

15 days ago

Wind, it means the world to us. What does it mean for you?

Power Solutions > Aerodynamic & Mechanical > Gearbox

The Powertrain Module in Vestas Power Solutions is responsible for developing the complete Vestas powertrain for both onshore and offshore wind turbines. The module consists of 3 design submodules, Lubrication & MBA (Main Bearing Arrangement), Gearbox, and Generator. The Gearbox submodule is responsible and accountable for the Gearbox design solutions, provided by our Gearbox suppliers, and the integration of the Gearbox into the Powertrain. Focus is on providing solutions which will reduce the cost of energy faster than the market. We are working on creative solutions for providing customized offerings to our customers in order to participate in ripen and emerging markets even with various local content demands.The Gearbox submodule is a truly global team with main locations in Dortmund (Germany), Porto (Portugal) and Chennai (India). The open position is for the Gearbox submodule in Porto. The Gearbox is a major single component within the powertrain in terms of cost, weight and complexity. In order to strengthen our Gearbox Design Team, we are looking for a Gearbox Engineer, who will join in on advancing and maturing Gear Technology for our current and future Wind Turbine Products. As Assistant Lead, you will be directly reporting to the Submodule Owner.


As an Assistant Lead Engineer you will take on technical responsibility for one of our gearbox development projects in a current Wind Turbine platform and ensure that the gearbox will meet our expectations with regards to function, performance, reliability, quality, costs and timelines.

The main activities are to:

  • Develop and maintain gearbox component specifications based on system and product level requirements
  • Support, control and review the gearbox concept and detailed design in close collaboration with the Functional Leads
  • Prepare verification plans, procedures and reports
  • Ensure gearbox integration into the turbine
  • Secure verification activities on test benches and in wind turbines
  • Provide technical information and documentation as input to project milestones and for certification
  • Support ramping up serial production
  • Drive continuous improvement based on field experience
  • Provide general business support to stakeholders such as Global Sourcing, Manufacturing and the Service organization


  • Master's degree or equivalent (e.g. Dipl.-Ing.) in Mechanical Engineering, ideally with specialization in Support or Gear Technology
  • Ideally with 2 to 5 years of experience in Gearbox Design and Development within ideally Wind Turbine, Aerospace, Automotive or Heavy Industries
  • Broad knowledge in calculation methods for gears, bearings, shafts, fasteners and structural components
  • Knowledge in Finite Elements Analysis or general enthusiasm for simulations
  • Good understanding of product development processes
  • Experience with requirements management tools, including traceability, risk and test management (ideally Visure)
  • Good understanding about ECM (Engineering Change Management) and it's impacts across the value chain
  • Deep insight into failure modes and mechanisms of gearboxes and related machine elements
  • Experience with CAD-/PLM/PDM systems such as Creo, PDM-Link and SAP
  • Experience in gearbox verification and validation and corresponding risk assessment tools (DFMEA, PFMEA, process mapping, etc)
  • Good English skills (verbal and written) required


  • Critical skills in combination with technical and value chain understanding will enable to identify and prioritize design drivers and to find the optimum technical solution within the given boundaries
  • Pro-active and autonomous personality, enable to achieve results by setting the direction, defining, defining urgencies and making sure that necessary decisions are taken
  • Structured and organized way of working to plan and prioritize the tasks while at the same time keeping focus on the overall targets
  • Organizational and communicative skills will allow to achieve results through international and multi-disciplinary teams which involve colleagues from various parts of Vestas as well as supply partners globally

What we offer

We offer an exciting job with great opportunities for professional and personal development in an inspiring environment at a well-known wind turbine manufacturer. We value initiative, responsibility and the right balance between creativity and quality in all solutions. You will become part of a highly professional environment with a professional technical commitment. As you will have colleagues at different locations you must expect to have to travel to Vestas and supplier sites.

Additional information

We look forward to receiving your application as soon as possible, as we will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis.To apply for this opportunity please submit your resume in English.

About Vestas
Vestas is the energy industry’s global partner on sustainable energy solutions. We are specialised in designing, manufacturing, installing, and servicing wind turbines, both onshore and offshore.
Across the globe, we have installed more wind power than anyone else. We consider ourselves pioneers within the industry, as we continuously aim to design new solutions and technologies to create a more sustainable future for all of us. With more than 145 GW of wind power installed worldwide and 40+ years of experience in wind energy, we have an unmatched track record demonstrating our expertise within the field.
With 29,000 employees globally, we are a diverse team united by a common goal: to power the solution – today, tomorrow, and far into the future.
Vestas promotes a diverse workforce which embraces all social identities and is free of any discrimination. We commit to create and sustain an environment that acknowledges and harvests different experiences, skills, and perspectives. We also aim to give everyone equal access to opportunity.
To learn more about our company and life at Vestas, we invite you to visit our website at and follow us on our social media channels. We also encourage you to join our Talent Universe to receive notifications on new and relevant postings.