Race Team Manager


Cognito Motorsports is a rapidly growing Truck, SUV & UTV aftermarket product manufacturer with a factory supported UTV off road racing team based in Bakersfield, California. We are seeking an experienced team leader with proven race team management and crew chief mechanic skills. The ideal candidate will have extensive hands-on UTV, auto or powersports racing experience, and a minimum of three years verifiable experience running a professional race program.


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for managing the overall race team program operations and UTV product testing program.
  • Manages race car preparation and race event logistics, including race staff management, transportation, lodging and administrative support.
  • Leads and performs race car maintenance, including teardown, inspection, reassembly, setup and testing of the race cars before every event.
  • Manages the building and preparation of new team race cars to achieve competition readiness.
  • Manages race team staff, including assignments, team building, individual and team performance, work schedules and personnel evaluations.
  • Performs professional-level race car prep involving all aspects of engine, drivetrain, chassis, suspension, electronics and fuel systems preparation.
  • Possesses a good working knowledge of data acquisition, installation, setup and analysis.
  • Coordinates the purchasing and acquisition of all equipment, parts and supplies needed in support of the race team program.
  • Manages the maintenance and preparation of all race team support vehicles.
  • Maintains a clean, safe shop environment with a focus on mitigating tool loss, waste and risk of injury or mistakes.
  • Ensures compliance with all company policies and procedures listed in the department resource folders and employee handbook.
  • Possess a working knowledge of budgets, purchasing and fiscal accountability.
  • Performs related duties as assigned by executive management.
  • Will perform other duties as assigned.
  • Overnight travel required.


Education and Experience Requirements:

  • High School diploma minimum; college or vocational degree in a related field and ASE certification preferred.
  • Minimum three years of race team management experience in an automotive, powersports and/or race shop environment.
  • Expertise and hands-on experience working on all standard automotive shop equipment, and mechanical operations, including chassis, drivetrain, steering, suspension, electrical and fuel systems.
  • Proficiency with MS Office 365 programs, project management software and basic math calculations.
  • Must be able to work under pressure and meet deadlines, while maintaining a positive attitude and professionalism.
  • Lead by example, with the ability to mentor and coax performance from staff through leadership and mutual respect.
  • This role requires an organized experienced person with excellent communication skills and meticulous attention to detail in all areas associated with this position.


Salary DOE

We offer competitive compensation with a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid medical, vision and dental insurance group rates, paid time off, paid holidays, 401k plan and more.

Cognito Motorsports, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we are committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace. All applicants are subject to drug testing prior to hiring, and post hiring testing is required for all employees.


Information about Bakersfield: 

Bakersfield has long been known as a stopover for those traveling between Los Angeles and San Francisco. But people who consider putting down roots in the area will find a healthy job market and an affordable place to raise a family. In fact, it's Bakersfield's strong sense of community and family and its booming oil and agriculture industries that keep the region thriving.

In some ways, Bakersfield feels like Texas: Oil rigs dot the horizon, and honky-tonks are easy to come by. But the metro area's location in the fertile San Joaquin Valley has instilled in residents the love of fresh, locally sourced foods, which is at the heart of California culture.

Bakersfield has hundreds of miles of bike paths and lanes and nearly 60 parks, offering locals plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Plus, residents are a short drive from the Sierra Nevada Mountains and some of California's expansive national forests.

Bakersfield is more affordable than most other parts of California. Purchasing a home in Bakersfield will cost nearly three times less than in Los Angeles. Additionally, Bakersfield residents spend more than the average American on everyday expenses like food, utilities and transportation, but that amount pales in comparison to what Los Angeles residents spend. As a result, some of L.A. County's workforce opts to live in the Bakersfield area. Bakersfield is home to a multigenerational, multicultural population. Diversity can be seen throughout the region from the wide variety of small mom-and-pop restaurants and shops selling international foods and goods. The metro area is known for its Basque restaurants, which have remained in the area long after people from the Pyrenees region of France and Spain first came to Bakersfield in search of gold.  

Much of Bakersfield's population is of working age, with about 10 percent of residents older than 65 and roughly a third of the population younger than 20. Because of high-performing schools, neighborhoods in the northwest part of the metro area are particularly attractive to families.

Bakersfield residents find plenty of ways to enjoy the region's pleasant weather, from parks within the city limits to trails in the nearby Sequoia and Los Padres national forests.

Although major league sports don't have a presence in the area, hometown fans cheer on their minor league favorite, the Bakersfield Condors hockey team. Racing fans can take their pick of asphalt, dirt, autocross or drag racing at nearby tracks.

If museums are more your scene, the award-winning Bakersfield Museum of Art is a must-see, as is the California Living Museum, known as CALM, which exhibits animals and plants native to California.