Director Engineering

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  • Topeka, KS, USA
  • 2022-06-02

A large manufacturing division needs a Director of Engineering to direct all aspects of the engineering department including design, manufacturing, software systems, and engineering administration.

The Director of Engineering will ensure that engineering work conforms to defined technical and organizational standards. Establish and implement the strategic direction of the company’s engineering and development initiatives in support of achieving annual and long-range business objectives. Collaborate with senior leadership and other team members across the organization and be a strategic problem-solver. They will have excellent communication skills, the ability to connect with other engineers and developers, and a solid foundation in multiple engineering disciplines.

This role is for an excellent organization with less bureaucracy and lots of career advancement opportunities. Ideas for improvement are encouraged and often approved giving you the opportunity to put your stamp on something. Working cross-functionally with other divisions on projects or positions opens up another world. A strong engineering leader who can create a cohesive team environment where products are created in a timely manner while handling challenges between engineering and operations will thrive and grow with this company.

Required Skills & Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering
  • Master’s degree preferred
  • 15+ years of product development and management experience
  • Manufacturing Engineering experience
  • Proven record of meeting project deadlines
  • Extensive knowledge of engineering principles and procedures
  • Project management skills
  • Experience with 3D modeling software
  • Experience in software design and development preferred
  • Excellent math skills

Job Responsibilities

Engineering Vision and Strategy

  • Work closely with the senior leadership team in developing group business vision and strategy and translate such into a strategy and vision for the Engineering function.
  • Build a deep understanding of products, customer experience, and drivers of revenue growth to develop products and technology in collaboration with Product Management that supports defined objectives.
  • Identify, recommend, and implement new technologies and systems to improve organizational processes and decision-making.

Direct New Product Development & Operational Excellence initiatives

  • Lead the engineering development, design, testing, and implementation of new products into manufacturing.
  • Drive a Continuous Improvement mindset and provide coaching, training, and support with the organization of these initiatives.

Engineering Management

  • Oversee the daily workflow of the department.
  • Ensure that projects are completed within budget in an efficient, economical manner.
  • Manage and oversee 3rd party vendors including software development supplier partners.

Collaboration Across the Organization

  • Collaborate with leadership, product management, and multiple functions within the organization to develop and meet organizational goals while supplying expertise and guidance on projects, operations, and business systems.