12 days old

Engineering Director

Lansdale, PA 19446
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Director of Engineering -

A leading supplier of integrated RF solutions and high power, solid state broadband transmitters for EW and Radar applications and antennas and precision positioners both for standalone aperture and positioner requirements as well as integrated sensor systems across many high performance applications. The business is experiencing exciting growth and is recruiting a Director of Engineering to lead the engineering group of greater than 100 engineering professionals responsible for the many active development programs and production ramp activities across the full product offering. The engineering team is very strong, encompassing systems, software, RF, power amplifier, antenna, mechanical, reliability, test engineers and other specialties.

This role reports to the VP of Engineering and is a key leadership position in the management of the business, driving high standards of engineering performance through collaboration and coordination across engineering functions and across all functions within the site, and defining overall long- and short-term functional goals to support the site's strategic aims. The Director of Engineering is a key member of the Leadership Team.

The ideal candidate is someone with a strong engineering and programmatic background who has experience in managing engineering development programs and production support activities across a diverse product portfolio and has proven capabilities to work across functions in a matrix organization to achieve operational results.

The Director of Engineering is an important change agent for engineering and the site. The Director of Engineering will manage the optimization of engineering processes, procedures, and tools, addressing opportunities to improve processes and practices within engineering and across functions to assure successful program execution, engineering effectiveness and efficiency, and development speed.

The Director of Engineering will work collaboratively across sites to facilitate and optimize Borderless Engineering efforts across the business unit as well as sharing and adoption of best practices across the business unit.

Key Responsibilities:

Oversee engineering development programs, in coordination with program management, to assure successful program execution for technical, schedule, development cost, and design-to-unit-production cost (DTUPC) objectives. Apply strong engineering and programmatic judgment to drive effective risk and opportunity management. Work collaboratively with manufacturing engineering to assure that design-for-manufacturing and design-for-reliability principles are consistently applied to all development programs.

Manage detailed engineering resource planning and coordination of engineering schedules across engineering functions and with other functions such as program management, operations, supply chain, and business development in order to responsively and effectively deliver engineering requirements for development programs, research and development activities, bids and proposals, and production support; adjusting for evolving priorities and resolving resource conflicts as needed.

Actively develop plans, functional strategy, budgets, and staffing requirements - actively addressing engineering capabilities and capacity through skills development and recruitment.

Drive efforts across engineering functions to optimize effectiveness and efficiency of site engineering, including engineering skill sets, engineering work flow, and engineering processes.

Identify tool and capital needs; strategize toward improving tool sets and technology requirements for the engineering function. Coordinate with IT in execution of tool and technology upgrades.

Manage engineering efforts with other functions (program management, operations, quality, business development, etc.) to optimize effectiveness and efficiency of site business practices.

In coordination with the Directors of Engineering at other sites, facilitate and streamline cross-site borderless engineering activities and resource planning.

In coordination with the Directors of Engineering at other sites, share best practices and drive towards common approaches and tools in areas that would benefit the individual sites and the business unit. Implement company wide tools and processes and define best-fit updates to complement engineering standard operating framework. Evolve design processes to utilize the most effective new techniques, assuring methodologies streamline design and drive DTUPC reductions to be responsive to market needs.

Drive improvements in engineering performance metrics. Drive efficient and consistent application of Life Cycle Management (LCM) across the development programs. Manage engineering Key Performance Indicator (KPI) data collection and reporting for the site.

Core Competencies:

Ability to lead and drive high performance across engineering programs, with a strong focus on program execution and rigor, customer satisfaction, and speed to market

Ability to apply sound technical and programmatic judgment, make impactful decisions in complex and ambiguous situations, often with incomplete data

Ability to develop talent through coaching, training, performance management, and recruitment

Ability to work within a matrixed management structure in an agile and non-siloed manner

Ability to build excellent relationships with key stakeholders, ensuring "cross-pollination" of insights and experiences

Ability to strongly mediate and develop alternate approaches when there are diverse and conflicting needs in order to achieve positive outcomes

Ability to role-model for the organization in line with company SPIRIT values, exhibiting exemplary leadership behavior and emotional intelligence

Strong communication skills, employing diplomacy, confidence and tact; assertive without antagonism or alienation

Key Measures / Milestones:

Attaining Engineering Operational Excellence goals including technical, schedule, development cost, design-to-unit-production cost, design for manufacturability, and design for reliability goals

Engineering Key Performance Indicators (KPI) improvement

Customer Satisfaction ratings

Minimum Qualifications:

BS Engineering or Physics + 12 years' experience in leading multi-discipline engineering development teams in a high-tech manufacturing company

Experience with electronics design & manufacture, relevant market/customer acumen, and strong product and technology expertise

Experience delivering consistent engineering results across the business pipeline for a diverse product portfolio

Experience in driving engineering processes, practices, and measures of performance and proven track record with continuous improvement achievements in engineering organizations, including working knowledge of LCM and/or Stage-Gate methodology

Business strength, including a track record of enabling business performance goals through engineering performance results, including responsibility for budgets, schedules, cost estimates, resource planning, and proposals

Demonstrated ability to lead progressive changes with strong change agent, mentoring and personnel development skills

Ability to obtain a SECRET security clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

Master's degree in a technical specialty or in management

Active SECRET security clearance

Experience managing engineering at the site level

Experience managing engineering personnel across multiple locations

Experience in program management

Experience working in and driving results in a matrix organization

Experience interfacing directly with customers


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