Director of Engineering
CES Group - Tualatin, OR

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CES Group is comprised of seven companies; Governair, Huntair, Mammoth, Temtrol, Venmar CES, Ventrol and Eaton-Williams. Together, CES Group is the largest manufacturer of custom heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment in North America and serves customers throughout the world. Each company is a recognized leader in providing technical innovation, product flexibility and applications expertise for the new construction, renovation and retrofit requirements of commercial, industrial or institutional indoor environments. Products are sold under such leading brands as CLEANPAK®, Governair®, HUNTAIR®, Mammoth®, Temtrol®, Venmar CES™, Ventrol®, WEBCO™ and Eaton-Williams®. Learn more about CES Group at .

We are looking for a high-quality individual to fill this position at our Huntair Ventrol facility in Portland, Oregon:

Position: Director of Engineering

Job Description:
The Director of Engineering will be responsible for ensuring that Huntair Ventrol has the R&D capabilities, engineering standards, process, metrics and strategy in place to achieve its high growth objectives. To accomplish this, the Director of Engineering will be expected to work with the CES VP of Engineering to develop a multi-year technology roadmap that delivers a sustained flow of new and differentiated technology platforms that will provide Huntair Ventrol and the greater CES Group with a strategic advantage in the marketplace.

In leading Huntair Ventrol’s Engineering efforts, the Director of Engineering will develop and facilitate effective innovation processes that deliver a balanced portfolio with short, medium, and long-term payback. Fundamental to success of these objectives is establishing an effective, collaborative relationship with the division general manager and the Huntair Ventrol engineering personnel while fostering an environment that encourages and embraces new levels of innovation throughout the enterprise.

Specific Responsibilities:
Create a technical vision for the company brands and plans for implementation of technical projects or product lines. Demonstrate thought leadership and a passion for identifying and pursuing new ideas and effectively presenting the business case for those ideas with the payback to the enterprise clearly enumerated.

Establish engineering standards and processes to achieve best in class performance within the CES businesses. Develop a scorecard to measure success.

Identify, in conjunction with marketing and engineering management, competitiveness of new technologies and promising areas of research or technology that address unmet needs and have large potential markets.

Track industry trends, relevant legislation, and competitor activities. Bring new ideas and approaches to CES through external benchmarking with other organizations.

Facilitate collaboration and dispersion across the two facilities.

Directly and/or indirectly, plan and formulate aspects of research and development proposals such as objective or purpose of project, applications that can be utilized from findings, costs of project, and equipment and human resource requirements. Review and analyze proposals submitted to determine if benefits derived and possible applications justify expenditures.

Assist the CES VP of Engineering Managing directly or indirectly CES Group’s New Product Development/Introduction (NPI) process and key strategic projects within the NPI pipeline.

Communicate to senior management an overview of all products under development, and their stage of development.

Oversee product certification processes.

Develop and implement methods and procedures for monitoring projects, such as preparation of records of expenditures and research findings, progress reports, and staff conferences, in order to inform management of current status of each project. Develop processes and procedures to establish and clearly communicate enterprise and divisional R&D priorities.

Oversee the IP (patent) Development process for Huntair Ventrol.

Manage directly or indirectly the Brand’s laboratory.

Directly involved on strategy projects in the design, prototype build and testing of new products or systems. Lead or facilitate peer reviews and analysis of test data and reports to determine if design meets functional and performance specifications.

Write, review or help create technical white papers in support of product and system promotion.

Create technical budgets, allocate resources, and determine schedule of product releases or project deadlines.

Plan and direct investigations and negotiations pertaining to technical aspects of mergers, joint ventures, acquisition of businesses, or sales of major assets, with approval of senior management.

Represent organization with major customers, shareholders, and the public.

Negotiate collaborations with academia, government, and corporations.

Negotiate contracts with consulting firms to perform research studies.

Participate in complementary and/or important industry associations, such as ASHRAE, AHRI and AMCA.

Travel approximately 25%.

The fully qualified candidate will have a demonstrated track record of leadership and accomplishment. A minimum of fifteen years of related business experience, including five or more years as R&D leader in a manufacturing company is desired. He or she will ideally have a proficient understanding of best-in-class combustion, refrigeration, heat transfer, controls and sound technologies. Experience with patents and the patent application process as well as being a licensed Professional Engineer is preferred. Strong business acumen and the ability to translate new technology platforms into viable business solutions are required. The Director of Engineering will have significant experience in developing and implementing a technology strategy as an integral part of the organizational strategy. Previous experience in leveraging continuous improvement processes, such as Lean or Six Sigma is preferred.

The position requires an executive who is a consummate professional and proven leader. He or she will display interpersonal and communication skills indicative of the ability to articulate ideas and influence people. The Director of Engineering will have strong analytical skills, including the ability to understand key business levers and customer needs, and to create strategies that solve business issues. The ability to coordinate and focus a matrixed team, develop and execute plans, and delight key internal customers will be essential. The Director of Engineering will perpetuate and improve a corporate culture that has fostered excellent employee satisfaction, innovation, teamwork, quality, process improvement, and customer satisfaction.

The successful candidate will be a strategic thinker. He or she must effectively translate plans into operational objectives, and achieve objectives through a team and cross-organizationally. The ability to communicate, delegate and enact change and inspire others internally and externally is pivotal to success. The individual should have the personal qualities of integrity, teamwork, passion, excitement, energy and a sense of humor.

Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or other related area. Master’s or Doctoral Degree in Engineering or other related area preferred.

About this company
The CES Group, which designs and manufactures all Mammoth products, has a wide range of research and development facilities, in addition to...