Director of Engineering
DefensePlacements, Inc. - Ashburn, VA

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As Director Engineering, the expectation will be to deliver on engineering milestones, actively interface with operations on new product introduction, maximize yield across all product lines while driving cross-site efficiencies between multiple sites. The successful incumbent will have direct accountability for the management of product & technology development including owning engineering and R & D budgets and posses the interpersonal savvy to interface with key customers to support pre and post product delivery related to product and services road maps.


  • Provide Engineering leadership on all aspects of board product development for the Ashburn site including: Hardware Development, Software / Firmware Development, Mechanical Development
  • Oversee and coordinate multiple product development teams
  • Collaborate with Product Marketing, Sales, Operations, and executive team to develop a strategic product road maps for new products
  • Deliver committed products to Manufacturing on schedules established at the Preliminary Design Review with high quality
  • Manage the engineering product development team in compliance with AS9100
  • Establish and manage department / cost center budgets to plan
  • Conceptualize and drive product developments in a structured project management environment
  • Manage key customers as required for technical support / issue management
  • Drive issues to closure efficiently with high customer satisfaction
  • Infuse new technology, processes and tools as required to provide continuous improvement in key operational metrics
  • Oversee cross-site development activities
  • Drive to maintain a high performance work culture by providing leadership to the team through performance planning & assessment, coaching and resolution of escalated issues
  • Administer company policies while maintaining positive employer/employee relations.
Essential Skills and Experience

  • Minimum 10 years of hands-on hardware/FPGA and software development background related to embedded systems, multiprocessing systems experience preferred; 5+ years at the management level
  • Strong communication, motivational and mentoring skills in developing and maintaining a high performance environment
  • Experience with developing product for ruggedized environments
  • Strong technical project management skills utilizing advanced tools and methodologies
  • Must have experience in developing product within ISO9001 or AS9100 quality programs
  • Very strong problem analysis and solution skills in dealing with complex technical issues
  • Clear understanding of financial systems
  • Ability to evaluate risk and make timely decisions
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Motivated. Takes initiative, Sense of Ownership, Passion, Positive attitude
Minimum Education requirements

  • Bachelors of Engineering or Science (or equivalent)
  • Master’s degree preferred
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