Do you have current leadership experience as a driver of product development? Does your product development experience include leading multidisciplinary and multicultural teams? Do you have current experience leading teams in diverse geographic locations, such as Europe AND China? Does your product development leadership experience include being a material contributor to the development of a product roadmap? Are your contributions to the product road map based on personal interactions with customers and distributors? Where did the last great product innovation come from, you or sales and marketing? If you, where did the inspiration come from? Do you agree with the statement; for product development to be highly successful then the Engineering Department cannot function in a silo. Engineering leadership must act proactively; reaching out to existing users, prospective users and distributors to understand their needs and applications. Engineering must be students of the users and industries they serve. Do you have current leadership experience driving product development of technologically sophisticated products such as analytical instrumentation, spectrometers or lasers? Does your product development experience include evaluating technology either for acquisition or licensing? Do you have experience leading a phase gated product development process? Do you have experience working with internal and external research personnel in the development of new products from concept to beta to full commercial reality? Does your product development experience include both products for end users and OEM customers? Are you comfortable in customer facing situations when it comes to securing OEM business? Are you stimulated by the responsibility and accountability of growing a highly competent Engineering Team and assuming increased responsibilities? Do you seek the best of both worlds – a work environment with lots of creative energy and entrepreneurial spirit PLUS the financial stability of a company that has already earned its market leader reputation? Do you want to work for a company with a body of applications knowledge that is unmatched in the industry? Do you want to work on and with products that touch a wide range of applications – from air pollution monitoring, agriculture, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical diagnostics, process control instrumentation to non-destructive testing and many more? In other words, the VP Engineering is a manager of the company first and an engineering person second. Do you have ambition? Do you seek an environment that quickly recognizes and rewards individual contributions both financially and with expanded leadership opportunities? Do you strive to be more than the Vice President of Engineering? Are you capable of leading a company or business unit? Do you have the desire and willingness to prove yourself to earn the top spot? You might find a career here. The VP Engineering reports directly to the President and acts as a business partner in the company, participates in all company strategic and tactical planning and has direct responsibility for engineering functions of the company. Accountabilities: The VP, Engineering will contribute at the board level in all aspects of the business. Specific tasks include but are not limited to:
Participate as a senior management team member responsible for reviewing engineering project progress against forecasted objectives, specifications, timelines and budget.
Provide strategic planning direction and follow up to ensure tactical execution of engineering R&D projects and manufacturing support activities.
Manage and provide technical direction to project teams developing new product design features, specifications and quality requirements.
Provide overall direction and support to engineering department members and insure timely and accurate completion of all work assignments.
Establish and insure adherence to engineering department policies, procedures and budget.
Determine program objectives and requirements and develop standards and guidelines for all engineering activities.
Continually prioritize and provide follow up on all engineering projects and assignments; effectively motivate, develop and evaluate department employees.
Hire, develop, coach and lead a top notch engineering team. All team members must be “A” players in their respective roles. Must have a track record of being a member of an executive team; you understand how to achieve corporate strategies; you know how to represent the company to customers; you have put together great recruiting and retention programs; and you have a proven track record leading product development, engineering and technical sales.
Must have clear understanding of managing intellectual property
The ability to lead change in a growing environment is key to success in this position
Must have an entrepreneurial mindset
Hire and direct staff of group members and managers, acquire necessary resources and plan to meet scheduled commitments.
Manage and direct a staff of highly motivated engineers and designers, possessing excellent managerial skills to lead a team of professionals.
Ensure that reviews are conducted on time and that employees receive fair compensation, recognition for their work, and suggestions for the advancement of their careers.
Conduct regular meetings with the engineering staff to review projects, quotes, direction, and challenges within the department. Implement and review formal processes to support the product development process
Ensure the optimal application of technology and engineering resources to meet customer requirements, per product and/or marketing requirements documents.
Ensure that work scope is fully and correctly defined, documented, and executed on schedule.
Review, update, and create ISO procedures to standardize and streamline engineering processes to higher efficiency levels.
Engineering leadership experience for companies or division of at least $150M
Experience reporting to a non-finance manager (GM or President) is REQUIRED
A minimum of 5 years of experience in a manufacturing environment is REQUIRED
Experience leading multidisciplinary product development teams in geographically dispersed locations in REQUIRED
Experience materially participating in technology licensing for product development purposes
Active participation/leadership role in the turnaround of a company or business unit
Experience as a material participant in at least one successful acquisition or spin-off.
Experience working internationally – leading and managing teams in international locations – some direct reports and some indirect reports
Experience developing annual budget
BS/BA degree with concentration in Mechanical or Electrical/Electronic or Optics related engineering or Physics or equivalent – REQUIRED
An advanced degree in a technical discipline is strongly preferred – an MBA would be a plus
Fundamental understanding of the design, test and analysis tools relevant to the function, to include CAD, FEA, FMEA, DFA, etc.
Training and experience in the use of MS Project and in project management techniques. Personal Characteristics
Must be willing and able to relocate to Central Florida – no remote or virtual office situations will be considered – reasonable accommodations will be make to transition family with school age children
Absolute personal integrity and credibility
Largent & Associates, LLC - 11 months ago
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