Lead Engineer
Cabot Corporation - Albuquerque, NM

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The successful candidate will also have experience designing user interfaces and software for instrument control, data acquisition and data analysis/classification. As a project manager of Product Development Teams, the candidate will make significant contributions to the creation of technical solutions in the commercial realization of new products and/or detector innovations.

The position also requires frequent travel to the Cabot Mountain View site.

Participates in diverse areas of research and development to contribute innovations, new designs, or new techniques to advance the field

Interprets the principles, theories and concepts of a technical specialty

Responsible for leading small projects including staff, scheduling, and resources

Adheres to and supports the implementation and improvement of all safety, health and environmental guidelines

Works to ensure that all intellectual property standards are followed

Initiates and maintains contacts with key technical resources

Interacts with other researchers to share scientific knowledge

Ensures proper documentation of research activities

Integration of opto-electronic and opto-mechanical hardware components with custom software solutions to create new platform detection systems

Development of spectroscopic test methods and interpretation of data

Work with the engineering, R&D and manufacturing groups to support and troubleshoot new product development

Works with Customers, Business and Research and Development functions to translate customer product specifications into development programs and leads the execution of projects

Mechanical CAD experience (SolidWorks preferred)

Basic software and electronic circuit design

Assists and supports the design, building, testing and qualification of scientific instrumentation

Adhere to the product development process; design review, revision control, configuration management, and documentation standards

Critical Competencies:
Technical. Technical knowledge of detector hardware, software integration and spectroscopic methods. Establishes technical credibility and presence with both internally and with customers. Knowledge of patent/intellectual property aspects. Ability to interpret the principles, theories and concepts of a technical specialty. Expert in experimental design principles, statistical analysis and technologies. Ability to analyze and interpret data and draw well-reasoned conclusions

Project Management. Organizational skills to keep project team focused, track progress and make adjustments. Ensures clear understanding of project goals. Uses formal project management tools and methodologies. Manages project plans, milestones, tasks, etc.

Communication. Ability to communicate effectively and adapt approach to intended audiences. Communicates project needs, challenges, decisions and proposed solutions. Is able to deliver good and bad messages with sensitivity and clarity.

Leadership. Displays sense of accountability and takes ownership for project success. Drives project forward to results. Ability to build and maintain relationships and interact effectively with all levels within the organization. Ability to influence without formal authority. Can leverage cross-functional relationships in order to obtain resources from other parts of the organization.

Tenacity and Resilience. Demonstrates repeated and enduring efforts to overcome obstacles and/or to complete tasks. Is persistent and resilient when faced with frustrations, opposition, pressure or setbacks.

Judgment. Makes sound decisions; bases decisions on fact rather than emotion; analyzes problems skillfully; uses logic to reach solutions.

Problem Solving. Anticipates problems; sees how a problem and its solution will affect other units; gathers information before making decisions; weighs alternatives against objectives and arrives at reasonable decisions; takes informed risks; recognizes and accurately evaluates the signs of a problem; analyzes current procedures for possible improvements; escalates problems in a timely manner.

People Management. Ability to build successful project teams and motivate members. Able to manage conflicts in a timely and positive way. Reflects sensitivity to cultural differences. Provides direction, feedback and coaching to team members. Ensures that the requirements of a job are clearly identified, defined and documented. Ensures that employees are clear on the expected outcomes of their job, and the competencies needed to perform well.

Setting Objectives: Works with the employee to ensure the establishment of S.M.A.R.T objectives

Measuring Work, Assessing Performance, Addressing Performance Gaps: Monitors progress and results; Makes fair, unbiased, and appropriate assessments, incorporating input from others as appropriate. Helps employee to identify and understand areas for improvement. Supports employee in closing the performance gaps. Manages poor performance appropriately.

Feedback & Coaching: Provides timely, clear and direct feedback supported by examples. Provides on-going coaching in order to create meaningful improvement, to be more successful, and have a positive impact on the organization.

Compensation: Knows and applies compensation philosophy. Is sensitive to internal equity and fair treatment when making compensation decisions and takes ownership for communication to employees.

Recruiting and Staffing: Resource Selection and Decision-making: Makes decisions about resources that are based on matching skills to job requirements. Works in partnership with HR to assess internal and external candidates fit with jobs.

Ensures Orientation / Induction of New Employees: Takes ownership to ensure that employee is provided with the appropriate knowledge and overview of departmental function and structure so that the employee’s effectiveness within his or her job function is accelerated

PhD in Chemistry, Physics or Electronics with a minimum of 3 years of industrial experience in product development. Or, a Masters in Chemistry, Physics or Electronics with 5 years or more of industrial experience in product development.

Excellent scientific and technical knowledge of detection hardware, spectroscopy methods and user interfaces and software for instrument control, data acquisition and data analysis/classification. An understanding of optical materials is desired.

Demonstrated strong verbal and written communication skills

Must be a U.S. citizen

Cabot is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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