Position Description

Director of Engineering
Location Cedar Rapids, IA
Department Engineering
Employment Status Regular Full Time
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The Director of Engineering position is responsible for oversight of the Engineering department functions relating to engineering work flows, project life cycle management, maintaining ERP data integrity, bridging information needs to other departments and maintaining engineering tools such as SolidWorks.  This position also assumes the same technical and professional roles of a Senior Design Engineer and will routinely interact with customers and clients on many levels.

Key Responsibilities


Leadership 35%

  • Understands functions and responsibilities of each employee assigned to the Director of Engineering position and manages them in all aspects of employment, including but not limited to: Hiring, Performance, Discipline, and Termination / Training, Coaching, Mentoring, Guidance, and Motivation
  • Effectively manages employees and/or processes to ensure all responsibilities of assigned employees are met and that each external/internal customers' needs are met in a timely manner.
  • Ensures systems utilized by department (i.e. JDE, ADP, SolidWorks, etc.) meets or exceeds needs of all company employees.
  • Develops, implements, and monitors progress of short-term and long-term goals for all assigned employees.
  • Maintains a high level of confidentiality.
  • Demonstrates confidence when navigating difficult situations/conversations and advancing ideas.

Critical 25%

  • Provides a lead role in product design reviews; including but not limited to product functional requirements, FMEAs, compliances, & safety.
  • Ensures that products perform as intended and meet quality expectations of the company and end users.
  • Plans and executes programs to meet department and company goals by utilizing Engineering, Sales, Marketing, Operations, and outside resources in an effective way.
  • Develops, tracks, and communicates project timelines, metrics, and results to ensure that projects are completed on time. 

Productivity / Job Knowledge 15%

  • Fosters all things related to continuous improvement.
  • Works with appropriate industry leaders to develop and/or sustain industry standards in products, processes, and procedures.
  • Keeps informed of new methods and developments affecting engineering, the company and products, and recommends new practices, technologies, and tools to keep product lines current.
  • Prepares, publishes, and maintains department procedures and standards regarding work flow, rules, and documentation.
  • Recommends, budgets, implements, and maintains engineering software & hardware, user rights, and standard templates in a manner that assures efficient use of these tools.
  • Oversees engineering change notice distribution and provides information needed for cross-function implementation of changes.
  • Recommends and develops product structure in the company ERP that suits the needs of Sales, Engineering, and Operations.

Dependability 15%

  • Demonstrates a good attendance record; is aware of the impact that missing work will have on the customer as well as co-workers.
  • Completes goals/projects on time or ahead of schedule.
  • Responds to work assignments and requests by being cooperative and available.
  • Follows through and meets commitments.
  • Available as a resource to subordinates and/or peers.

Safety 10%

  • Follows safety procedures, protocols, policies, and adheres to all SAFESTART concepts, and acts when others are not holding themselves accountable.

Total 100%


Act Like an Owner. 20%

  • Leads by example and takes ownership in everything you do and or say.
  • If you see something, say something and follow through until it's right.
  • Treats others with respect and kindness.

Be Interested. Stay Interested. 20%

  • Isn’t complacent. Seizes opportunities to learn by participating in activities to increase understanding.

Create Change. Start With Yourself. 20%

  • Asks "why", is open-minded, and challenges the status quo.
  • Leads and supports changes for the sake of improvement.

Seek New Perspectives. 20%

  • Seeks new perspectives from all available sources to challenge your own, and brings them into your decision making process.
  • Involves all stakeholders in making decisions. Is open to input from all sources.

Fail Fast. Learn Fast. 20%

  • Considers long and short-term outcomes when making decisions.
  • Is fearless.
  • Readily admits mistakes.

Total 100%


Qualifications and Essential Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from an accredited engineering school with a minimum of ten years of product design experience in a manufacturing environment.
  • Experience in best practices, process improvements, project management, and people management.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills appropriate for working with all levels of the company, customers, and suppliers.
  • Strong knowledge of CAD (SolidWorks preferred), FEA, FMEA, computers, and other engineering related tools.
  • Willing to travel both domestically and internationally up to four (4) weeks per year.
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to handle multiple tasks with high accountability. 
  • Strong problem-solving skills and desire for continuous improvement. 

Physical Requirements:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Regularly required to sit and interface with computer systems while maintaining a high level of concentration.  The employee is also regularly required to stand and walk while performing the duties of the job. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms, stoop, kneel, or crouch.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear.  The employee is occasionally required to use hands/fingers to handle or feel.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the office work environment is usually quiet.  Employee may be exposed to shop environment while distributing documents to shop area.  When on shop floor, employee will be required to wear safety glasses at all times, steel-toed footwear and ear protection when job demands presence in areas outside safety zones and gloves when handling material. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be exposed to moving mechanical parts, fumes or airborne particles, and vibration, and occasionally exposed to risk of electrical shock.  The noise level in the plant shop environment is moderately loud.  Position involves working indoors and outdoors with some exposure to weather conditions.

We consider applicants for all position without regard to race, sex, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

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