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Director of Engineering

Company: StoneAge Waterblast Tools
Location: Durango
Posted on: April 6, 2021

Job Description:

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The pay range for this position is $140,000-$170,000 base salary, depending upon experience. Please scroll down to the bottom of the posting for a list of our benefits.

The Director of Engineering is responsible for developing and supporting the delivery of product solutions to customers. This involves setting the strategic priority of product development to deliver sustained value and provide excellent customer support through solutions and field services. This person leads future innovations and develops the long-range product and solutions vision and strategy to meet StoneAge's corporate objectives. This position is responsible for maintaining close relationships with the global StoneAge teams and customers and identifying market opportunities by staying current on needs and trends. This position is involved through all stages of product development and product life cycles and as a partner in all technology decisions throughout StoneAge.

The ideal candidate is collaborative, strategic, technical, and motivated. Must be an excellent team builder and work cross-departmentally with peers to develop and launch new products. Must care deeply about the customer experience and be passionate about creating products and solutions that improve our customers' lives, inspiring them to say, "why would I choose anyone but StoneAge."

This position leads Product Engineering, New Product Introduction, and Software Engineering while serving as a partner on all StoneAge efforts requiring the integration or implementation of technology.

This position reports to the CEO and is part of the Executive Management Team (EMT).

The Director of Engineering is expected to

  • Foster a team culture that is consistent with the StoneAge OWN IT mindset
    • Collaboratively lead the NPI Manager, Product Engineering Manager, and Software Engineering Manager to prioritize the use of shared resources
      • Identify and pursue new opportunities in existing and adjacent markets that leverage available or planned products, services, or technologies
      • Create, maintain, and execute a product and technology roadmap using voice of the customer, market intelligence, competitive information, and company capabilities
      • Prioritize the product and technology roadmap, projects, and backlog using product business cases
      • Develop and lead an Engineering Organization to meet current and future product, technology, solutions, services, and business requirements
      • Manage a healthy and purposeful Intellectual Property (IP) portfolio designed to protect and grow the company's market position and disrupt competition - chair the patent review committee
      • Oversee the delivery of marketing and product requirements documentation with prioritized features and corresponding justification - serve as an approver for final product marketing and launch plans
        • Monitor product profitability over time, manage ongoing pricing strategies, oversee product obsolescence planning and execution
        • Manage and execute to the engineering and product development budget

          Requirements

          ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

          New Product Strategy, Development, and Launch
          • Work collaboratively with Sales and EMT as appropriate to validate and size market opportunities
          • Identify technologies to bring into internal and external systems to increase productivity and market position
          • Define business objectives and product vision for all proposed product development projects
          • Manage a product and technology roadmap prioritized by ROI, strategic importance, and technical/resource fit
          • Develop, maintain, and oversee the Product Development Process. Work with all departments to determine internal operational capacity and mitigate schedule deviation risks. Chair all design and readiness reviews
          • Accountable for product development velocity and the effective use and prioritization of engineering resources
          • Curate and maintain IP portfolio, manage patent lawyers during any litigations
          • Collaborate with Sales and Marketing to develop and execute effective launch strategies for new products, including product training, messaging, sales enablement hardware and applications, and launch materials
          • Identify all certifications and regional requirements necessary for product success
          • Provide input and drive quick and accurate delivery of forecasts to support Operations
          • Accountable for product pricing; in collaboration with PLM, Engineering, Sales, and Purchasing develop pricing models and strategies for new products as well as to maximize profitability of current products
          • Coordinate product warranty and recall issues ensuring all appropriate departments are aware of the issue and solution and coordinate with market division Sales Directors to ensure this information is accurately and timely communicated to Customers and the dealer network
            Product Health
            • Partner with PLM and Finance to analyze product profitability and sales success. Team with Sales and Marketing to develop and execute strategies to stimulate product sales or cost reduce as required
              Industry Participation
              • Attend trade shows to gain market intelligence, identify opportunities for partnership, assess competitive position, and leverage emerging technologies
              • Drive change and enhance StoneAge's reputation and standing in the industry through committee participation, writing and presenting white papers, and collaborating across companies
                General
                • Works collaboratively with the EMT and their staff to ensure buy-in from all stakeholders
                • Ensure communication of product-related news to all team members and coordinate with market division Sales Directors to communicate news to dealer and customer network
                • Lead committees and meetings with the purpose of driving collaborative and expeditious decision making
                • Communicate product roadmap changes regularly with all company-wide stakeholders
                • Delegate the review and approval of product catalogs and technical marketing information
                • Participates and/or leads company Strategic Planning meetings and initiatives
                  • Work with Human Resources and/or the CEO on any departmental personnel issues
                  • Provide ongoing supervision and coaching of Engineering and Technology Team
                  • Provide reports to the Board of Directors when required by CEO

                    Knowledge & Training Requirements

                    The Director of Engineering must
                    • Have a B.S. degree or higher in Mechanical Engineering from an accredited educational institution
                    • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees
                    • Model and lead the adoption of the OWN IT mindset
                    • Communicate and interact effectively with team members at all levels through both verbal and written means
                    • Have 15+ years of engineering experience, preferably in multiple disciplines, and 5+ years management experience
                    • Recognize and recruit talent to build an effective multi-disciplinary team
                      • Anticipate and communicate potential problems and adapt to changing timelines and design specifications and/or delays that occur and implement necessary adjustments
                      • Have extensive experience in the delivery of complex multi-disciplinary products
                      • Strong technical competence to guide tradeoffs and good product design
                      • Know how to effectively build relationship with dealers and customers
                        • Have experience in product research and development

                          Other Information
                          • Occasional travel may be required
                          • Extended working hours may be needed during peak seasons or to meet project deadlines
                          • Must be able to lift heavy loads using proper lifting techniques as outlined in the StoneAge Safety Policies.
                          • We value the diversity of the people we hire and serve. Diversity at our company means fostering a workplace in which individual differences are recognized, appreciated, respected, and responded to in ways that fully develop and utilize each person's talents and strengths.

                            Benefits

                            StoneAge offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes
                            • Group health, dental and vision insurance (we pay for employee coverage + 50% of the premium for dependents)
                            • Paid time off + paid holidays
                            • 401(k) with company match (Safe Harbor Plan)
                            • Profit-sharing program that includes cash profit-sharing bonuses and an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)
                            • Wellness Rewards Program
                            • Paid parental leave
                            • Basic Life/AD&D insurance + Long-Term Disability insurance
                            • Flexible Spending Account for medical and/or daycare expenses
                            • Voluntary benefits that include AFLAC, Identify Theft, Legal Shield, Pet insurance, and more

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