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Director of Engineering

Job Description:

They are seeking a “hands on” Director to manage a team of 13 in engineering including 5 degreed engineers and 5 designers and drafters. They seek a very strong degreed Mechanical Engineer with equally strong management abilities.

My client is a very progressive, fast growing company in St. Charles, Illinois that is a leader in scissor lifts (e.g., they are the #1 supplier to the U.S. Post Office). They are also a rare employer that stresses employee development including encouraging all their engineers to pursue a PE license. As you will probably agree this is rare for a manufacturing company.

They use SolidWorks CAD and have done so for 20 years. They also are a fully integrated and fully contained, U.S. operation with all design, engineering, quoting, purchasing and manufacturing done at their St. Charles facility!

Why Consider this company?

  1. Both the Engineering Manager and the VP of Engineering will be retiring in the next 3 years. Therefore, this position will be a “fast track” to: 1) Director of Engineering and 2) then V.P. of Engineering (maybe within two years or less). The key is a very, very rare opportunity for you in that incumbent V.P. of Engineering will still be around to mentor you!
  2. Full management responsibilities managing and directing an engineering staff of 13.
  3. Full “hands on” project responsibilities including a) working on electrical, hydraulic, structural and mechanical and b) working with all the departments at the company including sales, the shop and the production department.
  4. They are the largest dock lift manufacturer in the U.S.
  5. They are expanding into new product lines, growing and room for advancement.
  6. Highest quality products in their niche with a lot of value-added engineering. As a result, margins are averaging 40-50%!

Company keys:

  1. Full manufacturing capabilities
  2. Processes: 1) cutting, burning and shaping of steel 2) welding of steel into structures 3) machining and 4) final assembly including painting and testing of products before shipping to customers.
  3. Materials: 1) mostly mild steel 2) some medium hardness steels and 3) grades of steel: 836 for plates and 1020 for bars and 1045-cylinder rod bars (higher strength).
  4. They have over 1600 products in their catalog and every one of their products can be modified.
  5. They focus mostly on value added, custom products.
  6. They currently have 13 total in engineering: a) 5 degreed engineers and b) the rest are designers or drafters.
  7. They currently have 4 design engineers.
  8. They are the largest dock lift manufacturer in the U.S.
  9. They are expanding into new product lines, growing as a company and there is room for advancement.
  10. Low volume, larger, custom products with high margins averaging 40-50%!
  11. 62 total employees (e. a nice, small family atmosphere and opportunity to get involved in a lot more aspects of the total product design, development and manufacturing).

 What they are seeking:

  1. S.M.E. or equivalent
  2. At least 10 years’ Design experience in a machinery manufacturing environment.
  3. Ideally from: Caterpillar, Elgin Sweeper or custom packaging equipment (Key: they are considering moving into making packaging machinery = so this would be a plus).
  4. Designing Low volume, larger, custom and larger equipment and products ( products made from steel) with a lot of engineering value-added and requiring complex engineering calculations.
  5. NOT designing smaller, high production products (g., connectors).
  6. Experience in a) electronic controls or b) hydraulics.

Job Duties:

  1. Managing a team of 13 total engineers.
  2. Managing projects ranging from standard products to custom orders.
  3. Provide direction for their design engineering department for engineers to provide value added, custom products (makes them more money).
  4. Almost no travel or customer meetings (Key: Sales handles most of the customer meetings). There may be some customer interface, but that will be handled mostly by phone.
  5. They have been working 100% on-site in St. Charles.
  6. Compiling bills of material
  7. Evaluating and meeting customer requests.
  8. Customizing current products.
  9. SolidWorks CAD
  10. Full project responsibilities including a) working on electrical, hydraulic, structural and mechanical and b) working with all the departments at the company including sales, the shop and the production department.
  11. Designing Low volume, larger, mostly custom and larger equipment and products.

If Interested,
contact us

Scott Sargis
President
Strategic Search Corporation
312-944-4000
https://strategicsearch.com