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Director, Engineering

Company: Cobham
Location: Colorado Springs
Posted on: November 11, 2018

Job Description:

Job Ad Template OU.LOCATION SUMMARY This role reports directly to the CAES Vice President ofEngineering and dotted line to the Vice President and GeneralManager of the Cobham Colorado Springs(COS) Business Area and is akey member of the COS leadership team. The selected candidatewill be responsible for driving high standards of engineeringperformance through collaboration and coordination acrossengineering functions and across all functions within thebusiness. This role will manage the optimization of engineering processes,procedures, and tools, addressing opportunities to improve processesand practices within engineering and across functions to assuresuccessful program execution, engineering effectiveness andefficiency, and development speed. The candidate will be responsiblefor defining Engineering's overall long- and short-term functionalgoals to support the site's strategic aims. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Apply strong engineering and programmatic judgment to driveeffective risk and opportunity management. Workcollaboratively with manufacturing engineering to assure thatdesign-for-manufacturing and design-for-reliability principlesare consistently applied to all development programs. Manage detailed engineering resource planning and coordinationof engineering schedules across engineering functions and withother functions such as program management, operations, supplychain, and business development in order to responsively andeffectively deliver engineering requirements for developmentprograms, research and development activities, bids andproposals, and production support; adjusting for evolvingpriorities and resolving resource conflicts as needed.Drive improvements in engineering performance metrics. Drive efficient and consistent application of Life CycleManagement (LCM) across the development programs. Manageengineering Key Performance Indicator (KPI) data collection andreporting. Coordinate, schedule and facilitate as applicable Lean/SixSigma activities for own work area as well as for other areas toenhance cross-functional problem solving; utilize Company toolchampions as appropriate for more significant lean events.Collaborate in team meeting and activities, including SET teamsupport as appropriate. Develop and support teams that makesuggestions, take initiative and actively implementimprovements.Plans critical long range technological requirements toenhance Company objectives or meet anticipated customer needs.Independently identifies and solves significant problemsassociated with the success of current and critical long rangeobjectives. Leads and coordinates the activities of keytechnical personnel and other employees as required.Foster new ideas and inventions. Pursue new technologyconcepts prior to the establishment of any formal IR&D orCR&D establishment. Recommend, plan, lead, review, identifyrisks and evaluate R&D and technological applicationsprograms. Advise senior management on developments, trends orweaknesses in his/her area(s) for the Division/Sector.Manage engineering efforts with other functions (programmanagement, operations, quality, business development, etc.) tooptimize effectiveness and efficiency of site business practicesand product development results.Actively participate in design reviews, proposal evaluations,tiger teams, etc. Prepares and reviews technical papers andreports.Implement Cobham-wide tools and processes and define best-fitupdates to complement Cobham's engineering standard operatingframework. Evolve design processes to utilize the mosteffective new techniques, assuring methodologies streamlinedesign and drive DTUPC reductions to be responsive to marketneeds.OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES In coordination with the Directors of Engineering of the otherCAES business areas, facilitate and streamline cross-siteborderless engineering activities and resource planning.In coordination with the Directors of Engineering of the otherCAES business areas, share best practices and drive towardscommon approaches and tools in areas that would benefit theColorado Springs business area and CAES.Works in an environment where continuous improvement methodsare utilized to manufacture quality products according to designspecifications and customer expectations;Manages heavy workloads with many constantly changingvariables such that the business plan is not affected;SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES Oversee the supervision of personnel, which includesselection, work allocation, training, development and problemresolution; evaluate performance and make recommendations forpersonnel actions; motivate, coach and mentor employees toachieve peak productivity and performance; invest in employeeswelfare through interaction, social events and education growth;select and develop high quality team members. Activelyaddress engineering capabilities and capacity through skillsdevelopment and recruitment. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS Twelve (12) years of related semiconductor design experiencein Mechanical, Electrical, Industrial or ManufacturingEngineering, including leading multi-disciplinary developmentteams in a high-tech manufacturing company. Designing formilitary environmental compliance (Electrical Input Power,Thermal Limits, Mechanical Shock and Vibration), preferred.Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical, Electrical, Industrialor Manufacturing Engineering, required; Master of Sciencedegree, preferred; Strong leadership skills and ability to lead people,coach and mentor staff; ability to lead with integrity, honestyand trust; ability to act with energy, passion andresponsibility; ability to collaborate to leverage and align allelements of the business; ability to inspire every employee toreach his or her full potential and achieve excellence; abilityto maintain confidentiality; ability to role model for theorganization in line with Cobham's SPIRIT values, exhibitingexemplary leadership behavior and emotional intelligence.Well-developed business acumen and ability to balance astrategic focus and digging into the details when necessary;ability to anticipate needs of the business based on currenttechnology and market trends and information and develop plansto react accordingly.Lead and drive high performance across engineering programswith a strong focus on program execution and rigor, customersatisfaction, and speed to market; ability to lead with visionand to be decisive, influential and able to gain commitment toaction.Demonstrated ability to apply sound technical and programmaticjudgment, make impactful decisions in complex and ambiguoussituations, often with incomplete data; ability to stronglymediate and develop alternate approaches when there are diverseand conflicting needs in order to achieve positive outcomes.Strong problem solving and analytical skills; ability to dealwith problems involving several concrete variables instandardized situations; ability to review and compare data toidentify inconsistencies and determine priorities.Ability to maintain a proactive and positive approach toresolve conflict and/or business issues.Must demonstrate flexibility and adaptability to changingpriorities and assignments; ability to prioritize tasks and meetschedules/deadlines across a diverse product portfolio; abilityto simultaneously initiate, prioritize and coordinate multipletasks in a fast-paced environment. Possess a strong process orientation and a track record ofreducing costs, improving productivity, and streamlining work inorder to achieve significant financial improvements.Ability to communicate comfortably and effectively includingability to present findings in formal and in ad-hoc situationsand answer resulting questions from management.Robust sense of teamwork and collaboration, particularlycross-functionally. Emphasis on the ability of building andmaintain strategic working relationships. Strong customer focus and demonstrated ability to build andmanage relationships. Ability to effectively communicate at alllevels within the customer community.Ability to lead progressive changes with strong change agent,mentoring, and personnel development skills.BUDGETING AND FISCAL RESPONSIBILITIES Support business plans for manageable expenses, capital andheadcount growth; support business initiatives that meet companyand customer shipment cycle times; track capacity and earnedvalue. Support development of annual programs budget and providefiscal direction to the unit; prepare budgets, bids andcontracts and direct the negotiation of research contracts; CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS, GOVERNMENT SECURITYCLEARANCE Required to obtain and maintain security clearance, whichrequires USA Citizenship. COMPUTER SKILLS Must be a proficient user of Microsoft Office software.Security: All applicants must be a U.S Citizen or U.S Person as defined byITAR (a lawful permanent resident or someone who is a protectedindividual as defined by 8 U.S.C.1324b(a)(3)). In order to beeligible for positions requiring a Security Clearance, you must be aUS Citizen. About Us: Cobham is one of the world's leading companies engaged in thedevelopment, delivery and support of leading-edge aerospace anddefense systems in the air, on land and at sea. Our clients andpartners trust Cobham to deliver the mission-critical technologythey need, and we trust our employees to draw on their ingenuity andpassion to deliver those solutions. This leads to an empoweringculture for our people. Our Leadership team is open, sharing plansfor the next five years, driving retention by offering demanding,exciting work, and providing full guidance and mentoring. Cobham is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer andembraces diversity in our employee population. It is the policy ofCobham to provide equal opportunity to all qualified applicants andemployees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexualorientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability,protected veteran status, or genetic information. Cobham willrefrain from discharging, or otherwise discriminating against,employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclosetheir compensation or the compensation of other employees orapplicants. PandoLogic.Category: Executive, Keywords: VP Engineering

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