Director of Engineering


Posted on 07/15/2020

Position Details


Manufacturing & Dist / Other



Job Level:

Director Management (Director/Head of Organization)


Bachelor's Degree

Reference ID:




Director of Engineering


An industry leading specialty vehicle manufacturer has an immediate need for a Director of Engineering. This Engineering Leader will oversee all department functions, from product engineering through manufacturing & process engineering for their growing business, and will supervise up to 10 direct reports. With growth projections of 40% over the next few years, the Director of Engineering will be tasked with building a strong team, and can take the current engineering department from good to World Class. Please note that this position is more heavily weighted with a manufacturing engineering focus.



  • Complete responsibility for all of engineering, including product development, advanced engineering, manufacturing & process engineering, new product launches, capital projects and continuous improvement
  • Development of the engineering staff, building a strong team - can coach and mentor the exiting engineers and technical staff
  • Ability to tweak a product design as needed
  • Make sure all drawings & files are in line and properly documented
  • Drive process best practices within the department as well as the production floor
  • Partner with all other department heads in developing processes and procedures
  • Champion a continuous improvement culture utilizing Lean Manufacturing tools
  • All administrative duties for department employees
  • Lead a Results-Oriented team approach across the organization, constantly improving employee morale via effective communication and follow up


  • Must have a BS in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering, MS or MBA preferred with a minimum of 10 years of engineering experience in a low-volume, high-mix manufacturing environment
  • Prior experience leading an engineering team in the commercial, heavy or specialty vehicle industry, with a preference for body-in-white or body structures manufacturing expertise
  • Must be a process driven leader - can lead the team but also get their hands dirty on the shop floor
  • Demonstrated experience with formal engineering processes as required in the automotive, commercial / heavy vehicle or specialty vehicle industry
  • Absolutely must be a change agent, driving engineering excellence
  • Strong understanding and implementation of Lean Manufacturing / Continuous Improvement tools
  • Strong manufacturing / process engineering background required
  • Must be super detailed and organized
  • Excellent communication skills (both written & verbal) as well as an outstanding personality

Key words: Director Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Process Engineering, Product Engineering, Design, Product Launch, Project, Budget, Manufacturing, Lean Manufacturing, Continuous Improvement, Lean, Specialty Vehicle, Truck, Commercial Vehicle, Heavy Vehicle, Body Structures, Body-In-White, Fabrication