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  • Sector: Manufacturing
  • Function: Engineering
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  • Expiration Date: 27 January 2022
  • Job Ref: Nelson_2165073_1640675292

Job Number: 2165073

Director of Engineering

A highly successful and innovative company, in business is expanding its team. Manufacturing equipment that is a clean, quiet, zero-emission alternative!


  • Lead internal/external product engineering teams to develop and integrate vehicle subsystems for electric tractors and associated implements
  • Implement sound engineering practices and product development processes.
  • Acquire and develop engineering talent.

The position will be based in Santa Rosa.

Essential Functions

  • Direct execution of product programs through developmental phases from requirements definition, design and validation to production launch for equipment and implements
  • Provide technical expertise and guidance for design, validation, production readiness and continuous improvement; will also be directly involved in design and development.
  • Support the organization in implementing robust product development processes.
  • Support portfolio planning and technology adoption.
  • Collaborate with supply management in supporting or leading sourcing and supplier development activities
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams and ensure that designs meet requirements for reliability, manufacturability, serviceability, safety and compliance to applicable standards.
  • Support marketing, manufacturing and customer support teams.
  • Develop internal and external engineering relationships for collaboration and be a mentor for engineering teams.
  • Recruit and develop engineering talent.

Essential Skills

  • Has solid knowledge and experience in designing off-road vehicles, integrating vehicle systems and understanding interactions between sub systems.
  • Experience in (or ability to learn) integrating electric drives into off-road vehicles
  • Able to gather customer needs/product applications and translate them into product specifications and designs.
  • Has good knowledge of off-road, equipment or vehicle standards and specifications to provide designs adequate to meet customer requirements.
  • Has experience in the product development process -concept development, design, analysis, testing and release for production.
  • Understands cost, quality and schedule implications in the product development process
  • Able to operate and understand CAD software.
  • Able to collaborate with internal cross functional teams and external partners
  • Able to build effective teams and nurture an innovative spirit

Ideal Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in mechanical, electrical or other vehicle related engineering fields.
  • 8-10 years of experience in leading off-road vehicle development (or major vehicle systems).
  • Proven experience in the product development cycle
  • 5 years of experience in managing design teams that have successfully launched new products


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