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Engineering Manager

Rancho Dominguez, CA
Job Description

Position: Engineering Manager

Reporting to: President & CEO

Mission of Position: As the primary inter-departmental liaison, the core mission of the Engineering Manager (EM) is to ensure customer satisfaction through on-time delivery and product quality. The EM will achieve this by ensuring inter-company alignment between Engineering, Sales & Marketing, New Product Development, Quality, Production, and Customer Service/Technical Support with personnel both in the U.S. and at the Factory in Mexico.

Direct Reports:
  1. New Product Development
  2. General engineering Personnel
  3. Tool Making (casting, optical, extrusion)
  4. Photometrics and Applications (Lighting Layouts)
  5. Light Laboratory

  1. Team Leadership: Provide leadership and structure for the engineering team. Facilitate effective team meetings, manage project conflict with a focus on resolution, identify and address common group
    challenges to improve team dynamics. Build a collaborative inter-departmental culture that creates
    company-wide alignment. Persuade others without direct authority.
  1. Liaison: Collaborate with Engineering, Sales & Marketing, New Product Development, Industrial Design, Quality, Manufacturing & Production, Purchasing and Technical Support team members to create alignment and coordinate the timely completion of early project phase activities.
  1. Project Management: Lead project planning (scheduling, budgeting, resource allocation, etc.), execution and monitoring of engineering project from kickoff to release for shipment through post launch audit. Facilitate and coordinate project activities to maximize use of best practices including team problem solving and decision making. Periodically present status of projects to Leadership Team/management. Contribute as a team member on 5-7 projects of moderate to high levels of complexity, including projects with global teams.
  1. New Product Development: Analyze category data and trends to find new product opportunities. Support product development from concept to validation through feasibility, design, customer evaluations, testing, certification and approval.
    1. Participate in brainstorming sessions, creative thinking activities, and investigation of new
    2. Prior experience & knowledge of, and the ability to interact with UL and DLC for obtaining
      appropriate fixture certifications.
    3. The ability to specify and coordinate PCB electrical design for new Level 2 PCB’s (with
    4. Research emerging technologies to identify and validate market and technical opportunities.
      Evaluates findings to develop new concepts and builds prototypes to present to customers.
    5. Collaborates with Product line and Marketing Managers to review design proposals and provide feedback based on regulatory, corporate and customer requirements on new product ideas and
    6. Performs concept validation and prototype evaluation. Conducts competitors’ products teardown and performs cost analysis. This includes product testing for compliance.
    7. Manage New Product Development project risk: Determine probability and impact of risks;
      Develop strategic plans to reduce impacts of risks; Track, monitor and document risk factors; Critical path analysis
    8. Coordinate projects rooted in electrical engineering, LED design, power supplies and similar
    9. Manage photometric layouts/applications department for efficient lighting layouts.
    10. Manage tool making processes both in house and with OEM suppliers.
    11. Knowledge of NVLAP light laboratory requirements, ability to maintain a NVLAP approved
  1. Production: Support new and existing product production.  Improve quality metrics through research, recommendation, and implementation of modern manufacturing and production methodologies and leadership. Troubleshoot current and new product production programs to achieve budget/cost, production and quality targets and commitments. Identify and champion process improvement solutions.

Outcomes and Results, 30 – 60 – 90 – 180 Days
  1. Keep all new product development projects on time and on budget
  2.  Improve all internal relationships with Engineering, Sales & Marketing, New Product Development, Technical Support, Engineering, Purchasing
  3. Create credibility, confidence, and alignment within Visionaire Lighting departments and team members

  1. Approachability: Is accessible, easy to meet, know, talk with. Treats others with an open, respectful,
    attitude. Welcomes questions and constructive criticism. Not threatened by challenges to the status quo.
  1. Project Management: Develops project plans; coordinates projects; communicates changes and progress; completes projects on time and budget; manages project team activities.
  2. Leadership and Vision: Exhibits confidence in self and others; inspires and motivates others to perform well; effectively influences actions and opinions of others; accepts feedback from others; gives appropriate recognition to others.
  3. Change Management: Develops workable implementation plans; communicates changes effectively; builds commitment and overcomes resistance; prepares and supports those affected by change; monitors transition and evaluates results.
  1. Conflict Management: Asks questions and listens to understand the root of the conflict. Confronts and resolves conflicts fairly, objectively, and calmly when a clash of wills occurs, both interpersonally and
    between direct reports.

  2. Flexibility/Adaptability: Adjusts quickly to changing priorities and conditions in the work environment. Copes effectively with complexity and change; manages competing demands; changes approach or method to best fit the situation; able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.
  3. Detail Minded: Thrives on paying attention to detail; is convinced that details are imperative to the complete picture; strives for accuracy and perfection.
  4. Ability to Develop People: Coaches people in their current roles to improve performance, and prepares them for future roles. Helps others reach their potential.
  1. Interpersonal Skills: Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; maintains confidentiality; listens to others without interrupting; keeps emotions under control; remains open to others' ideas and tries new things.
    Approaches others in a tactful manner; reacts well under pressure; treats others with respect and
    consideration regardless of their status or position; accepts responsibility for own actions; follows through on commitments.

Position Requirements:
  • BS degree in Physics, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Controls or related field
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in product development related discipline
  • Minimum of 5 years of increasing responsibility for New Product Development project and personnel
    management involving a broad range of technologies and processes required
  • Evidence demonstrating an ability to build collaborative teams, create inter-departmental alignment, exercise sound personal judgment, make sound decisions, and drive healthy cross functional results
  • Experienced in computer-aided mechanical design and simulation similar to SolidWorks, Pro-E, AutoCAD or Inventor
  • Experience with UL/ETL, CSA, NEC certification
  • Proficient with common Microsoft Office applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Knowledge of high intensity discharge, compact fluorescent and LED lighting components, technologies, materials and methods
  • Design simulation and testing experience, including finite element stress, vibration, thermal, and /or mold filling analysis
  • Highly self-motivated to work diligently to achieve personal and company goals under a team environment
  • Knowledge of power supply design and coding is a strong plus
  • Knowledge of mid power applications for horticultural grow lighting a significant plus


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