Job Details: Engineering Manager

Engineering Manager
Job Id:
Lakeforest, CA
United States
Job Description:

Job Summary

Our client is the world leader in precision die cast components. They are the leader in their field because put simply, they hire the best. Our client is offering a challenging and rewarding opportunity for an experienced Engineering Manager reporting directly to the General Manager at the Lake Forest manufacturing facility.

This key Senior Management position will be responsible for our fast-paced Engineering department focusing on project management of new business through design implementation and quality approval processes from start to successful readiness for production. The position is key
in supporting the upfront Sales function, by preparing quotations, working with customer’s on DFM (Design for Manufacturing), etc. This person will work closely with the internal teams in quality, tool room, production, sales, and customer service as well as with customers in a variety of industries.

  • Effectively and regularly communicate with customers, meet deadlines, provide progress updates, and measurables.

  • Support sales team with presentations, design options and meetings with customers.

  • Oversee program management of new tools, modify existing designs.

  • Provide technical customer support for new jobs and engineering changes.

  • Work with management, production (U.S. and Mexico) and sales to determine engineering feasibility, cost effectiveness and customer demand for new and existing products.

  • Direct department activities to design new tools, modify existing designs, improve production techniques and develop test procedures. Use innovative and creative ideas to make projects feasible and profitable.

  • Management responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, training, planning, assigning and directing work; ensuring Engineering Departmental and Process Procedures are followed and responsible for updating as necessary; appraising performance, rewarding and disciplining employees, addressing complaints and resolving issues.


Education & Experience:

  • Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering/Metallurgical Engineering or related field and a minimum of 6-10 years related experience leading multiple large projects/departments in a high-volume, complex product manufacturing environment. Previous strong experience as an Engineering Manager or Senior Project Engineering Manager or similar.

  • Experience with die-casting tooling highly preferred or at the very least knowledge of plastic injection molding.

  • Automotive background is a plus.

  • Ability to quote projected costs (product estimates).

  • Customer interphase experience.

  • Design for Manufacturing knowledge.

  • Working knowledge of CAD (ProE preferred).

  • Proven track record of managing complex business / intense cost savings projects through the entire development of the business plan through execution

  • Professional presence, well organized, highly motivated individual with an entrepreneurial spirit who can work with little or no direction

  • Ability to interact with all levels of staff, senior management and customers in both business and technical areas

  • Team player who is able to work effectively by managing cross-functional teams by influence without authority

  • Excellent verbal and written communication is a must

  • Expertise using Excel and PowerPoint. Understanding or experience with MS Project.

  • Exceptional attention to detail and strong business and accounting acumen

  • 10-15% travel is required

  • Spanish a plus

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