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Engineering Manager (R&D)

Overland Park, KS
Join a growing R&D group of an international company with over 5200 employees in 30 countries. This is a high visibility role!

The company is a global one but has a Midwestern feel with Midwest family values. They are currently renovating their main offices and creating a more open office environment with both standing and sitting desks. This company has low turnover. Other perks include being eligible for benefits from day one, 401K with matching, and relocation assistance. 

Located southwest of Kansas City, you get to enjoy the best of both worlds: the relaxing countryside along the Marais Des Cygnes river with the option to travel into the city for baseball, football, NASCAR, and performing arts. Low cost of living area too! Or, if you prefer to live in or near the city, you can zip down I-35 for your commute. 

R&D Engineering Manager Job Summary:

In this position you will manage a team of engineers. You will also serve as the technical manager for all the systems design regarding products within the Terminal Tractors / Mobile Equipment division.

Terminal tractors are also referred to as spotter trucks or yard trucks and are small semi-trucks that you may find at warehouse and distribution operations, shipping ports, rail terminals, etc. 

You will oversee all development and design as it relates to electric, mechatronics/automation, electric drive, cabins, mechanics/analysis, hydraulics and power train.

Key Duties:
  • Lead and develop the Terminal Tractors / Mobile Equipment development and design group.
  • Meet specified technical customer demands, product safety, legislation requirements and internal demands for mobile equipment products regarding development design.
  • Plan and perform design activities and make sure agreed costs, deliveries, and timing are kept.
  • Be in charge of the budget, actual cost, and forecast in your area of operation.
  • Ensure cooperation between Terminal Tractors / Mobile Equipment development group and supply including both sourcing and operation.
  • Serve as a member of the Terminal Tractors R&D management team.
  • Ensure technical coordination within mobile equipment products regarding development & design.
  • Give input to the product development plans and regularly report to the Head of R&D regarding outcome and possible deviations.
  • You will be responsible for the staff as well as their salaries (according to company policies). You will need to organize your staff and supply them with the resources, tools, efficient processes, descriptions of work, and anything else they will need to accomplish their work.
  • You are responsible for making sure that resources are used efficiently internally and externally, both inside and outside Business Line TT.
  • You are in charge of providing information to subordinates and the Terminal Tractors R&D management team.
  • Education: BS in Mechanical Engineering or Electrical Engineering and MS in Business or Engineering
  • Experience:
    • Minimum of 3+ years of management experience
    • Sound technical knowledge regarding mobile equipment/terminal tractor product types or similar rubber tire vehicles.
    • Experience of product development activities is needed.
    • Experiences from similar tasks are qualifying.
  • Competencies:
    • High level of planning skills is important.
    • Business- and market mindset
    • Focus on customer needs.
    • Good leadership and management capabilities.
    • Ability to motivate and inspire people and building trust.
    • Basic commercial and business knowledge.
    • Good communication skills are important.
    • Should be energetic, have a good driving force and be result oriented.
    • Problem solver.
    • Positive attitude.
    • Fluent in English, both in speaking and writing.
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