Director of Engineering in Shelby at Curtiss-Wright

Date Posted: 1/18/2020

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The Opportunity | Director of Engineering


Curtiss-Wright is seeking an outstanding individual for the role of Director of Engineering. This role will be located at the U.S. facility in Shelby, North Carolina, approximately 45 miles west of Charlotte. It will also be working collaboratively with our Exlar facility in Chanhassen, MN.


Curtiss-Wright Actuation is approximately a $130 million Commercial and Military Aerospace business unit within Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE: CW). The vision of the Actuation Group is to be a world leader in the design, manufacture, and service of high power motion control systems and components and to grow revenue via a combination of organic growth and aggressive M&A activity.


The U.S. facility is the OEM Manufacturing Center of Excellence for flight control and utility actuation product lines. This modern 180,000 square-foot facility is ISO 9001/AS9100 certified and fully equipped for manufacturing, assembly, integration, and testing of simple and complex mechanical and electromechanical systems and equipment. Significant investments have been made to expand and develop a modern manufacturing environment in order to meet the diverse industrial opportunities present in the global marketplace. The Shelby facility operates with an emphasis on cost-efficient production of small and medium-sized production runs of both OEM and customer designed specialized equipment. Mature program management methodologies and the effective implementation of Advanced Quality System (AQS) practices have enabled the Shelby facility to achieve a 99% production delivery rating to its customers for many years while maintaining external quality ratings typically in excess of 99%.




Your Challenge:


The Director of Engineering will be accountable for delivering the performance objectives of the actuation group.


This leader will be an integral member of the management team guiding strategy development and engineering execution. He/she will report to the Sr. General Manager of Curtiss-Wright Actuation Group.


Provide leadership and guidance to the design engineering group to facilitate the delivery of a complete design package (analysis and drawings) and maintenance of current designs. Coordinate design efforts with the other groups within the organization.



Position Responsibilities:


  • Strategic planning

    • Participate in Strategic planning sessions, identifying market needs, trends, gaps and collateral impacts across the business

    • Completing an Annual Operating Plan (AOP) for Engineering including key NPI and IRAD objectives, cost and capital plans and technology advancements

    • Develop technology roadmap in collaboration with BD

    • Execute IRAD projects outlined in the tech roadmap



  • Talent development and management

    • Hire, train and advance the skills, capabilities and knowledge base commensurate with the current and future core competencies required to support the business objectives

    • Hire, train and advance the skills, capabilities and knowledge base commensurate with the current and future core competencies required to support the business objectives

    • Adjust staffing levels as required

    • Developing and advancing staff succession and career development plans



  • Infrastructure development

    • Maintain effective systems and equipment, including design and analyses tools and engineering test & development lab capabilities, upgrading as needed



  • Project management

    • Developing and, upon approval, executing to meet or exceed technical, NRE and RC cost and NPI schedule requirements of NPI and IRAD programs and projects



  • Sustaining Engineering

    • Provide support to Operations for production and fielded product as needed to resolve/disposition non-conformances, manufacturability and/or product reliability concerns



  • Forecasting

    • Forecasting 1-3 year Engineering staffing, capital and investment needs to ensure sustaining engineering support as well as meeting business growth objectives

    • Developing and, upon approval, execute to achieve the AOP for Engineering

    • Updating monthly financial forecasts in the financial system (Adaptive)



  • Business Development

    • Supporting BD/Sales customer visits, technical and industry conferences, and presenting whitepapers/capabilities to appropriate audiences

    • Completing technical, cost and schedule proposals for new products in accordance with bid requirements, and supporting the bid negotiations as required



  • Customer management

    • Provide professional, responsive and effective support to customers throughout the business cycle, from bid proposal through to aftermarket concerns



  • Senior Management team

    • Communicating concerns and variances to BU GM as well as any other appropriate personnel

    • Engage in BU business reviews, evaluating cross functional concerns and supporting opportunities for improvement promoting a culture of performance and teamwork






Your Expertise:



  • Minimum Education requirements are BSME

  • Master's degree preferred

  • Creative and innovative in order to propose new design concepts to meet customer requirements as well as new product potential within the overall aims of the corporation

  • 12 years aerospace/electromechanical design experience

  • Familiarity with CAD and other computer applications (such as Catia) is required in this position.

  • Leadership: a demonstrated ability to lead people and get results through others

  • Management: the ability to organize and manage multiple development programs and priorities

  • Problem analysis and problem resolution

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills



This position may require exposure to information, which is subject to US export control regulations, i.e. the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) or the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). All applicants must be U.S. persons within the meaning of U.S. regulations.


Curtiss-Wright values diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. If you require accommodation due to a disability at any time during the recruitment and/or assessment process, please contact Talent Acquisition and we will make all reasonable efforts to accommodate your request.


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