CAREERS

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Vice President of Engineering

SUMMARY

We are seeking a senior management professional with engineering leadership experience in the creation of digital electronic instrumentation, encompassing both software and hardware, for market-leading product solutions. In this leadership role within the company, the incumbent will be responsible for all aspects of engineering to deliver Game-Changing New Product Development in the power producing industry, and Excellence in Product Evolution for the power electrical grid.

OVERALL RESPONSIBILITY

Share the responsibility of providing positive cash flow and profitability of the Company with all other employees.

Game- Changing Research & Development Design

The primary responsibility of this role is to lead the entire organization through all aspects of our product development process. Utilizing product requirements and concepts refined through our Design Review Board, this position will spearhead the development of new products to meet specifications, cost objectives, product quality and schedules. The ideal individual for this position has a proven track record for launching industry-leading solutions that exceed customer expectations.

Continuing Product Design Excellence

For over 50 years, Beckwith Electric is an industry recognized leader in the power system protection and control arena. The Vice President of Engineering is responsible for overseeing evolutionary enhancements of our successful product lines used by customers worldwide. The Product Design Excellence team ensures continuing product superiority in our chosen markets. 

The above requires a hands-on approach to solving problems and providing technical solutions/guidance to ensure product deliverables are met. The candidate must be able to lead the department to independently research solutions and resolve complex problems. It will require coordination with a cross functional team that includes the VP of Operations, Director of Sales, Director of Marketing, Director of Quality, Purchasing and Finance management.  In light of company objectives, the VP of Engineering must be comfortable dealing with the conflicting demands of market pressures and time to market, ensuring technical quality and completeness.  This individual will play an important role in the strategic growth and tactical execution of the company’s overall goals and how our brand is translated in the market and industry.

In overseeing the R&D Design and Product Design Excellence groups, this role works closely with the Senior Program Manager and the department’s Directors’ to ensure their respective teams are able to do the following:

  • Research and identify program needs and marketplace trends
  • Initiate and manage multiple projects at the same time
  • Collaborate closely with the Sales and Marketing Team
  • Support the development, maintenance and ongoing improvement of an efficient and effective product development process, project management tools and techniques, and related documents.
  • Ensure that team members understand and adhere to requirements, providing assistance and training as needed
  • Monitor, track and report on project status, key performance indicators and any changes to scope using established tools – installing a master project list, dashboard reports and regular project updates with the senior program manager
  • Manage and report on project spending
  • Creation of presentations to aid in effective communication for departmental and company information and updates
  • Oversee creation and maintenance of product technical documentation.
  • Maintaining the hardware and software systems integrity
  • Completion of product documentation of their products

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Management of the Engineering Department & Functions
    • Plan and direct all aspects of engineering activities and projects within the department functional areas of responsibility
    • Functional Areas of Responsibility:
      • Electrical/Electronic Design Engineering
      • Mechanical Design Engineering
      • Firmware and Software Design Engineering
      • Engineering Lab
      • Technical Writing Team
    • Oversee and analyze technology trends, human resource needs, and market demands to organize and prioritize projects.
    • Maintain an excellent working knowledge of current and novel related technologies, including competitive and industry disruptive technologies.
    • Ensure that all engineering projects, initiatives, and processes are in conformance with company established policies and objectives.
    • Develop and maintain project schedules
    • Utilizes best practice engineering methods and provide expert technical guidance for engineering initiatives.
    • Manage overall engineering budget and costs.
    • Manage, enhance, and advance the company’s core technology portfolio in support of company goals and objectives.
    • Continuously identify, measure, and improve company engineering processes.
    • Maintain proper staffing levels and training to support growth of the company.
    • Manage personnel activities of engineering staff in conjunction with Human Resources.
    • Create and maintain a culture of “get it right the first time”
    • Provide progress reports for all projects and ensures timely and accurate reporting.
    • Promote, identify, and implement opportunities for continuous improvement through constant assessment of employee and process effectiveness.
  • Management of the new product development process.
    • Drive the development of new products that win in the marketplace and improve company financial performance.
    • Direct department activities to design new products and modify existing designs while working closely with all departments within the company.
    • Lead and oversee all new product development activities through the product development process
      • Program Definition - Participate in the preparation of functional design specifications
      • Concept Development
      • Design
      • Validation
      • Product introduction to manufacturing and launch
    • Confer with senior management, supply chain, quality, manufacturing sales, customer support, and marketing to determine engineering feasibility, cost effectiveness, and manufacturability of new and existing products.
    • Prioritize development activities to meet customer needs while accomplishing project objectives.
  • Modification of existing products in support of company goals and objectives.
    • Providing support for sustaining engineering activities of released products.
    • Conduct life cycle planning for product line(s), including enhancements and obsolescence.
  • Maintain an excellent working knowledge of all Beckwith Electric products.
  • Maintains all engineering documentation (i.e. drawings, source code, models, etc.)
  • Participate and contribute in the strategic planning process by developing long and short term objectives to achieve the company mission and vision.
  • Attend and participate in the IEEE committee meetings in the development of industry standards.
  • Write and present technical papers at conferences and trade shows to improve the company image.

Required EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE

  • B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering, M.S in Electrical Engineering or MBA preferred.
  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience in electronic product development environment.
  • Experience with hardware development.
  • Experience with firmware and software development.
  • Experience with DSP algorithm development.
  • Experience with mechanical design.
  • Experience with a stage gate development process.
  • Excellent design, analytical, and troubleshooting skills.
  • Excellent knowledge of high tech electronic and firmware design.
  • Excellent knowledge of design methods, verification, and validation.
  • Excellent organizational, writing, and communication skills.
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritizes tasks, and quickly adjusts in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Team player, customer advocate, and innovative problem solver.

The VP of Engineering must have the expertise in the following areas:

  • Knowledge of product development in the area of Protective Relays and Controls for the electric power industry.
  • Familiarity with IEEE and IEC functional standards that are applicable for protective relays and controls (example IEEE C37.102, IEC 60255-151).
  • Familiarity with the product designs to meet IEEE and IEC environmental standards for temperature/humidity, hi-pot, ESD, RFI immunity and emissions, Surge Withstand and impulse (Example IEEE C37.90.1, IEC 60255-26).
  • Familiarity with electric power industry communications protocols such as MODBUS, DNP, IEC 61850.

Desired EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE

  • M.S in Engineering or MBA
  • Experience within the electric power industry.
  • Experience with process mapping and design.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear; and taste or smell.  The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  Employee must not present a direct threat to the health and safety of themselves or others.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts, fumes or airborne particles, and toxic or caustic chemicals.  The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; high, precarious places; outside weather conditions; risk of electrical shock.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


Our Compensation Package includes a Competitive Salary, Paid Vacation and Holidays, Profit Sharing, 401(k) Plan, Health, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance, Short and Long Term Disability, Flexible Spending Accounts, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Corporate Chaplain and Educational Assistance.