VP, Engineering


Wilsonville, OR

Industry: Professional, Scientific & Technical Services


11 - 15 years

Posted 139 days ago

  by    Bryse Bishoff

This job is no longer available.

Job Title: VP, Engineering

Location: Wilsonville, OR

Department: Engineering

Job Type: Permanent

DWFritz Automation, founded in 1973, has experienced rapid expansion over the last 5 years and continues to grow. Since its inception, DWFritz has been producing brilliant automation solutions for our clients. Today, the market demand for automation combined with our world-class practices, cutting-edge technology places and continued diversification, places DWFritz on a trajectory to becoming a leading provider in the field of automation.

One thing that hasn't changed at DWFritz is our focus on our core values, such as "Collaborate and Share the Credit," a value that is deeply engrained in how we work together both in our US and China facilities. Our core value "Find a Better Way" promotes innovation and openness to doing things differently. It's also the reason we have a company supported incubator program and an in-house lab.

Our World Headquarters operates from a modern, state-of-the-art facility located in Wilsonville, Oregon. Our employees enjoy standing desks, a recreation room, a fitness room, and a hearty oatmeal breakfast to start each day. Our spacious lunch room is the venue for weekly All Staff meetings and our frequent "Lunch and Learns."

DWFritz is a wonderful place to work, with unique opportunities to participate in dynamic teams, a strong sense of culture and values, and an entrepreneurial company. If you are considering a new opportunity we encourage you to check us out.

Your Challenge

Reporting to the President, the VP, Engineering will be expected to challenge the status quo. This position will act as key leader collaborating across the company, partnering with external stakeholders, and leading the Engineering and Resource Planning departments to ensure excellent execution on projects as well as the development of new products.

Your Responsibilities

  • Works with Senior Management and Engineering Leadership to develop a strategic vision and the technology roadmap in order to wow the client, diversify the business, and manage risk.
  • Collaborates with Business Development, Project Management, Operations and Engineering Leadership to develop new solutions and products, and to improve execution of engineer-to-order and build-to-print projects.
  • Drives decisions in organization with a systems point of view?considering trade-offs, prioritization, technology advancements.
  • Sets overall objectives for approved development projects based on market research, technology developments and ROI.
  • Ability to bring thought leadership and best practices to company, and integrate based on what's currently working, where we need to improve, and where we need to transform.
  • Working with the Talent & Organizational Development department, structures and builds teams to meet market demands and to drive performance.
  • Establishes process and standards for the Engineering department, collaborating across the organization and especially with Operations on DFM, DFX, etc.
  • Partners with Sales to develop client presentations and business reviews. Works as a trusted advisor to clients on DWFritz technological capabilities to advance their business.
  • Drives Workforce Planning with Engineering Leadership to determine build, buy, borrow decisions for engineering resources (Mechanical, Electrical, Software Controls and Applications).
  • Leads Resource Planning team to effectively allocate resources across various projects in a matrixed organization.
  • Promotes a creative and innovative work environment where leaders are empowered and employee ideas are encouraged.
  • Works closely with the VP, Operations to optimize Supply Chain selection and processes, ERP system, and manufacturing impacts/opportunities.
  • Works with International Teams and Suppliers to determine capabilities, performance, integration. May lead international teams as DWFritz continues to expand.
  • Responsible for managing scope and improving processes for client changes.

Your Qualifications

  • Excellent leadership skills with ability to motivate staff towards achievement of company's strategic vision.
  • Strong, resilient, results driven, and self-directed individual with personal commitment to excellence.
  • Collaborative and communicative?works well with teams across the organization, communicates plans and prepares leaders to communicate to their teams.
  • Possesses an entrepreneurial spirit, with passion for growth and change.
  • Cross-functional collaboration ? strong in forging relationships across groups and driving buy-in and commitment towards solutions that may be challenging or new.
  • Ability to mentor, coach, lead and develop talent in a dynamic environment in order to build the required capabilities and to attract/retain the best talent.
  • Ability to present to, collaborate with, and influence the Senior Management Team.
  • Excellent client relationship skills to include rapport building, presentations, and business reviews,
  • Broad knowledge of engineering systems spanning Mechanical, Electrical, Software, Applications.
  • Working conditions include the possibility of working long hours during project deadlines, moderate workload pressure, some evening work, and up to 20% travel.

Your Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering.
  • 10 to 15 years of engineering experience in a project and/or product based environment, 4-7 years of experience in a Senior Management role.
  • 4-7 years working in a machine design, automation, or capital equipment company.
  • Experience building and leading teams to include international teams.
  • Experience partnering withinternational suppliers for engineering services and parts.
  • Proven ability to manage timelines, budgets and to meet requirements.
  • Demonstrated and proved experience in organizational change management.