Section Supervisor, Design and Engineering

Industry: Aerospace & Defense


8 - 10 years

Posted 51 days ago

Job Summary: This position will be reporting to the Group Supervisor of Design and Construction Group. The section supervisor will supervise the Architects, Engineers and support personnel to meet the needs of diverse programs in a highly technical, fast-changing, research and development environment. A Section Supervisor is being sought to supervise, lead, and mentor a section of approximately ten to twelve staff, where staff are expected to have a variety of backgrounds and experience levels.

He / She will be responsible for defining expectations, implementing guidance and policies, providing performance coaching, and fostering the professional development of the staff in their section. They will work closely with other Section Supervisors in the Group, as well as leadership across the Laboratory, to maximize the impact to the organization, create and sustain a culture of excellence and cross-enterprise collaboration.

Duties: Organizational Competencies: Responsible for establishing and promoting a climate conducive to intellectual curiosity, creativity, innovation, collaboration, growth, productivity, and respect for others. Draft personnel requisitions, interview candidates, collaborate on the hiring decisions, and ensure that technical knowledge is exchanged within and beyond the section. Implement best management practices to ensure compliance with APL policies. Ensure that the section is staffed at the correct level and that staff are aligned appropriately. Work collaboratively across the Department and Lab to foster partnering to maximize the impact to the organization.

Facilitate and oversee the implementation of section level operational transformation initiatives. Staff Development: Support staff development and coach staff as necessary, including receiving partner feedback throughout the year. Inspire and empower the staff to create a culture that embraces excellence, problem solving, diversity of thought, inclusion, and continuous improvement. Provide resources needed to train and develop the staff to meet current and emerging needs. Communicate often with staff regarding organizational vision and provide continual feedback and coaching support. Identify and develop key talent for future leadership roles.

Operational Competencies:

Ensure the section has the appropriate resources, facilities and tools needed to meet its mission. Provide technical leadership on design solutions for facilities and infrastructure projects. Assure execution of tasks, and quality and timeliness of technical design solutions through the application of best engineering practices. Leads in-house staff to prepare plans, specifications, and cost estimates for projects of varying size and complexity. Leads peers within the in-house design staff to review designs for accuracy, design intent, and code compliance. Help build upon, devise, and implement standard design practices to be followed by the team. Responsible for Building code compliance and coordination with Howard County.


: Qualifications Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or Architecture.
  • 10 years of experience directly related to duties, including mechanical and/or electrical design.
  • Demonstrated success in leading and managing staff.
  • Knowledge of concepts regarding building codes, zoning ordinances, laws related to facilities, and other state and federal regulations and of best practices in project delivery.
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and lead change all the time working in a practical manner to ensure that change is delivered in a sustainable way.
  • A self-motivated, strong influencer and negotiator with demonstrated ability to assess situations, collaborate across the organization, make timely decisions and communicate these decisions clearly and concisely.
  • Unquestionable integrity with exceptional communication skills and ability to effectively interact with all levels of staff.
  • Experience with estimating, budgeting, annual operating plans, participation in strategic planning, establishing staffing plans and capital planning/management.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Engineering or Architecture.
  • Licensed Architect or Professional Engineer certification in the State of Maryland or ability to become licensed within 6 months of hire
  • Experience with the regulatory environment in the State of Maryland.
  • PMI, CFM, CMAA, or other professional Certification.