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Engineering Director in Houston, TX at Circor Career Site

Date Posted: 10/2/2018

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Job Description


BUSINESS: CIRCOR Energy Products


DIRECT REPORTING: VP Distributed Valves




Position Summary


The Engineering Director is responsible for all aspects of design engineering for Energy, Distributed Valves. Manages the organization's Product Engineering initiatives and all related activities to design, manufacture, and test components, products and systems   Responsible for the effective utilization of manpower and tasks that support both long-term and short-term business objectives. Will be an influencing leader in other CIRCOR global Business Units with strong emphasis collaborating with China and facilitation of projects utilizing Engineering resources in India. The Engineering Director works in a cross-functional environment with other functional leaders within the business, providing robust support and partnership to Product Management, Sales & Marketing, Quality, Operations, Human Resources and Supply Chain, as well as to other Energy engineering leadership.


Principal Activities

  • Manages activities related to product engineering through the development, design and maintenance of products offered.
  • Manages department activities to design new products, modify existing designs, improve production techniques, and develop test procedures.
  • Establishes implements and maintains product engineering standards to ensure customer satisfaction.
  • Initiates and/or implements corrective action as needed in order to provide a level of customer service necessary to support the achievement of defined corporate and department(s) goals.
  • Develops efficient procedures for strategies of significant projects and international orders.
  • Directs product substitution activities to reduce slow-moving inventory and improve turns.
  • Implements continual process improvement activities to streamline processes to maximize customer satisfaction.
  • Ensures customer satisfaction through coordination with other department, i.e., Manufacturing, Sales, Purchasing, and Accounting.
  • Resolves problems using solutions that involve new techniques, technologies, or concepts.
  • Analyzes technology trends, human resource needs, and market demand to plan projects.
  • Confers with management, production, and marketing staff to determine engineering feasibility, cost effectiveness, and customer demand for new and existing products.
  • Forecasts operating costs of department and directs preparation of budget requests.
  • Advises management of new developments which may affect profit, schedule, costs, customer relations, and/or inter-departmental relations.
  • Maintains a working knowledge of new technologies which may improve operations, and develops recommendations accordingly.

Job Requirements


Knowledge Skills & Abilities

  • Sets or contributes to the business strategy across multiple sites and locations.
  • Has good understanding of procedures and concepts in own area and basic knowledge in other areas.
  • Has a sound understanding of theories and practices on a global basis.
  • Has management responsibilities for multiple departments possibly doing diverse activities
  • (Cross-discipline).
  • A skilled communicator who influences and shapes the image of a major department.
  • Developed communication skills to negotiate mainly internally and often at higher levels.
  • Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner. Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions. Works well in group problem solving situations and uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
  • Able to manage difficult or emotional customer situations by responding promptly to customer needs. Solicits customer feedback to improve service and responds accordingly. Meets commitments.
  • Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming. Maintains confidentiality. Listens to others without interrupting. Keeps emotions under control. Remains open to others' ideas and tries new things.
  • Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations. Listens and gets clarification. Responds well to questions. Demonstrates group presentation skills. Participates in meetings.
  • Writes clearly and informatively. Edits work for spelling and grammar. Varies writing style to meet needs. Presents numerical data effectively. Able to read and interpret written information.
  • Balances team and individual responsibilities. Exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views.
  • Gives and welcomes feedback. Contributes to building a positive team spirit. Puts success of team above own interests. Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives. Supports everyone's efforts to succeed.
  • Develops workable implementation plans. Communicates changes effectively. Builds commitment and overcomes resistance. Prepares and supports those affected by change; Monitors transition and evaluates results. Leads on-going process improvement activities.
  • Exhibits confidence in self and others. Inspires and motivates others to perform well. Effectively influences actions and opinions of others. Accepts feedback from others. Gives appropriate recognition to others.
  • Includes staff in planning, decision-making, facilitating and process improvement. Takes responsibility for subordinates' activities. Makes self-available to staff. Provides regular performance feedback. Develops subordinates' skills and encourages growth. Solicits and applies Customer feedback (internal and external). Fosters quality focus in others. Improves processes, products and services. Continually works to improve supervisory skills.
  • Looks for ways to improve and promote quality. Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.
  • Understands business implications of decisions. Displays orientation to profitability. Demonstrates knowledge of market and competition. Aligns work with strategic goals.
  • Works within approved budget. Develops and implements cost saving measures. Contributes to profits and revenue. Conserves organizational resources.
  • Treats people with respect. Keeps commitments. Inspires the trust of others. Works with integrity and ethically. Upholds organizational values.
  • Follows policies and procedures. Completes administrative tasks correctly and on time. Supports organization's goals and values. Benefits organization through outside activities. Supports affirmative action and respects diversity.
  • Develops strategies to achieve organizational goals. Understands organization's strengths and weaknesses. Benchmarks customer satisfaction with competition. Identifies high impact opportunities. Adapts strategy to changing conditions.
  • Displays willingness to make decisions. Exhibits sound and accurate judgment. Supports and explains reasoning for decisions. Includes appropriate people in decision-making process. Makes timely decisions.
  • Sets and achieves challenging goals. Demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles. Measures self and organization against the industries' best. Takes calculated risks to accomplish goals.
  • Prioritizes and plans work activities. Uses time efficiently. Plans for additional resources. Sets goals and objectives. Organizes or schedules other people and their tasks. Develops realistic action plans.
  • Approaches others in a tactful manner. Reacts well under pressure. Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position. Accepts responsibility for own actions. Follows through on commitments.
  • Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness. Looks for ways to improve and promote quality. Applies feedback to improve performance. Monitors own work to ensure quality.
  • Meets productivity standards. Completes work in timely manner. Strives to increase productivity.
  • Works with a sense of urgency. 


Education & Experience


  • A Bachelor's degree (BA/BS) from a four-year college or university with a minimum of five (5) to 10 years' related work and five (5) years management experience. A technical degree in Mechanical Engineering is preferred.
  • Experience in a proven management role in engineering arena in the industrial/oil and gas valve related industry required with preferred experience in a manufacturing environment dealing with representatives and distributors.


CIRCOR is an EEO Employer of Females/Minorities/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities