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Leonardo DRS, Inc. Manager Mechanical Engineering in Fitchburg, Massachusetts

Job ID: 102883

The Leonardo DRS Naval Power Systems business is a trusted provider of innovative naval gas and hybrid power systems, control technology and support solutions for the U.S. Navy and navies around the world.

Job Summary

DRS NPS has an immediate need for a highly technical Mechanical Engineering Manager. This highly-visible leadership position has two primary responsibilities. First, to provide functional management and technical leadership to a team of 10-15 mechanical engineers within a matrix organizational structure. Second, this role is expected to lead challenging and innovative technical projects, with the ability to be an effective bridge between engineering, other functions, and senior management.

In the functional manager role, this position will be responsible to manage resources in support of large number of active development programs. This role baselines individual expectations, performs performance evaluations, provides performance-based feedback, career development, resource/skill gap assessments, and hiring recommendations. This role also monitors and manages the performance of the team through development and evaluation of metrics, including reporting up to senior management. Additionally, this role is expected to drive engineering efficiencies through continuous improvement efforts.

In the technical leader role, this position is responsible for estimating, planning, and driving technical execution of U.S. military and customized commercial projects ranging from < $2M - $150M+. The day-to-day focus entails organizing, leading, and encouraging multidisciplinary project team(s) ranging from 3-10+ engineers, as well as direct individual contributions to project work. Critical to success in the role is the ability to organize complicated technical challenges, inspire the engineering team to find innovative solutions to problems, and clearly document / present project status within the team, to project leadership, and to other functions (including senior management). As part of regular activities, this role will have significant supplier and customer interaction.

The ideal candidate is an individual possessing strong mechanical and/or electrical engineering skills, combined with engineering team leadership skills. The ability to set a vision for a team and influence its adoption is a key skillset.

Job Responsibilities

  • Manage resource allocations for a team of 10-15 mechanical engineers

  • Interview and hire staff to support resource demands and skill needs

  • Conduct annual reviews, provide feedback, training, and career guidance to develop future engineering leaders

  • Ensure compliance to AS9100 New Product Development processes

  • Initiate, develop, and lead engineering efficiency and other continuous improvement efforts

  • Plan and drive execution of the detailed technical work scope to the required quality, schedule and budget

  • Organize, lead, and motivate technical teams in the design and development of challenging products and systems

  • Contribute directly to project success through individual technical contributions, as required

  • Develop project plans and pre-contract proposal estimates

  • Confidently and competently represent DRS in front of customers, including the US Navy

  • Clearly communicate, orally and in writing, technical and programmatic information to technical and non-technical individuals

  • Collaboration with other departments, DRS locations, and suppliers to solve problems and develop cost-effective, high quality solutions


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science degree from a 4 year accredited college or university in Mechanical Engineering

  • A minimum of 10 years of experience leading or managing a team of individual contributors

  • Demonstrated experience individually driving product development from concept to qualified / fielded systems

  • Experience with system-level thinking and system engineering principles/methods

  • Demonstrated experience driving engineering continuous improvement efforts, including process development, training, and rollout

  • Strong sense of ownership and high level of accountability

  • Demonstrated focus on designing to cost targets, while meeting key system performance requirements

  • US citizen

Preferred Qualifications

  • Masters of Science in mechanical engineering

  • Experience with execution of projects for the US military or foreign navies

  • Familiarity with industrial and military design specifications

  • Experience with the development of electric machines, electric motor/drive systems, electro-mechanical systems, or other power machinery.

  • Experience with marine gas turbines and/or diesel engines

  • Experience designing/developing marine equipment

  • Experience of leading the successful integration of multiple sub-systems

  • Active security clearance

In compliance with Executive Order 14042 and the Company’s desire to protect the safety and health of our employees, customers, and communities, effective October 1, 2021, as a condition of employment the Company requires all newly hired US employees be fully vaccinated.

Leonardo DRS, Inc. and its subsidiaries and affiliates are equal opportunity employers and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.