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VP, Engineering (Global)

Job Title
VP, Engineering (Global)
Job ID
Chattanooga,  TN 37421
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Astec is a global, environmentally focused infrastructure and manufacturing company of asphalt road building and aggregate processing. Our mission is to design and build the most innovative products for the industries we serve. Leveraging innovative solutions and technologies, we serve customers all over the world.

The VP of Engineering will be responsible for enabling and driving innovation with leading-edge products, processes, and engineering services for the Materials Solutions Group of Astec Industries. The VP of Engineering is a key contributor to the group’s overall strategy and planning process.  

Key Deliverables
  • Initiate, promote, and support innovation initiatives.
  • Develop standards and procedures to ensure that quality standards are met and are consistent.
  • Prepare a budget that meets the objectives and constraints of the engineering department.
  • Collaborate with company executive leadership to develop and meet organizational goals.
  • Oversee the preparation and final approval of projects.

Key Activities & Responsibilities
  • As a member of the management team, presents ideas and suggestions for the formulation of the group’s business and engineering strategies.
  • Inform and advise the management team on the emerging engineering technologies that are most relevant to the company's goals and objectives
  • Develops and maintains a proactive engineering strategy, and a roadmap, and lead the engineering team in effective execution.
  • Oversees Product Design responsibilities for New Product Development, Continuous Improvement, Advanced R&D, and Electrical Engineering
  • Oversees Manufacturing Engineering to build competencies required to improve our current manufacturing processes and to integrate design for manufacturing
  • Oversees Quality Control and Quality Assurance functions to drive process improvement to ensure consistent quality outcomes and customer experience
  • Develop and monitor engineering budgets that meet objectives and constraints.
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with personnel at the operational units and work to understand their issues, challenges, and opportunities.
  • Implement the most appropriate and effective engineering organizational structure design to support the group and company.
  • Hire, develop, evaluate, reward, and retain a highly qualified team of engineering professionals.
  • Work to develop and maintain a culture of innovation and accountability in engineering.
  • Ensure that the engineering department has strong systems analysis and project management skills, and the ability to execute business-critical projects.
  • Supports operating units with support for drawing completion, capacity expansion and engineering expertise.
  • Develop and maintain a plan that provides for succession planning in the most critical engineering management positions.
  • Establish metrics for managing engineering effectiveness and for measuring the impact of engineering on the business.
  • Maintain oversight of all engineering projects, ensuring that commitments are properly planned, staffed, monitored, and reported.
  • As appropriate, develop and enforce engineering policies, processes, development standards and methodologies.
  • Monitor the industry for new technology and developments in the field of engineering.
  • Assures compliance with applicable federal, state, local and corporate governance policies, regulations, and laws.
  • Supports Astec’s core values, mission statement and vision statement.

To be successful in this role, your experience and competencies are:
  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering is required.
  • An advanced degree in related field, such as engineering and/or busine ss (MBA) is preferred.
  • 10+ years of career experience in engineering or supervising an engineering function, including a minimum of five years in a leadership position.
  • Experience in the heavy machinery industry preferred
  • Experience with large crushing, screening and/or mining machinery highly preferred
  • Able to work collaboratively with diverse leaders, communicate an engineering vision and strategy across all levels of the company and build consensus around key initiatives and projects.
  • Possesses exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written; able to articulate ideas to both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to recruit, hire and motivate a high performing engineering team that values transparency and accountability.
  • Possesses exceptional business acumen, analytical and problem-solving abilities.
  • Demonstrated experience driving engineering projects and business growth through innovation and the implementation of technology.
  • Possesses solid knowledge in engineering projects and technologies, and the ability to apply these in the service of the company’s key business goals.
  • Experience leading complex, major projects; demonstrated skills in change management.
  • Demonstrated communication, collaboration, and leadership skills
  • Proven strong interpersonal skills to communicate project plans, goals and objectives and coordinate resources to complete projects within scope.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision

Supervisor and Leadership Expectations
Directors/Managers of Product Design Engineering, New Product Development, Continuous Improvement, Advanced R&D, Manufacturing, Quality Engineering, and other functions.

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