What are the primary responsibilities of an Engineering Director?

The job description covers the basic duties and responsibilities for a Engineering Director job in an engineering or high-technology business. The engineering director holds ultimate responsibility for developing and implementing the engineering and product strategies to ensure the business meets its goals and objectives.

Duties include, but are not limited to of the Engineering Director:

  • Provide exceptional leadership in developing a world class Engineering team, that comprises of diverse skills including design, test and project management.
  • Develop the company and product strategy alongside the Board of Directors.
  • Define the new product development (NPD) strategy.
  • Ensure the successful delivery of New Product Development (NPD) and New Product Introduction (NPI).
  • Execution of all development activities whilst oversee the product’s life cycle from conception to completion, with an emphasis on technical soundness and resource efficiency 
  • Analyse user requirements and usability metrics to ensure customer satisfaction and market penetration.
  • Serves as a technical expert representative across teams, clients and support the sales & marketing organisation.
  • Develop tools and processes that reduce engineering lead time, quality, reusability, reliability and compliance to standards.
  • Measure and monitor objectives.
  • Maintain a knowledge of new technologies and research in the given field.
  • Communicate a vision internally and externally (conferences, events, exhibitions).
  • Implement best practice quality controls and assurance throughout the product lifecycle maximising product margins and minimising returns.

Background of the Engineering Director?

  • Bachelor's degree required, Master's degree in a technical discipline (Electronics, Physics, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering etc.) and demonstrable skills in exceeding expectations whilst delivering market focused products, on-time and to budget.
  • Proven track record of successfully managing similar sized engineering organisations.
  • Technically highly competent, and able to make key decisions based on technical capabilities and trade-offs.
  • An accomplished leader – supportive and encouraging in style.
  • Outgoing and persuasive; a polished communicator who is professional and convincing at senior level.
  • Commercially astute; an expert negotiator and influencer.
  • Strategic in outlook; able to develop creative solutions to commercial advantage.
  • Excellent communications skills, organisation skills and critical thinking abilities.

What are the salary expectations of a Engineering Director?

Salary expectations for a Engineering Director are high. Technical Director salaries in small businesses would typically start around £70K per annum. Average salaries for Engineering Directors would be between £100-£160K however for many the salary range will be even higher.

Brief tips for writing an Engineering Director CV?

  • Include a profile in your CV which identifies your style of leadership and management to potential employers and highlights a particular area of success relevant to the new post  e.g. A Technical leader with a track record of delivering new products grossing xxx% market share.
  • Use Situation, Action and Result (SAR) to demonstrate achievements which had an impact on productivity and profitability in your last role.
  • Familiarise and integrate all the keywords for the role and sector which the business operates in.
  • Remember to include any associations you may have with professional bodies to improve the integrity of your application. e.g. CEng


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