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Engineering Manager-Electrical (Revised)

Company: MTS Systems
Location: Eden Prairie
Posted on: June 7, 2021

Job Description:

smart people.

smart ideas.

smart choice.

A thriving environment for learning, innovation and growth.

Why do so many people join MTS Systems Corporation and stay for a career? Because this is a place where you get to apply your creativity, work with smart people on fascinating projects, and make a positive impact on people's lives. It is a place where you can learn, innovate and grow professionally.

Transforming what's possible with cars, aircraft, bridges, wind turbines and space-age materials - this is work we dream about as kids. At MTS, it's a rewarding career path for talented individuals who are willing to work hard, think hard, and commit to solving complex and critical challenges for our customers around the world, many of whom are leaders in their respective industries.

By joining MTS, you'll have access to the latest tools and technologies, along with the support of colleagues who are passionate about their work. You'll discover a dynamic culture of continuous improvement that extends to our people, one that offers numerous ways to expand your knowledge and advance your career. And because we are a global company, your work may also include world travel.

Our business is thriving. Our future is exciting. Your potential is unlimited.


  • Education Requirements were revised on 5/21/2021. Please see updated minimum qualifications below.

Primary Objective:

Manage the Electrical Hardware Development group, which designs and maintains electronic platform products, including real-time motion controllers and data acquisition systems, that support the MTS Test & Simulation business.

Major Areas of Accountability:


  • Inspire, lead, recruit, hire, train, and mentor electrical engineers, firmware engineers, and technicians.
  • Create an inclusive, positive work environment where people are motivated to do their best.
  • Foster collaboration between teams, and encourage creative problem solving.
  • Demonstrate strong and effective inter-personal and communication skills, with the ability to interact professionally with a diverse group of internal customers, staff, and vendors.
  • Provide oversight, guidance and review of work performed by others.
  • Conduct performance reviews, track individual's goals, create individual development plans, and manage compensation.
  • Ensure appropriate skills mix within the group.
  • Develop staff bench strength and knowledge management practices to ensure continuity of critical expertise and skills.


  • Apply proven communication skills, problem-solving skills, and best practices to guide the development team on issues related to the design, development, and deployment of mission-critical electronic hardware.
  • Employ project management and resource allocation skills to ensure hardware development initiatives deliver with the required scope, schedule, cost, and quality.
  • Provides input to annual operating budget and manage department spending against that budget.
  • Anticipate operational, program, and implementation issues and develop preventative measures.
  • Provide regular feedback to senior management and facilitate communication on project status, justifications for variances and technical information.
  • Refine relevant metrics for hardware development and use as a basis for communication and continuous improvement.
  • Define strategic staffing plans based on projected demand making use of external resourcing capacity where applicable.
  • Act as a liaison to supply chain, contract manufacturers, and key strategic vendor partners.
  • Set and hold high work quality standards for the team.
  • Collaborate with stakeholders in marketing and product management:
  • Partner in developing and implementing product strategy.
  • Manage conceptual studies to determine feasibility of product ideas.
  • Develop concepts, cost estimates, and schedules to support product development.
  • Through design standardization, design for manufacturability and value engineering, continuously improves the cost and quality of business unit's design process and products.

Own and maintain the technology roadmaps for key technical competencies within the department.

  • Keep abreast of new technology and market developments
  • Provide strategic, tactical, and functional analysis and direction relative to all hardware engineering activities.
  • Advocate, evangelize, and implement modern electrical engineering product development best practices.
  • Encourage innovation: document trade secrets and/or patent applications around key intellectual property.
  • Help translate business requirements into technical specifications and, ultimately, product implementations.
  • Facilitate buy vs. build decisions and 3rd party technology integration
  • Communicate about technical, as well as strategic, concepts to diverse audiences.

Foster a systems-engineering mindset: drive consistency in architecture, processes, design documentation and tools across the product portfolio.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education & Experience (Revised:)

Bachelor's Degree in Engineering is required. Electrical Engineering or related field strongly preferred.

  • 7 years of electrical engineering and/or project management experience in a complex, technical environment
  • 1 year of supervisory experience with demonstrated managerial skills
  • Demonstrated track record of delivering multiple product development projects simultaneously, balancing resources, timing, and scope of outcomes
  • Strong program management experience and demonstrated ability to estimate work and deliver to plan
  • Experience with managing product lifecycle: launching new products, maintaining existing products, and sunsetting obsolete products
  • Proven ability to drive change and partner with diverse teams


  • Up to 20% both domestic and international

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 10 years of electrical engineering and/or project management experience in a complex, technical environment
  • 5 years of supervisory experience with demonstrated managerial skills
  • Demonstrated technical expertise and domain experience in embedded systems, real-time systems and motion controls expertise would be a plus
  • Working knowledge of electronic safety and EMC standards along with experience in managing product certification through third-party certifying authorities desired


MTS Systems Corporation is An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, creed, gender, gender identification, sexual orientation, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, marital status or veteran status.

Posting Notes: Engineering (Mechanical/Electrical) | | |

Keywords: MTS Systems, Eden Prairie , Engineering Manager-Electrical (Revised), Other , Eden Prairie, Minnesota

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