Director of Engineering

Engineering Cape Town, South Africa


Description

Autocar is a leader in engineering and assembling severe duty trucks.  With a steady stream of innovations to their Xpeditor line - Autocar has staked out a position as the industry's technology and innovation leader.


Reporting to the Vice President of Engineering, the Director of Engineering will develop and manage the direction and daily activities of the Company's Engineering team with the focus on people, organization and process. The position will also oversee process improvements to the product development process, lead the development of reporting managers and oversee the development of the others in the department.

In this role, it is critical to interact with all levels of company management; including operations, purchasing, quality control, sales, marketing and finance. The ability to work closely with key supplier and key customer is essential.

Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Lead and mentor the Engineering Organization which includes providing technical leadership and direction to engineers and program teams.

Train Engineering team to improve the fulfillment of their current role and prepare them for future roles in the company. Training and mentoring these engineers in the use of our full scope of analysis tools.

Analyze and resolve problems and provides technical assistance as is necessary.

Work extensively with colleagues to produce results within a fast-paced and high pressure atmosphere.

Work with project team to develop robust product concepts, design for manufacturability and optimal component cost, maintain or exceed quality expectations, deliver on project timelines and provide superior customer communication and a high degree of sense of urgency in all aspects of the role.

Qualifications:
A Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university in engineering is required. A Master’s degree in Engineering management is preferred and will be beneficial in securing this role. The successful candidate will have at least ten years of experience with a minimum of five years proven track record of leading and mentoring a team. The Director of Engineering will possess strong analytical and technical skills to understand business practices.

Career Progression: Assuming outstanding sustained performance, the successful candidate will have opportunities for promotion and broader responsibilities over time