Cable Technical Lead Engineer

Engineering Wilsonville, Oregon


Puesto en Samtec, Inc

Founded in 1976, Samtec is a privately held, $1 Billion global manufacturer of a broad line of electronic interconnect solutions, including High-Speed Board-to-Board, High-Speed Cables, Mid-Board and Panel Optics, Precision RF, Flexible Stacking, and Micro/Rugged components and cables. With 40+ international locations and products sold in more than 125 different countries, Samtec’s global presence enables its unmatched customer service.

Summary/Objective: The Cable Technical Lead is responsible for leading and executing research & development and testing of new products, advanced processes, and raw materials to support cable product roadmap and new and emerging cable performance and technical needs and requirements.  

Essential Functions/ Responsibilities:

  1. Reports to Cable Engineering Director
  2. Collaborate with Product and Process Engineering, New Ventures and R&D community to develop engineering research & development strategy that supports new and emerging cable performance and technical needs including manufacturability, and drive industry leading cable product roadmap
  3. Initiate, develop and introduce new product, process and materials in individual contributor role
  4. Work closely with Cable engineering team members on new product, process, material and technology capabilities in roles as mentor, coach, consultant and extended project team member
  5. Support new cable product development activities including technology to market strategy and process improvement and/or development
  6. Monitor technological developments in cable interconnect markets.
    • Report potential impacts and opportunities to upper management
    • Devise strategies for incorporation of developments
  7. Evaluation of potential technologies / companies that enable advanced cable development.
    • Determine validity of technology claims
    • Assess Technology Readiness Levels and perform Technoeconomic Analyses
    • Benchmark competitive products and technologies
    • Develop strategies and team needs to execute technology inclusion
  8. Form relationships with Samtec internal technologists and customer, supplier, industry, and academic thought leaders
  9. Develop intellectual property
  10. Prepare technical reports and white papers

* The responsibilities as defined are intended to serve as a general guideline for this position. Associates may be asked to perform additional tasks depending on strengths and capabilities. *

Required Experience:

  1. 10+ years relevant working experience in wire and cable industry
    • Product development
    • Process development
    • Materials development
  2. Proven technical leadership ability for engineering project teams
  3. 3-5 years relevant experience in engineering project management
  4. Demonstrated expertise in cable manufacturing processes including melt extrusion and tape wrapping, shielding including serve and braid.
  5. Demonstrated expertise in polymer properties and processing, especially fluoropolymers.
  6. Demonstrated expertise in wire conductor properties and processing.
  7. Experience with supply-chain or development partnerships.
  8. Demonstrated expertise in empirical experimentation methodologies including Design of Experiments and other statistical methods.
  9. Excellent written and presentation communication skills.


  1. B.S. degree in Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical Engineering or other technical field.  Advanced Degree preferred.