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Senior Engineering Manager – Mechanical

by Aug 12, 2022

Ames, IA - Full Time

Job Posting: 08/10/22     FLSA Status: Salaried, exempt

Supervisory: Yes    Team: Engineering     Reports to: VP of Engineering and Finance

The Culture

Ag Leader was born from a passion and determination to transform agriculture forever. In 1992, Ag Leader changed the industry by bringing real-time yield data to farmers’ fingertips. Today, more than 25 years later, Ag Leader has become a global team that provides year-round solutions to help farmers plan, plant, apply, and harvest more efficiently and profitably. We are improving the lives of farmers. We are increasing the efficiency of production agriculture around the world. And we aren’t slowing down. Ready to use your talent to implement change? Join our team of innovators revolutionizing agriculture

The Opportunity

In this position, you will have the opportunity to courageously lead, empower, and enable the individuals that make up the mechanical design department. You will be responsible for the health of the environment in which these individuals create, iterate, implement, and support Ag Leader products. You will prioritize time to coaching managers, team members, product owners, and scrum masters to be their best and to maximize the effectiveness of the development team. You will also collaborate with and support other departments in maintaining a positive workplace. Lastly, you will be responsible for executing the tasks of the department that fall outside the purview of the mechanical design teams.

We value your analytical brain but need your people skills.  An approach of continuous improvement coaching is crucial to success in our Agile environment. Your style should be one that creates a sense of empowerment rather than directing, assigning, or delegating.  Use your prior experience of leading, following, and working in a team to maintain harmony among teams and individuals.

The Right Person Will

  • Create an environment that allows team members to be their best
  • Inspire individuals and the team to create awesome products; provide clarity to purpose
  • Mentor individuals through work and life and provide encouraging support along the way
  • Facilitate self-empowerment
  • Passionately lead in the development of themselves and others
  • Generate an environment of learning and continual improvement
  • Lead yourself and others through challenges with satisfying and sustainable results
  • Show respect and seek truth in all situations

Responsibilities

  • Anticipate and execute changing department capability needs to meet company goals
  • Own the results of project planning, sizing, timing and project strategy collaboration to maximize value to end customer
  • Remain aware of the team and project status to anticipate concerns and roadblocks; consciously lead through challenges
  • Determine departmental goals for continual improvement
  • Own department budget and finances
  • Promote and aid in securing intellectual property
  • Promote Ag Leader externally to attract and hire top talent
  • Mentor and coach other leaders and teams using adult learning strategies and practices
  • Foster relationships and collaboration with leaders inside and outside of the engineering department
  • Develop and maintain relationships with external partners and companies

Qualifications & Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree or relevant experience in related technical field or master’s degree in unrelated field
  • Agricultural background is preferred
  • Strong background in Agile and lean frameworks; Certified Scrum Master or relevant experience
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in product development team environment
  • Minimum of 4 years of experience in a supervisor/manager/coaching role

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