Summary: World class composites manufacturer is seeking a Director of Engineering who thrives in a dynamic work environment. The role is responsible for leading all global Engineering activities for development of continuous fiber thermoplastic composite materials for applications in recreation, medical orthopedic, consumer electronics and other industrial markets. The position will take responsibility for the company’s technology.
Management will be of technical teams in California and Guangzhou, China. The role will be responsible for development of thermoplastic uni-directional tapes, laminates and parts. Industry expertise in materials, processing equipment including automation, tooling, design, analysis and testing of thermoplastic composites is required. Responsibility will be from raw material through production hand off and support. Experience in working with customers on applications for composites is required. The candidate will possess strong management skills and the ability to work with diverse groups internationally. Works with in fast pace deadlines yet able to identify longer term technology trends and improvements
Special Skills: Knowledge of thermoplastic composites, English and Mandarin a plus, expertise in project management
Physical Demands: The duties of this position are performed in office, laboratory and production settings. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to work “hands on” with engineers, technicians and operators. Physical activities will include walking and standing, lifting and use of hands.
Travel International (primarily U.S./China) is heavy (50%).
Works with company President on all matters related to technology strategy, engineering
developments, applications with customers and other engineering related activities.
Collaborates closely with additional senior management (Commercial, Operational, Finance) to
ensure engineering activities align with market needs and high-level business goals.
Translates new product ideas into goals and actions, identifies resources required to achieve
goals, develop processes and technologies and drive products to completion to achieve defined
Manages all technology-related activities including R&D, process design and engineering,
Ensures that projects are tracking to meet objectives, schedule and budget. Reviews resource
allocations of projects and completes periodic review with management group.
Builds and structures teams to effectively deliver against business and technical objectives.
Develops people in the organization with effective coaching and assignments to projects and
tasks which leverages skills, gets the job done and grows the employee.
Attends and represents the Company at conferences, trade shows or industry meetings as appropriate. Visits, engages and leverages outside organizations including customers and
suppliers to enhance, promote or commercialize Company processes and products. Job Description and Essential Functions:
Be Humble, Hungry and Smart. Be Forthright, Receptive, Approachable, Helpful, an Expert but Persuasive.
Minimum 15-years of successful progression in product development, research and engineering leadership roles in composite materials (preferably thermoplastics)
Minimum 5-years of experience in Engineering management in composites market (preferably thermoplastics).
Thorough understanding of the present state of the composites industry.
Thorough contemporary understanding of basic and applied R&D, intellectual property issues and
process scale-up with expertise in materials including composites, polymers, adhesives, coatings,
Track record of developing commercially successful products
Excellent communication and presentation skills with technical and business acumen to work in
close collaboration with the President, in addition to the management group, employees and
external partners including customers, suppliers and others within and outside of the industry.
Project management expertise with focus on objectives, schedule and budget.
Knowledge of environmental regulations in the US and China and how the regulations impact the
manufacturing processes, materials and products Certificates, Licenses and Registrations:
Bachelor's degree in Engineering or Materials Science or related fields is required, advanced degree preferred if practical and hands on.
Professional Engineer certification a plus.
Lean, Six Sigma certifications a plus.
Primary language is English. Ability to read, write and speak in Mandarin a plus. Spanish a plus.
Ability to effectively present information to management, customers, employees, and the general
TenCate Advanced Composites began producing advanced composite materials in 1972, growing through a series of investments, acquisitions, and continuous ingenuity into the global company it is today. TenCate employs more than 750 employees worldwide, with manufacturing locations in North America, Europe, and Asia. TenCate’s facilities are certified to the highest level of quality standards, including AS9100, ISO 9001, and ISO 14001.
Dedicated to innovation and industry leadership, TenCate specializes in multiple composite and carbon fiber materials and processes for the world's aerospace, space/satellite, high-performance automotive racing, high-end industrial, and athletic footwear markets.
Within aerospace, TenCate is a leading supplier to the aerostructures industry, providing composite materials for commercial aircraft, helicopters, general aviation aircraft, military jets, and UAVs. Additionally, our composites can be found on almost every satellite in the Western world as we are the leading composite supplier to the satellite/space and private launch industry.
Most notably, we are a global supplier of thermoset prepregs for out-of-autoclave (OOA)/vacuum-bag-only (VBO)... applications. Our TenCate Cetex® brand is a leader in thermoplastic prepregs for the aerostructures market while our TenCate AmberTool® line of low temperature curing, high temperature performance composite tooling prepregs set the industry standard. TenCate also provides compatible film adhesives, syntactics, and resins.
TenCate’s CCS Group provides the industry with exceptionally durable and light weight compression molded parts and is a leading provider of honeycomb core.