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Director, Mechanical Engineering

Quincy, Massachusetts, United States of America
Closing date: 30 June 2024

Job Description:

Saab Inc. Autonomous & Undersea Systems Division is seeking a Mechanical Engineering Director.  The primary function of the role is to manage a growing team of approximately 6 to 20+ Mechanical Engineers who work on design, development and maintenance of Autonomous Undersea Vehicle and Remotely Operated Vehicle products.

The individual that fills this role will collaborate with a multi-disciplinary team of technical directors, as well as program management counterparts to ensure the execution and delivery of a quality end product within cost and schedule targets. Responsibilities will include:

Lead and develop the Mechanical engineering team focused on meeting technical, program and business objectives.

  • Program resource planning

  • Develop on-going staffing capacity and long-term staffing plans

  • Recruit staff as necessary to meet business demand

  • Assign appropriate personnel to projects and programs

  • Ensure all personnel have established relevant goals and objectives that link directly to the objectives of the business.

  • Provide technical oversight, guidance, mentorship and coaching to assigned personnel in the performance of their assigned tasks.

  • Manage the annual performance review process, compensation reviews, and career development process.

Ensure accountability for creation of accurate cost and schedule targets, and execution of technical effort in accordance with those targets.

  • Understand and manage resources to Program Manager’s budget and schedule.

  • Determine the department or team's strategy for completing a task.

  • Maintain department competencies by creating a training strategy and providing training opportunities for employees to continue their professional development.

  • Responsible for cost estimating activities related to contract proposals, IR&D, Capital, and assigned overhead budgets.

  • Ensure the BOE's and schedules are accurate, appropriate, documented and consistent with overall program objectives.  

  • Establish cost and schedule targets for team members.

  • Monitor and control execution consistent with established technical, cost and schedule objectives.

  • Support contract negotiations and fact finding as requested by program management.

Provide credible technical insight and leadership within Mechanical Engineering

  • Contribute to technology roadmap planning.

  • Develop innovative technical solutions, assess technical risk and identify risk mitigation strategies within assigned discipline(s).

  • Responsible for budgeting including OH, capital requests, and software/tool subscriptions for the mechanical engineering function.

 Be a champion for the quality and continuous improvement of technical processes.

  • Ensure updates for Quality Management System (QMS) processes, forms, templates, work instructions and job aids are completed.

  • Establish processes and benchmarks for measuring team and process performance.

  • Ensure team is accountable for adherence to established processes and continuous improvement objectives.

Compensation Range: $185,200-$245,400

The compensation range provided is a general guideline. When extending an offer, Saab, Inc. considers factors including (but not limited to) the role and associated responsibilities, location, and market and business considerations, as well as the candidate's work experience, key skills, and education/training.

Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Business or related discipline.

  • 20+ years of experience in a technical/ engineering environment

  • Subject matter expert in Mechanical Engineering and Undersea Vehicle Development.

  • Ability to resolve complex issues in creative and effective ways.

  • Ability to provide strategic direction for system design, projects and programs in area of expertise.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills to collaborate across disciplines effectively.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated the ability to:

  • Set and articulate goals and build a team around those goals.

  • Anticipate organizational challenges likely to occur due to the dynamics of the business environment and formulate contingency plans and coping strategies.

  • Forecast resource requirements (people, money & assets) in order to meet business objectives.

  • Measure team and process performance through the definition and use of appropriate metrics.

Citizenship Requirements:

Must be a U.S. citizen. Applicants selected may be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

Drug-Free Workplaces:

Saab is a federal government contractor and adheres to policies and programs necessary for sustaining drug-free workplaces. As a condition of employment, candidates will be required to pass a pre-employment drug screen.


Saab provides an excellent working environment offering professional growth opportunities, competitive wages, work-life balance, business-casual atmosphere and comprehensive benefits:

  • Medical, vision and dental insurance for employees and dependents

  • Paid time off including: minimum of 3 weeks vacation, 5 floating holidays, 8 designated holidays, parental leave, personal illness, bereavement, jury duty, long-term and short-term disability

  • 401(k) with immediate vesting on employer match

  • Tuition assistance

  • Student loan assistance

  • Wellness account, subscription and employee assistance programs

  • Employee stock purchase program with employer match

About Us:

Saab is a leading defense and security company with an enduring mission, to help nations keep their people and society safe. Empowered by its 19,000 talented people, Saab constantly pushes the boundaries of technology to create a safer, more sustainable and more equitable world. In the U.S., Saab delivers advanced technology and systems, supporting the U.S. Armed Forces and the Federal Aviation Administration, as well as international and commercial partners. Headquartered in Syracuse, New York, the company has business units and local employees in eight U.S. locations.

Saab is a company where we see diversity as an asset and offer unlimited opportunities for advancing in your career. We are also a company that respects each person’s needs and encourage employees to lead a balanced, rewarding life beyond work. Saab values diversity and is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply and will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran, disability status, or any other federal, state, or locally protected category.