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MTS Systems | Hopkins, Minnesota
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Job Description

Req ID: 32241

smart people.

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A thriving environment for learning, innovation and growth


Why do so many people join MTS Systems Corporation and stay for a career? Because this is a place where you get to apply your creativity, work with smart people on fascinating projects, and make a positive impact on people’s lives. It is a place where you can learn, innovate and grow professionally.


Transforming what’s possible with cars, aircraft, bridges, wind turbines and space-age materials — this is work we dream about as kids. At MTS, it’s a rewarding career path for talented individuals who are willing to work hard, think hard, and commit to solving complex and critical challenges for our customers around the world, many of whom are leaders in their respective industries.


By joining MTS, you’ll have access to the latest tools and technologies, along with the support of colleagues who are passionate about their work. You’ll discover a dynamic culture of continuous improvement that extends to our people, one that offers numerous ways to expand your knowledge and advance your career. And because we are a global company, your work may also include world travel.


Our business is thriving. Our future is exciting. Your potential is unlimited.






Primary Objective: Plan, manage, and coordinate resources (people and tools) to ensure the cost-effective development and delivery of products and systems that meet customer requirements, on time and on budget. Lead a team of cross-functional Project Engineers as we continue to deliver to vast customer base.


Major Areas of Accountability:

1. Ensures projects are managed in accordance with the Project System to meet technical performance, budget and schedule requirements.
•Conducts front-end reviews to ensure projects are well defined, appropriately estimated, and technical and financial risks are identified.
•Directs post award order acknowledgment, order acceptance, and negotiation of contractual changes.
•Manages actual to planned performance and takes appropriate corrective action.
•Develops effective techniques or strategies for use by Project Engineers to minimize technical and financial risk to scheduled projects.
•Collaborates with project system process owners, functional owners and others to improve the performance of the project system.
•Coaches Project Engineers on process objectives, requirements, responsibilities, and priorities.

2. Manages operational process improvement and efficiency within operational area of responsibility through identifying and implementing process improvement opportunities.
•Uses measures to quantify results and to identify corrective actions needed.
•Facilitates technical problem solving by ensuring processes and methods are in place to identify technical problems before they become crises and determine appropriate action to solve technical problems.
•Tracks technical problems to identify trends and determine cost-effective ways to eliminate root causes.

3. Manages subordinates’ activities to ensure accurate estimating of project costs and delivery.
•Reviews actual labor and manufacturing costs and compares against estimates. Discusses variances with the responsible Project Engineer and initiates corrective action where appropriate.
•Coaches Project Engineers in decisions regarding local versus global optimization and monitors cost reduction progress.

4. Provides regular reporting to Operations Manager in preparation of P&L and Balance sheet forecast including revenue, shipped margin, warranty, WIP, receivables and advances for area of responsibility. Monitors performance against plan, and acts to minimize deviations.

5. Establishes annual cost center budget, monitors expenditures, and takes corrective action as needed.

6. Responsible for the on-going management and development of assigned employees. Hires, manages, and develops a skilled staff and work environment to meet objectives.



Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or equivalent. Minimum 5 years experience in specification, development, design, integration, and/or application engineering in a project environment or equivalent; plus, 5 years of progressively demanding project management experience Minimum 2 years experience in engineering supervision in a project environment or equivalent.
Previous experience successfully managing multiple projects within a similar sized volume/revenue, including developing project schedules, financial tracking and reporting, and allocating/directing resources for various phases of projects.
Must have demonstrated the ability to drive change and continuous improvement across a broad level/scope.
Ability to build relationships, lead cross-functional teams, and build consensus among a large group.
Proven ability to successfully solve complex business and technical problems.
Experience in developing BOMs with MRP systems.
Working knowledge of industry engineering standards, practices, and regulations.



MTS Systems Corporation is An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, creed, gender, gender identification, sexual orientation, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, marital status or veteran status.

About MTS Systems

MTS Systems Corporation (MTS) is a supplier of mechanical testing systems and industrial position sensors. The Company's operations are organized and managed in two business segments, the Test segment and the Sensors segment. Test segment products are used by customers in their development of new products and in quality control applications to characterize the product's mechanical properties. Sensors segment products are used by industrial machinery and mobile equipment manufacturers to automate the operation of their products for improved end-user productivity and safety. In June 2008, Agilent Technologies, Inc. acquired the Nano Instruments business unit of MTS. On September 28, 2008, MTS acquired the assets of SANS Group.

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