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Title:  Director Engineering


Make Your Mark in Unique Hybrid Role Overseeing Two Strategically Important Functions


Build a progressive career home at a growing global industry leader with a positive culture

If you have engineering expertise along with the leadership skills to drive positive change, this position offers you some compelling opportunities. You will:


  • Make an impact not only driving continuous improvement, but also implementing new processes and performance expectations.
  • Take on a two-fold role that includes overseeing global execution of our sensor product line as well software and electronics engineering, which are core enabling technologies used by other product lines.
  • Enjoy visibility in both areas, which are key elements of our strategic growth strategies.
  • Showcase your potential to take on new responsibilities and advance; we are hiring with an eye to the future.
  • Join a respected and rapidly growing global organization with a strong and stable financial profile; even during the pandemic, CTS continues to grow.


We are open to candidates based in Elkhart, Indiana or Lisle, Illinois.


We touch millions of lives globally every day. CTS is a leading designer and manufacturer of sensors, actuators, and electronic components for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). We have over 20 locations in 12 countries and more than 3,500 employees. Our innovative sensing, connectivity, and motion solutions offer a diverse range of products across many industries. We are at the forefront of innovating life-changing technology, focusing on quality to keep people safe, healthy, and happy.


The Requirements

To meet the basic qualification for this role, you will have legal authorization to work permanently in the United States for any employer without requiring a visa transfer or visa sponsorship. In addition, to be a good fit for the Director Engineering opportunity, you will have:

  • A bachelor's degree in a technical field; a master's is preferred.
  • 10+ years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Proven experience managing multiple engineering functions in the transportation industry (automotive, heavy truck, aerospace).
  • Experience in all the following: sensors, embedded electronics, embedded software, electrical machines such as brushed and brushless DC motors.
  • Experience delivering to major OEM customers is strongly preferred.

Please see the More Insights section, below, for additional information.


The Role

Reporting to the Vice President, Engineering and R&D, you will be responsible for:

  • Global execution of the sensor product line and software & electronics, which are core enabling technologies that are used by the various other product lines for application in their end products.
  • Technology roadmaps for sensors, embedded electronics hardware, embedded software, and systems.
  • Providing leadership across these engineering functions in the global product development team within the Sensors and Mechatronics Business Unit (SMBU).
  • Coordinating the creation, development, design and launch of the technology aspects for all SBU product lines. You'll work with other business functions to deliver products at the right price, at the right time with a zero-defect mindset.


Please see the More Insights section, below, for additional information.


More Good Reasons

Professional development

We're looking for a leader who will take ownership of the role and is driven to grow along with the company. This role is a prime platform for professional growth and development.


Great environment

You will join a team that includes dedicated, smart, talented and mutually supportive professionals. The team is lean, and the pace is fast, but we believe in strong communication and are all dedicated to meeting our goals and objectives. While we work hard, we also enjoy strong work/life balance. While flexibility is required, particularly during month-end close, our workweek is typically 40-45 hours.


Growth orientation

Company-wide, there is a tremendous effort being spent to drive growth. That means adding key resources and providing room for strong performers to make a name for themselves. Growth = opportunity to take on even greater responsibilities and advance.


Excellent compensation

In addition to competitive compensation, we offer a slate of benefits including medical, dental, vision and other insurances; a 401(k) plan; flexible spending accounts; and more.


More Insight

More about the Requirements

In addition to the qualifications described under The Requirements tab, you will need:

  • Experience working with ASIC suppliers to evaluate their latest technology offerings as well as specific desired functions
  • A demonstrated ability to lead and supervise cross-functional teams in globally resourced teams
  • Experience in product development and validation for high volume applications such as automotive, ground transportation, or aerospace
  • Experience with automotive electronics components
  • Experience with embedded software development and validation process and tools
  • Experience with the design and application of BLDC electrical actuators
  • Working knowledge and understanding of CAD/CAE, FEA, FMEA, DFMA, lean methodologies, product development V model, ISO 26262, TS16949, DOE, MSWord, MS Excel, Visio, and MS Project are beneficial
  • Self-motivation and a proactive, results orientation, with outstanding planning and follow up skills
  • The ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects/tasks
  • The ability to lead effective communication internally as well as with CTS customers and suppliers

You also will need to be willing and able to travel, sometimes internationally, about 25% of the time. This will include traveling between Elkhart and Lisle two to three times a month. You'll also travel to Guangdon Province, China (once it is safe) one or two times a year.


More about the Role

In addition to the responsibilities described under The Role tab, you will lead a team that includes a manager over systems, electronics, engineering software and production test software; a manager over sensors; and a few senior level technical staff engineers. More specifically, you will:

  • Serve as primary CTS external technical interface for Sensors and Core Competency Centers of expertise in evaluating new technologies, analytical tools, supply base offerings, industry and market trends.
  • Serve as primary CTS internal technical interface for the defined technology areas.
  • Assume managerial oversight of globally distributed Core Competency Center.
  • Maintain/Update sensor and core competency technology roadmaps.
  • Provide guidance and technical input to sensors, pedals, and mechatronics product roadmaps.
  • Define and execute product plans including budget, timing, and resources in support of technology, product, and SBU strategic initiatives.
  • Provide career development for direct resources. Ensure that necessary skills are available to execute product development activities. Develop individuals’ skills and competencies by planning effective developmental activities related to current and future assignments.
  • Operate departments within approved budget/forecast. Recommend actions to adjust forecasted spending based on changes in market conditions.
  • Provide guidance for electronics hardware and electric machine manufacturing process technology.
  • Coordinate activities with Sales, Purchasing, Supplier Development, Supplier Quality, and Operations to execute new programs as well as support activities related to current production products.
  • Continuously improve the product development process in areas of direct ownership
  • Perform special assignments as necessary


More about your success

In addition to your technical expertise and leadership abilities, you will need the interpersonal skills to overcome resistance and get others to buy in on changes. Continuous improvement is already embedded in our culture, so you will be able to leverage that momentum to lead processes and people to the next level. Those who thrive in our organization are friendly and approachable team players, but also self-driven to deliver their best work daily and inspire the best work from their colleagues. They are skilled and curious natural thinkers who are compelled to increase their knowledge and continually add value through their contributions. They come in every day thinking about what they can do to help the company succeed.




United States EEO Statement 
CTS Corporation is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer who complies with all applicable federal, state and local employment laws. In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, employment decisions at CTS Corporation will be based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. It has been and shall continue to be both the official policy and the commitment of CTS Corporation to further equal employment opportunities for all persons regardless of, among other characteristics, race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, genetic information, status as a protected veteran or status as a qualified individual with a disability, or any other characteristics protected by applicable Federal, State or Local law.
We fully comply with all applicable Department of Labor and EEOC rules, regulations, guidelines, and orders including but not limited to Executive Order 11246 and 41 C.F.R. §§ 60-1.4, 60-250.5(a), 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). The parties hereby incorporate the requirements of 41 C.F.R. §§ 60-1.4(a)(7), 29 C.F.R. Part 471, Appendix A to Subpart A, 41 C.F.R. § 60-300.5(a) and 41 C.F.R. § 60-741.5(a), if applicable.
Except where prohibited by law, all offers of employment are contingent upon successfully passing a background check and drug screening.
United States Additional Considerations 
It is unlawful in all states where the Company operates, including Massachusetts, to require or administer a lie detector test as a condition of employment or continued employment. An employer who violates applicable laws may be subject to criminal penalties and civil liability. The Company does not require a lie detector test as a condition of employment nor continued employment.  

Applicants must have valid work authorization that does not now and/or will not in the future require sponsorship of a visa for employment authorization in the United States.

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Elkhart, IN, US, 46514

Job Type:  Full-Time

Nearest Major Market: Elkhart
Nearest Secondary Market: South Bend

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