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Senior Project Manager, Rail-Safety Product Development - Crystal Lake, Illinois

Metrom Rail, LLC

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Full-time position. Reports to the Engineering Director, directly interfaces with the Chief Operating Officer.
Metrom Rail employs exceptional engineering professionals of varied disciplines, including electronic engineering, firmware development, mechanical engineering and RF engineering. A new project opportunity has created a need for a properly qualified project management professional. This individual will be responsible for coordinating and facilitating a major safety-critical major product development program.

The primary work location for this position will be at our corporate office in Crystal Lake, Illinois. Project responsibilities will require periodic travel to customer locations (office and field sites), and may include occasional international travel. Railroad safety training is required and will be provided by Metrom-Rail. The candidate must consent to a background check to satisfy federally-mandated safety training requirements.

• Achieve technical requirements and schedule commitments for a rail-safety development project
• Detail and document product requirements and corresponding verification test plans
• Define project staffing level, required disciplines and expertise necessary for project
• Manage a team of electrical, firmware, mechanical, software, testing and verification engineers
• Manage internal and external personnel for product documentation
• Provide technical contributions to project where appropriate
• Coordinate internal performance and environmental testing
• Coordinate external laboratory FCC, EMC, shock and vibration testing
• Create and maintain budget for project expenditures
• Schedule, execute, and follow-up on design reviews at appropriate milestones during the development process
• Ensure that the project team complies with the applicable development process and standards
• Guide development activity through safety compliance audits
• Collaborate with quality engineering staff during the course of the project
• Oversee the design and fabrication of development and production test fixtures
• Coordinate the creation of written engineering and production test procedures
• Work with sales and marketing to support customer interface and product milestone demonstrations
• Plan and manage beta site testing at customer locations

Knowledge / Experience
• 7-10 years of experience of managing > $1M technically complex projects
• Proven product development skills and experience. (10 years minimum)
• Demonstrable success launching several products

Educational Requirements
• At least a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, Electronics Engineering or equivalent engineering related education
• Project management seminars / training

Technical Skills
• Strong leadership
• Disciplined approach to managing projects
• Capable of handling big picture visualization as well as precise development details
• Logical, rational, thorough, precise thought process
• Effective interpersonal skills for presentations to development team and customer
• Proficient with written technical English
• Competency in Microsoft Office tools
The candidate must exhibit a history of bringing products from concept to production quickly and must be able to maintain a positive attitude under pressure. A diverse work history that demonstrates a wide range of knowledge and success at deriving creative solutions to complex design / engineering issues is essential.

Essential Background - A qualified candidate will have experience and expertise in the following areas:
• Embedded programming or embedded hardware development
• System architecture design
• Software development project management
• Fail-safe design or project management
• Design FMECA, Fault Tree Analysis
• Application of safety and ISO 9000 quality standards
• Writing requirements documents and quality system compliance documents

A qualified candidate will also have familiarity with a number of the following areas:
• Design and testing for EMC & FCC certification
• Electronic packaging for rugged environments (high vibration and shock, outdoor exposure)
• RF communications
• Vehicular-mounted system development
• Writing and execution of verification test plans
• Customer interfacing
• Production test procedures and test fixtures
• Wiring and cable design
• Thermal management
• PCB design
About the Company
Metrom-Rail, LLC develops innovative products for the rail industry which incorporate cutting edge sensing technologies. We provide an opportunity to work in a multiple-discipline group where development engineers collaborate in fast-paced product development environment. The company features on-site manufacturing and service support. Metrom strongly encourages innovative designs and regularly generates patent applications. Engineers at Metrom-Rail get involved in the entire product development process, from product conceptualization to production, and enjoy watching their creative efforts become manufactured products.

Primary Skills: Embedded Programming, Embedded Hardware Development, Project Management, FMECA Design, Application of Safety and ISO 9000 quality standards, EMC & FCC certification knowledge, PCB design
Salary: Between -
Experience Required: Experienced, 7 years minimum
Clearance Level: Clearable
Travel: 25 %

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