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Director/Sr. Director, Development and Engineering

Director/Sr. Director, Development and Engineering

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As one of the world’s leading analytical instrumentation companies, Bruker covers a broad spectrum of advanced solutions in all fields of research and development. All our systems and instruments are designed to improve safety of products, accelerate time-to-market and support industries in successfully enhancing quality of life. We’ve been driving innovation in analytical instrumentation for 50 years now. Today, worldwide more than 6,000 employees are working on this permanent challenge, at over 70 locations on all continents.


Sr./Director of Engineering, Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM)


Summary of Responsibilities


The Sr./Director of Engineering for Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) will work closely with Product Marketing, Technology Development, Application Development, Manufacturing, Service and General Managers for the Bruker Nano Surfaces (BNS) and Bruker Semiconductor (Semi) Divisions to execute our product development roadmap. This position is part of the AFM senior management team and has an active role in development of the overall multi-year strategy and product roadmap.


Specifically, the successful candidate will lead an engineering organization that includes software, electrical, mechanical and test engineering groups. The engineering team is ultimately responsible for all product development and sustaining engineering efforts for the AFMi and AAFM products.  Direct reports include group managers, project managers and individual contributors.  A hands-on management and leadership style is required to provide a smooth transition of products from technology proof-of-concept through product development to manufacturing and customer support and then to our customers. The candidate will have demonstrated the ability to develop and identify optimal organization and management functions to facilitate group growth and institute new process as required. The candidate will also have experience with managing external engineering partners. This position requires in-depth technical knowledge, prior experience and direct management of most of the following disciplines: system architecture, software development, electronics and mechanical engineering.


The Director of Engineering, AFM, will join a team of high performance managers in the AFMi business unit and Bruker Semi division during a critical phase in the growth of the organization.  The candidate must have demonstrated the ability to set and meet high expectations for the engineering team. The environment is fast paced and dynamic and the Director of Engineering will have his team positioned for disciplined and efficient response to our customer and market needs and changing competitive landscape, while maintaining our core product development strategy.


Core Functions

  • Develop and manage product roadmaps, getting internal consensus and incorporating feedback from within the organization and external to the organization. Manage the team to product solutions that meet the defined market requirements, are easy to produce and have high reliability.
  • Solid ability to level and plan resources in a fast pace and dynamic product management environment to optimize product and technology development.
  • Cultivate a milestone-driven culture, in which consistent innovation, quality and progress are expected.  
  • Assess and critique all aspects of concepts to design, performance and manufacturability.
  • Provide inspirational leadership, motivation and hands-on direction to all engineering staff and project managers.
  • Participate with the rest of the AFMi management team in refining the business strategy during the annual strategy process. Lead both as the executive in charge of enginjeering but also as a business oriented executive focused on business growth and improved performance.

Provide active performance management for the team including career development, managing objectives of individuals, and career development plans. Actively works with human resources to recruit and attract top talent.


Additional Functions

  • Simultaneously manage multiple internal and external initiatives/projects and deliver outstanding results.
  • Plans, develops, and establishes engineering policies, procedures in accordance with BU objectives. Provide strong process management.
  • Critical thinking and problem solving through leadership and hands-on management.
  • Process and data driven with a pragmatic approach to getting the job and delivering high quality as first priority. 



Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Exceptional leadership, management and communication skills.
  • Outsourced development maturity-ability to move team to outsourcing paradigm
  • Ability to work collaboratively with employees and executives at all levels of the corporation and establish and maintain strong relationships internally and externally.
  • Demonstrated experience and skills in formalized project management, resource estimation, budgeting, resource leveling and business aligned prioritization.
  • Hands-on and management experience in product development including the software, electronics, materials, mechanical, optics and systems architecture disciplines. 
  • Prefer individual with very strong experience in the use and development of optical metrology systems and associated applications in industrial in-line uses.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience in design for manufacturability and serviceability, FMEA and can coach and develop team in the formal uses of it.
  • Lead and negotiate win-win solutions to any technical, organizational or customer challenge.
  • Hold team and himself/herself accountable, demonstrate enthusiasm and can-do attitude, to develop excitement and the desire to work to a very high standard.
  • Thinks quickly on his/her feet, is practical and “street smart” – and wants to win.
  • Experienced with customer interaction and development of commercial products in moderate volumes and to leverage prior common platforms and designs.
  • Up to 10% domestic and international travel will be required).



Educational and Experience Requirements

  • A BS with a Masters or Ph.D degree preferred in one or more core engineering disciplines or in applied sciences such as physics, optics, material science or physical chemistry. A BS with additional or direct experience can substitute for a higher degree.
  • Experience of 10+ years of management of product development of an organization of at least 15+ members.


Bruker Corporation offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package including medical, dental, 401(k), paid vacation, holidays, and tuition assistance (as applicable).


Bruker is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other protected characteristics.


Certain positions at Bruker require compliance with export control laws and as a result, all interviewed candidates for all positions will be screened pre-interview to determine their eligibility in light of export control restrictions.