Director Of Engineering

Date: May 12, 2021

Location: Northville, MI, US

Company: Dover Corporation

For over 125 years, OPW has led the way in designing and manufacturing world-class retail fueling, fluid handling and car wash system solutions for the safe and efficient handling and distribution of fuels and critical fluids. OPW makes above ground and below ground products for both conventional, vapour recovery and clean energy applications in the retail and commercial markets. Additionally, OPW supplies loading arms, valves and dry-break couplings, tank truck equipment, rail car valves and equipment, and car wash systems. OPW has manufacturing operations in North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific, with sales offices around the world. OPW is part of the Dover Corporation, which is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under 'DOV'. To learn more about OPW’s 125 years of providing industry-leading solutions, visit our website at www.opwglobal.com.


Dover is a diversified global manufacturer with annual revenue of over $7 billion. We deliver innovative equipment and components, specialty systems, consumable supplies, software and digital solutions, and support services through five operating segments: Engineered Products, Fueling Solutions, Imaging & Identification, Pumps & Process Solutions and Refrigeration & Food Equipment. Dover combines global scale with operational agility to lead the markets we serve. Recognized for our entrepreneurial approach for over 60 years, our team of approximately 24,000 employees takes an ownership mindset, collaborating with customers to redefine what's possible. Headquartered in Downers Grove, Illinois, Dover trades on the New York Stock Exchange under "DOV." Additional information is available at dovercorporation.com.


OPW Vehicle Wash Solutions (VWS), a division of OPW and global leader in the vehicle wash equipment manufacturing industry, has an immediate need for an Engineering Director. This position leads Engineering for a $100M business unit represented by the PDQ and Belanger brands, which specialize in developing innovative, high quality products for the vehicle wash industry.


Reporting to the OPW VWS VP/GM, the Engineering Director leads a department of 20+ associates with three direct reports, with responsibility spanning New Product Development, Life Cycle Engineering, and Technology Architecture. The ideal candidate will possess strong leadership skills, technical proficiency, program management ability, and will have experience identifying and implementing best practices.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Sets vision and strategic direction for NPD and Life Cycle teams consisting of Mechanical, Electrical, and Software Engineers
  • Provides direction to team based on general policies and management guidance and ensuring projects are completed on schedule and within budget
  • Provides critical input into product strategy and roadmap development
  • Monitors and interprets technology and industry trends as a means of developing inputs into strategy and team resource planning
  • Sets performance standards for Engineering Department and provides coaching/mentoring to support development of talent within department.
  • Partners with Product Management to determine project charters, product specifications, product positioning, and pricing.
  • Leads the Product Planning Group (PPG) to assess and manage execution priority of Engineering projects
  • Generates and manages annual departmental budgets.
  • Supports NPD and Life Cycle Department leaders in determining resource allocation
  • Understands relevant regulatory / certification-related requirements and incorporates compliance into designs and budgets
  • Utilizes best practice engineering methods and provides expert technical guidance for engineering initiatives.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or related field.
  • 10+ years of progressive engineering experience.
  • 5+ years of experience leading Engineering teams
  • Strong leadership skills with the proven ability to achieve results through teams.
  • Strategic thinking and the ability to organize and manage multiple priorities.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills with a track record of identifying ideal solutions to problems at both a strategic and functional level.
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Experience applying Design for Manufacturability concepts resulting in cost savings and increased manufacturing efficiency.
  • Ability to develop detailed process plans using applicable tools (PFMEA, Fault Tree Analysis, and Safety and Efficacy Reviews)


Desired Characteristics:

  • Design Engineering experience with automation equipment with embedded software
  • Advanced Degree in Engineering or PE Certification
  • Experience with CAD and structural and/or fluids analysis
  • Project management experience including development and detailed use of project execution plans
  • Understanding of UL, CE, CSA, and other certification requirements


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, age, genetic information, or any other factors prohibited by law.

This position may be located in: Americas : United States : Michigan : Northville || Americas : United States : Michigan : Novi || Americas : United States : Wisconsin : De Pere

Sub Division : VWS - Global

Job Requisition ID : 36247

Nearest Major Market: Detroit

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