Project Engineering Manager

    • Job Tracking ID: 512885-790170
    • Job Location: Des Moines, IA
    • Job Level: Management
    • Level of Education: BA/BS
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: November 11, 2021
    • Years of Experience: 2 - 5 Years
    • Starting Date: September 16, 2021
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Job Description:


Manage and coordinate activities of employees in the Project Engineering department in the areas of staffing, resource requirements, documentation, productivity, quality, safety, and training. Responsible for designing products from initial planning stages to product release, and ensure proper documentation is provided in accordance with quality standards (AAMI specifications, ISO 13485, FDA Title 21 CFR Parts 11, 211, and 820, etc.). Some travel may be required.



  1. Designs product from initial planning stages to product release, and insure proper documentation is provided in accordance with quality standards (AAMI specifications, ISO-13485 FDA design controls or similar regulatory, etc.)
  2. Prepares and presents design documentation for new and equivalent products.
  3. Provides leadership and guidance for non-routine problems requiring substantial judgment in the independent evaluation, selection, and adaptation of standard engineering techniques, procedures and criteria.
  4. Interacts with customers and vendors on product-specific issues that relate to design, production, lead times, delivery, etc.
  5. Manages all aspects of product structure, including all corresponding Engineering documentation, data entry, labeling, packaging, etc.
  6. Material selection.
  7. Provides basic quoting and quoting support.
  8. Designs, develops, and improves new or existing products and directs the building and testing of prototypes to completion.
  9. Manages and assigns engineering projects in accordance with customer specifications and within scheduling and budget limitations.
  10. Coordinates with internal departments and functions to ensure a producible design.
  11. Works on continuous improvement in the areas of product design and manufacturing methods.
  12. Ensures necessary engineering documentation with correct specifications is provided in a timely manner for all components, assemblies, finished products and design projects.
  13. Ensures engineering review and approval is completed for purchase orders and that specifications and descriptions listed are correct.
  14. Ensures engineering review of customer orders is completed prior to processing, and correct documentation is provided.
  15. Ensures documentation meets all regulatory and quality specifications and requirements.
  16. Provides technical guidance and ensure sound engineering procedures are followed.
  17. Works on new designs and improvements to existing designs in a continuing effort to meet our customers’ needs and remain competitive in the industry.
  18. Builds relationships with Katecho’s customers not only profitable for the company terms of the product sold, but also rewarding to the customer in terms of the quality of the product purchased. Performs research and provides analysis related to potential business opportunities for the company. Interfaces with our existing customers, and actively interfaces with potential customers with the objective of developing new product lines and expanding existing product lines.
  19. Work with the customers to resolve issues involved in the design of the product.
  20. Work on new designs and improvements to existing designs in a continuing effort to meet our customers’ needs and remain competitive in the industry.
  21. Works with the Head of Engineering on directing the quoting for all products of Katecho. Develops strategies for pricing products in continuing efforts to meet our customers’ needs and remain competitive in the industry. Ensures Katecho’s products are priced to accurately reflect raw material costs, labor costs, and overhead.
  22. Manages the Project Engineering personnel in the following areas (working with Human Resources):*Staffing, Development and training, Rewarding, reviewing, and disciplining
  23. Communicates and work together with other management and departments at Katecho to maintain and improve the overall direction of the company.


  1. Serves on internal committees and boards (i.e. Staff Meeting, Management Review, Material Review, etc.)
  2. Other duties and functions may be assigned as required.


  1. To determine and request necessary resources (personnel, equipment, supplies, etc.) to effectively run the Project Engineering department.
  2. To hire, reward, review, discipline, and terminate personnel in the according to company policy and applicable legal requirements.
  3. To direct the product design functions of Katecho, including, but not limited to, the organization and scheduling of the department.
  4. To work together with other members of the management team to manage the overall direction of Katecho.
  5. To review and approve necessary engineering documentation and specifications to meet all aspects of the requirements listed under "Primary Duties and Responsibilities" above.
  6. Must complete a Non-Compete Agreement and Patent Agreement.

Experience and Skills:

Education and/or Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical, Mechanical, Bio-Medical or Industrial Engineering.
  • 5 + years of experience working in an engineering capacity after having received degree.
  • Minimum of two years of experience in an engineering supervisory or management role.
  • Demonstrated experience providing presentations to customers, clients, or groups.

Leadership Ability

  • Able to lead and influence other employees in the areas of attitude, work ethic, dependability, and company loyalty. Strong organizational abilities.
  • Must be able to pass a background check.

Reasoning Ability

  • Able to solve practical problems with a variety of variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
  • Able to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. Demonstrated analytical skills.

Language/Communication Skills

  • Able to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, reports, technical procedures, and/or government regulations.
  • Able to write reports, business correspondence, as well as internal procedures and instructions.
  • Able to effectively present information and respond to questions from customers, managers, and employees. Strong interpersonal skills and presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills; ability to interact effectively both one-on-one and in groups.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, and operate a computer. The employee must be able to communicate with speech and hearing. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close and distance vision. The employee must be able to travel 25% of time by air as well as ground transportation.


Office environment with business casual dress. May require business attire.



  • 3 weeks PTO awarded immediately.
  • 7 paid holidays, including New Year, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thursday & Friday for Thanksgiving, Christmas Day.
  • Full benefits, including Medical, Dental, Vision, STD, LTD & Life options available.  
  • 401k plan w/ 25% unlimited match, vested in 3 years.