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Manager, Engineering – Project Coordination

Virginia Beach, VA

This could be the #1 opportunity of your career!

We are seeking a strong Engineering leader that will guide, focus and grow the Project Engineering team.

Company Highlights:

  • Recognized leader - Rated #1 in our industry
  • Growth - Recently finished a state- of- the- art mega expansion (2 Million + Sq. Ft.).  CHECK IT OUT VIRTUAL PLANT TOUR
  • Stability – Located in Virginia Beach since the early 70’s, our organization has NEVER had a layoff!  CHECK IT OUT VIRGINIA BEACH AREA!
  • Awesome products – What is cooler than engineering and manufacturing outdoor power equipment?

Position Highlights:

  • Visibility – Liaison to STIHL’s R&D, Manufacturing and Leadership team at all times.
  • Challenge – Lead the team that coordinates the design for all manufacturing aspects related to new product introductions and product life-cycle, starting with conceptual production line development, to production startup, product improvement implementation, to product phase out.
  • Investment – STIHL is dedicated to investing in ground-breaking technology/equipment to improve cost reductions and quality.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Manages project coordination and durability testing operations and personnel through all project stages to meet set objectives. Projects include but are not limited to new product launches, engineering changes, product durability testing, the justification and development of manufacturing processes as well as technologies, efficiency improvements, cost reductions. 
  • Leads the coordination of manufacturing aspects for new product introductions and engineering changes through product life cycle, starting with conceptual production line development, to production startup, product improvement implementation, to product phase out. Oversees development of production lines, equipment, layout as well as workflow, optimizes routing times and labor requirements.
  • Leads the coordination of technology and efficiency improvement projects from identification of opportunity, feasibility study, requirements engineering, risk evaluation, justification, design of equipment and processes, integration, verification, validation and acceptance to meet all project objectives such as schedule, cost, safety, return on investment, etc. 
  • Ensures efficient durability testing operations so all equipment, environment, components, test processes and products will satisfy requirements. 
  • Strategic planning and budgeting of short, mid and long term investment projects for project coordination and durability testing
  • Provides guidance to team leaders and engineers regarding department and company standards as well as objectives.
  • Leads the standardization of work processes to maximize work efficiency and productivity.
  • Leads and supervises cost analyses of new product manufacturing, product changes and new manufacturing processes.
  • Leads the coordination of investment justifications and make or buy analyses.
  • Serves as a liaison with the founding company regarding for new product introductions, product changes, durability testing, technology projects or other relevant items.
  • Leads Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DFMA) activities.




  • Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or related discipline.
  • 8+ years of related experience.
  • 4+ years of supervisory experience.
  • German fluency preferred.





EOE/ Drug Free Workplace

*A majority of STIHL gasoline-powered units are built in the United States from domestic and foreign parts and components. "Number one selling brand" is based on syndicated Irwin Broh Research as well as independent consumer research of 2009-2017 U.S. sales and market share data for the gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment category combined sales to consumers and commercial landscapers.