Engineering Department Manager

Engineering Department Manager – Grass Valley

Directs engineering design team in development projects throughout the entire cycle from initial concept through successful completion.  May manage several projects at once.  Works closely with engineering teams to keep projects on schedule.   Coordinates activities between engineering, quality assurance, product management, and manufacturing.  Responsible for meeting project deadlines of teams within department.  Must be on-site during normal business hours, or remote until COVID-19 concerns diminish.  Responsible for championing the AJA engineering culture which emphasizes creativity, teamwork, tenacity, empathy, critical thinking, and helping others.


  • Exercise independent judgment and discretion in overall project management.
  • Prioritize, plan and track project(s) progress.  Provide weekly status reports to VP of Engineering.
  • Provide project direction and ensure effective teamwork and collaboration.
  • Initiate and conduct formal progress review meetings.
  • Provide technical guidance and consultation to project team members, contractors, and vendors.
  • Coach and mentor less experienced team members.
  • Evaluate performance of team members who are direct reports.
  • Exercise considerable latitude in determining technical objectives and engineering specifications for projects within department.
  • Liaison between engineering, quality assurance, product management, customer support and manufacturing departments.
  • Provide leadership to engineering team.
  • Responsible for hiring, development and performance management of department.
  • Must be available outside normal business hours if business conditions require it.

Desirable Skills and Experience:

  • Must have the technical depth and breadth to identify the necessary technical resources and expertise required to complete project(s).
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, motivate, and manage engineering teams.
  • Strong project management skills and experience.
  • Organized and adept at identifying technical and operational issues and able to make sound and timely decisions to resolve issues.
  • Understands the industry and keeps abreast of new technologies and competitor’s products.
  • Excellent interpersonal and team building skills. 
  • Willingness to adapt to changing business needs and deadlines that may extend work hours.
  • Willingness to adhere to company policies and support management decisions and goals in a positive and professional manner.

Education and Experience:

  • Typically requires MSEE/CS combined with 10+ years of related experience, or BSEE/CS combined with 12+ years related experience with at least 5 years of project management experience.

This is a full-time position with competitive pay and benefits. The base salary for this position is $165,615-227,721. This range reflects base salary only, and does not include additional compensation or benefits. Individual base pay is determined by various factors such as relevant experience, education, training and skills, and the scope and responsibilities of the position.

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Life at AJA

A career at AJA Video Systems will be unlike any other you’re exploring. You’ll be challenged and inspired with creative design opportunities working in a beautiful Sierra Foothills location on a campus designed to facilitate learning, teamwork and innovation with products that are changing the broadcast and media landscape. Our location in Grass Valley is a paradise for people who enjoy the outdoors – hiking, fishing, white water rafting and kayaking, skiing, or camping.

We look for people interested in turning ideas into real products. Our products facilitate video and movie productions. We want people who are creative, out-of-the-box thinkers and who are tenacious problem-solvers.

The nearby Yuba is considered one of the most beautiful rivers in California. We are located an hour from Lake Tahoe, an hour from Sacramento, and about two hours from the Bay Area. Grass Valley also hosts multiple music festivals and is home for numerous artists, writers and musicians. Nevada City, our sister city, was recently voted one of the top ten small towns in the U.S. We have excellent schools including numerous charter schools that appeal to specific talents and interests of our community’s families.

Our Benefits

We offer competitive salaries and have a full range of benefits which include multiple health plan options, dental, vision, life and AD&D insurance, 125 Flexible Spending Accounts, and matching 401(k) plan.