Durr Systems Inc
  • 12-Oct-2017 to 11-Dec-2017 (EST)
  • PFS - Engineering
  • Southfield, MI, USA
  • Full Time

The Dürr Group is one of the world's leading mechanical and plant engineering firms. Products, systems and services offered by Dürr enable highly efficient manufacturing processes in different industries. Business with automobile manufacturers and their suppliers accounts for approximately 60% of Dürr's sales. Other market segments include, for example, the mechanical engineering, chemical and pharmaceutical industries and the woodworking industry. The Dürr Group operates in the market with five divisions:


  • Paint and Final Assembly Systems: paint shops and final assembly systems for the automotive industry
  • Application Technology: robot technologies for the automatic application of paint as well as sealants and adhesives Measuring and Process Systems: balancing and cleaning systems as well as testing and filling technology
  • Measuring and Process Systems: balancing and cleaning systems as well as testing and filling technology
  • Clean Technology Systems: exhaust-air purification systems and energy-efficiency technology
  • Woodworking Machinery and Systems: machinery for the woodworking


We are a growing organization, and we are seeking a Director of Engineering to join our Paint and Final Assembly Systems division. Together, with the momentum of our business vision, we can achieve international success and added innovation in all of the themes which Dürr influences at a global level.


Location: Southfield, MI


Position Summary: The Director of Engineering plans and administers the activities of the Engineering Department to support the company's overall business strategy. 


Essential Functions and Responsibilities        


  • Define and implement the department's organizational reporting structure.
  • Determine staffing requirements and fill positions as necessary.
  • Determine and implement effective and equitable staff pay.
  • Determine how to source engineering in house, outsource, low cost country, sister company.
  • Review staff performance and lay-off / fire staff when necessary.
  • Communicate company strategy.
  • Motivate staff.
  • Plan for and encourage staff advancement.
  • Estimate engineering resources and timing for proposed company projects.
  • Assign staff appropriately to projects and other tasks.
  • Assure departmental input and compliance with project schedules.
  • Define procedural goals and direct development of departmental procedures.
  • Direct the development of effective designs of local and international origin.
  • Recommend departmental capital spending.
  • Provide reporting to management as requested.
  • Act as the company's senior engineering representative in internal and external company interactions.
  • Good leadership and mentor skills


Nonessential Functions


  • Professional engineering registration.
  • Foreign language capability, Spanish or German particularly.
  • Perform other duties as assigned



  • Broad understanding of engineering principles, methods, tools, and limitations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with technical and non-technical personnel.
  • Able to maintain confidentiality when required.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment.
  • Must be able to manage time and determine priorities.
  • No travel restrictions.
  • Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited college or university in an engineering field.
  • Minimum 15 years of engineering experience.
  • Minimum 10 years of experience in automotive paint finishing.


Physical Demands: While performing duties of job, incumbent is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; and use hands and arms. Employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision and distance vision. 


We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, marital or veteran status, the presence of a medical condition or disability, height, weight, or any other protected status.  We maintain a drug-free work place and perform pre-employment drug and alcohol testing.


Note to all Staffing Agencies: Dürr has a team of dedicated Human Resources professionals who are responsible for all hiring needs. Our practice is to partner and work with our approved vendors on an as needed basis. We do not accept resumes from agencies that are not on our preferred vendor list and have not signed our Recruiting and Permanent Placement Contract. Any resumes submitted from unapproved vendors will be considered unsolicited, and Dürr will not be obligated to pay a referral fee.

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