Pacific Defense is hiring a

Senior Manufacturing Engineering Manager

Sunnyvale, United States

** Candidate must be a US Citizen and possess (and be able to maintain) a Final Secret Clearance or meet the eligibility to obtain (and maintain) a Secret Clearance. **

Location: Sunnyvale, CA

About Us

Pacific Defense is an industry leading developer of advanced RF and electronics systems for the U.S. Department of Defense and commercial customers. We specialize in Open Systems Architecture solutions for the non-kinetic fight. Our vision provides cost effective, highly capable, modular, and rapidly reconfigurable systems to our customers in less than half the time of traditional defense contractors. Our team delivers sensing and effects solutions for the Land, Air, Sea and Space domains at an unprecedented pace. We accomplish this strategy by combining broad domain experience in Radar, EW, SIGINT, and Communications with a go-fast commercial execution model. Our model fully leverages Open Standards, like SOSA, CMOSS, and MORA, as well as rapid prototyping methodologies to bring our advanced capabilities to customers. The Pacific Defense family includes Perceptronics Solutions with expertise spanning signal processing, novel algorithm development, cognitive systems, high performance computing, hardware design and development, and systems integration and test. We embrace the diversity of people, ideas, and a great employee experience to drive the innovation that runs through everything we do. Pacific Defense has established an excellent reputation in our professional community and is growing our team to seize new opportunities to solve tough challenges for national defense. Come join our team and accelerate your career!

Pacific Defense is seeking a hands-on Senior Manufacturing Engineering Manager to spearhead day-to-day manufacturing engineering activities. This candidate will be responsible for managing a team of engineers, overseeing the design of manufacturing processes and specifications aimed at enhancing the efficiency and productivity of our manufacturing operations. They will play a pivotal role in the creation and execution of the Productivity Improvement Program, utilizing their extensive technical knowledge and project management skills for effective project planning, budget management, and methodology development. Furthermore, the candidate will oversee coordinating various aspects of business planning, including proposal work statements, operating budgets, and contract terms and conditions. Their role will encompass the implementation of New Product Introduction (NPI) and the establishment of design concepts, product specifications, and manufacturing engineering criteria.


Key Responsibilities

  • Hands on leader who drives day to day manufacturing engineering activities.
  • Manage the activities of a team of engineers who design manufacturing processes and specifications that will improve the efficiency and productivity of the organization’s manufacturing operations.
  • Responsible for the Productivity Improvement Program creation and execution.
  • Uses highly developed technical knowledge and project management skills for project planning budget management, and methodology development to ensure that projects are completed on time, within budget, and according to defined goals.
  • Coordinates the preparation of business plans, proposal work statements and specifications, operating budgets, and the financial terms and conditions of contracts to ensure that progress and performance can be tracked.
  • Responsible for the implementation of NPI (New Product Introduction)
  • Establishes design concepts, manufacturing process criteria, product specifications, and other components impacting manufacturing engineering.
  • Directs recruitment, placement, and evaluation of Manufacturing engineering staff and their work products to ensure the effective deployment of talent.
  • Oversees the functional management of direct reports including but not limited to career development and succession planning to meet the organization's needs.
  • Lead triage efforts as escalation manager for collaborative product support teams

Required Qualifications

  • Must have manufacturing experience in Electronic Assemblies, Modules/CCAs/PWBs
  • Components/Parts support our SCM (Supply Chain Management) Processes
  • Must have strong RCCA skills to drive issues to closure.
  • Experience managing product line configuration changes, implementation l, and effectively.
  • Strong collaboration skills
  • shape and drive manufacturing requirements early in a product lifecycle
  • Must have DOD experience with strong understanding of military standards.
  • Must have ability to work with suppliers and help drive RCCAs – PWBs, Part Vendors
  • Must have Test experience at the Module and System level.
  • Ability and experience ensuring functional, and coverage is aligned to meet Yields.
  • Design of Test Stations/Setups
  • Close Collaboration with our design teams (BIT, IPMI, Testability)
  • Design for Cost Experience w/ Producibility experience
  • Ensure our designs are producible to meet our yields and performance.
  • Timely disposition of yield fall out from tests debug and repair
  • Experience w/ key manufacturing processes from Solder, BGA, rework
  • Engagement w/supplier and the front end of the design process
  • Experience w/ DOD qualification/EMI
  • Ensure that we include artifacts into the front of design process.
  • Full Life Cycle – Ensure included into front end of the process.


Pacific Defense provides competitive salaries, performance bonuses at all levels, and immediately vested 401K match. We cover 100% medical, dental, vision, and life insurance premiums, as well as a flexible spending account for incidental health care expenses. We offer paid time off and federal holidays to spend time with family, pursue outside interests, or just get some extra rest.

AAP/EEO Statement – Pacific Defense is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, Vietnam era, or other eligible veteran status, or any other protected factor.

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