Design Manager
April 22, 2022

The Design Manager is a key role that produces detailed automation project design work at JAE Automation.  Reporting to the Senior Design Manager, this position requires strong project design skills in industrial automation systems to effectively plan, manage and deliver complex projects for our customers.  This position requires deep technical skills to work with the Controls, Mechanical, and IT/OT Team Leads to provide detailed custom automation designs and to effectively support the Senior Design Manager’s goals and objectives for the Design Team at JAE Automation.  This role also involves strong interpersonal skills to work collaboratively with Project Managers, Automation Strategists and Design Team members.

Responsibilities and duties:

  • Project Design Management
  • Attend customer design meetings to gather project specifications and other relevant information
  • Respond to customer inquiries regarding project design issues/concerns to resolve issues quickly and to promote clear communication
  • Creates and develops design concepts and detailed plans
  • Review and approve project Bill of Materials for procurement
  • Review and approval of documentation, instructions, drawings, programming, or specifications to communicate design intent
  • Responsible for overall design on projects, reviewing design changes and leading teams to ensure processes and projects are being completed accurately and timely
  • Supports and collaborates with the Automation Strategist in the development of requirements and solutions for customers
  • Works closely with the Project Managers for scheduling, assigning team members, meeting project goals, and staying on budget
  • Works closely with the Controls, Mechanical and IT/OT Team Leads to resolve technical design issues
  • Mentors members of the Design Team in technical skill areas to foster internal skills development
  • Review and approve the setup of specialized and standard equipment to test, diagnose and analyze the performance of components, assemblies, and systems
  • Sales and Senior Level Management Support
  • Collaborates with the Senior Design Manager to receive new projects, report on existing project designs and close out projects
  • Provides technical support for sales efforts including review of estimates, proposals, or presentations
  • Conducts research and development activities to support sales efforts
  • Researches and investigates new suppliers and maintains other strategic supply partnerships to support senior level management sales efforts as required
  • Meets weekly with the Senior Design Manager to review progress on design project work and other issues/concerns
  • Provides feedback to the Senior Design Manager on the performance of Design Team members to assist in the quarterly performance review process

Required work experience/abilities:

  • 10 to 15 years of relevant work experience including a focus in industrial automation, project design management, robotics, controls, mechanical design, and IT/OT is required
  • Exceptional technical writing skills to contribute to proposals, estimates, technical documentation and record strong design specifications and processes
  • Exceptional custom automation design skills in all technical areas including controls, mechanical, IT/OT and robotics
  • Excellent document management system abilities and demonstrates standards for excellence in project design

Required technical skills:

  • Expert in industrial automation systems design using products such as AUTOCAD, E3 and SOLIDWORKS
  • Expert level project design management, controls, mechanical design, robotics, and IT/OT
  • Expert level technical problem-solving skills and project management abilities
  • Expert level skills with all MS Office products

Educational background:

  • College diploma, university degree or 15+ years of relevant work experience in project design management and industrial automation systems or a combination of relevant technical skills demonstrated and/or acquired work experience.

Candidate profile:

  • Excellent verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • Strong written communication skills
  • Client-Focused
  • Creative Thinker
  • Team-Oriented
  • Decision Making
  • Adaptability

Additional Information:

  • Flexible work hours may be required
  • Travel may be required and on occasion to other parts of North America including entry into the USA
  • A valid Driver’s License and Canadian Passport or B1/B2 or ESTA work visa are required
  • English language skills are essential
  • French and other languages are assets
  • This is a full-time position with a competitive salary and benefits package
  • This position can be performed from a home-based office or relocation assistance is available
  • We welcome résumés from a variety of candidates.  Should you require accommodation during the interview process, please notify us when you are contacted.

Résumés can be sent to:

Eric Martin C.E.T.

Eric Martin C.E.T.

Electronic Engineering Technologist, is owner and President of JAE Automation. For over 25 years, Eric’s passion has been about making things, and how to make them better. Since founding JAE Automation in 2000, along with leading his team, Eric has been engaged in automation design for the automotive, consumer goods, food and beverage sectors and many more.


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