• Product Qualification Testing Department Manager

    Job Locations US-MN-St. Paul
  • Overview

    Element has an opportunity for a Product Qualification Testing Department Manager.  In this role, your primary focus will be to ensure efficient and orderly operations of all aspects within our fast paced and dynamic Product Qualification Testing Department.


    • Supervise staff of professionals and non-professionals that are responsible for day to day tasks
    • Responsible for managing large complex, multi-disciplinary engineering and testing projects
    • Meet with clients to determine their requirements; develop large proposals (larger than $10k) including cost estimates, project plan, and terms and conditions
    • Responsible for personnel management of assigned staff including hiring, training, and assignments, performance evaluations, salary administration, discipline, and employee morale
    • Responsible for project management including staff assignments, equipment allocations, schedules, and costs
    • Responsible for the development and implementation of the annual budget of the department
    • Ensure all work is performed in accordance with company procedures and regulatory agencies’ regulations
    • Establish and maintain client contact for the purpose of market/account development, understanding customer’s needs, building personal relationships, assuring quality satisfaction, and maintaining a professional consulting image
    • Provide direction and technical decision making for management involving capital asset purchases and expensive for projects and/or strategic initiatives

    Skills / Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or other related science preferred
    • 10+ years’ experience of increasing responsibility in product development/validation or other related testing is required
    • Proven success leading and managing a large department, including responsibilities customer projects are often >$10k in value
    • Experience in interpreting testing procedures and requirements as well as writing proposals and reports
    • Experience in managing complex business relationships, both internal and external, where conflicting priorities of team members must be managed with customer satisfaction, safety and quality are primary goal
    • Availability, flexibility, and maturity to represent the company at a broad range of events in the community, with customers and within the company
    • Ability to remain calm when faced with mounting pressure related to deadlines and multiple priorities
    • Well-developed oral and written communication skills to meet a variety of communication needs. Good interpersonal skills that foster open upward and downward communication built on mutual respect
    • Ability to interface with clients, win new work and determine their requirements; develops proposals including cost estimates, work plan and terms and conditions


    This position requires access to export-controlled commodities, technical data, technology, software, and services. U.S. citizenship, U.S. legal permanent resident status, protected person status under 8 U.S.C. § 1324b(a)(3), or U.S. Government export authorization is required. Any offer of employment is contingent upon the employer obtaining the necessary export authorization, including, if required, an export license from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security, the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Defense Trade Controls, or other applicable government agency.

    Company Overview

    Element is the best and most trusted testing partner in the world providing high value, critical services to the Aerospace, Transportation, Oil & Gas, Fire & Building Products and Infrastructure & Environmental sectors, where failure is not an option.


    Our purpose is a simple one. We make certain that all of the materials, products and devices we test, inspect and certify for our customers are always safe in their end application; are of marketable quality; are compliant with all relevant industry standards and regulations and are ultimately fit for purpose.


    Element’s expanded network of over 6,000 Engaged Experts are trusted by organizations to test and advise on the safety, quality, performance and compliance of their products, systems and operations.

    Diversity Statement

    At Element, we always take pride in putting our people first. We are an equal opportunity employer that recognizes diversity and inclusion as fundamental to our Vision of becoming “the world’s most trusted testing partner”.


    All suitably qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment on the basis of objective work related criteria and without regard for the following: race, colour, age, religion, gender, national origin, disability, and/or protected veteran status, or other characteristics in accordance with the applicable governing laws.


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