Director, Engineering in Bellevue, Washington at Sea-Bird Electronics

Date Posted: 10/12/2019

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Job Description

Job ID: SEA000248

About Us

Sea-Bird Scientific was formed in 2010 by the union of Sea-Bird Electronics (Bellevue, WA), WET Labs (Philomath, OR) and Satlantic (Halifax, NS) (wholly owned subsidiaries of Danaher Corporation (NYSE: DHR)). Through the combination of the Sea-Bird Electronics, WET Labs and Satlantic product lines, Sea-Bird Scientific is the world’s leading provider of advanced technology for oceanographic research. The Sea-Bird Scientific group of company’s design, manufacture and market oceanographic instrumentation and systems that enable the world’s leading scientists to push the boundaries of ocean knowledge. Sea-Bird Scientific works with a global network of international representatives and partners to serve customers in more than 30 countries around the world. Our dedicated team is comprised of individuals with diverse backgrounds and interests with a common goal of serving the world’s oceanographic community with leading edge technology and solutions. We offer an entrepreneurial environment that is team-centered, customer-driven, quality-focused, and growth-oriented. Working at one of the Sea-Bird Scientific Company’s locations gives you access to a robust career development process and challenging "stretch" opportunities.

Sea-Bird Electronics is an EEO / AA employer.  Sea-Bird Electronics does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender (sex), gender identity, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by law.

For more information regarding our company’s, please visit the Sea-Bird Scientific website at 


Purpose of Position:

As the Engineering Director, you have a passion for developing people and process. You will set the tone for excellence in design, sustainment, compliance, and cross-function collaboration in support of accelerating the understanding of natural waters.

Sea-Bird Scientific's strength is the fusion of science and technology. You are an advocate for innovation, identifying best practices and new technologies, aligned with strategic initiatives, that will benefit the scientific community we serve. You understand engineering for oceans. 

This position can be based out of either of the Sea-Bird Scientific sites in Bellevue, WA or Philomath, OR and will have direct reports at both sites. 

Essential Functions: 

People & Talent Management: 

  • Develop and mentor direct reports and team members to reach their next career goals and to increase understanding of customer expectations and operating environments

  • Build and develop a highly-engaged, high-performing, growth-oriented organization

  • Ensure the team is doing the right things (focusing on the critical few) and doing things right (applying applicable processes from our DBS toolkit to reduce friction) 

  • Communicate and implement business vision and strategies to the team by linking business strategy to specific functional responsibilities through roadmaps, organizational town halls and regular staff communications 

  • Motivate associates to perform at their highest levels

  • Work closely with internal functional teams across a wide breadth of the organization including marketing, sales, service, support, product management, science, technology and operations

Innovation & Growth

  • Lead, and own the outcomes of, several sub-functions with approximately 25 associates:
    • Fast Engineering – enabling us to meet our commitments to our customers by ensuring that our designs are current and compliant; able to quickly tackle valuable customer fly-in requests
    • New Product Development – engineering new innovative instruments with the highest field reliability, accuracy and precision; delivering on time and per specifications
    • Software – developing and sustaining superior software that enables ease in data collection, collaboration, and predictive analysis
    • Project Management – leading and cultivating the cross functional project teams that autonomously work to deliver on-time and per specifications; removes barriers and ensures milestones are met
  • Maintain Sea-Bird Scientific's "Gold Standard"; ensuring our instrument designs deliver: 
    • Stability and Accuracy: We provide products that are stable over extended periods of time, and best-in-class accuracy that lets customers do more with their data
    • Field Reliability: Our products perform even in extremely harsh field conditions
  • Serve as a co-practitioner with our customers and Science team to provide data quality that exceeds requirements for understanding climate-level change in our oceans
  • Ensure teams implement use of leading-edge technology where beneficial; keeping pace with revolutionary and innovative trends in their fields
  • Accelerate new product development ensuring that we are meeting product development requirements, meeting product and project cost goals, quality objectives, and time-to-market objectives
  • Partner with Product Management, Science and our senior leadership team to define priority of our product and technology roadmaps (e.g., Early Technology, New Product Development, and Sustainment)
  • Develop (or co develop), where needed, and oversee processes for key activities such as: 
    • Allocation of technical resources across projects and prioritization of work
    • Hand offs from R&D to Operations, Service and Support, and Commercial
    • Knowledge transfer to ensure bench strength as it relates to key technologies
    • Program management of assessing and progressing readiness levels of early technologies
  • Ensure design compliance is followed to all applicable standards such as ISO, UL/CSA, ROHS, GHS, etc.
  • Partner with Operations, Service, Support, Technology, Science, Marketing, and Sales, to ensure we are designing with our customers, manufacturability and service / support in mind 
Other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements


  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or similar technical discipline required; Master’s or PhD highly desirable
  • People leader; management of technical personnel desirable
  • Developing a product and bringing it to market.
  • Developing embedded microprocessor-based products
  • Developing sensors and data telemetry systems
  • Familiarity with CAD tools in general, specifically: Orcad schematic capture, PADS Layout PCB layout, Solidworks, Matlab
  • Familiarity with typical software (or equivalent software) such as Microsoft Office, JIRA and Confluence
  • Understanding of product compliance requirements: CE, ROHS 3, Lithium battery shipping
Other Related Experience:
  • Experience with Oceanographic / Water Quality instrumentation including physical oceanographic sensors and biogeochemical sensors 
  • Experience with high-precision electronics 
  • Experience with mechanical engineering in harsh environments
  • Experience with embedded software in low power systems
Key Competencies:
  • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills; able to leverage the knowledge of subject matter experts to come to a point of view and navigate a path forward
  • Strong process orientation
  • Solution orientated perspective, able to identify multiple options regardless of constraints
  • Cross functional collaboration, understanding that we win when we play and work well together
  • Managerial courage to encourage sharing of dissenting opinions, enriching discussions so that the best solution is developed
  • Ability to travel to both our locations, support conferences, meet with customers, and other business needs as required, with travel estimated at 10-25% of time

Physical Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is constantly required to sit. The employee may occasionally squat, turn/twist, or reach.  The employee is constantly using hands to: finger, handle, feel or operate objects, and computer keyboards. The employee is occasionally required to walk, stand, climb, balance, stoop, bend, kneel, crouch or crawl, and talk, hear, and smell. 

The employee must occasionally lift, carry, push or pull up to 20 pounds.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. 

Work Environment 

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

The work environment consists of an indoor, work or home office environment with good ventilation, adequate lighting, and low noise levels. At times this role will be required to be in non office environments (e.g., ships, boats, coast lines) that include exposure to water, uneven and/or moving surfaces.

The duties listed in job descriptions are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

External hiring into this position is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen and background check and possible credit history review.

SBS is an equal opportunity employer.

The purpose of this description is to assist in ADA compliance and is not intended for other purposes such as collective bargaining, or compensation.

Danaher Corporation Overview

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