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Engineering Manager-Software

Date: Feb 12, 2021

Location: Eden Prairie, MN, US, 55344

Company: MTS Systems

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Why do so many people join MTS Systems Corporation and stay for a career? Because this is a place where you get to apply your creativity, work with smart people on fascinating projects, and make a positive impact on people’s lives. It is a place where you can learn, innovate and grow professionally.


Transforming what’s possible with cars, aircraft, bridges, wind turbines and space-age materials — this is work we dream about as kids. At MTS, it’s a rewarding career path for talented individuals who are willing to work hard, think hard, and commit to solving complex and critical challenges for our customers around the world, many of whom are leaders in their respective industries.


By joining MTS, you’ll have access to the latest tools and technologies, along with the support of colleagues who are passionate about their work. You’ll discover a dynamic culture of continuous improvement that extends to our people, one that offers numerous ways to expand your knowledge and advance your career. And because we are a global company, your work may also include world travel.


Our business is thriving. Our future is exciting. Your potential is unlimited.



Primary Objective:

Manage the Application Software Development group, which is responsible for developing and maintaining core user experience software applications that support the MTS Test & Simulation business. The Engineering Manager – Software roles has accountability for technology strategy and innovation, talent development/retention, program execution, and software development process excellence.


Major Areas of Accountability:


  • Inspire, lead, recruit, hire, train, and mentor Software Developers, Product Owners, Scrum Masters, and Software Testers.
  • Create an inclusive, positive work environment where people are motivated to do their best.
  • Foster collaboration between teams, and encourage creative problem solving.
  • Demonstrate strong and effective inter-personal and communication skills, with the ability to interact professionally with a diverse group of internal customers, staff, and vendor partners.
  • Provide oversight, guidance and review of work performed by both onshore and offshore development teams.
  • Conduct performance reviews, track individual's goals, create individual development plans, and manage compensation.
  • Ensure appropriate skills mix within the group.
  • Develop staff bench strength and knowledge management practices to ensure continuity of critical expertise and skills.



  • Apply proven communication skills, problem-solving skills, and best practices to guide the development team on issues related to the design, development, and deployment of mission-critical user application software. 
  • Employ project management and resource allocation skills to ensure software development programs deliver on scope, schedule, and cost.
  • Provides input to annual operating budget and manage group cost center budget.
  • Anticipate operational, program, and implementation issues and develop preventative measures.
  • Provide regular feedback to senior management and facilitate communication on project status, justifications for variances and technical information.
  • Refine relevant metrics for software development and use as a basis for communication and continuous improvement.
  • Define strategic staffing plans based on projected demand making use of external resourcing capacity where applicable.
  • Set and hold high work quality standards for the team.
  • Collaborate with Marketing and Product Management:
    • Partner in developing and implementing innovative product offerings that deliver differentiating customer value. 
    • Manage conceptual studies to determine feasibility of product ideas. 
    • Develop concepts, cost estimates, and schedules to support product development.



  • Own and maintain the technology roadmaps for key technical competencies within the group.
  • Keep abreast of new technology and market developments. 
  • Provide strategic, tactical, and functional analysis and direction relative to all software development activities.
  • Advocate, evangelize, and implement modern software development best practices.
  • Encourage innovation: document trade secrets and/or patent applications around key intellectual property.
  • Help translate business requirements into technical needs and actions.
  • Communicate about technical, as well as strategic concepts to diverse audiences.
  • Foster a systems-engineering mindset: drive consistency in architecture, processes, design documentation and tools across the product portfolio.
  •  All other duties as assigned


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Degree in Computer Science or Engineering or other related field (Master’s and/or MBA preferred).
  • 7+ years software development and/or software project management experience in a complex, technical environment.
  • 1+ years supervisory experience with demonstrated managerial skills (5+ years strongly preferred).
  • Demonstrated track record of delivering multiple product development projects simultaneously, balancing resources, timing and quality of outcomes.
  • Experience managing both onshore and offshore software development resources.
  • Strong program management experience with a proven track record of delivering to scope, schedule, and budget.
  • Demonstrated technical expertise and domain experience in user interface / user experience software applications.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills, confident public speaker.
  • High level of interpersonal skills to work independently and effectively with others.
  • Able to effectively deal with ambiguity and make good decisions with incomplete data.
  • Proven ability to drive change and partner with diverse teams.
  • Responsive and willing to take ownership of issues and drive solutions.
  • Self-starter, energizing, results oriented, and decisive.
  • Creative problem solver and solution developer when presented with conflicting requirements, business demands and technical risks/issues.
  • Working knowledge of software development processes including Agile, product development methodologies, and stage-gate processes.
  • Ability and willingness up to travel 20% both domestic and international.


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 regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.




MTS Systems Corporation is An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, creed, gender, gender identification, sexual orientation, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, marital status or veteran status.

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