Engineering Manager, Optical & Mechanical

Providing answers. From the extremes of the rain forests in South America to the harsh conditions of the Antarctic, and to cutting edge research laboratories around the globe, scientists rely on products from LI-COR Biosciences to provide answers to their questions.

LI-COR first introduced scientific instruments for plant science research and quickly grew to provide scientists tools for such diverse disciplines as atmospheric research and the study of how proteins interact at the cellular level.

LI-COR Biosciences is a global leader in the design, manufacture, and marketing of high quality, innovative instruments, software, reagents, and integrated systems for plant biology, biotechnology, drug discovery, and environmental research.

Can you see beyond the horizon?

Can you lead a team there?

For more than 50 years we’ve helped scientists around the world answer challenging research questions. We design and manufacture disruptive technology that’s made us the leading provider of solutions for studying global climate change and revolutionary ways to understand and treat cancer.

We need you to lead our Optical and Mechanical Engineering Group. If you have an entrepreneurial spirit, a directional focus, and a proven ability to see “what’s next?” long before others, we should talk.

While the professional qualifications spell out the details, the highlights are just as important. We need you to:

  • Set technical direction and motivate the team to excel
  • Demonstrate that you understand and relate to the customer
  • Become an expert on our products and applications, (if you’re already there, so much the better)
  • Be a strong voice for product direction


Manage all aspects of the Optical & Mechanical Engineering Group, and others reports as assigned. Responsibilities include resource management, performance management, personnel development, financial management, recruiting and selection, technology development and planning. Provide technical leadership and mentoring, and as needed, perform product and technology development. Assists with the planning and execution of product development, product support, technology development, and improvement projects to meet corporate schedule and budget objectives.

Position Responsibilities

  • Responsible for all management aspects of the Optical & Mechanical Engineering Group and others as assigned.
  • Resource Management
    • Works in collaboration with Project Managers, Product Managers, R&D Managers, and other stakeholders to:
      • Establish prioritization and scope of work for new product development, product support, research activities, and department or company improvement projects.
      • Assign people to projects. Monitors their progress, makes adjustments as needed.
    • Proactively identifies external resources when needed, facilitates contractual relationships, and integrates external resources into development teams.
  • Performance Management and Personnel Development
    • Responsible for the planning and execution of goal setting, performance reviews, salary reviews, the development of promotion plans, and the creation of and updates to job descriptions and JTL’s.
    • Responsible to ensure new employees and interns are properly trained for their work. Ensure the Job Training Lists are completed in a timely manner. Provide appropriate training for the Job Training List.
    • Assists in the planning and implementation of strength-based management methods to facilitate employee growth and development.
    • Assists in the establishment and maintenance of a proactive process for communicating goals and soliciting feedback.
    • Evaluate, plan and develop strategies to provide the technical expertise and coverage needed for LI-COR’s existing and emerging product development demands.
  • Financial Management and Business Outcomes
    • Works in synergy with other departments to meet sales and profit goals.
    • Assists in the development of insight into customer requirements and markets in order to provide suggestions for product additions and applications to expand current markets and develop new markets.
    • Assists in the preparation and management of the engineering budget for the Mechanical Group, including development costs, staff planning and capital equipment purchases.
  • Recruiting and Selection
    • Assists in the planning and execution of employee recruitment and selection strategies.
    • Attend career fairs. Organize and conduct interviews and lead the evaluation and selection of prospective employees, contractors, and interns.
    • For new employees, coordinate with others at LI-COR to identify, plan, procure, and implement what is needed to ensure a smooth and effective transition into LI-COR.
  • Product Development, Technology Development, and Technical Leadership
    • Assists in the research, planning and development of emerging technologies and provide direction for future development.
    • Serve as a technical consultant to the development teams and take an active role in mentoring, developing, and training engineers.
    • As needed, perform or manage product development and technology development.
  • Facilities Management
    • Responsible for ensuring appropriate workspace, equipment and facilities for those in their group.
  • ISO Goals and Documentation
    • Establish, track and complete ISO Department Goals appropriate for the group
    • As needed, create, review, modify, and update ISO procedures, forms, and work instructions relevant to the group.

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