Career Opportunities

Director of Engineering



Duluth, GA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Collaboration drives Nordson’s success as a market leader in Industrial Precision Solutions and Advanced Technology. Our employees thrive in an environment where we help each other reach our personal best and enable our company to continuously improve and grow, and our customers to succeed. You will find Nordson employees sharing our success by giving back in the communities around the world where we live and work.

Nordson Adhesive Dispensing Systems (ADS) sets the global standard in hot melt machines and dispensing, coating, and laminating systems. Manufacturers rely on our equipment for packaging, product assembly and surface treatment applications. With a leading services and support network, we help our customers worldwide increase manufacturing efficiencies and produce the highest quality products.

Job Summary

Under general direction of the Division Leader, the Director of Engineering manages and directs the engineering organization towards its primary technological objectives consistent with division strategic goals. The Director will apply current engineering best practices and provide engineering solutions and collaborate with peers such as commercial team and operations team. The individual is accountable for all engineering deliverables, budget, and costs. Responsibilities are subject to change at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons.

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities

1.Establishes current and long-range objectives, plans and policies

2.Creates a technical vision and new product development pipeline and plans for implementation of new technical projects and product lines

3.Works cross functionally to complete justification of new technologies and solutions, as well as commercialization and launch following NPD process

4.Reviews divisional and team operating results, compares them to established objectives and takes steps to ensure that appropriate measures are taken

5.Accepts accountability for engineering deliverables within company policies and processes

6.Creates technical budgets, allocates resources, and determines the schedule for project milestones deadlines

7.Analyzes new technologies and establishes technology road map as part of regular strategy updates by supporting research initiatives within engineering and marketing teams ensuring product pipeline is forward looking and full

8.Dispenses advice, guidance, direction, and authorization to carry out major plans consistent with established policies and procedures

9.Responsible for developing staff to meet their highest potential, and constantly mentor and train to improve their capabilities, initiative, judgement, and productivity. This includes annual formal reviews and goal setting.

10.Communicating with upper management about the status of projects and material issues that will affect growth plans and project results.

11.General business acumen to understand and prepare a project business case in support of proposed changes, which align with our NBS Next strategic framework and deliver to management and other stakeholders

Education and Experience Requirements

BS or MS in Engineering Discipline + minimum 10 years team management. MBA or similar business management experience a plus.

Minimum 15 years in engineering role with proven management experience.

Skills and Abilities

1.Lead and motivate engineers and technical employees balancing dynamic projects and regular changes

2.Apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of technical and business opportunities

3.Familiarity with base engineering processes and principles across all disciplines continuously looking and implementing improvements to drive effectiveness

4.Ability to present effective and persuasive information and arguments on complex subjects to top management, customers, and technical groups

5.Ability to collaborate commercial and operations leaders and team and prioritize issues and actions to achieve business objectives

6.Strong work ethic and time management

7.Confidence and ability to identify and solve problems early

8.Ability to travel as necessary

9.All other reasonable duties as assigned

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

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 look at a computer screen, reports and other documents. The employee is regularly required to use their hands on a computer keyboard or a calculator. The employee is regularly required to sit, talk, hear and interact with other employees. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, bend, kneel and climb. Employee may on occasion be required to lift an object up to 50 lbs.

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 noise level in the work environment can range from moderate to loud.

Travel Required



Estimated 20%

Nordson Corporation provides equal employment opportunity to all applicants and employees. No person is to be discriminated against in any aspect of the employment relationship due to race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, citizenship status, marital status, pregnancy, veteran status or any other status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. All employment offers are contingent upon successful completion of our pre-employment drug screening and background/criminal check, consistent with applicable laws.Third party recruiters and agencies should not contact employees of Nordson or its subsidiaries directly. Any resumes sent to a hiring manager or submitted to Nordson employees are considered unsolicited and property of Nordson. Nordson will not pay a placement fee unless the agency or recruiter has a signed contract with Nordson’s Human Resources department in advance of submitting a candidate for consideration. Verbal and written approvals will not be considered a valid contract for service.