Job Title: Engineering Senior Director
Type of Company: My company is the leading producer of hard disk drives for computers and digital video recorders.
Education: BS, Electrical Engineering, Howard University SMEE, Electrical Engineering, MIT
Previous Experience: I worked as a design engineer for Digital Equipment Corporation's storage division. Over the years I've held a variety of engineering and management positions in software development, manufacturing and now disk drive development.
Job Tasks: I'm a Core Team Lead for one of my company's products. In this capacity I manage a virtual team of ten, including representatives from design, engineering, materials, manufacturing, quality, and key component divisions. I am responsible for the delivery of the product to market and for making sure that the team meets its design goals, stays on schedule and adheres to cost and quality guidelines. We work at various sites in the US and around the world, among them Singapore, where the hard drive is manufactured. In a typical day I guide the team through critical decisions by reviewing technical data and making risk assessments regarding cost, quality and scheduling. To meet key milestones and manage resources, I map out program-level tasks and responsibilities and update them regularly. Tactical issues that can affect our progress I address as needed.
I am also responsible for presenting weekly program updates to upper management, as well as conferring with customers on design requirements and the program's status. I often have to travel overseas to the Singapore factory and sometimes remain there as long as four weeks. From inception to completion, the delivery of a product can take one and a half to two and a half years.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of the job is the interaction with bright and energetic people to solve difficult problems. The problems tend to be technical, but when broken into small chunks give both short-term and long-term gratification.
The worst part of the job is the pressure to meet deadlines and avoid compromising other aspects of the overall design. The industry is very competitive and small missteps can lead to very big losses.
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