PDS Tech Inc Project Engineering Integrated Product Team (IPD) Lead in Windsor Locks, Connecticut

PDS Tech, Inc. is seeking a Project Engineering Integrated Product Development (IPD) Team Lead in Windsor Locks, CT

The ideal candidate will perform high complexity engineering management and project management for technical process improvement projects. Responsibilities include developing productivity tools, managing documentation, and tracking schedules.

The Project Engineering IPD Team Lead will manage a team and provide direction development, design, and testing of components for manned space applications. This will include extensive supplier technical management.

You will be working for one of the world’s largest suppliers of technologically advanced aerospace and defense products. The specific business unit creates products that reside in deep space, low earth orbit, undersea and on the ground and is a major supplier to the international space programs.

The Project Engineering IPD Team Lead will provide continuous support of NASA’s vision to develop and expand science capabilities for the next decade. Manned Space capabilities are enabled by the life support hardware and engineering services provided by the program in Windsor Locks, CT.

The successful candidate will be responsible for leading the IPD teams consisting of Systems Engineering, Test Engineering, Mechanical/Electrical Design, Supplier Quality, Materials Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Material Planners, and Purchasing to coordinate the manufacture, qualification, and delivery of various Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) components by working closely with the supply base to drive the design of these components.

Familiarity with Earned Value Management System (EVMS), DOORS and SAP are a plus. The IPD Team Lead will report directly to the Program Engineering Manager and Program Managers and will play a critical role in driving project execution while meeting both internal and external customer expectations. Detailed coordination with the Program Office will be required in managing the suppliers and the IPD Team. This position requires creation and delivery of technical presentations to management and customers.

Education / Certifications

  • BA/BS degree in Science, Technology, or Engineering w/ 5+ years of experience is required - Graduate degree preferred.

  • 4+ years leading teams and managing projects


  • Prior experience working with or managing multi-disciplinary teams in a fast-paced environment

  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills

  • Experience and familiarity with new product introduction and product life cycle from concept to qualification (preferably leading new supplier design and development efforts for motors, actuators, and sensors including various system integrations)

  • Natural presence/comfortable presenting to internal and external customers • Demonstrated command of RRCA methodology and tools

  • Ability to bring team members together and work problems to resolution

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

  • Proven planning, adaptability, organizational and negotiation skills for effective team management

  • Ability to anticipate project risks and build contingency plans

  • Manage hardware contracts from stages of proposal through delivery, including tracking procurement status, establishing engineering and operations efforts, and oversight of assembly and test progress.

  • Interface with both internal operations and engineering functions to facilitate assembly, test, and delivery of hardware.

  • Participate in weekly/monthly reviews with customer to communicate status of contracts and schedule.

  • Provide direction to IPT (Integrated Product Team) for actions on in-process hardware.

  • Develop and manage program schedules to drive on-time contract deliveries.

  • Participate in contract proposals, including BOE and BOM estimates.

  • Provide quarterly sales support to Program Management through effective supplier invoicing plans and strategies

  • Utilize Earned Value methodology to forecast program demands and track project completion.

  • Process engineering changes to ensure high quality, conforming hardware is being received, built, and delivered to our customers

  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification is a plus.

BS Degree and US Citizenship is required

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, age, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, or other legally protected status.