Manager, Engineering - Compressors 

LOCATION: Avon / Ohio (US-OH), United States | BRAND: Bendix | REQUISITION ID: 5610 | JOB GRADE: 18  



Want to help shape tomorrow?  At Bendix we’ve been doing it for 90 years…setting the standard with advanced dynamic solutions that drive improved commercial vehicle performance and safety.  We’re part of the Knorr-Bremse Group, the global leader in braking technologies. As part of our team, you’ll collaborate with a world of talented and dedicated colleagues whose sense of purpose complements your own. You’ll find rewarding opportunities, diverse experiences, partnerships, and an unwavering commitment to ethics and integrity. Innovation is part of our DNA. Achievement drives our culture. Learn more today!



Position Summary:


Leads the Bendix air compressor engineering department by providing technical direction and ensuring engineering capability and capacity to sustain and grow the product portfolio and advanced technologies.   Responsible for providing technical guidance in support of product development activities, providing technical resources to the product teams, developing technical skills and competencies, providing technical support to external customers, and broadly driving sound engineering decisions and decision processes.



Essential Functions:


  • Provides technical influence and guidance of air compressor development initiatives for internal combustion engine applications and electric vehicle applications, including perspective of the complete air supply system.
  • Provides knowledge base relative to standards, regulations, best practices, internal processes and customer requirements to support product development.
  • Assesses cost/benefit trade-off of technical solutions and leads decision making process.
  • Develops and manages intellectual property both personally and leading the team.  Looks for opportunities to utilize advanced development and/or strategic planning for potential commercialization.
  • Coordinates and aligns with product and marketing teams to identify benchmark opportunities for competitive products, contributing to global benchmark database.
  • Provides the product organization with capable, skilled, and cross-trained (T Shaped) engineering resources that can function successfully on self-guided Agile/Scrum teams.
  • Promotes development of air compressor subject matter expertise and unique/specific engineering skill sets, while mentoring key talent.
  • Identifies, benchmarks, and documents best practices for improved design, test, and product engineering throughput and accuracy.
  • Supports STRAP/MOP activities for multi-year resource planning of R&D headcount and expense/capital budgets, aligned with strategic objectives of compressor business.
  • Responsible for the execution of approved policy decisions and must demonstrate creativity, foresight and mature engineering judgment in anticipating and solving unprecedented engineering problems, supporting program objectives and requirements, and developing standards for diverse engineering activities.
  • Provides leadership, project supervision, coordination and guidance to the engineering department according to established Bendix Goal Tree priorities and is committed to developing a strong group of technical engineers who have the skill-set necessary to develop innovative technologies.
  • Utilizes resources both internal to Bendix and external to ensure project priorities are accomplished with flexible capacity.
  • Proactively anticipates, identifies, and mitigates potential difficulties to ensure technical requirements are achieved.
  • Drives continuous improvement and cost savings of compressor products & processes, using Six Sigma tools & lean methodologies.
  • Communicates with customers and suppliers to ensure that products meet required specifications.
  • Accountable for accuracy & timeliness of engineer deliverables including drawings/specs, technical literature, design reviews, DFMEA, DVP&R, APSG, reliability & robustness plans, technical release, and application support.
  • Responsible for setting, maintaining, tracking, and meeting relevant department KPIs.
  • Represents compressor engineering within the cross-functional organization and cultivates relationships & alignment with global engineering counterparts.





  • Knowledgeable in engineering processes throughout product life cycle (concept, development, product support, end of life).
  • Industry standards including IATF16949, ISO9001, AIAG, SAE.
  • Problem solving (e.g. Six Sigma), root cause investigation (e.g. Fishbone, Fault Tree), corrective action (e.g. 8D), design of experiments (DOE).
  • Design failure modes & effects analysis (DFMEA), functional hazard analysis (FHA).
  • Product lifecycle management (PLM), computer aided design (CAD), geometric dimensioning & tolerancing (GD&T).
  • Manufacturing processes for metal casting, forging, precision machining, stamping, material treatment, molding, wiring, circuits, assembly.
  • Specification of components including sensors, electrical connectors, wire harnesses, electric motors/drives, circuit boards bearings, seals, gaskets, springs, fasteners, fittings, lubricants.
  • Finite element analysis (FEA) for stress and heat transfer, material fatigue analysis, dynamic simulation (e.g. Matlab), and calculations of bolted joints, bearings, springs, seals/gaskets.
  • Integration of mechatronic subsystems onto vehicle platforms, including hardware/software, power supply, CAN data bus, diagnostics, cybersecurity.
  • Value analysis / value engineering (VAVE), remanufacturing processes.
  • Broad knowledge of principles and theories of the engineering profession.
  • Recognition and working expertise of how the compressor fits into and impacts the engine and air brake subsystems of the vehicle




  • 7+ years of experience in engineering roles with progressively responsible positions.
  • Prior experience of directly managing and/or supervising engineering staff.
  • Experience in mechanical and/or mechatronic product development required.
  • Global development experience preferred (via distributed development responsibility).
  • Proven track record of success in managing engineering projects, preferably vehicle technology development.
  • Experience in related industry, e.g. automotive, commercial vehicle, engine, driveline, industrial pumps/compressors.
  • Proficiency with structured development processes including design, analysis, testing, problem solving.
  • Proven communication skills & emotional intelligence.
  • Demonstrated aptitude to become subject matter expert of air compressor technology.





  • Exceptional leadership, communication, and problem-solving skills with the ability to optimize team performance and development.
  • Ability to assimilate data quickly and drive engineering decisions.
  • Capable of prioritizing time/resources/goals and leading with sense of urgency.
  • Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills and a positive/proactive work ethic.
  • Growth-oriented mindset with demonstrated innovation experience.
  • Able to handle multiple conflicting priorities and interface with customers and operations teams.
  • Able to work in a cross-functional team in a dynamic working environment including international team members.
  • Solid project management skills.
  • Bias for action.
  • Highly professional and ethical.
  • Collaborative with well developed facilitation and active listening skills
  • Sets uncompromising expectations of  quality and safety.





  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering required
  • Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering or equivalent professional experience preferred
  • Additional certifications a plus, such as Agile/Scrum, Six Sigma, GDTP, PE


What does Bendix have to offer you? 
- Work/life balance that includes Paid Vacation & Holiday Paid Time Off 
- 401k Plan with Company matching 
- Retirement Savings Plan
- Educational Assistance Program (Tuition Reimbursement)
- Wellness Program and incentives
- Hybrid Work policy
- On-Site Fitness Center
- On-Site Cafeteria with Healthy menu options
- Health and Welfare Insurance Benefits that start on your 1st day of employment:

Company-Paid Benefits:
- Basic Life Insurance
- Basic Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance
- Short Term Disability
- Business Travel Accident Insurance
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Voluntary Employee-Paid Benefits:
- Medical and Prescription insurance
- Dental insurance
- Vision insurance
- Supplemental Life Insurance Plans
- Supplemental AD&D insurance for Employee and Family
- Long Term Disability
- Accident Plan
- Critical Illness Plan
- Hospital Indemnity Plan
- Legal
- Identity Theft and Fraud Protection 

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. It is the policy of the Company to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

Nearest Major Market: Cleveland
Nearest Secondary Market: Akron