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Engineering Supervisor- Suspension Job

Date: Mar 10, 2023

Location: Kirkland, WA, US, 98033

Company: PACCAR

Kenworth Division of PACCAR is hiring Engineering Supervisor – Suspension to join our team in Kirkland, Washington.



Company Information


PACCAR is a Fortune 500 company established in 1905. PACCAR Inc is recognized as a global leader in the commercial vehicle, financial, and customer service fields with internationally recognized brands such as Kenworth, Peterbilt, and DAF trucks.  PACCAR is a global technology leader in the design, manufacture and customer support of high-quality light-, medium-, and heavy-duty trucks under the Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF nameplates.  PACCAR also designs and manufactures advanced diesel engines, provides financial services and information technology, and distributes truck parts related to its principal business.

Whether you want to design the transportation technology of tomorrow, support the staff functions of a dynamic, international leader, or build our excellent products and services — you can develop the career you desire with PACCAR. Get started!


Kenworth Truck Company


Kenworth Truck Company is the manufacturer of The World’s Best® heavy and medium duty trucks. Kenworth is an industry leader in providing fuel-saving technology solutions that help increase fuel efficiency and reduce emissions. The company’s dedication to the green fleet includes aerodynamic trucks, compressed and liquefied natural gas trucks, and medium duty diesel-electric hybrids.



Position Summary:

The Kenworth suspension department is seeking an engineering supervisor to manage and lead a team of design engineers responsible for suspension design. The engineering supervisor will oversee all aspects of suspension design work including, but not limited to, leading medium program reviews, budget and cost tracking, managing program timelines, plant support, sales support, warranty corrections, and cost reductions. This position will manage, direct, and evaluate the work of others and implement designs into production. Ideal candidates would have a strong leadership background in continuous improvement and experience in promoting team culture that encourages innovation and sets high standards for quality and productivity.


Job Functions / Responsibilities:


  • Lead a high-performance suspension development team with a focus on engineering quality
  • Responsible for leading, supporting, coaching, and developing the team that successfully performs within a large and complex organization.
  • Serve as a technical expert and an effective people manager.
  • Manage team deliverables across multiple projects and programs at various stages of development (Definition, Concept, Engineering, and Verification/Validation), and adapt job responsibilities within the team to ensure successful completion.
  • Provide supervision and team building; write and administer performance appraisal reviews (PARs), and individual development plans (IDPs)
  • Track multiple projects, provide periodic status updates to management, and manage to appropriate product creation process deliverables (e.g. plant support, sales support, warranty correction, cost reduction projects)
  • Identify, prioritize, and coordinate resolution of production, field service, quality assurance, supplier, and pre-sales issues
  • Work closely with Kenworth order processing, frame design, and MEG/CEG authors to improve process efficiency
  • Review and approve of SRDCs, ECNs, drawings, EDPs, OARs, REIs, deviations, and other similar documents
  • Prepare engineering activity status reports and other detailed reporting
  • Assist senior staff in the development of section capital, expense, and staffing requirements
  • Other duties as assigned



Qualifications & Skills



  • Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering or related field required
  • Master’s degree in engineering or business preferred
  • 5+ years of design experience; previous supervisory, project management, and/or lead experience preferred
  • Collaborative nature, fosters a sense of team across groups and cultures and is accountable for team interactions and dynamics
  • General knowledge of truck or automotive systems/components and how they function/interact; chassis and order processing experience preferred
  • Manufacturing plant or operations experience desired
  • Familiarity with self-managed teams, lean leadership techniques, and situational leadership

•           Prior supervisory experience preferred.

•           Demonstrated experience recruiting and managing technical teams, including performance management.

  • Demonstrated proactivity and ability to handle multiple tasks
  • Thorough knowledge and experience with Creo / Windchill
  • Fundamentals of engineering (FE) or professional engineer (PE) license desired
  • Six sigma experience desired (i.e. DFSS, GB, BB)
  • Commercial Driver’s License is desired
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills are a must; customer service oriented
  • Up to 10% travel possible



Why work for PACCAR/Kenworth?



  • Global Fortune 500 Company with a wide array of growth and development opportunities.
  • Work alongside experienced goal-oriented colleagues recognized as experts in their fields.
  • Support and/or design the commercial vehicles of the future with a focus on emerging technologies such as electric and autonomous trucks
  • Competitive salary and 401k with up to a 5% company match
  • Fully funded pension plan that provides monthly benefits after retirement
  • Comprehensive paid time off –  minimum of 10 paid vacation days,12 paid holidays; and sick leave.
  • Tuition Reimbursement for continued education
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision plans for you and your family
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) and Health Savings Account (HSA)
  • Paid short and long term disability program
  • Life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance
  • EAP services including wellness plans




Additional Job Board Information


PACCAR promotes equal employment opportunities by implementing policies and practices that ensure employees and applicants are not discriminated against because of their race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status or other legally protected status. This applies to recruitment, selection, placement, promotion, termination, rates of pay, and other conditions of employment.

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