Engineering Manager

This is what you’ve been looking for – Come work for one of the most renowned performance parts manufacturers in Motorsports. It’s a dream job for anyone who wants to be on a winning team that always stays one step ahead of the competition.

We are looking for a highly motivated and talented Engineering Manager to oversee our R&D center. The ideal candidate must be self-driven, hardworking, and have a deep understanding of high-performance combustion engines. You must be a strong leader with the drive to continually improve. At AMS you’ll be given the ability to lead and manage product development from start to finish!

We are a medium size business with a small, family-owned feel, operating in the western suburbs of Chicago. We are growing rapidly and are looking for talented people to join our team. AMS is an engineering driven organization (our founder is an engineer) and you will be at the forefront of driving the business. If you love the world of motorsports and creating the next big thing, it does not get any better than this!


  • Manages and oversees all Engineering and Research & Development team members and projects
  • Plans and coordinates all development / new product manufacturing activities with department directors and executes company objectives set by company leadership
  • Sets project and design metrics including budget plans and timelines
  • Creates and establishes engineering protocols that are followed by all involved with product development process
  • Evaluates project cost and metrics throughout the development process to determine project investment viability. Adjusts project to meet financial needs and goals
  • Responsible for reviewing all manufactured product, part numbering, and BOMs for correctness and accuracy
  • Periodically review BOMs for accuracy and cost saving revisions through product life cycles
  • Oversees new product manufacturing to ensure all required support, tools, and information is provided and teams are trained with the parts they are assembling
  • Manages current products throughout life cycle for revisions, updates, resourcing due to cost / supply chain issues and Engineering Change Orders. Manages technical quality / failure issues, determines, and executes best course of action with department directors
  • Ensures projects meet set timelines with the Development Team and other departments involved in the new product manufacturing process (marketing, sales, etc.)
  • Identifies, implements, and oversees new manufacturing techniques / processes for continued long term growth. Analyzes needs of new product manufacturing and current products to either reduce time or cost
  • Design parts and assemblies in CAD, create drawings for manufacturing
  • Thorough documentation of project development using tools such as Microsoft Office, Google Docs, and Adobe Acrobat
  • Coordinate with vendors for parts quoting, problem solving, and manufacturing related communications
  • Oversees design validation by testing and utilizing various techniques including, 3D printing, prototype manufacturing, analytical calculations, and simulations with Development Team
  • Have an up to date current knowledge of the automotive and automotive performance industry. Direct involvement in performance a plus.
  • Must be comfortable within a rapid development environment; able to support the Development Team to execute within short timelines and a given budget. Attention to detail, strong interpersonal skills, ability to multitask, good organizational skills, computer literacy, and a demonstrated ability to thrive in a team environment


  • Review ongoing performance results and identifies needs of employees
  • Implement coaching or mentoring partnerships as appropriate
  • Communicate clearly, directly and respectfully with employees concerning performance expectations, productivity, and accountability
  • Propose and implement department improvements and resolve issues within the department
  • Work with COO to establish metrics that measure the effectiveness of your department


  • Minimum of 5 years of experience of hands-on mechanical engineering
  • Minimum of 3 years of management experience.
  • Automotive engineering or automotive mechanical hands-on experience required
  • Experience managing product development process from inception to production required
  • Experience working in a small business or high growth environment preferred
  • Demonstrated ability of working on significant mechanical designs
  • Demonstrated ability to manage many projects of various sizes and stages required

Qualifications and/or Requirements

  • Ability to lead and mentor the R&D team
  • Passion for motorsports a must
  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering or related field
  • Proficiency with Solidworks
  • Experience with DFM, GD&T, and standard measurement tools
  • Understanding of automotive mechanical systems
  • Experience with manufacturing required
  • Experience with machining, fabrication, and welding a plus
  • Experience working in a fast-paced, high-growth environment a plus
  • Ability to perform mechanical work on cars a plus (i.e. build, install, and test fit parts)
  • Infrequent travel required (less than 10%)
  • We do not sponsor employees for work authorization in the U.S. for this position

Compensation & Benefits

  • Competitive compensation based on experience
  • Out-of-state relocation packages available
  • Comprehensive benefits package including 401(k) match, dental, disability, health, and life insurance
  • Employee discount
  • Generous paid time off and holidays
  • Parental leave support
  • New hire referral program

Interested in this position?

Please e-mail your resume, and let us know why you are the perfect candidate.

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