Group Lead - Validation Engineering ‚Äč

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MTU is looking for an experienced engineer to join us for an opportunity to apply and share their knowledge and expertise. We are committed to providing an environment where you can share expert solutions, make important decisions, and help mentor less experienced engineers. We offer a strong benefits package, including rich health plans, a retirement savings plan, and income protection programs. Our company also offers a healthy work-life balance through a hybrid work schedule and a variety of flexible work arrangements. MTU AENA employees drive their own success in an environment that recognizes diversity and celebrates achievements.

The Group Lead plays a key role in overseeing the day to day activities of the Group. You will provide mentorship and guidance to your team, maintaining high standards of quality and productivity while fostering a collaborative and engaging work environment.

The Validation Engineering Group Lead will be responsible for overseeing and coordinating validation engineering projects. We are looking for a dynamic and experienced Project Validation Group Lead to join our validation engineering team. This involves ensuring that all technical aspects are met within the project timelines and upholding the engine validation process and development planning. The successful candidate will oversee a team of project engineers, manage complex validation engineering projects, and ensure successful project/testing delivery within budget and on schedule. The Validation Group Lead should foster innovation, mentor team members, and maintain a productive work environment. He or she will work closely with Pratt and Whitney customers, supporting engine validation activities for 30k, NGPF, and Military programs, planning hardware testing, and ensuring that all engines meet performance, durability, and regulatory requirements.

Essential Functions Include:

Employee Development

  • Conduct regular, meaningful 1:1’s with Group members to connect and discuss progress, address concerns relative to development goals and expectations
  • Fully write and hold Development Plans and Annual Feedback Summaries for Group members with Manager and Tech Lead input
  • Set demanding but realistic goals and explain relevance within the greater context; link individual goals to the goals of the Group and company
  • Assess performance of employees
    • Recognize employees for high performance utilizing AENA’s Recognition Program, along with other methods
    • Proactively identify and address employee issues and escalate to Manager if disciplinary action is needed
    • Provide merit-based input for salary discussions


  • Support department recruitment activity
  • Review candidates in applicant tracking system
  • Participate in interview de-brief meetings


  • Conduct Group Meetings to discuss projects, challenges, escalations and successes within the Group; Communicate relevant information down to Group and up to Manager    

Budgetary Ownership

  • Provide input for Department Operational budget and manage Group budget
  • Own quoting of POs or SOWs in NetSuite (delegate Project leads if applicable)

Strategic Input

  • Provide input to Manager about changing business, financial and operational information
  • Propose changes to existing Group structure as necessary

Continuous Improvement

  • Foster an environment of continuous improvement and ensure resources are available
  • Empower employees to make changes in the spirit of continuous improvement

Relationship Management

  • Promote collaboration between group members, partners, customers
  • Promote cohesion and team spirit and create a sense of identity with the department, company
  • Develop and maintain strong customer relationships
  • Contribute to the development of new business, seek opportunities to bring forth to Manager
  • Form strong relationships with company-wide Group Leads (your peer Group) by meeting on a regular basis for alignment, sharing of best practices, etc
  • Be fluent in the core discipline,  and become conversational across organizational disciplines
  • Develop and leverage external networks towards continuous professional growth

Group Leadership

  • Provide an environment that fosters engaged employees
  • Prioritize team building events, support community initiatives 
  • Ensure company values and culture guide your decisions/leadership style
  • Embody a OneMTU mindset, by promoting collaboration and encouraging teamwork across departments, locations and hierarchal levels to share ideas, knowledge and resources

Task Oversight

  • Delegate and prioritize Group member tasks in accordance with Group needs, individual strengths and experience
  • Ensure deliverables are being met

Operational Oversight

  • Provide oversight and direction to comply with company policies and procedures
  • Conduct NetSuite project management tasks
    • Review NetSuite charging and incentive time/pay
    • Review expense reports (travel, etc.)
    • Review training records
  • Monitor hybrid work schedules
  • Coordinate schedules (Flextime and PTO), job rotations, and assignments
    • Approve incoming PTO/Flextime requests

Requirements for this position include:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field (Mechanical, Aerospace, Manufacturing Engineering)
  • 10+ years of relevant experience in gas turbine engine MRO
  • 3+ years of Hot Section Hardware knowledge
  • 2+ years of demonstrated experience in a cross functional leadership role preferred
  • Continuous improvement mindset
  • Ability to unite disparate teams
  • Ability to coach, mentor, and empower team members to succeed
  • Ability to communicate effectively with team members and leadership
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and projects and make decisions under pressure
  • Strong organizational, planning, and presentation skills; strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Take initiative and assume responsibility
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, Project, PowerPoint, and Outlook
  • German language skills a plus
  • Occasional international travel is required
  • Eligible to work in the United States without Sponsorship 

Your Future at MTU Starts Here!

Ready to give your career a boost? Send us your complete application by listing your earliest possible start date.  We look forward to getting to know you. 



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