Programs Engineer (Engines)
The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC), a Washington D.C. based non-profit organization, has an excellent opportunity for a Program Engineer in their DC office. This position reports directly to the Chief Business Development Officer. The Program Engineer is ultimately responsible for all matters related to engine fuel technology for the propane industry including: project development, project management, supporting the Research and Technology Development Working Group (WG), and building relationships through outreach and communication. Further responsibilities include managing propane engine fuel programs to increase presence of propane fueled engines in new and existing markets, as well as interacting in a team approach with fellow staff members to leverage strategies and contact opportunities. Responsibilities include:
Correspond with government agencies, national research labs, and OEM’s to seek research ideas and to monitor policy and engine fuel developments.
Monitor worldwide engine fuel product development and research.
Assess technical feasibility of engine projects, identify risks, and work with technology partners to develop preferred technical solutions.
Prepare PROPEL documents and funding requests for consideration.
Technical management of all new product development (NPD) projects for on- and off-road engines.
Collaborate with Market Outreach and Training for engine technical matters.
Review and approve testing and validation protocols and methods for engine projects, monitor and serve as PERC sign-off for testing validation.
Identify technical training needs for engine fuel NPD projects.
Monitor technical performance of launched engine projects.
Manage engine fuel grants.
Work with grantees and consultants to ensure grants are on or under budget, work is completed in a timely manner, and the scope of work is completed.
Collect and update data on engine projects related to PERC’s broad initiatives.
Ensure projects follow the PROPEL Stage-Gate process.
Continuously monitor program effectiveness, help develop and design effective program strategies.
Review quarterly or monthly project status reports and invoices.
Research Training & Development Industry Working Group (WG) Management
Provide directional leadership to the team concerning engine fuel matters.
Work with task force and WG Chairman on setting agenda for meetings, writing reports, and reporting Working Group actions to the Council.
Analyze and summarize requests for funding and project concept papers to prepare chairman for meetings/conference calls.
Work with manufacturers, consultants, and research laboratories in support of the Director of Autogas Business Development to promote the idea of commercializing propane products.
Work with Society of Automotive Engineers and other relevant technical societies to promote and inform about propane technologies.
Oversee market research to establish needs and voice of customer.
Serve as trouble-shooter and communication facilitator throughout projects to ensure expectations are appropriate and are met by grantee.
Provide written and verbal summaries of project work to the WG and the Council.
Document project results and provide information and directional leadership on the development of communications materials to support the Engine Fuel mission (fact sheets, press releases, articles, publications, and website).
Prepare and give presentations to propane industry and technical groups.
Education and Experience
Degree in technical discipline.
Knowledge of codes and standards, and participation in the making of codes and standards, such as NFPA 58, Fuel Quality Standards, etc.
Minimum of five years of experience in innovation, product development, offer development, development and deployment of new products and technologies, research and/or technology transfer.
Established track record in successful development and commercialization of products and technologies. Demonstrated ability in delivering responsiveness to market needs.
Proven leadership ability.
Ability to set and manage priorities judiciously.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Excellent interpersonal skills.
Ability to articulate ideas to both technical and non-technical audiences.
Exceptionally self-motivated and directed.
Keen attention to detail.
Superior analytical, evaluative, and problem-solving abilities.
Ability to motivate in a team-oriented, collaborative environment.
PERC offers excellent benefits including: competitive salary, two weeks’ vacation, 401(k) retirement plan, healthcare (including prescription, eye care, and dental), LTD and life insurance policies.
For confidential consideration, please send resume, cover letter, salary expectations and references by email to Theresa Ryan at firstname.lastname@example.org. Only candidates who meet the above criteria will be considered.
The Propane Education & Research Council is an equal opportunity employer.