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Working As A Senior Director Of Engineering

  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $186,108

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Director Of Engineering Do

Architectural and engineering managers plan, direct, and coordinate activities in architectural and engineering companies.

Duties

Architectural and engineering managers typically do the following:

  • Make detailed plans for the development of new products and designs
  • Determine staff, training, and equipment needs
  • Propose budgets for projects and programs
  • Hire and supervise staff
  • Lead research and development projects to produce new products, processes, or designs
  • Check the technical accuracy of their staff’s work
  • Ensure the soundness of methods their staff uses
  • Coordinate work with other staff and managers

Architectural and engineering managers use their knowledge of architecture or engineering to oversee a variety of activities. They may direct and coordinate production, operations, quality assurance, testing, or maintenance at manufacturing sites, industrial plants, engineering services firms, and research and development laboratories.

Architectural and engineering managers are responsible for developing the overall concept of a new product or for solving the technical problems that prevent the completion of a project. To accomplish this, they must determine technical goals and produce detailed plans. 

Architectural and engineering managers spend a great deal of time coordinating the activities of their staff with the activities of other staff or organizations. They often confer with other managers, including those in finance, production, and marketing, as well as with contractors and equipment and materials suppliers.

In addition, architectural and engineering managers must know how to prepare budgets, hire staff, and supervise employees. They propose budgets for projects and programs and determine staff, training, and equipment needs. These managers must also hire people and assign them specific parts of each project to carry out. Architectural and engineering managers supervise the work of their employees, set schedules, and create administrative procedures.

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How To Become A Senior Director Of Engineering

Architectural and engineering managers typically need at least a bachelor’s degree and considerable work experience as an architect or engineer.

Education

Most architectural and engineering managers have at least a bachelor’s degree in an engineering specialty or a professional degree in architecture.

Many also gain business management skills by completing a master’s degree in engineering management (MEM or MsEM) or technology management (MSTM) or a master’s degree in business administration (MBA). Some workers earn their master’s degree before advancing to management positions, and others earn it while they work as a manager. Employers will sometimes pay for such education. Typically, those who prefer to manage in technical areas pursue an MsEM or MSTM and those interested in more general management skills earn an MBA.

Engineering management programs usually include classes in accounting, engineering economics, financial management, industrial and human resources management, and quality control.

Technology management programs typically provide instruction in production and operations management, project management, computer applications, quality control, safety and health issues, statistics, and general management principles.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Managers advance to their positions after years of employment as an architect or engineer. They usually have experience working on difficult or complex projects, developing designs, solving problems, and making decisions. Before moving up to a management position, they also typically gain experience leading engineering teams. 

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Architectural and engineering managers must evaluate information carefully and solve complex problems.

Communication skills. Architectural and engineering managers oversee staff and work together with other levels of management. They must communicate orders effectively and lead teams to meet goals. 

Detail oriented. Architectural and engineering managers must pay attention to detail. Their duties require an understanding of complex systems since a minor error can cause major problems.

Math skills. Architectural and engineering managers use calculus and other advanced mathematics to develop new products and processes.

Organizational skills. Architectural and engineering managers keep track of many workers, schedules, and budgets simultaneously.

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Average Length of Employment
Top Careers Before Senior Director Of Engineering
Director 4.6%
Manager 3.1%
Engineer 2.9%
Top Careers After Senior Director Of Engineering
Consultant 5.3%
Director 3.8%
Founder 3.0%

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Senior Director Of Engineering Demographics

Gender

Male

90.0%

Female

6.5%

Unknown

3.5%
Ethnicity

White

55.3%

Asian

16.3%

Hispanic or Latino

12.7%

Black or African American

9.4%

Unknown

6.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

20.0%

Carrier

15.0%

Chinese

10.0%

Mandarin

10.0%

Cantonese

10.0%

Hebrew

5.0%

German

5.0%

French

5.0%

Dakota

5.0%

Korean

5.0%

Arabic

5.0%

Russian

5.0%
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Senior Director Of Engineering Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

8.3%

University of Southern California

8.3%

Santa Clara University

7.1%

Stanford University

7.1%

Northeastern University

7.1%

North Carolina State University

4.8%

Arizona State University

4.8%

Webster University

4.8%

Vanderbilt University

4.8%

University of California - Berkeley

4.8%

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

4.8%

University of Texas at Austin

4.8%

University of Washington

3.6%

University of California - San Diego

3.6%

Florida Atlantic University

3.6%

Northeastern Illinois University

3.6%

Johns Hopkins University

3.6%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

3.6%

New York University

3.6%

Oklahoma State University

3.6%
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Majors

Business

19.9%

Electrical Engineering

17.0%

Computer Science

16.4%

Mechanical Engineering

9.8%

Management

5.2%

Computer Engineering

5.2%

Engineering

3.5%

Project Management

2.6%

Finance

2.3%

Computer Information Systems

2.3%

Chemical Engineering

2.0%

Marketing

2.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.7%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.7%

Mathematics

1.7%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.4%

Information Systems

1.4%

Accounting

1.4%

Management Science

1.2%

Industrial Engineering

1.2%
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Degrees

Masters

42.0%

Bachelors

34.1%

Other

10.6%

Doctorate

6.8%

Certificate

3.8%

Associate

2.0%

Diploma

0.5%

License

0.2%
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Real Senior Director Of Engineering Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Director, Transaction Engineering Paypal, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 05, 2015 $275,000
Senior Director of Engineering Roblox Corporation San Mateo, CA Jul 25, 2016 $250,000
Senior Director, Asic Physical Design Engineering Qualcomm Technologies Inc. San Diego, CA Sep 22, 2016 $248,789 -
$285,200
Senior, Director Engineering Sears Holdings Management Corporation Hoffman Estates, IL Jul 11, 2016 $240,000
Asic Design Engineering SR. Director Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Oct 17, 2011 $226,000 -
$368,500
Senior Director, Asic Design Engineering Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Oct 15, 2011 $226,000 -
$368,500
Senior Director, Engineering Salesforce.Com, Inc. San Francisco, CA Apr 10, 2014 $225,000
Senior Director of Engineering Marlette Funding, LLC Wilmington, DE Jul 15, 2016 $210,000
SR. Director of Engineering, Data Ellation, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 13, 2016 $200,500 -
$210,500
SR. Director of Engineering (Data) Ellation, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 08, 2016 $200,500 -
$210,500
SR; Director of Engineering (Data) Ellation, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 20, 2016 $200,000
SR. Director of Engineering (Data) Crunchyroll Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 22, 2015 $200,000
Senior Director, Analytics Engineering Ubisoft, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 27, 2011 $200,000
Senior Director, Engineering Masimo Corporation Irvine, CA Sep 23, 2016 $180,000 -
$195,000
Senior Director Global Engineering and Client Serv Gaming Laboratories International LLC Las Vegas, NV Jun 01, 2012 $180,000
Senior Director, Engineering Qualcomm Incorporated San Diego, CA Sep 18, 2012 $178,400 -
$267,600
Senior Director of Engineering McAfee, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Nov 18, 2012 $175,094 -
$219,700
SR. Director of Engineering Product Partners, LLC Santa Monica, CA Aug 09, 2010 $175,000
Senior Director, Engineering Sears Holdings Management Corporation Hoffman Estates, IL Apr 15, 2016 $175,000
Senior Manager/Deputy Director Module Engineering Globalfoundries U.S. Inc. Malta, NY Apr 28, 2016 $172,632 -
$205,000
Senior Manager/Deputy Director Process Engineeri Globalfoundries U.S. Inc. Malta, NY Aug 15, 2012 $154,835 -
$193,000
Senior Director Healthcare Re-Engineering Consulting Service Optum Services, Inc. Eden Prairie, MN Oct 12, 2015 $153,878 -
$214,000
Senior Director, Engineering IXIA Austin, TX Oct 22, 2012 $151,486 -
$214,000
Senior Director of Engineering Care.Com, Inc. Waltham, MA Dec 03, 2010 $150,000
SR Director Engineering Comcast Cable Communications, LLC Atlanta, GA Oct 01, 2011 $150,000
Senior Director of Engineering Operations Edifecs, Inc. Bellevue, WA Oct 15, 2011 $150,000
Senior Director of Engineering Rockyou, Inc. Redwood City, CA May 06, 2011 $150,000 -
$230,000
Senior Director of Engineering Rockyou, Inc. Redwood City, CA Feb 25, 2011 $150,000 -
$230,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Director Of Engineering

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  2. Architecture
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  • Draw upon expertise in enterprise data center technology to develop engineering vision and steer strategy for NetBackup data protection platform.
  • Presented a vision to senior management for cleaving its monolithic architecture into manageable pieces.
  • Provided program management support on IT infrastructure solutions, integrating current and emerging software/technologies via RUP processes' and procedures.
  • Managed a cross-functional team in the US and Japan with responsibility for new product development, quality assurance and deployment.
  • Developed and implemented design documentation process across product line.

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