Senior engineering managers are responsible for managing projects to ensure that they stay on schedule and budget, and may also lead a team to ensure that all deadlines are met. They are often responsible for training both new and current employees, as well as implementing processes and procedures to keep the team running efficiently, and must be able to interact with a variety of personalities regarding clients and the team members they support. They should also be quick thinkers to resolve any and all problems that may arise, and they regularly attend meetings with superiors to provide feedback and updates on current projects.
Those in this position should have at least a bachelor’s degree in an engineering field and three years of prior experience, and some employers prefer those who have a master's degree. Some senior engineering managers may need to pass security clearances when applying for a position, and a strong background in computers and Microsoft Office programs is highly beneficial. While senior engineering managers are responsible for managing their own teams, they also report to a vice president of operations within the organization.
Senior Engineering Manager Tasks
Manages the full lifecycle of company projects, ensuring that they fall within budget and on schedule.
Works with clients to ensure that project goals are aligned.
Supports quality assurance and troubleshooting during the lifecycle of the project.
Sets project scopes and identifies execution resources, such as funds or manpower.