Manufacturing Engineering Manager

    • Job Tracking ID: 85347-339170
    • Job Location: Sacramento, CA
    • Job Level: Management
    • Level of Education: BA/BS
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: 03/17/2022
    • Years of Experience: 10+
    • Radford Job Code: 01703
Invite a friend
facebook LinkedIn Twitter Email

Job Description


The Manufacturing Engineering Manager provides leadership for manufacturing engineers and is responsible for their training and development. The Manufacturing Engineering Manager owns the creation, implementation and continuous improvement of the manufacturing methods and procedures. The ME Manager will directly improve program productivity, process reliability, and overall process flow through implementation of process improvements, tooling advances, in-process control programs, and effective work cell layout/design. 


  • Ensures a safety focus on all processes.
  • Manages the staff of Manufacturing Engineers to ensure proper training, adequate tools and continuous development.
  • Provides technical guidance to Manufacturing Engineers and Production Specialists.
  • Enables timely responses and continuous process improvement from Manufacturing Engineers to their assigned IPT.
  • Manages efforts to develop and maintain systems for manufacturing processes of manufactured products.
  • Develops and manages the program manufacturing instruction documentation.
  • Manages the redesign of processes to improve throughput and manufacturing costs.
  • Review assembly and test procedures, safety review of test processes, and design and implementation of test fixtures and tools.
  • Ensures the use of Lean Manufacturing techniques to reduce waste and decrease manufacturing costs.
  • Supports Human Resources functions of the manufacturing engineering group including training & development and performance appraisals.
  • Leads manufacturing engineering process improvement efforts through analysis, development and implementation of change plans to improve the effectiveness and performance of manufacturing.
  • Coordinates process and product changes as required by our Configuration Management System.
  • Ensures effective use of material and tooling in producing quality products more effectively at minimum cost.
  • Ensures compliance to the Quality Management System.
  • Maintains contacts with inter-organizational and external representatives.
  • May participate in briefings and technical meetings for internal and external representatives concerning specific and/or organizational projects or operations. 

Other Job Functions

  • Other duties may be assigned. 


  • Supervises exempt staff of engineers and support staff, as applicable. 

Experience and Skills


  • Bachelor’s degree in Manufacturing or Mechanical Engineering required.  Minimum 10 years of combined experience as an individual engineer and engineering manager also required.  Experience as a Manufacturing Engineering Manager a plus.
  • Must have thorough working knowledge of composite lamination, composite bonding, machining, and assembly processes, practical experience in a manufacturing environment and good problem solving skills.
  • Must have general knowledge of budget preparation and cost control.
  • A high degree of creativity is expected.
  • Working knowledge of ISO9001/AS9100 requirements.
  • Proven track record in a high variety, low volume manufacturing environment.
  • Demonstrated passion for customer satisfaction.
  • Demonstrated ability to influence cross-functionally to meet program/project requirements.
  • Demonstrated strong communication skills.
  • May be required to obtain and maintain a U.S. security clearance at the appropriate level (requires U.S. Citizenship).  


  • Office and or manufacturing environment - Spends 40-60% of time in shop environment. 
  • Some lifting (not over 50 lbs.) and standing for long periods of time on a hard surface. 
  • May be exposed to possible shop hazards including high noise level, high pressure equipment, chemicals, projectiles and shop traffic.
  • Employee may generate, handle, manage, or work around hazardous materials and hazardous wastes. 


  • 5-15% May be required between other KUAS locations or vendor locations.

Job Benefits

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Tax Savings Accounts (HSA / FSA)
  • Life Insurance
  • Short Term Disability
  • Long Term Disability
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • 401k
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan
  • PTO
  • Education Assistance Program
  • Paid Holidays
Kratos Defense is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer. EOE, Minorities, Females, Vet, Disabled, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity or any other protected class.
All qualified job seekers are encouraged to apply. Kratos Defense is committed to America's veterans by providing opportunities for them to continue contributing after service to our nation. We also work to provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities.
EEO Is The Law

Disability Accessibility Accommodation
If you require an accommodation to navigate or apply to our careers site, please send your request to or call 858-964-2916. Any inquires not related to requesting an accommodation will be discarded.

Pay Transparency
The company will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant.

Job Applicant Privacy Notice
For applicants in the EU and California residents, please review our privacy notice.