Integration Manager / Technical Director

Grand Rapids, Michigan


The Integration Manager/Technical Director is responsible to lead the cross-functional integration efforts and to provide technical, financial and business expertise and guidance in the development of complex material handling systems. This position is accountable for validating all assigned projects perform correctly, on schedule, with zero to minimal engineering, programming, or site rework.


Essential job functions and position requirements include:

Prior to contract award:

  • Assist Sales team to design systems, author description of operation, and outline a commissioning and test plan strategy to be used in the Sales proposals. The test plan strategy in the as-sold proposal becomes the baseline for the exit strategy at the end of the project.
  • Attend presentation meetings with Sales and the client.

After contract award:

  • The focal point for all technical issues. Works with the Lead Engineers from each discipline to ensure the mechanical system design, controls scheme, and the software functionality integrate flawlessly to ensure compliance with the Functional Specification and as-sold system metrics.
  • Work with the technical lead engineers to define the best technical solution to reduce project risk and stay within the available, as-sold budget.
  • Ensure all design decisions are documented and traceable throughout the life cycle of the project.
  • Assist the project team to review technical conflicts between departments. Provide direction regarding the path forward.
  • Direct and counsel the technical lead engineers to complete tasks on schedule so as to assist the Project Manager keep the overall project on schedule. Assist the project team to re-schedule tasks to minimize/mitigate schedule impacts.
  • Provide input to and/or review the project Functional Specification document authored by the SW team.
  • Author the commissioning plan. Work with the Project Manager to create the manpower coverage plan for the commissioning phase.
  • Author the project specific test plan. Work with the Project Manager to create the manpower coverage plan for the testing phase.
  • Review and monitor the project schedule to ensure personal tasks adhere to the master project schedule.
  • Communicate with the client (written, verbal, face to face) all key documents for commissioning and testing.
  • Travel to the jobsite to lead all key testing phases. Work with the Project Manager to obtain client agreement and sign off. Assist the Project Manager to staff the less critical commissioning and testing phases using other members of the project team.
  • Effectively communicate project expectations to team members and stakeholders in a timely and clear fashion. Serves as a key participant in team and client meetings.
  • Estimate the resources and participants needed to achieve project goals.
  • Develops and facilitates contingency plans in case of plan deviations.
  • Develop and deliver progress reports, proposals, requirements documentation, and presentations.
  • Proactively manage changes in project scope, identify potential crises, and devise contingency plans to minimize our exposure and risk.
  • Participate in project post-mortem meetings to identify successful and unsuccessful project elements.
  • On occasion, the Integration Manager/Technical Director will be assigned as a Project Manager.
  • On occasion, the Integration Manager/Technical Director will be assigned other temporary roles in the organization.

Travel Requirements:

  • Ability to travel 20% to 50% per year. 
  • Majority of travel will constitute going to job sites to oversee the key portions of the commissioning and test plan efforts. 
  • Some travel for client meetings, etc.


Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from a four-year college or university and 8 or more years of directly related industry experience.