Senior Engineering Manager and Technology Lead - Ventilation



Aprilaire is an industry leading provider of healthy air solutions who is committed to our mission; everyone deserves healthy air. You will join a team of professionals who are passionate, customer focused, adaptable, and leading the way for new HVAC technologies and innovative thinking. We are proud to be in over 7 million homes and look forward to our continued success; give your career a breath of fresh air today and consider joining our team! 


Aprilaire is currently seeking a Senior Engineering Manager! You'll lead teams to help customer needs, be the technical owner for assigned product categories, and grow mentor and inspire team members. Projects will include: new product design, quality improvements, and product enhancements. 


Position is currently located in Madison, WI and is not remote. 


The Senior Engineering Manager is tasked with responsibilities in four key areas:

  • Owning the specification, quality, performance, and compliance of assigned product line.
  • Supporting operations in the supply and delivery of cost effective and quality products and components
  • Being the expert for assigned product line.
  • Managing a team assigned with the execution of design and support projects including new products, cost reductions, quality improvements & product enhancements.

Leadership Accountabilities:

  • Lead an Engineering team to translate customer needs into products and components that meet cost, schedule, and performance requirements.
  • Be the technical owner and set the technical direction for assigned product categories. 
  • Grow, mentor, and inspire engineering team by owning all elements of the employee life cycle: recruiting, on-boarding, training, performance management, career development and advancement.
  • Be a leader on a cross-functional product team with Marketing and collaborate closely to set product strategy and a three to five year road-map. 
  • Collaborate with other functional groups as a technical resource for product line.
  • Improve and integrate the design and development of product within the New Product Introduction (NPI) team. 
  • Be a lead technical voice in design reviews and design decisions. 
  • Support and guide team in risk assessments, suggest and execute feasibility investigations, and provide guidance on bringing new technology to market.
  • Set priorities, allocate resources, and remove obstacles to build a team to reach its full potential.


  • Ensure the team is executing assigned projects in a timely and professional manner.
  • Own and execute on project schedules, budgets, and performance deliverables.
  • Lead continuous improvement activities such as warranty analysis, cost reduction, and alternate components.
  • Respond promptly and efficiently to manage and close Critical Non-conformances in support of production/delivery or customer issues.


  • Ensure adherence to processes such as Warranty, FRACAS, PCO, NPI, and Quality Audit.
  • Manage a team, including work priorities, career development and performance management.
  • Provide status and information to keep stakeholders informed and engaged of progress, status on key activities.
  • Provide prompt communication to stakeholders on important event occurrences.


  • Support purchasing of materials:
    • Provide direction and management of suppliers.
    • As needed, assist with component procurement.
    • Approval of supplier manufacturing processes.
  • Be the subject matter expert on product line and applications.
  • Support manufacturing and operations
    • Ensure quality assembly processes.
    • As needed, provide product and process expertise.
  • Follow sound engineering and problem-solving principles in the execution of day-to-day work
  • Participate in NPI activities and Engineering design reviews, including:
    • Active involvement in Aprilaire strategic directions
    • Provide expertise and guidance to identify new products or product improvements
    • Facilitate technical ideas through Technology Council interactions
  • Government and Regulatory Management
    • Stay current on governmental and regulatory items pertaining to Aprilaire electronics products.
    • Lead activities to ensure products and processes stay in compliance.


If the below says, "Me!" apply today:

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering from four-year college or university
  • Advanced degree in Engineering or Business desired
  • Thorough understanding of Psychometrics and fluid dynamics
  • 10 + years of related experience (prior management experience a must) 
  • Working knowledge in residential HVAC controls, such as radiant heating, thermostats, zoning, heating, humidifier, dehumidifier, and air-conditioning controls.
  • Experience leading Engineering teams and setting priorities.
  • Experience with resource planning, budgeting, and technical planning
  • Working knowledge of CAD tools such as SolidWorks.
  • Industry experience in consumer products, commercial products and/or electronic products that are mass produced.
  • Must demonstrate effective written communication skills.
  • Must be able to produce professional and usable engineering output with minimal direction.
  • Working knowledge of regulations, standards, and codes such as those produced or endorsed by, but not limited to, IEC, IEEE, NEMA, NEC, UL, AHRI, and ASHRAE.
  • Demonstrated understanding of environmental, reliability & qualification testing.


A GREAT PLACE TO WORK FOR ALL!  At Aprilaire, we know our employees are our most important resource. Below is just a snapshot of our benefits package: 


We care about your health by providing...

  • health insurance plan
  • dental and vision insurance
  • flexible spending account
  • progressive wellness programming for you and your family (including fitness programs and incentives)

We care about your wellbeing by providing...

  • vacation and holiday pay
  • employee discounts on Aprilaire products

We care when you need it most by providing...

  • company-sponsored short and long term disability plans
  • identity theft protection
  • bereavement pay

We care about your financial wellness by providing...

  • 401(k) with company match and generous profit sharing
  • life insurance coverage

We care about our community by...

  • giving back to local charities through fundraising, volunteering, and charitable events
  • sponsoring employees and immediate family members for their participation in charitable events

Applicants have rights under federal and state employment laws:

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)  En Español

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)  En Español

Wisconsin Family and Medical Leave Act (WFMLA)  En Español

Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA)  En Español


Aprilaire is an E-Verify company 


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