Senior Lead Engineer


Auburn, IL, US, 62615

Who Are We?
Nestled in the heartland, DICKEY-john is at the center of the agricultural marketplace. With more than 60 years of helping farmers produce higher yields to feed the world, DICKEY-john is proud of our heritage and our contributions. As a part of the TSI Incorporated family, DICKEY-john employees also provide support for TSI solutions. TSI’s vision to create a better world by helping to protect people, products and the environment is seen and experienced at all facilities, including our Auburn, Illinois DICKEY-john facility.


Senior Lead Engineer at TSI
The Senior Lead Engineer is a high-profile position, supporting DICKEY-john, with overall technical responsibility for developing high-quality solutions to customer needs, as well as managing a diverse technical staff. This role requires both supervising and demonstrating a thorough understanding of systems thinking applied to product development, including a broad working knowledge of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, firmware, software, reliability testing, verification, validation, and production. This person will be a member of a new product development (NPD) leadership team, working with the product/marketing manager to oversee one or more projects. In addition, the Senior Lead Engineer must effectively communicate technical status to OEM customers, as well as senior management, and across functional teams that span all engineering disciplines, marketing, sales, quality, supply chain, and operations. 


What Will You Do?

In order to grow and build a successful career with TSI, you will:

  • Lead the development of the overall technical solution for new product development projects.  This includes development of product requirements and a system architecture to achieve those product requirements. It also includes providing system guidance to engineers in various disciplines (mechanical, electrical, firmware, and software) and validating that the designs developed by the various disciplines integrate correctly and address the product requirements.

  • Generate technical requirements based on customer requirements, technical tradeoffs (cost vs. function vs. time-to-market vs. quality), compliance, manufacturing, and service requirements.  Work with the product manager to validate customer requirements, based on the tradeoffs arising from them.

  • Develop architectures capable of meeting the technical and product requirements. Consider portioning of project into modular subsystems and interfaces, tradeoffs of the proposed design, and reuse of modules.

  • Provide high level guidance to the engineering (mechanical, electrical hardware, firmware, and desktop/cloud software) team members and validate the output from these teams in the context of the project. Evaluate engineering alternatives, understand team capabilities, improve collaboration/interfaces, and reduce risks between the engineering disciplines.

  • Supervise a technical team, including interviewing, hiring, coaching, career development, and performance management.

  • Gather, develop, and maintain the project schedule.  Run project meetings and assign tasks to the technical team.  Report out on project technical and schedule status.

  • Work with the engineering team to drive the completion of the subsystems and to integrate them together.  Validate the quality and fitness for purpose of the various subsystems developed by the individual engineering contributors.

  • Be the technical interface with OEM customers to communicate project schedule, technical status, and risks.

  • Ensure compliance, verification and validation test methods and measurements ensure conformance to the product requirements.

  • Exhibit high attention to detail and strong organizational skills, including engineering knowledge capture, transfer, presentation, and dissemination during and after a project completion.

  • Exhibit excellent communications skills, including demonstrated ability to effectively present information/status to senior management team, customers, project-team members, vendors, and cross-functional stakeholders of the product development process.


What Do You Need?

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering/science

  • Minimum of 8 years of engineering responsibilities in technical development

  • Minimum of 3 years of direct supervision responsibility

  • Demonstrated technical leadership in an engineering lead role

  • Experience in project management


  • Master’s degree in Engineering or B.S./M.S. degree from an established research institution

  • Experience in development of products for the Agriculture market 

  • Experience with instrumentation requiring complex hardware and firmware integration including embedded operating systems

  • Experience with measurement instrumentation requiring algorithm development to meet performance parameters  

  • Experience in technical product development, such as metrology instrumentation, incorporating high-performance mechanical parts, digital/analog electronics, software/firmware, and graphical user interface



What Can We Give You?
At TSI, our employees are our most valuable assets, and we care about their health and happiness. We offer a competitive benefits program to keep our employees and their family members protected and foster a healthy work-life balance. Additionally, we are committed to employee development and growth, and encourage and foster an environment of collaboration, and innovation. Our work has meaning and the products we design and build help protect people and the environment.


Dress for your day: We want our employees to be comfortable at work and we know they are more productive when they’re comfortable. The dress for your day policy allows employees’ discretion to select appropriate dress for the business of each workday.

Free Beverages/On-site Cafeterias: Enjoy complimentary coffee, tea and hot chocolate each day at work. We also have two large cafeteria’s employees can eat lunch in, as well as an outside patio area that employees can enjoy during the summer months.

Benefit Offerings: Paid time off, holidays, competitive medical insurance plans, life insurance, short-term and long-term disability, 401K, flexible spending account, bereavement leave, maternity/paternity leave, education assistance, and more.


Legal authorization to work in the United States without the need for sponsorship. We require proof of eligibility to work in the United States. 



DICKEY-john manufactures monitors, controllers, moisture testers, ground speed sensors, and a variety of other systems used in agricultural, public works, and analytical markets.  Customers range from individual farmers to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). No matter what the size, the expectations are the same: a cost-effective, technologically advanced, precision product. Visit our products at

Nearest Major Market: Springfield

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