Software Engineering Manager

Location : 3200 Fruit Ridge Ave, Walker, MI 49544


Who We Are:

Challenge Manufacturing is a leading Tier 1 automotive supplier to a growing portfolio of Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) customers. Since 1981, Challenge Manufacturing has grown from a very small shop in Walker, Michigan to 12 locations across North America with 4,000 team members supported by 1,500 industrial robots.   


What Makes Us Different?

Challenge Manufacturing is an employee-owned company and is currently ranked in the top 50 largest employee-owned companies in North America. Being an employee-owned company enables the Company to maintain a collaborative and teamwork-oriented work culture. Additionally, over time as the company grows, employees will share in that upside financially through ESOP retirement benefits.


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Position Summary:

The Software Engineering Manager will be responsible for leading a dynamic group of software engineers focused on building, modifying, and implementing software tools to support manufacturing plants.  This will be a hands-on role responsible for scheduling, assignment prioritization, high-level technical support, and execution, and implementation. The candidate will also collaborate with other internal groups and will need to be capable of influencing others even without direct reporting structure. With the Director of Automation this leader will help implement Challenge Manufacturing’s automation roadmapThis role will need to combine software engineering, controls, automation, and process engineering knowledge with a technologically progressive mindset and passion for digital transformation. This person must be a continuous learner driven to explore and understand new technologies and solutions. 



  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree; or related experience or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. 
  • (5) years of industry and engineering experience including (2) years of minimum experience in engineering management 
  • Familiar with software version control systems, especially GIT 
  • Experience with SQL or other databases 
  • Subject matter expert (SME) in Inductive Automation Ignition software 
  • Familiarity with the application of software solutions in a manufacturing environment. 


Benefits We Offer:

We offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, Health Savings Account with annual employer contributions, Flexible Spending Accounts, Company-Paid Short-Term Disability and Basic Life, Voluntary Life and LTD, Employer 401k Match, ESOP shares, tuition reimbursement, and paid time off.