We are looking for a mechanical discipline leader and director.

The ideal Director of Mechanical Engineering Services is a creative problem solver who understands how to balance the MEP design process with the realities of a client’s needs and the financial goals of KZF Design.
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The Director of Mechanical Engineering Services requires a broad understanding and experience with multiple building types, an appreciation of the fiscal and financial aspects of a project, an ability to filter out the salient and critical aspects of a client’s needs and the vision to translate that information into a physical form that meets and exceeds the client’s expectations.

The Director of Mechanical Engineering Services has an appreciation for the creative goals of the design process, and works with all team members to development and implement MEP solutions that meet the constraints of time, budget, schedule and client expectations. This person is a good listener, an experienced communicator, a mentor, a leader, a teacher, a trusted collaborator and a “caretaker of the vision” of KZF Design. Maintaining a recognized presence in the Engineering community, both inside and outside of our region is expected and encouraged.

The ideal candidate is able to delegate and leverage skill sets through mentoring, coaching and training staff. They are able to see the big picture without becoming labored or entrenched in the minute details of a solution. KZF believes in the Promise of Design and delivering on its promises. As a diverse group of multidisciplinary professionals working together to create competitive solutions for our clients, the Director of Mechanical Engineering Services is an integral participant and a critical leader in that effort.

As well as being creative, this person exhibits versatility in the approach of design solutions, is an outgoing and personable problem solver, a self-starter and is experienced and comfortable working on a broad range of project types.

The responsibilities of the Director of Mechanical Engineering include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Keeping KZF’s promise of design and client satisfaction
  • Supervising and providing technical oversight to KZF’s engineers and technical staff
  • Designing, engineering and overseeing a broad range of M&P project types
  • Demonstrating experience with both public and private projects
  • Working within a full range of budgets
  • Working closely with all company disciplines
  • Working with KZF’s Senior Vice Presidents to market projects to clients, including providing proposal input and participation in client interviews
  • Reinforcing KZF’s brand in the marketplace
  • Willing to be in responsible charge and have substantive control over all KZF M&P services
  • Serving the external client by serving the internal client
  • Extensive experience supervising engineers, designers and technical personnel
  • Actively participating as a Senior Engineer for selected projects
  • Participating in internal and external design charrettes and presentations
  • Leading the development of and mentor young designers in the firm
  • Estimating design hour budgets and working within established budget constraints
  • Building an external network within the Engineering community
  • Active involvement in the local Engineering community
  • Mentoring, provide guidance and be a professional educator for M&P staff

KZF Design is an Equal Opportunity Employer. No recruiter calls please.

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Do you meet these specifications?


  • 20+ years of experience in the A/E building design industry
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, ABET accredited
  • PE License, NCEES record with ability to be licensed in any State
  • Demonstrated strong engineering skills in mechanical and plumbing engineering
  • Proven experience leading and managing M&P design and engineering for buildings
  • Track record of success leading M&P engineers and technical staff for an A or A/E firm
  • Engineering experience on a wide variety of building types for a diverse range of clients in both the Private and Public marketplaces
  • Knowledgeable on current Building Codes and related technical criteria
  • Experience in speaking and writing


  • Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and Microsoft Excel
  • Involvement in professional development: continuing education, engineering design trends, new products and materials, and advancements in energy efficiency
  • Ability to work with CAD software programs such as REVIT, REVIT MEP, AutoCAD or MicroStation
  • Demonstrated strong design and presentation skills
  • Experience mentoring junior engineering professionals
  • Demonstrated progressive career development
  • Willing to travel


  • REVIT and/or REVIT MEP proficient
  • AutoCAD proficient
  • MicroStation proficient
  • Demonstrated leadership in professional organizations
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What sets KZF Design apart from other design firms?

Leadership says:

  • KZF is financially strong and stable
  • KZF has consistently been profitable since 1992
  • The company serves five diverse marketplaces in the public and private sectors
  • KZF has many long term public and private financially stable clients
  • Opportunities are present for upward mobility/promotion within the firm
  • KZF has designed many notable local projects and has won many design awards
  • KZF offers true full service with MEP, civil, structural, interiors, planning services
  • For 31 years KZF has been ranked as an Interior Design Giant
  • Cincinnati’s 10th largest Architecture Firm (Business Courier May-2015)
  • Cincinnati’s 10th largest Engineering Firm (Business Courier Feb-2016)
  • We have been a multi-disciplined design firm for 60 years
  • Company consistently works on self-improvement to ensure long term success
  • A mentoring work environment is part of our culture
  • Continuing education is encouraged and supported
  • Good Benefits including health care, life and disability insurance and 401-k matching

The Team says:

  • A warm culture “people genuinely care and support one another”
  • A sense of family with common goals and mutual respect throughout the workplace
  • Working together as a multi-discipline team makes us stronger
  • Flexibility in setting hours allows balance between work and personal life
  • A firm that celebrates its history and heritage
  • Continuity of staff with valuable experience makes employees feel stable
  • Interacting as one team in one office makes collaboration easier and more enjoyable
  • A company where you can grow “changing for the better and you can be a part of it”
  • Architectural teams are backed by strong in-house interior design, civil, MEP and structural engineers
  • A focus on technology and technical tools that make design and collaboration better
  • High-profile projects and partnering with national/internationally recognized design firms
  • A great downtown location in a LEED Gold and ENERGY STAR office designed by us
  • Awesome, open office workspace that has been designed to foster collaboration