Vista Outdoor Government Contract Engineer in Anoka, Minnesota

Join our talented team. Employees at Vista Outdoor are passionate and committed to delivering quality products to our customers. Our culture centers on an engaged and accountable workforce. Our goal is to attract and retain a diverse workforce: rich in talent, background, ideas and experience.

Responsibilities and Qualifications

Vista Outdoor is seeking a Government Contract Engineer to add to our Design Engineering team in Anoka, Minnesota.


  • Potential for candidate to serve as the Team Manager.

  • Primary responsibility to serve as the Technical Lead on Contract Pursuits.

  • Participate in direct customer engagement helping to identify existing and future product opportunities. Serve as Customer Technical POC. Capable of providing clear and accurate technical information to customer.

  • Support customer visits including demonstrations and presentations.

  • Serve as Project Manager supporting cross functional team in the pursuit of new business opportunities.

  • Responsible for performing technical proposal activities.

  • Engage Product Development Team in developing unique new products and related packaging.

  • Engage Manufacturing with production requirements including scheduling and deliverables.

  • Oversee the manufacturing of bid samples, testing/evaluation, and preparation for submittal.

  • Create product specification/sales documentation

  • Develop costing information for customer specific products.

  • Develop preproposal materials “white papers” in support of new bids.

  • Primary Technical Lead supporting deliverables throughout execution of contract.

  • Technical resource supporting Quality investigations and reporting to customer.

  • Strong understanding of product requirements and capabilities including tradeoff analysis.

  • Thorough understanding of manufacturing processes and Quality Management.

  • Attend/participate in Industry Conferences/Industry Shows as required

  • Travel to customer location as needed to support execution of contract.

  • Responsible for initiation new product part numbers in ERP system following our New Product Introduction Process.

  • Facilitation pilot production runs of new parts.

  • Maintain a working liaison with other departments and engineering sections. Provide support for sales personnel to contribute technical assistance to customers. Assist QA personnel provide technical support for vendors, develop inspections for parts, and/or to qualify vendors. Work with other engineering units to resolve problems, develop processes, etc.

  • Perform other similar duties as required by responsibility or necessity or as requested.


  • Four year degree in engineering required. Mechanical engineering preferred.

  • 5 plus years related experience in an engineering environment required. Manufacturing environment preferred.

  • Strong technical writing skills and proposal experience.

  • 1-3 years of direct supervisory experience preferred, but not required.

  • Duties require effective verbal communication skills, visual acuity to product details along with drawings and computer screen data, and the physical ability to work and move in a factory environment.

  • Ability to work cross-functionally internally and externally.

We offer a highly competitive salary, comprehensive benefits including: medical and dental, vision, disability and life insurance, 401K, PTO, tuition reimbursement, and the ability to add value to an exciting mission!

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Vista Outdoor is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants are considered for employment without regard race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, and any other characteristics protected by law. The EEO Law poster is available here:

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