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Senior Engineer / Project Leader

Location: Philadelphia, PA area
Type: Full-time
Start Date: Immediate
Experience: 8+ years engineering product development
Functions: Engineering
Industries: Wholesale, juvenile products, consumer products

JOB DESCRIPTION

Austlen™ Baby Co. is an exciting start-up in the juvenile products industry. We are seeking to fill our senior engineer / project leader position with a positive, enthusiastic, talented engineer who drives for results, has a strong work ethic, and has the ability to both design and lead teams through robust product development. Our senior engineer / project leader will report to Austlen’s CTO and will be responsible for overseeing projects from concept ideation, through component/system level design and development, to final production. The main purpose of this role is to facilitate good cross-functional communication between engineering, marketing and other key business functions to drive successful new product development and facilitate sustaining engineering for all product platforms. This position requires a hands-on individual who thrives in a fast-paced environment with diverse responsibilities.

POSITION PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Lead the development of innovative new products that exceed customer expectations as well as quality and financial requirements 
  • Define and manage project schedules, resource plans, and project deliverables 
  • Coordinate and ensure the completion of work activities among internal and external team members 
  • Nurture the development of innovative concepts and new ideas to improve product performance and simplify product designs 
  • Ability to review product viability in terms of consumer use and assembly, manufacturability, and product and capital cost requirements 
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously, ensuring deliverables are executed on time, to cost, and performance and quality goals are achieved 
  • Invent top-level and subsystem concepts (e.g., mechanisms), build quick mockups to validate feasibility, and coordinate fabrication of working prototypes 
  • Create mechanical part and assembly designs using parametric 3D CAD tools, with emphasis on aesthetic design intent implementation and developing internal component layouts, stack-ups and space studies as necessary. Job will require 3D CAD modeling in Pro/E approximately 30% of the individual’s time 
  • Possess an understanding of industry and government compliance standards and the ability to design products that meet and exceed these standards 
  • Define mechanical reliability test procedures to validate performance goals, verifying compliance with applicable safety certifications, coordinate testing and compile documentation of results 
  • Generate and oversee comprehensive engineering product specifications, quality and audit plans and engineering drawings 
  • Organize and lead project update presentations and design reviews, preparing visual materials for describing complex engineering concepts for cross-functional and external teams 
  • Collaborate with overseas manufacturing, including production line auditing, production control documentation review, vendor qualifying and engineering co-development 
  • Manage projects being designed, developed and implemented by outside firms and outside suppliers 
  • Search patent databases to identify potential IP infringement risks and champion patent protection application for new ideas 
  • Prepare and present monthly project status reports to the executive team 
  • Proactively lead and mentor team members, sharing new design engineering insights and promoting a positive team environment

POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Recognized engineering degree in mechanical engineering or a design engineering-related field 
  • 6+ years of experience designing products in a consumer-oriented industry; juvenile experience is a plus 
  • 2+ years of experience leading product development projects in a team environment 
  • Experience detailing project plans in Microsoft Project or similar software 
  • Excellent people skills and experience mentoring engineers and designers on good design practices 
  • Proven proficiency in engineering areas of statics, dynamics, strength of materials, mechanism design, tolerance analysis, GD&T, and FMEA 
  • Past experience designing complex mechanical products using 3D CAD software such as Pro/Engineer Wildfire 
  • Senior level and above engineering skills in plastic part design and development 
  • Experience working with industrial designers and integrating industrial design Intent into products 
  • Experience working with suppliers in Asia 
  • Willingness and ability to travel internationally 2-3 times per quarter 
  • Excellent listening, verbal and written communication skills 
  • Proven ability to work well under pressure 
  • Experience working in all Microsoft applications including Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Past industry-related experience 
  • Specific training in project management or completion of Project Management Professional (PMP) certificate
  • Past experience designing mechanisms 
  • Experience designing global products

If you have the required experience and skills to succeed and seek a challenging opportunity in which your work and results will make a significant difference, please apply now.

Austlen Baby Co. is an equal opportunity employer, supports workplace diversity, personal growth, and fun!



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