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Product Development Engineer

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Excellent career opportunity for a Product Development Engineer with 5-10 years of experience looking to join a growing, Global R&D team. This is a toy/juvenile product development role, working for an established company with an entrepreneurial/start-up culture and exciting work ahead expanding into new categories. This role offers the opportunity to work alongside experienced industry professionals to design, engineer, and project manage new products throughout the entire development cycle. This role involves constant collaboration with departments such as Design, Marketing, Operations, Compliance, Quality and Sales as well as with outside vendors. 

RESPONSIBILITIES
Responsible for the engineering development and project management of new baby toys and juvenile products from initial concept to mass production. Ensure completion of all product development related activities, deliverables, documentation, and PLM database system accuracy from initiation to end of life including the following:

  • Support new projects internally and with our contractors and outside vendors to ensure products meet design specifications, cost targets, scheduled time of delivery and are designed for manufacturing and assembly. (50 – 70% of the role based on product mix)
  • Create proof of concept models, CAD, drawings, specifications, BOMs and performance documents to define and develop products. Work with internal and external design resources (including our Asia Design and Operations team and outside Designers and consultants). (30 – 50% of the role based on product mix)
  • Oversee internal regulatory and durability testing and work with the Compliance team to ensure that products meet all relevant and specified current domestic and international standards throughout the development process. (5 – 10% of the role based on product mix)​

Essential Duties:
• Develop early phase proof of concept models for potential new products. 
• Work with Marketing and Design to formulate and understand Design Briefs, Product Definitions and translate them into Design Specifications. 
• Use PLM database software tools for project and documentation management. 
• Conduct in-house regulatory testing to prove out concept/prototype viability. 
• Keep project schedules and task lists up to date; upload/update relevant files, photos, notebooks on a daily and weekly basis so the project remains current. 
• Create Performance Specifications - update as necessary throughout the project. 
• Daily communication using all methods available with Asia operations and outside vendors to manage the projects. Must be flexible to support periodic video conferences held after hours to accommodate all time zones. 
• Complete DFMA analysis on product subassemblies after each prototyping round. 
• Develop and analyze product costing to meet target throughout the development process. 
• Create/review tooling-ready CAD for projects moving into production. 
• Project manage engineering pilots to keep projects on schedule. 
• Travel to Asia, as needed, to keep projects on scope/schedule and to learn about production processes and roadblocks to smooth a product trajectory into production. 
• Assemble complete documentation for Hand-off meetings.

Computer/Software/Application Proficiency 
• Solidworks (including surfacing) 
• MS Office Word, PowerPoint and Excel 
​• Product Lifecycle Management tools ​

Travel Requirements 
• For manufacturing support and product development purposes, your job could involve travel of up to two weeks per quarter, depending on the density of activities for that time period. 
• These trips will involve international travel. For this purpose, you will need to hold a valid passport and obtain the necessary visas to allow travel on your passport to China and Europe. 
• For your trips, and for product development reasons, you will need to be able to stand for up to 8 hours a day on your feet, work occasional weekends, and travel by plane.

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