New Product Development Engineer in Prattville, AL at The HEICO Companies, LLC

Date Posted: 4/1/2021

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
    Full-Time
  • Experience:
    Not Specified
  • Date Posted:
    4/1/2021

Job Description

JOB PURPOSE:

Work with customers, sales, manufacturing, and engineering teams to create new designs and to modify existing designs with the result of producing high quality products utilizing the most cost-effective manufacturing method. Determine potential new markets and solve cargo securement problems by modifying existing products, developing new products, or applying existing products in new ways.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:

The position has no direct reports but will routinely lead product development teams.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

• Anticipate new product demands through an understanding of the industry as well as respond to new product requests initiated by the Sales and Marketing function.
• Determine feasibility and functional requirements through independent analysis, research, and customer contact and then create new products according to the Product Development Process (PDP).
• Conduct research and create design proposals for projects.
• Establish design briefs.
• Manage multiple product development projects concurrently for on-time delivery to the market.
• Maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops, reviewing professional publications, establishing personal networks, and participating in professional societies.
• Frequently interface with customers by telephone and in person to determine their needs and expectations.
• Fabricate samples of working models for demonstration.
• Use computer-aided design to model concepts.
• Promote organizational culture of continuous improvement by championing the use of Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma principles.
• Prepare and present status updates on product development and design concepts.
• Responsible to maintain and coordinate activities to ensure vital operational metrics.
• Prepare and present product training sessions for new employees.
• Present and collaborate using Microsoft Teams.

WORKING CONDITIONS/EXPOSURES:

• Working conditions are primarily in a climate-controlled, office setting with time often spent in a manufacturing and warehouse environment.
• Routine travel (including overnight travel) required to customer locations, trade shows, and other industry events and locations.
• Employees are expected to maintain their work area in a neat, clean, orderly, and safe manner.

COMPETENCIES:

Core Competencies:
• Customer Focus – Understanding who your customer is and their needs.
• Dealing with Ambiguity – Comfortable dealing with change and situations in which a clear answer has yet to be discovered.
• Drive for Results – Identifying key goals and using all available people and resources to get there.
• Priority Setting – Knowing what comes first.
• Interpersonal Savvy – Quickly acclimating to people and situations.
• Strategic Agility – Looking to the future and rising to meet it.

Other Competencies:
• Strong social skills including interpersonal, telephone, and email skills to successfully work and communicate with a variety of personalities.
• Must be able to maintain a professional, organized, and positive demeanor, even when dealing with difficult issues and challenging situations.
• Good communication and public speaking skills.
• Ability to think and operate on the fly, to assess situations, to weigh options, and to make sound business decisions.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

• Visit industrial sites to observe products and equipment.
• Able to operate/demonstrate cargo control equipment (winches, straps, beams, etc.)
• Extended computer use (sitting, typing, use of mouse, and viewing screen).

KNOWLEDGE and SKILLS:

• Competent computer skills. Knowledge of MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams, Outlook, and LinkedIn.
• Knowledge of SolidWorks and/or 3D Design, AutoCAD, or DraftSight.
• Project management skills.
• Excellent written and communication skills.
• Understanding of and ability to properly apply engineering principles.
• Proficiency in mathematics.

EDUCATION:

• College degree required, preferably a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME).
• In lieu of a college degree, additional equivalent experience and education in a related industry may be considered.

EXPERIENCE:

• At least five years in product design and development.
• Extensive experience leading teams required.
• Seven or more years of product design and development experience preferred.
• Exposure to the transportation industry is a plus.
• A combination of years of experience, advanced education, and industry-specific training and experience may be considered in lieu of the minimum experience requirement.