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Manager – Product Engineering and Development, Accessories

Palatine, IL

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Provides team leadership for product development initiatives and lifecycle support for assigned product categories.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manages entire accessories technical portfolio
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment, managing multiple projects running concurrently
  • Manage combination of external resources, internal resources and extensive network of supply base (overseas and domestic) to ensure successful on time launch.
  • Supports research, development and engineering activities for the assigned product categories.
  • Leads direct reports and assigned resources for the successful implementation of assigned programs.
  • Manages prioritization of cross-functional activities insuring programs are resourced appropriately.
  • Works closely with key development and delivery functions to insure that requirements and constraints are identified early and that issues are resolved proactively. These include, but are not limited to, manufacturing, quality, product safety, marketing sourcing, supply chain and legal.
  • Insures that R&D output is aligned with the brand promise and performance expectations defined in the project specifications.
  • Clearly communicated resource and technology gaps and proactively makes recommendations for options to resolve.
  • Insures that all programs follow established process
  • Supports process definition and implementation.
  • Develops and manages product specifications and insures that requirements are met throughout the product lifecycle.
  • Provides leadership and support VAVE, Quality and Productivity initiatives.
  • Manages budgets for development activities.
  • Provide leadership for IP searches and maintains patent portfolios for assigned category.

Education and/or Experience

  • Minimum of 10 Years experience in engineering and or product development with strong product development background.
  • Degreed engineer, BSME preferred
  • Experience in design/manufacturing of injection molding and or casting and or sheet metal fabrication is required. High competence in at least one area is required

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