Director, Product Engineering
TUMI - South Plainfield, NJ

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Functional responsibilities:
  • Assists and provides technical direction for Asian Product Development staff on new product programs, especially in developing innovative and difficult-to-execute materials/components.
  • Develops sources for finished goods, materials, and components as multiple sources are deemed to be necessary for ongoing products and high-volume styles, and for innovative new products.
  • Identifies, evaluates, and develops new materials and material sources.
  • Perform technical evaluation of samples, including disposition of lab test results, during the new product development and duplication processes.
  • Leads the Value Engineering effort. Combines input from Tumi/U.S., Tumi/Asia, material and component suppliers, finished goods factories, and self to provide continuous improvement of materials/components, finished goods, and processes in quality and/or cost.
  • Coordinates the Design Review process. Works with Design, Product Management, and After-Sales Service to determine appropriate external expertise to include for each project. Enforces schedules required for presentations and provides logistical support to external resources.
  • Provides technical support for Brand Extension development.
  • Develops solutions to manufacturing problems at any factory.
  • Coordinates technical portion of Tumi compliance activities and sustainability programs.
Qualifications:
  • Extensive manufacturing experience
  • Strong technical capabilities, with a combination of experience in manufacturing, industrial, materials, and mechanical technology. A technical undergraduate degree is required.
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Flexibility to travel extensively, and to work in a manufacturing environment.
  • Ability to form and lead teams between Tumi, suppliers, and external technical resources.
  • Creativity and motivation to identify potential projects.
  • Ability to multi-task.
  • Sense of urgency for successful project completion.
  • Analytical approach and persistence in finding the root causes of problems.
  • Ability to develop alternative plans of action for all projects.

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