Lead Engineer — Product Development Tech Lead
Whirlpool - Benton Harbor, MI

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About Whirlpool Corporation

Whirlpool is the industry leader in the manufacturing and marketing of home appliances. Whirlpool is a global company and markets Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, Jenn-Air, Amana, Brastemp, Bauknecht, Consul and other major brand names in more than 170 countries around the world.

Whirlpool is a company that creates innovative solutions and products to meet consumer needs. As a result, we have been recognized as one of the world's 100 most innovative companies by Business Week magazine and the Boston Consulting Group. Additionally, Whirlpool Corporation was ranked among the Top 20 Innovators in Consumer Products by The Patent Board and has been consistently ranked as one of the Top 20 Companies for Leaders by Hewitt Associates and Fortune magazine.

Our unique business strategy provides us with an unmatched leadership position and ability to build and sustain loyalty to our brands. Our strategy allows us to move with greater speed to better serve our trade customer and end consumers around the globe.

Currently, we are seeking qualified candidates for a Electrical Systems Lead Engineer opening to join our KitchenAid Small Appliance organization.

Day to Day (what a typical day or week look like in this role)

You will be the Technical Lead for a KitchenAid Small Appliance product category - designing and developing products such as #1 rated hand mixers, stand mixers and blenders. You will lead and execute projects from concept to Product Approval (PA) for a category of internally designed KitchenAid small appliances to include domestic and international models. You will be accountable for the delivery of all technical deliverables to create a product that meets or exceeds all approval criteria.

What You Will Do

Lead and execute all technical aspects of new product development projects on time, on cost and at best quality.
Manage technical project schedules for the entire product through process partners and suppliers.
Set project priorities and direct work of matrixed CAD designers and subsystem engineers.
Gain, maintain and share small appliance product design knowledge
Work with Small Appliance E&T leadership, PALO, procurement, marketing, GCD and manufacturing to deliver products from concept to PA.
Identiy New, Unique and Difficult product attributes and the evaluation of design options to achieve desired results.
Manage concept testing, prototype builds, engineering builds and pre-pilot builds
Partner with PALO to develop test plans, write lab requests and develop DVP&R throughout the course of the project.
Review test results to ensure they meet all technical requirements and work with codes to evaluate compliance to agency requirements.
Conduct design reviews and incorporate learning into product designs.
Prepare and direct preparation of Engineering documentation (ECNs, BOMs, Drawings, Specs).
Use and complete fundamental engineering tools (FMEA, SBD, DFS, OPEX/Six Sigma)
10% travel (mostly domestic)
What You Need To Succeed

Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering (Minimum)
10 years work experience
Strong critical thinking and issue follow-up and resolution skills
Excellent ability to identify and drive resolution to engineering problems
Strong initiative and self drive
Technical Project Management Experience
Attention to details
Good Organizational, Communication, analytical, and Interpersonal Skills
Blackbelt certification is a plus
Computer skills including Excel, Project, and Word
Ability to travel to manufacturing locations in the USA and global suppliers

Endless Opportunities

Whirlpool has big plans for the future, just like you. We understand that it takes preparation and hard work to get there. So, we offer challenging purpose, ownership of your role, great teams, and tools to build your capability. In our performance-based setting, you can take your career in exciting new directions - and as far as you want to go.

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