Engineering Director
Euro-Pro - Newton, MA

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Recognized as one of the “Fastest growing, most innovative developers of Home Appliances in the World,” Euro-Pro is a pioneer in innovative cleaning solutions and small household appliances sold under the familiar brands Shark® and Ninja®. We provide the latest in easy-to-use technology with a growing line of products that consists of corded and cordless vacuums, steam mops and cleaners, irons and garment steamers, and a variety of small kitchen appliances. It is our mission to create and deliver high quality; reliable “5 Star” rated products.

Euro-Pro has been experiencing a tremendous amount of growth, and is currently looking for talented individuals to join our organization. We are a Boston based (Newton, MA) company, with offices in Montreal, Canada and various locations throughout China.

“Euro-Pro Highlights”

Company revenues have increased by approximately 170% from just over $270MM in fiscal 2007 to nearly $730MM in fiscal 2011!!!

Named to Inc. magazine’s Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America for the past 3 consecutive years!

Awarded Wal-Mart vendor of the Year for the past 4 consecutive years. Most recently in 2011, Euro-Pro was awarded the “Supplier of the Year” for the Home Division (out of more than 2,000 suppliers!)

Summary of Position

This position will act as the technical leader for the product category participating as a member of the core team and will be responsible for the development of new products from initial concepts to product delivery. The primary focus of this role will be to define, develop and prove out product concepts and designs. In addition, this position includes working with Asian implementation team, to put all new products into production and verifying that they meet the Industrial Design intent and agreed upon product requirements and engineering specifications as tooled, qualified and produced in volume.

Essential Functions

Responsible for planning, management, and execution of all new product development projects for the product category, including:

R&D,

Design Engineering

Product Requirements and Specifications

Project scoping and risk assessment (Engineering)

FMEA and DFMEA analysis

Prototyping, Engineering Test plans & testing

Design Reviews

Tool Release, Engineering Builds

Pilot runs through full scale Production.

Managing engineering support teams encompassing enabling technologies, specialist engineering functions, product definition, design for manufacture and project management.

Identify opportunities to drive the expansion of Euro-Pro’s research and development operations to include the full product life cycle design products from proven concepts through to market launch, including process improvements and change management programs to improve overall quality and operational efficiency.

Responsible for R&D and Technology Development for the Product Category. Is the primary technical liaison with all outside technology partners.

Works with Marketing to evaluate new product concepts from end-user perspective and assess feasibility as an engineered product.

Performs competitor product benchmarking and collaborates with quality team to define product performance metrics and test methods.

Applies best practices in establishing and validating product requirements and specifications.

Conducts internal and external design reviews and manages the execution of resulting action items.

Collaborates with China Engineering team over tool development and engineering build requirements.

Actively participates in program updates with executive management and issues action items to assigned team members.

Works across global resources located in different time zones.

Identifies and investigates new technologies for the category. Identify opportunities to cut down development time and improve overall product reliability.

Builds solid working relationships and cooperation skills with other personnel through effective communication.

Works with Quality to prioritize and evaluate product returns and related tear down information for the category.

Development of subordinates through leadership and mentoring. Create clear goals, objectives and metrics on how they are measured.

Building and maintaining relationships with primary contractors and suppliers to ensure successful cooperation through pre-production phases and beyond.

Additional Responsibilities

To consolidate the role of Industrial Design Engineering in the business to ensure a seamless relationship between ID and Engineering enhancing creativity, product realization, execution and speed to market. It’s critical that the candidate is experienced in integrating the disciplines effectively to secure a strategic advantage.

Competencies/Attributes and Skills

Results Orientation

Global Perspective

Quality Commitment

Change Leadership

Team Collaboration

People/Self Development

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering required, Master’s Degree in Engineering strongly preferred – degree in Industrial Design Engineering a plus

7 - 10+ years’ experience leadership role involving the design and development of complex integrated assemblies and or engineering systems.

Industry experience in consumer durables required

Far East experience strongly preferred

3+ years of on the job experience in high volume consumer products manufactured in Asia, strongly preferred.

Demonstrated experience as a leader of cross-functional teams in a matrix organization environment

Must have excellent communication skills (verbal and written) along with good sound interpersonal skills.

Experience working effectively in a cross-functional team environment is essential.

Detail-oriented, versatile, organized, articulate and professional.

Able to cope with constant change and competing priorities and ability to juggle several projects simultaneously.

At Euro-Pro, we are driven to be the best in the industry. We are looking for individuals who want to make a difference. We celebrate and reward initiative, creativity, growth, and commitment to our mission. We will provide the challenge and opportunity to apply all aspects of your experience and skills; you provide the energy, passion, and results.

Euro-Pro supports the national policy of Equal Employment Opportunity.

It is our goal at Euro-Pro to recruit applicants for jobs without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, handicap, marital status or veteran status.

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Euro-Pro, (creator of the familiar brands Shark® and Ninja®), is a pioneer in innovative cleaning solutions and small household...