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Product Development Manager

Location: Broomfield, CO

Our Direct Client is looking to hire a Product Development Manager.

Position : Product Development Manager
Location : Broomfield, CO
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Manages the design, development, and implementation of engineering projects from concept stage to full production implementation.  Focus is on Motorized window coverings and the electronic systems and devices required for these products.  Provides strategic direction to the Motorization Engineering staff.  Provides engineering technical support for the design and line extensions of various mechanical and electrical components used in the manufacture of window fashions.  Uses computer-aided software systems along with prototype building for new product design.  Designs and defines tests to be conducted on componentry to determine safety, durability and feasibility.  Analyzes designs and test results for feasibility and functionality.
Originates and expands upon ideas for new products from concept, design, prototyping and testing stages through to production and introduction of the product to the consumer market. Exhibits a personal initiative to conduct investigative research and laboratory testing of fabrics, components and other materials associated with new product design and development. Participates on a cross-functional team to transition products from NPD into other functional units.
Develops with the involvement in ideas and concepts for electronic and electro-mechanical systems.  Designs, develops, and tests all aspects of electrical components, systems, equipment, and machinery using principles and techniques of electrical engineering. This includes existing products, line extensions, product enhancements, new products, and test fixtures.  Work is performed for functional units at Window Fashions Division as well as various divisions.
Be the systems engineering functional lead for one or more new product development projects as well as performing feature growth and maintenance of existing product lines. Lead a team of cross-functional product development, and/or product support engineers and be responsible for overall product definition, architecture development, and system integration activities that span software, firmware, electrical, and mechanical design components. You will work with product management, fabrication, manufacturing, and other business divisions to properly scope requirements to define initial design concepts with appropriate cross-functional team members. Later phases of programs focus on the integration, verification, and validation of the final product. Responsible for coordinating technical execution to ensure the various aspects of the design are properly implemented for successful product launch.
Essential Functions
An employee in this position may be called upon to do any or all of the following essential functions. (These examples do not include all of the functions which the employee may be expected to perform.)
Manages projects initiated through the strategic planning process. Coordinates engineering work activities and staff in the development of new products and product enhancements.  Participates and influences in the hiring, employee training, development, promotion and disciplinary action of engineering staff.  Serves as a liaison between NPD, the motorization Product Management Department and other groups involved with the motorization of our products. Serves as a support liaison with marketing brand groups, Consumer Support and Technical Services to resolve field issues and to use gathered information to prioritize and successfully complete projects.
Defines project scope, develops and manages schedule and budget, identifies needed resources, ensures projects are executed according to plan. Effectively puts plans into action, monitors plans and responds appropriately to changing opportunities.   Gathers costs associated with new product development in order to prepare estimates of actual production costs.  Develops and directs procedures and methods to ensure projects are met and maintained and meet engineering and quality standards.
Assists in the development of strategic planning for the business functions to meet and achieve business plan objectives through continuous communication with Engineering staff and other representatives within the business function.

    Define software and product design requirements and specifications to meet customer, marketing, and internal requirements
    Develop and analyze design concepts
    Define design trade-offs as necessary to ensure the highest level of product performance and quality
    Ensure designs meet product requirements (functional, cost, quality, reliability, etc.) and that requirement risks are evaluated and mitigated early in the process
    Coordinate creation of engineering development timeliness and track development activities to meet delivery and cost commitments
    Lead problem-solving activities as necessary for fielded products or new product development utilizing appropriate tools.
    Prioritize activities, define appropriate task scope, and lead integration of subsystems to meet product design requirements
    Provide clear communications to technical team members as well as to other leaders and managers

Participates and provides input to the company on developing innovative approaches and ideas on enhancing and strengthening product lines.  Collects and synthesizes information from meetings with the brand teams to identify opportunities for new products or product improvements. Interacts with representatives of other departments to provide status updates as appropriate.  Works closely with other team members to identify new product opportunities, build prototypes of emerging product concepts and explore the potential feasibility of concepts.
Researches new or alternative technologies for implementation in new products or product enhancements. Assists business functions in product advancement teams by troubleshooting issues with PowerView and other motorized products.  Researches and analyzes industry publications and attends trade shows showcasing competitor products. Works with marketing on analyzing market pricing and feature/ benefit analysis of our product vs. competition.
Conducts testing of prototypes according to established research and development guidelines. Gathers test results for analysis and further design and prototype modification. Documents all designs, test procedures, and results.  Reviews test protocols for tools based upon universal and standardized manufacturing test procedures to be conducted by R&D Technicians or independent laboratories. Reviews, analyzes and prepares a written evaluation of test findings.  Assists functional units in product advancement teams by troubleshooting issues with PowerView, SoftTouch, and any other motorized products.

Qualifications :

An employee in this position, upon appointment, should have the equivalent of the following:
Expert knowledge of project management. This to include product platforms, project timelines, workload management and management of team members.
Expert knowledge of the principles of management and leadership; demonstrated ability to lead people and get results through others; create high performance team; provide employee coaching and development; commitment to company values.
Solid knowledge of the properties of plastics, metals and resins as used in the manufacturing process.
Solid knowledge and use of die casting, metal stamping, roll forming, aluminum and plastic extrusions and molding in the design of components.
Solid knowledge of the use of injection molding with plastics.
Solid knowledge and use of machine shop equipment such as a lathe and end mill.
Solid knowledge in the area of mechanical engineering along with mechanical dynamics and statics.
Solid knowledge of universal and standardized manufacturing test procedures.
Solid knowledge of spatial reasoning in designing stand alone components or those working in conjunction with other components.
Solid knowledge of conventional aspects of Electrical Engineering
Solid knowledge of working with regulatory agencies such as, UL, FCC and CE
Solid Knowledge of communication skills, particularly preparing written correspondence, justification of engineering projects and presentations to internal and external stakeholders
Solid knowledge of product competition and what impact it has on doing business
Solid knowledge of computer use and software such as, Word, Excel, Power Point and CAD
Solid knowledge of the principles of analog and digital circuits and embedded systems.
Solid knowledge of the principles of printed circuit board layouts and conventions.
Solid knowledge of, and experience working with, small motor drive systems.
Basic knowledge of electronic systems to work with PowerView products.
Ability to use correct grammar and punctuation to maintain laboratory notebooks and prepare project proposals.
Ability to work on projects in a self-directed manner with minimal supervision.
Ability to independently exercise judgment in making technical decisions.
Ability to draw from first principles as well as precedents of electrical engineering in performing job functions.
Ability to analyze cause and effect relationships involved with research and development activities.
Ability to demonstrate an inquisitive initiative in performance of research and development work activities.
Ability to deal with conflicting design requirements with creativity and innovation.
Ability to communicate in both written and verbal form.
Ability to supervise work performance of contract employees and suppliers.
Ability to manage multiple activities, projects simultaneously.
Ability to read and understand mechanical blueprints and electrical schematics.
Ability to take new product, line extension from a conceptual stage through to actual product development and introduction in the consumer marketplace.
Ability to conduct presentations before large groups and serve as a spokesperson regarding product line.
Skill in operation of computers and electronic test equipment at a proficient level.
Familiar with assembling electronic prototypes, including soldering, wire management, and use   of power tools.
Familiar with C/C++ code for embedded systems
Familiar with report writing and proper documentation procedures used in research and development.
Familiar with the concepts, practices, and procedures of Electrical Engineering.

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