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Director of Product Development

Kelly Services

East Greenville, PA
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Job Title Director of Product Development

Jobid US51FNRW_BH1413839

Location: East Greenville, PA, 18041, USA

Description **DIRECTOR OF PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT – East Greenville, PA**

Our client, a well-known and storied manufacturer of high-end consumer products, is currently hiring a Director of Product Development to join their team. In this critical, high-impact, and high-visibility role, the Director of Product Development is responsible for the development and direction of an effective engineering team dedicated to leading products through all aspects of their expected life cycle, to assure that yearly planned revenue generation is met or exceeded.

The core engineering team is comprised of personnel in East Greenville; it provides technical support to Operations, Product Management, Sales and Service across the globe. This team will oversee existing product-lines, ensuring that they remain competitive in their markets or channel by maintaining and improving product performance, reliability and profitability throughout the product Life Cycle. The Product Development Manager owns the growth, profitability, quality/reliability, and customer satisfaction in conjunction with Product Management peers.

The team will have primary responsibility for **New Product Development (NPD)** and **New Technology activities** necessary to meet both regional and global product needs. A focus on rapid innovation and expanding the footprint of product differentiation through materials and process technology is core. Design and production locations are also responsible for custom product solutions to meet customer special order requirements within cost, quality, and delivery expectations. This position works with external designers across a range of different backgrounds and industries, and must work in concert with those individuals to evolve ideas and concepts into commercial products.


+ Develop and manage effective sustaining engineering practices to support released products. Supervise work for accuracy and assure any design changes do not compromise original product performance or durability.
+ **Manage concept development through execution of design projects at all complexity levels** .
Assure engineering designs are always in compliance with appropriate internal and external standards, regulations, and procedures.
+ Effectively support **New Product Development (NPD) activities** necessary to enhance product performance or extend the product line to meet the needs of the regional business. **Coordinate NPD activities** between functions and external support partners
+ Co-ownership over the portfolio strategy to include project long range plan, technology roadmaps, and budgeting
+ Assure design of equipment allows safe operation and immediately address any real or perceived issues relate to their continued safe usage.
+ Manage departmental, project, and third party costs within functional budget
+ Manage key internal and customer quality issues through team members who will actively participate in review boards. Prioritize and resolve any product integrity issues with an appropriate sense of urgency.
+ Consistently balance team and business priorities between NPD, new technology, quality/reliability, productivity, and Engineered-to-order
+ Work closely with the Plant Managers to assure sufficient engineering support for resolution of production interruptions.
+ Effectively identify and establish agreements with outside service providers to increase both bandwidth and capability based on product development needs
+ Manage the active development of personnel to assure constant improvement in departmental skills and capabilities as well as assure a robust succession plan.
+ Provide updates to all levels of the organization, including senior management, on project status, milestones, risks, etc.

+ **Formal Education Requirement:** **Bachelor’s degree** in **Mechanical Engineering** or related technical discipline required; Master’s degree preferred. Professional Engineer (PE) license preferred.
+ **Minimum Years of Experience Necessary** : **10+ years of experience** in a similar or emerging Engineering role is required, including **at least 5 years in a technical leadership capacity** , such as Engineering or Operations Manager
+ Demonstrated ability to prioritize and lead multiple concurrent projects and key initiatives based on the distinct needs of the business
+ Capable of meeting technical project challenges within specified time frame and cost. This overall task requires careful guidance and direction of various levels of subordinates on both detailed technical issues and overall project coordination and integration.
+ Prior experience with furniture or ancillary products, including an understanding of applicable design requirements, codes and standards to meet specific applications is preferred
+ **Expertise in design and manufacturing principles** , with preferred **experience in machining, casting, injection molding** .
+ **Strong business acumen** , including experience with financial reporting and tracking systems.
+ Ability to communicate and work collaboratively across all levels internally and with external organizations (customers)
+ Negotiation and conflict resolutions skills.
+ Experience leading and overseeing the design and support of electromechanical systems
+ Experience working with industrial design or outside design resources required

+ Position requires an ability to work effectively in a matrix organization, leading by influence rather than direct authority.
+ Individual must be a self-starter, willing and able to work effectively towards defined objectives with minimal direct day to day supervision.
+ Demonstrate ability to work collaboratively with others toward mutual objectives.
+ Flexibility to work virtually and outside of normal office hours as necessary
+ Excellent verbal, communication and presentation skills.
+ Ability to communicate at all levels – Up, down and across the enterprise organization
+ Results oriented with a strong customer orientation.
+ Strategic thinker capable of balancing long term objectives with daily, tactical level work
+ Track record for delivering on innovative products or solutions
+ Demonstrate high personal energy, integrity and ethics.
+ Both **domestic and international travel will be required** . **Estimated travel time > 15%**
+ Ability to identify team needs and to both grow and bolt on key learnings and competencies. Keen focus on developmental planning and ability to put self aside for greater goals of the team
Our client offers a competitive compensation package and outstanding benefits, as well as a host of additional perks. Qualified and interested persons are encouraged to apply today!

**Why Kelly** **®** **?**

Kelly puts you in charge of your career, with access to cutting edge projects and technologies inindustry leading organizations. Top companies throughout the world have trusted Kelly as a premiersource of engineering talent and services since 1965. And engineering job seekers know Kelly as a firmwith an unmatched reputation for quality, integrity and professionalism. Whether you seek the varietyand flexibility of working on short term project engagements, or prefer contract-to-hire or directhire placement with our clients, apply with Kelly to explore opportunities that suit your specificprofessional interests.

**AboutKelly Services** **®**

As a workforce advocate for over 70 years, we are proud to directly employ nearly 500,000 people around the world and have a role in connecting thousands more with work through our global network of talent suppliers and partners. Revenue in 2017 was $5.4 billion. Visit and connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter .

Kelly Services is an equal opportunity employer including, but not limited to, Minorities, Females,Individuals with Disabilities, Protected Veterans, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and iscommitted to employing a diverse workforce. Equal Employment Opportunityis The Law.

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