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Product Development Engineer


Product Development ENGINEER


Engineering – 310

Role Profile & Pay Grade:

Braun PG XII, Exempt

Reports to:

Engineering Manager


Van Wert, Ohio






We make life better, one relationship and one vehicle at a time.


To be the partner of choice, dedicated to safety and innovation, delivering an exceptional customer experience through empowered employees.

Summary: Develop new products and manage product development projects from design concept through launch. Refine mechanical designs and systems for cost reduction and quality improvement projects. Coordinate mechanical design projects from inception to installation and operation.


ResponsibilitiesActivitiesApprox. %Measure of success (Key indicator)
Prepare engineering analysis of projects to include preliminary design, calculation, life cycle cost and equipment and tooling selection Providing the data to verify product is meeting expectations of the project.25% Quality
Coordinate phase gate process for product development project management on New Product Development (NPD), using APQP when applicableManage projects consistently with industry proven techniques, example APQP format.10%Projects completed meeting QCD requirements. Gate sign-offs of projects.
Able to interpret blueprints, schematic drawings, layouts and other visual aidsTranslate purchase components specifications into Braun integrated design to achieve product performance requirements in Braun application.10%Cross-functional approval of integration.
Perform engineering duties in designing and refining the following: Mechanical devices, components, engines, transportation equipment and environmental control systemsUtilize calculations and engineering judgement to confirm design direction.10%Design meets QCD requirements.
Oversee design and installation of equipment including vehicle HVAC, generator, hydraulic, air ride, and mechanical lift and plumbing systems. Also provide technical expertise on door leakage systems, fasteners, fastening systems and overall vehicle sealing surface systemsCreate/maintain design requirements and installation process documents for production.20%Process is capable.
Review and critique proposed changes to engineering standards, policies or detailsReview and understand specifications both internal and external (FMVSS, CAAS, KKK-1822, NFPA, etc…) specifications.5%Process is capable or instructions are clear.
Note: included in APQP requirements above
Participate in customer focus groups to get Voice of the Customer product ideasUnderstand customer requirements and convert into design requirements5%Design requirements are clear and result in meeting product QCD.
Coordinate estimation and completion of Braun Product and Process Improvement (PAPA), including scheduling the design support with engineering team leadsManage tracking document and report bi-monthly to cross-functional team project status10%Projects meet QCD requirements.
Ability to organize and manage multiple projects through design and manufacturing processSet, communicate and delivery to priorities.5%Projects meet QCD requirements.
Note: included in PAPA requirements above
Ensures safety is promoted and maintains safe work areasMaintains compliance with state and federal regulationsN/AN/A

Technical Skills/Competencies (technical knowledge, education and experience):

  1. B.S Degree in Mechanical, Electrical or Industrial Engineering and experience in new product development

  2. Five years of related Engineering product development experience

  3. Knowledgeable in personal computer skills (CAD systems, Microsoft products, Internet use and e-mail)

  4. Knowledgeable in Kaizen and Lean manufacturing techniques

  5. Experience with phase/gate project management.