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Director of Product Engineering


This is a Full-time position in Reston, VA posted April 15, 2021.

nn Summary of job: nn nnAs the leader of the Engineering and New Product Development Team, this hands-on technical and leadership position works closely with other functional leaders in the company, including those in product management, production, service, sales, and marketing. This role is responsible for ensuring that HunterLab’s product offerings and underlying technologies lead the color measurement industry in innovation and value.nn nnThe Director of Engineering is responsible for all the company’s multiple new product development, product refresh, platform development, and research activities. The Director of Engineering supports the VP of Technology and others in the definition of new products and related research activities for the company.  This position has significant full life cycle experience in the hands-on and team leadership in the specification, design, prototype and pilot development and technology transfer to manufacturing of optical analytical instruments and software support systems.nn nn The Director of Engineering serves as the primary project manager for the entire design, development, and testing program for new products, platforms, and research activities. Manages development of all elements of project baseline (scope, schedule and budget) while considering the operations, performance, testing, manufacturing, and cost of bringing a new product to market.

nn nnThis position has advanced knowledge and developmental experience in new product development and product engineering with specific and relevant engineering experience in mechanical, electrical and electronics, optics, computer and embedded systems, and software. Manages, mentors, and coaches a multi-disciplinary team of up to ten other engineers and technical roles to maximize team efficiency and development output.nn nn n nn nn A successful candidate will have: nn Master’s degree in an engineering discipline (preference for Mechanical Engineer or Electrical Engineer) 10+ years of experience in mechanical or electrical engineering, physics, optics or other related discipline,.

nnMinimum of 5 years’ experience in the following areas:nn Analytical instrumentation design, Demonstrable project management, Managing complex electro-optical product design projects, Performing under an ISO equivalent quality control program, and Managing small teams to accomplish a common goal.

Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) desirable.

nn n nn nn Key responsibilities include: nn nn New Product Development and Introduction nn Provide informed technical and product vision and engineering leadership for existing and emerging products, platforms, and application technologies through an understanding of customer and business needs.

Manage and ensure the optimal application of current technology, engineering resources, outsourced design services and project contractors to meet product development and/or customer requirements.

Work closely with marketing and product management team to develop product specifications derived from market feedback, customer requirements gathering (voice of customer), and historical product data.

Ensure product requirements are properly documented and understood by all stakeholders early in the product development process.

Manage and support the overall design process; Check and approve design packages; Ensure that departmental work product meets company, legal, regulatory and business requirements; Implement appropriate functional engineering reviews as required.

Work closely with procurement and materials management to identify qualified vendors to meet component and delivery capability requirements.

Oversee prototype material procurement processes.

Manage and oversee prototype development activities for new product designs utilizing the company’s agile development approach while maintaining compliance to overall specifications; Promote effective production processes, ensure optimal performance and cost efficiency including manufacturability and serviceability.

Oversee the creation and execution of design and instrument performance verification test plans; Manage the design and performance analysis process; Address issues such as failure, reliability, capacity, capability or instrument improvement.

Oversee product design efforts to ensure that Industry Standards and Certifications, including CE and UL, are achieved.

Ensure that new product designs are fully and correctly defined, documented and released per company standards.

nn n nn nn Engineering Management nn Provide hands-on project management, technical direction and guidance for all product and platform development programs as well as research activities.

Generate periodic forecasts of engineering resource needs; Coordinate the deployment of design resources in line with agreed resource strategies; Identify appropriate design and engineering standards and practices to be used for departmental projects.

Coordinate with project engineers and other project staff to ensure consistency in execution of project management activities.

Oversee and review formal engineering documents such as Bills of Material (BOMs), Hardware Design Documents, Drawings, Specifications, Engineering Change Notifications / Engineering Deviation Notices (ECN / EDN), revision control, release documentation and design document packages; Conduct and oversee project design reviews and review Engineering Lab notebooks.

Maintains safe and clean working environment by complying with procedures, rules, and regulations.

Performs other duties as assigned.

nn n nn nn Leadership nn Lead a team of engineers in the definition, resourcing, implementation and delivery of electrical engineering work packages; Manage the entire electrical design, development, and testing program for current or new products.

Lead engineering support to existing products, respond to outside vendor questions, and recommend product improvements.

Investigate product issues from customers, evaluate problems, and recommend solutions in conjunction with other senior engineers.

Drive the company’s Quality Management System to conform to customer, internal, ISO 9001, and regulatory/legal requirements.

Serve as a leader and advisor in the development of engineering solutions; Support the Vice President of Technology in effective design strategies and product / project planning.

Manage, mentor, and develop a talented a team of multi-disciplinary engineers and related technical positions.

nn n nn nn Supervisory Responsibilities nn nnThis position manages up to 10 engineers and other technical roles in the department and shares responsibility with the Vice President of Technology for the performance management and personnel development of those employees.nn nn n nn nn While we sincerely appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Please note the selected candidate will be required to submit to company background check.

nn nn n nn nn Interested to know more?

Visit us at nn n nn nn About HunterLab nn nnDriven by a life-long desire to help others, Richard Hunter became known as one of the world’s foremost color scientists.

A key accomplishment of his R & D career was the Theory of Opponent Colors, more widely known as Hunter Lab; today a cornerstone color scale throughout the entire color measurement industry.

Now, we embrace his mission of helping others and provide world-class customer support and product innovation.nn nn n nn nnHunterLab color measurement solutions are employed in a wide variety of industries including building materials, chemical, food, paint, paper, pharmaceutical, plastic, textile, and others.

Our Associates enjoy an innovative, supportive and friendly work environment, great benefits including an Employee Stock Ownership Program, and a real opportunity to make a difference in science, technology, engineering, and math fields (STEM).

Join our talented team of professionals and leaders.

More than a job; it’s an adventure in science with a global reach.nn nn n nn nn What makes HunterLab a great place to work?

nn nnAt HunterLab, you will become an integral and respected part of the team. Our employees are known as “Associates” because we are all stakeholders in HunterLab’s continued success. HunterLab is 100% employee owned!

This is clearly conveyed through our excellent benefits package which includes health, dental, vision, flexible spending account, EAP, vacation leave, sick leave, paid holidays, parental leave, 401(k) including company match, education/tuition assistance, life insurance, disability insurance, Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) and company profit sharing. Our Associates are offered long-term growth and opportunity and are proud to be on our team. With over 60 years of experience in our industry, you will become part of an outstanding group of experts in our industry.

We’re also in walking distance to the Metro Silver Line!nn nn n nn nnHUNTERLAB IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYERnn nnWe recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote without regard to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

HunterLab participates in E-Verify.nn

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