Product Design Engineer

16 May 2017
13 Jun 2017
Charlotte Hope
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an exciting opportunity for a Product Design Engineer to be involved in the development of technologies and future generation products which are consumer acceptable and enhance brand image.

The team are accountable for the design and development of these innovations which will offer the consumer additional product experience and benefit through unique product performance characteristics and features.

Job purpose and key deliverables

* To be accountable for leading the detailed design and definition of the unique Consumer product features arising from the portfolio of innovation projects.
* To drive the effective understanding of the product features through application of “Best Practice” product, materials and process design/development and assessment methodologies/processes.
* To liaise and co-ordinate with multifunctional “Deployment” project teams and ensure the output of the design and development activity is effectively translated into product specifications and Quality plans.

Main accountabilities of this role include:

Operational/ Professional/ Business

* To apply technical knowledge and apply ‘Best Practice’ approach in the design and development of new products and the definition of unique consumer and manufacturing relevant features.
* To lead and establish a ‘best practice’ approach for the definition and execution of Design Failure Mode and Effects Analysis.
* To design and validate new measurement and evaluation methodologies, including processes and equipment, to objectively assess and define new innovative product features.
* To initiate and lead the development of consumer research required to establish the correlation of consumer experience vs the new product features and performance.
* To provide subject matter expertise to the Global and Regional quality teams to ensuring the output of the design and development process is effectively incorporated into the quality protocols and Quality Plans.
* To provide subject matter expertise to the “Deployment” project teams, ensuring the effective knowledge transfer of key learnings and insights from the Design and Development activities.
* To initiate and lead supplier relationships required to design and develop appropriate measurement and evaluation equipment and processes.
* To support the delivery of the innovation cycle plan on time and in full.


* To manage the construction, review, version control and distribution of Design plans for the team.
* To apply formal project management approaches to the execution of Design plans and research activities which arise.
* To provide estimates of costs of quality activity to facilitate project and company plan budget processes.


* To provide technical leadership in the design activities of all projects by the application of “Best Practice” approaches.
* To provide technical direction to upstream “Proof of Application” project teams ensuring that sound foundations of good design practice is established in the early phases of the project.


* Day to day working with the team, predominantly the Product Developers and Project at the Proof of Application stage
* Liaise with Global quality teams to ensure quality plans are complete and any new SOPS and methods are ratified and implemented successfully.
* Peer reviews internal and external technical reports, publications and presentations.
* Author/Co-author of technical reports and presentations.


* To identify new to world quality methodologies and test equipment to allow measurement of consumer relevant product performance criteria for product innovations.

To develop a greater understanding of the key underpinning quality principles of the new technologies included in the Innovation development workstreams.

Essential requirements

* Directly Relevant Professional /Academic achievement equivalent to 1st Degree in a technical (preferably Engineering) subject.
* Relevant technical experience resulting in a thorough knowledge of concepts, principles, and strategic relevance.
* Clear demonstrable evidence of Statistical design and evaluation techniques.
* Demonstrated understanding of measurement/metrology methodologies.
* Clear evidence in successfully working with suppliers to develop and deliver against challenging objectives and timelines.
* Very strong industry experience to have and to be able to demonstrate that experience.
* Maintains active awareness and understanding of technical developments.
* Excellent Communication / leadership skills.
* Project management experience and ability to drive timelines and objectives.

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