10 hours

Product Development Senior Engineer

Herman Miller
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Product Development Senior Engineer-You can make a salary. Or you can make a difference. Or you can work as a Product Development Senior Engineer at Herman Miller and make both.

About this Opportunity
As a Product Development Senior Engineer, you'll apply engineering theories and concepts to assignments under minimal supervision in support of business objectives, and provide engineering leadership and expertise. You will conduct feasibility studies, determine manpower and cost estimates, and develop engineering criteria. You'll perform analyses to develop design options or recommendations for structures, systems, and components. You'll also apply originality, ingenuity, and knowledge of other disciplines in solving complex problems. Emphasis in your work will be placed on your team participation, ability to plan, and ability to achieve results on assigned projects.

What You'll Do
You'll have opportunities to speak up, solve problems, lead others, and be an owner every day as you . . .
  • Actively participate in the development of engineering and quality processes and recommend process improvements.
  • Apply learned engineering skills to work assignments.
  • Apply problem-solving skills and execute solutions to difficult problems independently.
  • Apply supply chain cost, value stream capabilities, and economic principles.
  • Coach engineering tasks and skills to others.
  • Define and complete engineering tasks with minimal oversight of leadership.
  • Identify opportunities for improvements to products and processes.
  • Independently develop and apply engineering approaches to projects and assignments.
  • Perform additional responsibilities as requested to achieve business objectives.
  • Present work output in a clear and concise manner.
  • Provide proposal and planning of projects to the budget owner using the appropriate request process.
  • Research, investigate, and propose product criteria, functions, requirements, and cost targets (customer criteria, performance requirements, build objectives, manufacturability, assembly, quality, craftsmanship, service, and installation).
  • Collaborate with Industrial Designers to understand, negotiate, and implement the design vision and design objectives of products.
  • Recommend multiple solution alternatives for problems and concepts. You will converge on solutions by evaluating the alternatives and tradeoffs, eliminating the weak alternatives, and improving the feasible alternatives.
  • Collaborate with Executives and Leaders, project team members, other Engineers, external experts, and Industrial Designers to propose ideas and offer suggestions.
  • Evaluate and recommend new or existing suppliers, materials, and manufacturing processes that could provide solutions.
  • Complete sketches, models, detailed engineering analyses, and studies that support the development of new parts and products. Specific tools include FEA, tolerance stacks, FBDs, kinematics, hand calcs, logic flow charts, and state diagrams.
  • Develop and specify appropriate prototype fabrication processes and materials, and coordinate the build of prototype products and the fabrication of prototype parts.
  • Evaluate and test concept models and prototypes against the project objectives, criteria, and requirements.
  • Proactively anticipate and identify potential problems on new products and concepts and develop good corrective actions by following a rigorous problem-solving process.
  • Engage in cost estimates for prototype and production parts.
  • Communicate clear, concise, accurate, and detailed engineering documentation (ECOs, deviations, test requests, work orders, Model Shop requests, drawings, instructions, emails, etc.).
  • Collaborate with and advise Performance Engineering to develop performance requirements and test plans. You will request or perform physical testing on parts and products, then evaluate test results.
  • Create, maintain, and release accurate 3D CAD models, drawings, service parts, instruction sheets, Gerber files, schematics, Engineering Change Orders (ECOs), Bills of Material (BOMs), and material specifications for prototype and production products.
  • Counsel the development of planning guides, CSI, tech specs, product labeling, and marketing materials.
  • Support and council completion of PPAP and ensure parts are properly released for production following Herman Miller procedures.
  • Initiate and drive work with Manufacturing Engineering, Supply Management, Operations, and suppliers to refine product designs to optimize tooling and equipment, manufacturing processes, assembly, and reliability. You'll also assist with evaluating potential part and tooling suppliers.
  • Initiate and drive work with Quality Engineering, Dimensional Engineers, and suppliers to refine product designs to achieve quality and craftsmanship objectives.
  • Support Operations and suppliers with problem identification, problem-solving, and operator training during pilot builds and launch activities.
  • Manage your personal work to meet project team objectives for budget and timing.
  • Initiate and drive regular review of part and product designs with Development team members, managers, designers, and suppliers to solicit their feedback and suggestions for improvements.
  • Maintain Engineering notes, models, records, calculations, and analyses that demonstrate the progression of the product designs and review with Lead Engineers when requested.
  • Initiate and complete patent disclosures and Right to Use (RTU) with Herman Miller Legal staff.
  • Support new patent applications with Herman Miller Legal staff when appropriate.
  • Support other project team members and project activities that require input and task work from the Product Development Engineer, including project schedules, project budgets, CMF development, prototype builds, PRs, testing, and supplier communications.

Sound Like You?
You might be just who we’re looking for if you have . . .
  • A Bachelor's degree in Engineering from an accredited program.
  • Four to seven years of professional engineering experience with proven competency in achieving results.
  • Three or more years of professional level experience in new product development design or engineering.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Pro-E modeling or other equivalent 3D CAD software.
  • Project management experience (may be essential for some assignments). Process Engineer is preferred for some assignments.
  • Knowledge in Lean principles and their application.
  • The ability to assess process concepts and determine where continuous improvement opportunities exist.
  • The ability to communicate effectively with people at various levels, including Production, Engineering, and management, and the ability to work well with and develop a partnering relationship with other team members.
  • Knowledge in the use of common office automation, communication, software, tools, Herman Miller mainframe applications, and engineering-related software.
  • Problem-solving skills and the ability to apply engineering expertise to solving problems.
  • The ability to assess priorities and determine a course of action with minimal day-to-day supervision, and the ability to anticipate, recognize, and respond effectively to changes which affect project plans.
  • An overall business sense and an understanding of how decisions impact business results.
  • The ability to perform all essential job functions of the position with or without accommodations.

Who We Are
At Herman Miller, our unique culture represents the collective attitudes, ideas, and experiences of the people who work here. We focus on protecting the environment, impacting our communities, exceeding the expectations of our customers through high quality products, and championing diversity in all areas of the business, and together we are on a journey toward a better world. We support the well-being of our employees in and outside of work by providing a variety of opportunities including award-winning work-life integration resources, development programs, complex health and wellness offerings, and much more.

Herman Miller is a globally recognized provider of furnishings and related technologies and services. Headquartered in West Michigan, we have relied on innovative design for over 100 years to solve problems for people wherever they work, live, learn, and heal.

Herman Miller is committed to diversity and inclusion. We are an equal opportunity employer including veterans and people with disabilities.

Position Description:

Schedule: Regular
Employee Status: No
Travel: First
Primary Location


Posted: 2018-11-15 Expires: 2018-12-15

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