Rain Bird Corporation

  • Engineering Manager

    Job ID
    # Positions
    Experience (Years)
    Engineering - All
    United States
  • Overview


    This position is responsible for leading the engineering function for the Consumer Products SBU.  Job responsibilities include driving and improving product quality, initiating and implementing product related cost reductions, and managing New Product Development projects. He/she will work closely with Marketing, Sales, Quality, Manufacturing, other business units, and will initiate and develop new ideas as well as execute assigned projects and programs. The successful candidate will be a strong project leader and is expected to provide technical leadership and supervision of engineering staff. 






    The successful candidate will:

    • Determine the root causes of recurring product quality issues and engage the appropriate engineering groups to develop systemic solutions to eliminate future recurrences
    • Lead cost reduction projects that deliver large improvements. Focus on design-based projects that consolidate, replace and improve existing materials, packaging, components, or sub-assemblies of Rain Bird products
    • Manage new product development projects and merchandising projects to meet justified objectives This may involve the use of internal project staff and/or external resources
    • Be proficient in project management, able to manage to the established budget and schedule of multiple large projects, identify critical paths, and reduce time to market
    • Manage intellectual property and be a key member of the annual strategic planning process
    • Be willing to travel as required



    • Bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline, preferably mechanical engineering
    • MBA or graduate degree
    • Ten or more years of combined engineering and management experience
    • Proven track record with successful new product development
    • Ability to motivate individuals to high levels of performance and accomplishment and work within a matrix structure to achieve objectives
    • Ability to work well with both internal and external resources
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Well organized, enthusiastic, a strong work ethic, and good coaching skills



    • Knowledge of CAD/CAE engineering tools, including FEA and fluid dynamics
    • Experience and proven results with Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma tools and techniques
    • Experience with plastic injection molding or extrusion manufacturing processes



    Rain Bird is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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