Rain Bird Corporation

  • Engineering Group Manager

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    # Positions
    Experience (Years)
    United States
  • Overview

    This position is responsible for managing all engineering projects in the valves and solenoids product lines for the Commercial and Golf SBU’s. Job responsibilities include driving and improving product quality, initiating and implementing product related cost reductions, and coordinating/managing New Product Development projects. He/she will work closely with Marketing, Sales, Quality, other business units and manufacturing leaders, 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:

    • Provide outstanding personal leadership, goal setting and staff development
    • Set priorities, develop work schedules, and regularly assess progress
    • Provide technical leadership, foster creativity and innovation
    • Determine root causes of product quality issues and develop and implement systemic solutions to eliminate future recurrences.
    • Participate heavily in all phases of product conceptualization, justification, requirements definition, development, implementation, and launch
    • Lead cost reduction projects delivering large improvements; focus on design-based projects that consolidate, replace and improve existing materials, components, sub-assemblies and modules
    • Interface with marketing, sales, quality, and manufacturing to deliver expected results
    • Work with engineering teams to prepare budget and schedule estimates for new projects
    • Be an expert in plastics and product design



    • BS degree in Mechanical Engineering
    • 8+ years of product design and project engineering experience, with increasing levels of responsibility
    • Five years of supervisory and project management experience in an engineering related environment
    • Experience in project management, scheduling, and mechanical budget development
    • Excellent theoretical and practical knowledge of mechanical engineering concepts
    • Proven design experience of high-quality, low-cost, high-volume products
    • Evidence in creative thinking used to create effective solutions to both engineering and customer problems
    • Proficiency in 3D solid modeling CAD software (SolidWorks strongly preferred)
    • Expert in injection molded plastic component design and knowledge of injection molding tool designs
    • In-depth knowledge of plastic material uses and applications
    • Prior experience with Design for Manufacturability
    • Knowledge of FMEA, DFMEA, PFMEA and other quality improvement techniques
    • Experience with product testing techniques such as environmental stress or HALT
    • Ability to work under pressure in a fast paced team environment
    • Track record of achieving results individually and through team leadership
    • Strong interpersonal, influencing, and leadership skills
    • Excellent English communication (verbal and written) skills
    • High energy and an enthusiastic attitude, desire for continued learning, and a willingness to take on difficult challenges
    • Willingness to travel to other facilities in So. Cal, Arizona & Tijuana, and in the field as needed



    • Previous experience in the irrigation industry
    • Experience with SolidWorks simulation software and mold flow simulation software
    • 5+ years of experience in the design/development of solenoids and valve products
    • MS in Mechanical Engineering or other advanced degree

    Rain Bird is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 


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