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Newell Brands Associate Product Engineer - Yankee Candle in South Deerfield, Massachusetts

Position Title: Associate Product Engineer

Location: South Deerfield, MA

Reports To: Director, R&D

Shift: 1st Shift

Job Summary:

The Associate Product Engineer will be responsible for executing new product development (NPD) projects for both new and existing products while working within a cross-functional team. This position will participate in the engineering efforts for NPD projects from conception through production launch. You will ensure the product meets or exceeds expectations from a cost, timing, and specification standpoint while working with Marketing, Industrial Design, Manufacturing, Quality, and Supply Chain.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Applies a basic understanding of how design influences product cost at the component and sub-assembly level to meet defined cost targets.

  • Recommends and presents solutions and opportunities in forums to encourage ideation and technical sharing.

  • Reviews relevant competitive products and patents to provide benchmarking and analysis of technical specifications.

  • Utilizes statistical analysis to ensure high quality and product performance that exceed consumer expectations.

  • Partners with quality to ensure ongoing quality conformance for new products.

  • Assists in DFMEA, PFMEA, root cause analysis, lean process, and Kaizen events for existing product lines.

  • Assists in test development, researches testing tools, techniques, processes, and strategies.

  • Assists in writing technical specifications and maintaining documentation for the development and implementation of new products.

  • Interprets, explains, and influences engineering drawings.

  • Develops optimal product test plans to validate design. Analyzes test results to provide data for use in solving problems.

  • Summarizes complex technical concepts in simple, clear language appropriate to the audience to gain alignment.

  • Applies a basic understanding of product specifications, material selection, manufacturing processes, cost constraints, regulatory and legal landscape (intellectual property) to drive high quality, sustainable, and efficient NPD.

  • Recommends architecture of products and is accountable for a subset of the system to ensure robust end product designs.

  • Some travel may be required.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical, Electrical, Material, or Software Engineering required.

  • Strong knowledge of problem solving techniques and methodologies.

  • Demonstrates strong Static/Dynamic analytical skills.

  • Candidate must be able to work as a team player and have demonstrated leadership ability.

  • Strong interpersonal, communication and project management skills. Excellent presentation skills required, along with superior organization and attention to detail.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 0 – 2 years of product development experience preferred.

  • Previous hands on prototyping/design validation model building knowledge preferred.

  • Previous CAD modeling experience (Creo preferred) a plus.

Newell Brands (NASDAQ: NWL) is a leading global consumer goods company with a strong portfolio of well-known brands, including Paper Mate®, Sharpie®, Dymo®, EXPO®, Parker®, Elmer’s®, Coleman®, Marmot®, Oster®, Sunbeam®, FoodSaver®, Mr. Coffee®, Graco®, Baby Jogger®, NUK®, Calphalon®, Rubbermaid®, Contigo®, First Alert®, and Yankee Candle®. For hundreds of millions of consumers, Newell Brands makes life better every day, where they live, learn, work and play.

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