Product lover who’s an aficionado at detail and organization

SUMMARY

Are you a highly organized person who loves working with product?  Do you like to problem solve? Specialized is looking for a passionate, curious, and positive person to join the Helmet team and help take our design and development process to the next level. We’re looking for a highly detailed member to contribute to development, prototyping and product innovation; someone who is always searching for a better way to make product.

HOW YOU’LL MAKE A DIFFERENCE

  • Prototyping:  Take concepts from sketches into testable prototypes. Work with designers and test technician to explore new materials, processes and technologies.  
  • Coordination with factories: Communicate with factories regarding product development, project tracking and tooling changes. Work with factory to ensure accuracy prior to production tooling.
  • On-time delivery: Own your part of the process and deliver quality work on time. Keep a close eye on multiple projects, tracking at different launch seasons.
  • Coordinate and lead 3D prototyping: Work with industry-leading technology to take 3D models, to 3D printed products. Print, setup and test parts during research and development process.
  • Development to production: Work through technical challenges that arise in commercialization. Work closely with the factory to find innovative and effective solutions to get product to market on time.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams of product engineers and manufacturers to bring new concepts to market.
  • Provide R&D and testing of components.
  • Partner with Director of Product Creation to continuously monitor and report on the status of critical deliverable, drive on-time execution, and effectively escalate issues when necessary
  • Ensure product success by managing specs of new development, establishing SOP’s, and performing competitive analysis.
  • Support internal product teams and manufacturing partners in daily miscellaneous activities such as R&D, component testing, root cause analysis, parts qualifications.
  • Own vendor Impact testing
  • Manage development projects from concept through production – including the design and engineering, prototyping, testing and verification, production tooling, documentation and QA/QC.
  • Project Management responsibility. Manage multiple development projects simultaneously – create and maintain project timelines to assure on-time delivery of finished products, maintain tracking documents and report on progress as needed.
  • Act as primary factory liaison on helmet development projects for correspondence and expediting throughout the development process.
  • Provide guidance and direction to suppliers - facilitating the development and initial production to assure on time delivery of new products.
  • Participate in brainstorming and idea generation, create sketches, models and drawings to demonstrate ideas and concepts.
  • Design prototypes and models to demonstrate designs and mechanical features or concepts. Test and evaluate models and prototypes for performance and practicality in manufacturing.
  • Determine and implement corrective action plans for improvements and refinements based on rider/dealer feedback, quality problems and returns.

WHAT YOU NEED TO WIN

  • Ability to mock up prototypes and test using problem solving skills and on-hands experience.
  • Ability to work with 3D modeling and scanning software, 3D printing software and machinery.
  • Understanding of foams, composites and plastics; both for production projects and in prototyping.
  • Ability to work in ultra-fast paced environment, think on your feet, make decisions confidently and deliver excellence.
  • Incredible listening skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 5+ years experience in product development.  Helmet experience preferred. BS in Engineering preferred.
  • A deep understanding and knowledge of manufacturing for foam, plastics and composites; mechanics of materials.
  • Excellent communication skills, including with international manufacturers.
  • Model-making a plus.
  • Travel and off-hours are required.

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