Associate Product Development Engineer in Toronto

at Spin Master Careers

Date Posted: 8/31/2018

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Job Description

Associate Product Development Engineer – Toronto

Are you a kid at heart looking to build a career with a leading global children's entertainment company?

At Spin Master, our unwavering commitment to open mindedness, integrity and innovation is a great part of what has made us an industry leader. How do we stay ahead of the pack? By hiring the best and brightest minds—and that’s why we want you!

What’s it like to work here?

Spin Master is a fast-paced, hands-on organization that provides many great opportunities for impactful decision-making; though our challenging start-up atmosphere isn’t for everyone, we have a proven record of opportunities for future advancement and internal transfers for our passionate and results driven team.

The Job:

We are seeking an Associate Product Development Engineer to provide expertise throughout the stages of product development.  Reporting to the Product Development Manager, the Associate Engineer will work with Marketing, Design, Packaging and Quality Assurance to help evaluate the feasibility of new product concepts from an engineering perspective.  In addition, this role defines how a toy should function consistent with agreed Marketing and Design feature and performance objectives, quality and safety requirements, launch timing and cost constraints.

What we can expect from you:


  • Provide mechanical, electronic, or mechatronics engineering expertise throughout the new product development
  • Examine parts/components to ascertain purpose, cost and value by utilizing knowledge of product design, development and cost engineering. Integrate budgetary considerations into evaluations
  • Detailed design of components and products for manufacturing
  • Participate in product brainstorming and help drive patented design solutions
  • Achieve “proof of concept” on products
  • Drive productivity by implementing design for manufacturing/assembly up front
  • Understand COGS breakdown for product and identify opportunities to reduce complexity and/or cost


Project Management

  • Drive project schedules from concept to production start
  • Partner with responsible departments to ensure all projects are delivered on-cost, on-spec, on-time
  • Define and communicate product specifications to our global offices
  • Lead product line meetings with cross functional team members, identify critical issues, assign action items, determine next steps and generate recaps
  • Use MS Project to manage & track key deliverables and proactively resolve future issues to keep the product on track, on cost, and on specification
  • Improve efficiency in the engineering process through continuous improvement

Job Requirements

Who’s a good fit for this team:

  • An organized individual who lives for the deadlines!
  • A resilient and adaptable personality as plans can change from day to day
  • A creative & inventor mindset always makes a great addition!

You should apply if you have the following:

  • 0-2 years in Product Engineering experience
  • BS in Mechanical, Mechatronic, or related engineering degree
  • Toy or consumer good experience preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to provide strong leadership to drive innovative yet cost-effective design solutions
  • Experience with Remote Controlled Vehicle development and/or plastic products utilizing RF or IR communication
  • Experience working with/managing creative and engineering professionals both within and outside the company
  • Ability to thrive in a fast paced environment
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and presentation skills.
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize competing demands
  • Desired: CAD skills. Preferably Solidworks.
  • Demonstrates a "hands-on" team approach to solving problems


What you can expect from us:

Our mission is to Make Life More Fun with a vision to push the boundaries of innovation, creativity, and fun. From top leadership to new and veteran team members alike, everyone at Spin Master embodies our Core Values:

  • Integrity
  • Open Mindset
  • Innovation
  • Partnerships
  • Collaboration
  • Driving Results
  • Entrepreneurship

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We do appreciate all interest; however only those selected for interview will be contacted.