Lead Engineer, Product Development in Los Angeles, CA

at Spin Master Careers

Date Posted: 6/24/2019

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Job Description

Lead Engineer, Product Development – LA

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:

The Lead Engineer will be responsible for driving the technical execution of global product portfolios, from concept through production, and ensuring performance, cost, quality, and schedule adherence.  The position will provide expertise in proven techniques for successful product development and design for manufacturing/assembly.  The PD Lead will work closely with large cross-functional teams (Design, Marketing, Engineering, Quality, Packaging, etc.) to manage development throughout the entire product lifecycle.  Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, leading technical development of products, defining product specifications, identifying risks and opportunities to preempt development hurdles, providing escalation management, and working with stakeholders to balance business, design, and technical objectives.  The person in this role will be expected to operate in a highly dynamic environment, and consistently drive towards solutions to obtain results. 

What we can expect from you:

  • Collaborate with GBU (Design and Brand teams) on generating new concepts, and provide technical and cost assessment
  • Ability to create and impart best practices to effectively support high complexity items, strategic initiatives, and early concept explorations
  • Identify issues, formulate resolution action plan, and execute through to completion with limited oversight– leverage executive leadership and functional partners to gain necessary resources and support.
  • Coach and review the work of lower level professionals with active focus on imparting expertise
  • Coordinate with cross-functional teams to ensure milestones and integration are on-time
  • Provide mechanical, material, electro-mechanical, and/or mechatronic engineering expertise throughout the product development lifecycle
  • Lead prototyping and proof-of-concept builds to de-risk and test new mechanisms, key features, and/or gameplay feasibility
  • Detail design of components and products for manufacturing, optimizing DMF/A
  • Create product and performance specifications
  • Be key point of contact with Manufacturing Engineering teams (in Asia, Mexico, EU, etc), and ensure alignment on all project details
  • Lead product review meetings and create action plan for technical deliverables
  • Anticipate, analyze, resolve, and escalate project issues
  • Drive productivity by implementing design for manufacturing/assembly up front
  • Partner with responsible departments to ensure all projects are delivered on-cost, on-spec, on-time
  • Use PLM software 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
  • Explore new materials, technology, and manufacturing processes
  • Ability to travel domestically internationally to support projects
  • This role may manage a small team of direct reports.

Job Requirements

You should apply if you have the following:

  • Ability to provide strong leadership to drive innovative and cost-effective design solutions
  • Professional and positive approach, self-motivated, strong drive and ability to build working relationships
  • Experience working with and/or managing creative professionals (designers and engineers) both within and outside the company
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, and presentation skills
  • Demonstrates a "hands-on" team approach to solving problems
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks and projects in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to employ critical thinking and problem solving techniques to approach any/all issues. If unable to resolve certain issues, can demonstrate a willingness to actively engage other support teams to drive towards resolution.
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Proactive and enthusiastic in approaching challenges, with a solution-oriented mindset and uses mature discretion in approaching situations
  • Ability to mentor junior engineers, develop talent, and model professionalism
  • Operate with minimal supervision in technical and organizational capacities
  • Ability to take direction and flex execution style based on feedback from teams
  • 8-10+ years Product Engineering service/experience
  • BS/MS in Mechanical Engineering preferred
  • Toy, Games, Soft Goods, and/or CPG experience an asset
  • Experience with plastics, materials, manufacturing, and/or engineering costs for durable goods

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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