Project Management Engineer in Los Angeles, CA

at Spin Master Careers

Date Posted: 9/26/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Title: Project Management Engineer

Reporting to: Product Development Manager 

Team: Engineering & Product Development

About Spin Master Corp.

Spin Master (TSX:TOY; www.spinmaster.com) is a leading global children's entertainment company that creates, designs, manufactures, licenses and markets a diversified portfolio of innovative toys, games, products and entertainment properties. Spin Master is best known for award-winning brands including Zoomer™, Bakugan™, Meccano™, and 2017 Toys of the Year, Hatchimals™, Air Hogs™ and PAW Patrol™. Since 2005, Spin Master has received 82 TIA Toy of The Year (TOTY) nominations with 21 wins across a variety of product categories, including 13 TOTY nominations for Innovative Toy of the Year, more than any of its competitors. To date, Spin Master has produced six television series, including 2007 success Bakugan Battle Brawlers and current hit PAW Patrol, which is broadcast in over 160 countries and territories globally. Spin Master employs over 1,000 people globally with offices in Canada, United States, Mexico, France, Italy, United Kingdom, Slovakia, Poland, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, China, Hong Kong, Japan, and Australia.

Job Description:

The Project Management Engineer (PME) will be responsible for driving the execution of global toys and games portfolios, and ideally possesses a technical, manufacturing, strategy, and/or process-mapping background. The person in this role will work closely with large cross-functional teams (Design, Marketing, Engineering, Quality, Packaging, etc.) to manage product development from concept through production.  Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, establishing critical path/milestones/dependencies to ensure timely and successful delivery of products, identifying risks and opportunities to preempt development hurdles, providing escalation management, and working with stakeholders to balance business, design, and technical objectives.  The successful candidate will be able to operate in a highly dynamic CPG environment, by exercising considerable judgment in employing methods, techniques, and evaluation criteria for obtaining results.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Establish project plans in collaboration with cross-functional development teams to determine tasks, milestones, resources, planned and actual dates
  • Coordinate with multi-disciplinary teams and global partners, communicating brand and/or project information, and executing to take product from concept to production
  • Manage programs to time, cost, and quality reflective of business and development objectives
  • Use appropriate verification techniques to manage changes in project scope, schedule, and costs
  • Measure project performance using appropriate systems, tools, and techniques
  • Identify, anticipate, and manage risks or issues at the project level
  • Support engineering and technical development needs for selected product lines
  • Partner with global operations to provide early warning of delays, and strategize appropriate solutions in development plans or processes to deliver on demand forecast revisions
    • Support and drive cross-functional category teams to manage projects including risks, key handoffs, and deliverables
  • Monitor resource utilization within the program and recommend adjustments to resource allocation as needed

 

    • Report and escalate to management as needed; present verbal and written reports defining plans, problems, and resolutions to appropriate levels of management
  • Continuously improve project management toolkits, processes, and methodologies utilized for product development

Job Requirements

 

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Operations, or related technical field
  • 2+ years’ experience in a project engineering or technical project management role
  • Experience with plastics, materials, manufacturing, and/or engineering costs for durable goods
  • 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
  • Excellent communications and interpersonal skills
  • Proactive and enthusiastic in approaching challenges

 

Preferred Qualifications:

    • PMP, PRINCE2, or equivalent certification a plus
    • Skills in MS Project, Agile, and/or other relevant tools to manage end-to-end development
  • Experience in creating new processes to integrate new and existing technologies, spanning a multitude of digital mediums and touch points, into conventional CPG development

 

  • Advanced proficiency in creating presentation materials for executive review