Kelly Services Sr. Product Design Engineer in Portland, Oregon

Sr. Product Design Engineer

Position Summary

This position is accountable for ensuring designs are technically and commercially viable and can be reliably manufactured within cost targets. This role is responsible for making recommendations on new technologies and identifying areas of opportunity for new products based on in depth knowledge of the market and customer needs that align with strategic objectives of the business. This position leads technical communication within project teams, conducts design reviews, and provides project overview presentations to senior management.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Complete Product Design Projects – In providing a high level of engineering knowledge and practice, this position leads formal and informal projects independently and participates in developing departmental processes. Through evaluation of new product ideas, this role reviews market direction and customer needs, as well as the following:

  • Facilitate and lead ideation and concept generation; lead concept selection and alternative analysis with ability to persuade others to adopt or approve

  • Develop architecture/concepts for designs and large/complex assemblies; develop standard drawing templates; apply new technologies to prototypes

  • Apply advanced understanding/experience in manufacturing processes to create a design robust to manufacturing that complies with Blount’s quality system

  • Lead or contribute to large scale projects, such as technical investigation, technical solution, manufacturing study, etc.

  • Negotiate existing or develop complex new product specifications with stakeholders

  • Develop new and complex product testing methods and plans

  • Responsible for meeting all design parameters, including schedule, cost and performance

  • Review and recommend new technologies

  • Perform statistical and 3D tolerance studies

  • Facilitate and lead the following analyses: product failure, hazards, statistical, root cause, risk, competitive product

  • Facilitate and lead data collection and root cause analysis

  • Using the Blount product development process, adhere to or lead project schedules, resource and cost estimates

  • Facilitate, lead and provide critical feedback in design reviews

  • Provide direct support of engineer-defined or -led product, research, and testing projects

  • Leadership/Support for continuous improvement

  • Prepare documentation necessary to solicit project funding and business case to explain technical recommendations

  • Provide development opportunities as well as coaching and mentoring for less experienced engineers regarding technical issues and also delegation/ supervision of tasks

  • Contribute to advancing quality system to support product and process development using knowledge of tools, such as Lean, Six Sigma, House of Quality, design of experiments, etc.)

  • Lead technical activities with suppliers

  • Lead research with outside consultants

  • Facilitate and lead continuous improvement processes and projects

  • Lead collaborative efforts and maintain open communication and effective team environment

  • Define schedules based on projects and experience

  • Set tasks and priorities for self and others

  • Foster and manage internal and external relationships

  • Manage communication and assignments up and down in organization; hold others accountable for project organization and meeting goals and deadlines

  • Coach and mentor others regarding customer service; manage communications and opportunities with customers and recommend actions

  • Communication and Documentation – In addition to communicating and defending design decisions, this position renders technical opinions and offers potential solutions, sustains an atmosphere of open communication among managers, team members, external and internal stakeholders, as well as performs the following:

  • Prepare design review packages

  • Responsible for minutes to design reviews, including action items

  • Prepare thorough technical reports with recommendations to project teams and management

  • Prepare all necessary communications with supply chain, team members, outside parties, management to ensure quality technical decision-making

  • Prepare presentations to outside suppliers, vendors, leadership team

  • Work closely with Marketing to understand customer needs and provide solutions to equipment issues

  • Lead peers and senior management regarding technical direction and issues; be aware of appropriate communication

  • Represent company at high level both inside and outside the organization; lead committees and external entities; demonstrate technical expertise in published articles

  • Foster and maintain collaborative environment; lead collaborative efforts


  • Bachelor or Master of Science degree in Engineering required: major in design, industrial, mechanical engineering preferred or an additional 3+ years of experience in place of a degree

Knowledge & Experience:

  • 5-8 years experience including demonstrated proficiency using Pro-E / Solidworks; must be able to create 3D models of designs and create 2D drawings to acceptable drafting practices

  • 5-8 years minimum experience (or 4-7 years if M.S.,Eng) including a solid understanding of required technical systems and processes

Skills/Abilities: Typical skills and abilities may include the following:

  • Strong experience in a product development role is required

  • Proficient in developing design concepts, components and assemblies

  • Advanced skills in translating customer needs to product specifications

  • Applies relevant standards for industry and product safety and compliance

  • Applies advanced understanding/experience in manufacturing processes to ensure a design is robust to manufacturing

  • Strong experience in developing and analyzing statistics

  • Proficient in applying fundamentals of geometric dimensioning & tolerancing (GDT)

  • Preparing detailed sketches and layouts of components

  • Experienced working with suppliers; open to others’ experience and expertise in materials and production

  • Demonstrated decision making and team skills

  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills

  • Demonstrated flexibility and comfort with change management concepts

  • Capable of handling high workloads in a dynamic work environment

  • Able to complete all responsibilities in a timely and professional manner while maintaining quality

  • Excellent problem-solving skills for complex systems; able to analyze, research relevant information and gauge its importance when making decisions

  • Effective written and oral communication skills at all levels of the organization; ability to express oneself clearly and in terms the intended audience can understand

  • Creative thinker with strong hands-on mechanical aptitude

  • Ability to anticipate and successfully avoid technical problems

  • Collaborative and effective team player who understands communication differences among locations and can work with teams who are globally dispersed

  • Communicates in a professional manner at all levels of the organization and sets a good example of personal integrity

  • Demonstrates ability and willingness to learn; seeks out development activities to improve skills and increase knowledge; learns from other team members and takes ownership for mistakes

  • Takes initiative, seeks and acts on opportunities to improve organization performance

  • Ability to translate specific goals and objectives in action and follow through to achieve the objectives

  • Ability to test and troubleshoot designs at various stages of completion

  • Organized, focused and detail oriented while successfully managing multiple projects

  • Ability to apply gained knowledge across multiple applications

  • Proven skills in Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, Word, Excel), and current 3D modeling software (SolidWorks, Pro-E); data management skills required (SAP preferred)


  • Available to work on site during assigned shift and eligible and available for domestic and international travel, as required by job

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industry leading organizations. Top companies throughout the world have trusted Kelly as a premier

source of engineering talent and services since 1965. And engineering job seekers know Kelly as a firm

with an unmatched reputation for quality, integrity and professionalism. Whether you seek the variety

and flexibility of working on short term project engagements, or prefer contract-to-hire or direct

hire placement with our clients, apply with Kelly to explore opportunities that suit your specific

professional interests.

AboutKelly Services ®

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