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Product Development Specialist

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Position Summary:
 

Product Development Specialist -   This position is located in Georgetown, ON, and will be responsible to conceive, plan, prototype, and develop new technologies, new designs for melt distribution and controls products. The incumbent will maintain close working relationships with sales and our customers around the world. They will remain cognizant of the applicability of new, breakthrough technology to our core and future products.

 
Who we are:
 

Mold-Masters® is a world-leading supplier of hot runner technology and systems. We design, manufacture and support a full range of hot runner products that are used in the injection molding production of plastic products - from automotive to everyday consumer items.

 

Mold-Masters® is an operating company of Hillenbrand. Hillenbrand (www.Hillenbrand.com) is a global diversified industrial company with businesses that serve a wide variety of industries around the world. We pursue profitable growth and robust cash generation to drive increased value for our shareholders. Hillenbrand's portfolio includes industrial businesses such as Coperion, Milacron Injection Molding & Extrusion, and Mold-Masters, in addition to Batesville, a recognized leader in the death care industry in North America. Hillenbrand is publicly traded on the NYSE under "HI."

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

 

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Work closely with the business development group, Market Managers and Product Development Managers to develop and analyze technical and design aspects of new development opportunities under business review;
  • Provide leadership and mentorship to multidisciplinary product development teams;
  • Follow and coordinate with assigned project team the Stage Gate process for product development (scoping, business case, development, testing, and launch); analyze key project metrics;
  • Create the product development business case, clearly documents and communicate to ensure successful sign off;
  • Establish key project metrics (product cost, project costs, schedule) and take appropriate action;
  • Provide consultation and expertise on field issues;
  • Mentor and influence product development engineers and designers;
  • Review technical inquiries of customers to recommend and quote relevant system; discuss possible new applications when needed;
  • Develop new or improved methods, products, techniques;
  • Advance understanding of material resources and new processes;
  • Plan, develop and perform product testing;
  • Create product testing write ups;
  • Evaluate the results of Mold flow / Rheology /  FEA analysis to certify new product safety and performance;
  • Produce engineering drawings of any complexity on an as required basis
  • Provide relevant and timely information regarding project to management;
  • Enter business system information as required for SAP (parts lists, etc.);
  • Present findings and updates in written and verbal formats to senior management and customers as required;
  • Contact customers and/or suppliers to obtain and exchange information and/or decisions on design and application;
  • Provide report of results at testing stage for internal and external employees, customers and suppliers;
  • Work with patent documents and drawings, review applications and evaluate existing patents;
  • Partake in customer visits as needed; represent the company during launch stage;
  • Foster an environment of innovation with the submission of innovative ideas;
  • Make recommendations for productivity and method improvements;
  • Ensure ISO guidelines are followed;
 

Skills/Experience:

Experience with SAP or an ERP is preferred. The individual should have an excellent record with Engineering, Sales Representatives and Manufacturing to help identify development opportunities, evaluate competitive products and determine product costing. Previous experience as Process Engineer or Mechanical Engineer or Tool and Die/Mold Maker would be an asset. Previous experience with material rheology as related to injection molding processes is required.

 

A strong attention to detail, ability to work in a fast-paced environment and excellent organizational skills are required. The incumbent must be capable of reading and interpreting documents such as process documentation, blueprints, operating and instructions and procedure manuals. The ability to write routine reports and to communicate effectively with employees, management, and customers, is a requirement.

 
Education:

Must have a University Degree in Engineering, with minimum of 8-10 years related experience and/or equivalent combination of education and experience.

 
Physical Demands:
 

To perform this job successfully, the physical demands listed are representative of those that must be met by an employee. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 

Physical and Sensory demands are representative of an employee working in a fast-paced office environment. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit. The employee is frequently required use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. Specific vision requirements are good general vision, ability to distinguish between colours, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.  Requires close attention to detail to ensure accurateness of conception

 

DISCLAIMER: The above information on this job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by the employee within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of any employee assigned to this job. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

 

At Hillenbrand we strive to build a diverse workforce through equal opportunity employment that embraces and leverages the differences each individual has to offer. Equal Employment Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer of minorities/females/disabled/veterans

 

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