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Product Design/ DfX Engineer Suterra

at The Wonderful Company

Posted: 10/1/2019
Job Reference #: 5000527318206
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Suterra LLC
Bend, OR

We are currently looking for dynamic, creative leaders to develop and support our next-generation product concepts. These products will manifest in multiple delivery platforms that will be used on a variety of crops around the world.

We are recruiting for a Product Design / DfX Engineer to develop and support product concepts that can be utilized for multiple finished product formulations for global customers. The Product Design / DfX Engineer will be responsible for translating product functional requirements into detailed component and material specifications, developing product performance tests and managing suppliers that provide outsourced components.

This role will extend from product design into product manufacturing, where the Product Design / DfX Engineer will support the specification of equipment and will lead new product launches with supplier qualification and production line trials. This role provides a unique opportunity to take a product concept all the way from a sketch to a high-volume commercial product on sale in multiple markets.

This person will interface closely with both customer-facing teams and internal departments, including Marketing, Sales, Field Service, Regulatory, Sourcing, and Manufacturing.

Responsibilities Include:

Product Design:

  •  Apply DFSS (DOE, QFD / CPM, robust design, mathematical modeling, reliability analysis) and FEA to provide recommendations and characterize processes, designs and product solutions.
  •  Early partnership with marketing and customer facing teams to identify design elements that are new, unique or difficult and enable their realization through all engineering verification and validation cycles.
  •  Drive DfX activities in the product development cycle to meet or exceed product targets (ex. Manufacturability, scale, quality, reliability, safety, cost).
  • Drive clarity among peers and senior management by distilling complex technical challenges, outlining options, and providing recommendations.
  • Translating product functional requirements into quantified product, component and material specifications to evaluate product designs.
  • Developing test criteria for evaluating the quality of products at the end of the manufacturing process.

 

Supplier Evaluation & Qualification:

  • Identifying candidate suppliers for materials and components.
  • Assessing supplier technical capabilities for sourcing decisions.
  • Supporting the qualification of new suppliers with on-site visits and quality control assessments.

 

New Product Launch:

  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams and external vendors to identify, characterize and deliver manufacturing processes that enable the commercialization of unique and emerging technologies in new product categories.
  • Devising trials for demonstration of production process capability pertaining to new products.
  • Analyzing trial data to identify issues and propose improvements.
  • Defining material specification, SOP, and process parameter requirements that are compatible with our goals for safety, quality, delivery and cost in mass production.

 

 

Job Requirements:

  • A Bachelor's Degree in Engineering.
  • Three or more years of experience in an engineering role involving product development or manufacturing.
  • Demonstrated ability to solve problems while mitigating risks to resources and deadlines.
  • Concurrent engineering experience with cross-functional teams.
  • Proficiency in CAD/CAM software required, SolidWorks or Autodesk Fusion 360 preferred.
  • Experience with analytical tools for assessing design performance, like Finite Element Analysis.
  • Understanding of and experience with tools for characterizing and validating processes, including Statistical Process Control and Design of Experiments, including tools like JMP and Minitab.
  • Understanding of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing.
  • Strong computer skills and proficiency with Microsoft Office.
  • Enthusiasm for teamwork at multiple levels and across multiple functions of the organization.
  • Strong written and oral communication skill
  • Travel to domestic and overseas vendors and factory sites as required.

 

 

About:

Suterra is the world's leading provider of environmentally sustainable products for crop protection and commercial pest control. The company is dedicated to researching, developing and commercializing safe and non-toxic products using naturally occurring compounds such as pheromones.

Suterra is growing rapidly and investing heavily in new product development and active ingredient chemical synthesis. Suterra's parent company, The Wonderful Company, has invested over $80 million in a modern, state-of-the art facility in Bend, Oregon to synthesize active ingredients and to manufacture proprietary dispensing technologies.

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· Competitive benefits package including Medical (including 24/7 online access to a physician), Vision, Dental, and 401k with match eligibility.

· Subsidized gym membership.

· Wonderful Giving (www.wonderfulgiving.com) -- allowing you to donate company money to a cause of your choice.

 

About Suterra

Suterra is the world's leading provider of biorational products for crop protection and commercial pest control. The company is dedicated to the research, development and commercialization of environmentally-friendly products using naturally occurring compounds such as pheromones.

Suterra is growing rapidly and investing aggressively in support of new product development. Suterra's parent company, The Wonderful Company, has invested over $80 million in a modern, state-of-the art facility in Bend, Oregon to synthesize active ingredients and manufacture proprietary dispensing technologies.

 

 

The Wonderful Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and with opportunities for advancement. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories.

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