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Project Engineer I at Lasko Products

Project Engineer I

Lasko Products West Chester, PA Full-Time
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Lasko Products, an industry leader in the design and manufacture of portable fans and heaters for over 100 years, is seeking a Project Engineer I to join the team in our West Chester, PA headquarters.

In this position you will be an instrumental part of the Product Development team creating innovative high-quality home comfort product solutions.

The Project Engineer I will lead the projects they are responsible for as well as work with the product teams to integrate new technologies into existing products.  You will be a key contributor In the design review and prototype analysis for new products. 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Define technical product specification that align with consumer requirements including developing the product specification, defining components and building feasibility models.
  • Confirms system's and components' capabilities by designing testing methods, testing properties.
  • Develops electromechanical products by studying customer requirements, researching and testing manufacturing and assembly methods and materials.
  • Complete design reviews and report out to the cross-functional team key findings
  • Assess competitive products for functional and cost improvement opportunities.
  • Lead minor scope engineering projects including initiating the Engineering Change Process, building the BOM and qualifying design changes.
  • Collect project requirements from all stakeholders, managing trade-offs to meet project goals.
  • Ensuring stakeholder expectations are understood and managed accordingly.
  • Responsible for managing and tracking: Project Integration, Scope, Time, Cost, Quality, Resources, Communications, Risk, Procurement, Stakeholder Management.
  • Fabricating proof of concept models and developing test protocols.
  • Support the team in assessing existing product designs and providing suggestions for improvements
  • Driving Value Based Engineering strategy through the PCBA design approach.

 Personal and Leadership Qualities

  • Ability to balance multiple small projects while maintaining schedule and cost
  • A desire to continually learn about new technologies and look for ways they can benefit our end consumers
  • Strong verbal, written and presentation communication skills

KPI’s of which the Design Assurance Manager will be measured by:

  • On-Time Product Launch
  • Product Cost Attainment
  • Time to Market

Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering
  • 1-3 years of experience in leading the development of electromechanical products (Hardware & Firmware). Experience with consumer appliances preferred.
  • Experience with basic digital and analog control circuits. Arduino experience is a plus.
  • Experience with BLDC and single phase motors
  • Breadboarding and PCBA modification (component replacement, rewiring / jumping etc.)
  • Experienced with Bench tools: multimeter, power supply, thermocouples and soldering irons.
  • Experience using Minitab, Excel, SharePoint and project management software.
  • PTC heaters and ultrasonic humidifiers experience a plus.
  • SolidWorks experience is a plus.

About the Company

Lasko Metal Products was founded in 1906 by Henry Lasko in Philadelphia. Lasko designs, manufactures, assembles, and distributes portable fans, heaters, and humidifiers for the consumer market (Lasko brand), air purifiers (Germ Guardian brand), ventilation products such as range hoods and bathroom exhaust fans to the construction industry (Air King brand) and water damage restoration products such as air scrubbers and dehumidifiers (B-Air brand).  Lasko’s products are sold in North America, South America, the Caribbean, and Asia. The company is recognized as the leader in the portable fan and portable heating categories and proudly operates American manufacturing, assembly, and distribution facilities across the US.  Lasko’s leading market share in fans and heaters is 2X – 4X larger than the #2 brand.  Lasko’s domestic production capabilities uniquely position Lasko to serve its customers.

Lasko’s Mission is to improve everyday life with trusted products which create a healthier and more comfortable environment.  The company’s success is based on 5 Core Values:

  • Be Bold:
    • Challenge the status quo
    • Courageously pursue the impossible 
    • Reject mediocrity
  • Be Together 
    • Work together for success 
    • Drive trust and candor with each other 
    • Prioritize "We" before "I"
  •  Be A Leader
    • Lead with personal conviction 
    • Inspire each other to deliver high- quality results
    • Leverage resilience and agility to drive excellence
  • Be Accountable 
    • Consistently deliver to our customers 
    • Embrace commitments as a contract 
    • Take pride in our actions
  • Be The Change 
    • Demonstrate a passion to win 
    • Make a difference at work in our communities 
    • Step forward and take initiative

The Lasko family owned and operated Lasko Products until November 2016, when private investment firms Comvest Partners and JW Levin Management Partners (“JWLMP”) acquired the business. Comvest Partners and JWLMP are committed to growing the business with investments in growth and productivity.

Geographic Reach

Based in the greater Philadelphia, PA area, Lasko Products operates in locations throughout the US and Canada. The company’s Tennessee, Texas, and Pennsylvania manufacturing facilities produce both indoor and outdoor fans and heaters. The company also sources select products internationally from China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, and India.  Lasko operates distribution centers in all manufacturing locations plus Nevada and Ohio.

Looking Forward

 Lasko’s revenue has doubled in five years, primarily due to its success with both big box retailers and in e-Commerce, today generating ~$800M in annual revenue. Looking forward the company, Comvest Partners, and JWLMP are preparing Lasko for its next stage of growth, building on the successful reputation it has built in the market with the goal of reaching $1B in annual sales by 2023.

INVESTORS 

 Comvest Partners and Operating Advisory Group

Comvest Partners is a private investment firm providing equity and debt capital to middle-market companies across North America. Since its founding in 2000, Comvest has invested over $5.8 billion. Today, Comvest’s funds have $4.7 billion of assets under management. Through its extensive capital resources and broad network of industry relationships, Comvest offers its companies financial sponsorship, critical strategic and operational support, and business development assistance.

JW Levin Management Partners

 Co-invested in Lasko along with Comvest, JWLMP is a group of investors and managers with significant financial and operational expertise. Jerry Levin, the former CEO of Sunbeam and Revlon, along with his team of operators who bring varied experiences from these and other enterprises, are seasoned and helpful managers who will support the talent transition and business acceleration.

 Diversity & Inclusion

Comvest and its portfolio companies recruit, employ, train, compensate and promote regardless of race/national origin, gender/gender identification, sexual orientation, age, disability status, veteran status, religious affiliation, and other protected status.  We have a clear vision to be the place where [ Link removed ] - Click here to apply to Project Engineer I.  We know our companies run on the hard work and dedication of our passionate and smart employees.  We believe that diversity within an organization creates long-term value for the organization itself and its constituents.  Comvest and its portfolio companies are high performing organizations that seeks to hire hard-working and dedicated high performers.  While Comvest and its portfolio companies always strive to look at a diverse pool of candidates, we will always choose the most qualified candidate for the job being recruited for, in order to strive for success for both the employee and the firm.

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Recommended Skills

  • Communication
  • Electromechanics
  • Engineering Change Order
  • Firmware
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Microsoft Excel
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