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Product Development Engineer

Construction Specialties, Inc. • Cranford, NJ

Posted 1 month ago

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Architecture - Building, Building Materials, Construction
Construction, Design, Engineering

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Job Description

Construction Specialties, Inc. in Cranford, NJ sells and/or manufactures architectural specialties including louvers, grilles, sun controls, explosion & pressure relief vents.


Cranford is currently looking for a Product Development Engineer


Conducts and engages in innovation, new product development, product testing, and product/process improvement aligned with strategic product development goals.  Provides high level consultative leadership to projects. Goals are cross-functional multi-skilled development, focusing on producing tangible product increments within a short time frame.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions, including but not necessarily limited to the following:

  • Drives cross-functional team development (across CS locations when suitable) of New Product Development (NPD) initiatives with a goal of production readiness and commercialization.
  • Breaks down complex product ideas into actionable technical tasks. Design these technical tasks with the goal of producing tangible results within a short duration of time.
  • Studies and recommends techniques to improve existing products. Performs detailed internal and external tests on a wide range of products and/or product samples. Compiles comprehensive test reports to ensure knowledge is shared among team.
  • Conducts research, plans and executes trials. Summarizes research and trials through detailed reports.
  • Locates and interfaces with outside vendors of materials and/or processes as required in support of NPD initiatives and completing technical tasks.
  • Constructs, tests and fabricates physical prototypes of potential new designs. Produces high quality prototype reports that address this prototype’s material usage, building process, test results, cost information, and sustainability evaluations.
  • At certain locations, may head up various projects by supervising at the group level of construction and testing of pilot models and components, competitive models, quality control checkouts, etc.
  • Performs basic costing activities including return on investment (ROI) calculations.
  • Develops, adapts, analyzes and ensures accuracy of drawings, calculations and specifications to suit client needs.
  • Provides coaching and guidance to manufacturing operations to solve difficult problem and technical issues as requested.
  • Keeps well informed on new developments in the product development field through contact with educational institutions, professional societies, manufacturers and trade shows, perusal of texts, technical papers, journals and periodicals.
  • Recommends capital expenditures along with sales and production methods for new products.
  • Keeps abreast of new developments, materials or processes for use in adaptations to organization products. Participates in trade association and code regulating bodies on behalf of the company.
  • Actively participates in all learning opportunities with the goal to further build cross-functionality and self-sufficiency within the development team.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by management. 

Job Requirements

  • BS. Degree (M.S.
    preferred) in Engineering or related field and three to five years related
    experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and
  • Must have extensive knowledge within
    the field of engineering specific to product development (i.e. mechanical:
    fluid dynamics, thermal dynamics, static force analysis, dynamic force
    analysis, and other mechanical property related topics). Stays abreast within
    engineering field.
  • Must be a self-starter, with
    demonstrated autonomy, able to handle unexpected events and take advantage of
    opportunities to achieve results that consistently exceed expectations
  • Must perform as a flexible team
    member and be a proficient leader and developer of people
  • Must be able to work successfully
    and lead in team efforts - experience in cross functional team leadership
    and/or participation.
  • Must be able to communicate with
    employees at all levels in the organization, customers of all background, and
    technical partners from different industries.
  • Effective use of time and resources
    to accomplish product development objectives.
  • Proficient in MS Office and other
    applicable drawing/design software related to specific Engineering field.
  • Knowledge and experience in 3D
    modeling simulation software is desired.
  • Knowledge of construction and
    fabrication methods.
  • Must have strong knowledge in the
    scientific method.
  • Understanding of Lean manufacturing,
    Agile methodology, and basic financial accounting knowledge is preferred.
  • Ability to interpret a variety of
    technical data furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form, and deal
    with several abstract, conceptual variables.
  • Ability to travel to job sites (domestically and
    internationally, if required) for new product evaluation or to review existing
    product issues.

Job ID: 1800009
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