Form follows family: Started by Stanford engineering and design alumni, we are a fast-paced, fun, and high-energy company. We apply advanced engineering, innovative design, and high-tech materials to make the best child transportation gear on the planet. Orbit Baby has been featured in leading business and parenting media, and is the car seat and stroller of choice for VIPs including Hollywood and sports celebrities. The Orbit Baby line of products is sold nationwide in premium retail outlets, and in a growing list of countries internationally. Orbit Baby is not an iPhone app or social-networking website – we design and make innovative physical products that parents aspire to own, and that functionally help families with their daily journeys. Check out our products here on our informational website, as well as at our online store, shop.orbitbaby.com. Orbit Baby is an Ergobaby company.
Orbit Baby is entering a period of aggressive product launches, and we are looking for someone to take on the challenge of helping us execute and manage the multiple simultaneous engineering projects that will flow out of these products after they enter mass production. First and foremost, we will need you to help solve challenging technical, engineering and manufacturing problems to improve our products. We are looking for any talented engineers who have real-world experience working on physical products – juvenile industry experience is a bonus, but bike, outdoor-industry and other experiences are also welcome. You will be responsible for managing engineering activities for the Orbit Baby product line, including sustaining engineering activities for in-production products, collaborative engineering support for production ramp-up of new products, management of special editions and engineering of product refreshes. You should have experience managing multiple projects at the same time, be a wizard of project schedule and budget management, have experience working with outsource design and engineering teams and be up to the challenge of successfully coordinating multiple inputs into a project. Most importantly, you should be looking forward to joining a team that thrives on problem-solving, and is passionate about continuous improvement for products being used out in the real world.
Duties involve project management of sustaining engineering activities for products that are currently in production. This includes troubleshooting manufacturing issues, engineering support for Global Supply Group's quality initiatives and response to Contract Manufacturer (CM) issued Engineering Change Requests (ECR) using internal Engineering Change Order (ECO) process.
Supports new product launches during production ramp-up as they enter Engineering Pilot (EP), Pilot Production (PP) and Mass Production (MP) phases. Assist with tooling, manufacturing jig and fixture design and creation and production processing. Manage engineering issues of products after initial MP including engineering aspects of special editions, limited editions and product refresh activities.
Manages commercial and supplier aspects of product development and sourcing projects. Works with team members on conducting general market research in various categories as well as research into potential suppliers, product specifications and resources. Conducts supplier analysis, evaluates potential suppliers, and manages the overall supplier qualification process, develops and create sourcing plans, requests for proposal, and other sourcing documents, evaluates and recommends purchasing and sourcing decision to management. Manages the sampling and product approval process for the project. Plans, directs, and coordinates the work activities and resources necessary for manufacturing products in accordance with cost, quality, and quantity specifications. Manages new product launching, consulting and the product approval processes. Negotiate agreements and agreement related duties. Identifies and cultivates new business relationships related to products and product development services. Opportunity for advancement to Supply Chain Manager. Reports to Director of Supply Chain.
To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
Sourcing – Supplier identification, evaluation, selection, performance management, supply base right-sizing, executive supplier interface, management of single/sole source relationships
Vendor Qualification – Sets up new vendors and sub-vendors, creating performance metrics and assists in the CAPA process when necessary.
Cost Management – Evaluate possible supplier changes, supplier relocations to low cost regions, negotiations, and create other key programs for key cost reduction. Understand the design and process FMEA steps and how it translates into improving process capability and reduces costs.
Manufacturing – Strong understanding of the foundational manufacturing processes and technologies utilized in Orbit Baby products. These could include plastic injection molding in various materials and resins; metal forming and punching, welding; mass assembly methods involving rivets and other fasteners, assembly machinery such as rivet machines and pneumatic tools, fixtures and jigs used for alignment, quality and assembly purposes; and metal finishing including powder coating, anodizing, and plating.
Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem solving situations.
Project Management - Develops project plans; Coordinates projects; Communicates changes and progress; Completes projects on time and budget; Manages project team activities. Proficient at thinking and acting strategically, championing change, and generating innovative solutions.
Technical Skills - Assesses own strengths and weaknesses; Pursues training and development opportunities; Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; Shares expertise with others.
Oral Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively, Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Demonstrates group presentation skills; Participates in meetings; Professional and respectful communication style that would be appropriate for direct engagement with business partners (e.g. contract manufacturers).
Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Varies writing style to meet needs; Presents numerical data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information; Professional and respectful communication style that would be appropriate for direct engagement with business partners (e.g. contract manufacturers).
Teamwork - Balances team and individual responsibilities; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports everyone's efforts to succeed.
Cost Consciousness - Works within approved budget; Develops and implements cost saving measures; Contributes to profits and revenue; Conserves organizational resources.
Judgment - Displays willingness to make decisions; Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; Supports and explains reasoning for decisions; Includes appropriate people in decision-making process; Makes timely decisions.
Bachelor degree preferred in a supply chain related field (supply chain, industrial engineering, operations research, economics, business); and 3-5 years related industry experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Fluent in Mandarin Chinese a major plus.
Orbit Baby is entering a period of aggressive product launches and we are looking for someone to take on the challenge of helping us execute and manage the multiple and simultaneous engineering projects that will flow out of these products after they enter mass production. First and foremost, we will need you to help solve challenging technical, engineering and manufacturing problems to improve our products. We are looking for talented engineers who have real-world experience working on physical products. Juvenile industry experience is a bonus but bike, outdoor-industry and other experiences are also welcome.
Serve as technical interface between product development and mass production. Support Director of Engineering as needed during production ramp-up of new products as they enter Engineering Pilot (EP), Pilot Production (PP) and Mass Production (MP).
Assist with tooling, manufacturing jig and fixture design and production processing. Assist in technical problem resolution for all manufacturing operations in conjunction with Contract Manufacturer (CM), quality, supply chain, customer care, product development and compliance teams. This will include using sound engineering judgment and testing to determine root cause and making recommendations for corrective action. Manage projects resulting from engineering support functions which include implementing corrective actions at CM, using CAD to modify existing or create 3D files, responding to CM issued Engineering Change Requests (ECR) and releasing Engineering Change Orders (ECO) to CM according to internal processes.
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