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Mechanical Engineering Manager

Company: Whisker
Location: Auburn Hills
Posted on: November 25, 2022

Job Description:

Description:Whisker, formerly known as AutoPets, is the maker of Litter-Robot, Feeder-Robot, and Litterbox.com. At Whisker, we believe pet parenthood can always get better.As leading innovators in pet tech and refined pet accessories, we work tirelessly to solve problems and deliver smarter insights for pet parents while enriching the lives of pets. Whether it's a self-cleaning litter box that automates scooping, an automatic feeder that helps pets develop healthier eating habits, or a modern cat tree that delights both humans and felines, we strive to deliver better solutions for consumers while transforming pet care along the way. To us, having a pet is the best thing ever. At Whisker, life together just keeps getting better.Whisker is based in Auburn Hills, Michigan and Juneau, Wisconsin with 350+ passionate team members.Whisker is seeking a Mechanical Engineering Manager to lead a team of innovators, designers, engineers and other important team members. Whisker is at the forefront of innovation for pet products that making life with pets endlessly better. The Litter-Robot revolutionized the way people think of litter boxes and our incredible team will be doing that again and again with new and exciting products for pets and pet parents! The Mechanical Engineering Manager will be a hands-on leader that will guide and support the team through concept to launch and beyond!What You'll Do:The Mechanical Engineering Manager is responsible for leading the Whisker team of Mechanical Engineers, Product Designers and others in the design, development, launch, and maintenance of current and upcoming connected pet products. The Mechanical Engineering Manager will work with cross functional engineering teams to ensure cohesive product development to drive the Whisker product roadmap.Essential Duties and Responsibilities:This list of duties and responsibilities is not all inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties and responsibilities as deemed necessary.Oversees, evaluates and assists in the design of connected pet products from start to finish using CAD/Solid Modeling toolsParticipates in design, model, and test prototypes for new productsConducts design reviewsParticipates in advanced surface design for new product developmentUtilizes top down design techniquesConducts research and create design proposals for projectsCreates concepts, performance, and production criteriaProduces drawings and specificationsCreates initial BOM and track costsEnsures all designs are optimized for performance and costResponsible for both people management (development, coaching) and project escalation for those projects in his/her domainEnsures engineers on the team deliver core requirements on projects while meeting quality, cost, and timing targetsEnsures that programs are properly resourced (both staffing and skills required) with respect to hardware activitiesEnsures the team is trained and skilled in using common methodology, tools, and processesResponsible for interviewing, hiring, reward and disciplinary actions, and performance appraisals of direct reportsManages and recommends professional training (informal and formal) where needs ariseStays in touch with market trends and drives benchmarking studiesWill perform additional responsibilities when requiredLeadership Responsibilities:Directly supervises department Teams. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with Whisker policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, training and hiring Teams, planning, assigning and directing work, appraising performance, addressing Team issues, and upholding safety and quality guidelines.Requirements:What You'll Bring:BS in Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics or other relevant field10+ years experience in product designExperience overseeing and evaluating the design of durable consumer products from start to finish6+ years experience with injection molded plastics, electronics packaging and motor-driven mechanisms3+ years experience with electronics packaging3+ years experience with motor-driven mechanismsExperience managing a team of Mechanical Engineers, Design Engineers, and Industrial DesignersExperience with supplier sourcing (domestic and overseas)Experience supervising and leading an engineering teamProven ability to be a leader and motivate teams to be creative, agile, and detail orientedJira knowledge and general understanding of Agile methodsBackground in plastics product designFamiliar with top down modeling techniques, as well as surfacingHas been involved in multiple successful new product introductionsHas experience in design for assembly (DFA)Proficient in Microsoft's business suite of software (Outlook, Excel, Powerpoint)Proficient in PTC Creo and other CAD Design systemsMaintains confidentiality of proprietary informationAbility to maintain a professional atmosphere in a fast-paced environment with numerous interactions and interruptionsHigh degree of initiative, self-motivation and ability to motivate othersAbility to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with Team Members and colleaguesNot Required but Nice to Have!Not required to have pets but highly recommendedExperience with Google SuiteBenefits & Perks:Join a tenacious, inventive company that empowers team members to chart their own path, lead by grounding decisions in the "why", and has a strong sense of empathy and openness to new perspectives. Be a part of exciting growth, work with incredible people, and create tomorrow's pet products-plus a whole lot of extras. You will also be provided with:Premium Medical/Dental/Vision insuranceLife InsurancePTO14 Paid HolidaysPaid Parental Leave401K with 4% MatchFlexible Work ArrangementsTop of the line equipmentStatement of Inclusivity:We believe different perspectives make Whisker better and strive to create a place where everyone has equal opportunities to thrive.

Keywords: Whisker, Detroit , Mechanical Engineering Manager, Executive , Auburn Hills, Michigan

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