North American Development Engineer

Primary Location: Pinehurst, NC
Categories: Engineering

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This key leadership role manages product development activities with primary focus on the NA OEM sector.  In addition, the role will support Research leading to exciting and innovative solutions for both Swing and Putter categories. 

Golf Pride is the number one golf grip manufacturer in the World, with Headquarters based in Pinehurst NC and manufacturing facilities in Taiwan and Thailand.

This key leadership role manages product development activities with primary focus on the NA OEM sector.  In addition, the role will support Research leading to exciting and innovative solutions for both Swing and Putter categories. 

The position will leverage the global product development infrastructure to support design, tooling, material development, process development and testing to achieve product development goals, and collaborate cross functionally to maintain an efficient communication channel for all active programs.

The incumbent will support the integration of the GIC into the Global Product Development function through collaboration, technology sharing and alignment of working standards and communication methods. You will strive to achieve a seamless and efficient transfer from the GIC to the factory teams.

You will also support global communication practices that accurately and regularly communicate project status and change in priorities, highlight issues and CTQ’s to support customers both internal and external. Facilitate the efficient transition of products into manufacturing as Pilot validated designs ensuring products launch on the agreed  SOP (Start of Production) Date. 

Making what matters work at Eaton takes the passion of every employee around the world. We create an environment where creativity, invention and discovery become reality, each and every day. It’s where bold, bright professionals like you can reach your full potential—and where you can help us reach ours. In this function you will:

  • Lead the NA OEM Swing-grip and Putter development activities delivering on the internal OTD to SOP goals.
  • Increase speed of product development activities, leveraging the resources of the Global Innovation Center (GIC), and becoming a change agent for standardized procedures, and cross-functional knowledge sharing and global transparency.  Minimize R&D activities by standardizing work to maximize resource efficiency.
  • Manage efficiency of specific product development programs and transfer to factory teams. Update the team regularly with lessons learned for continuous improvement.
  • Lead risk management of all associated NA OEM programs to effectively identify design/ process issues in advance to allow predictable launch timing to meet OTD to SOP metrics.
  • Embrace Golf Pride PreLaunch and ProLaunch product development disciplines including stage gate reviews for all major milestones. 
  • Support Global Engineering Standards for information management, Enovia based change management disciplines, and EPIC based product lifecycle management. Drive conformance to global standards including documentation standards, product design standards, drawing standards, tooling design standards, material recipe standards, process standards, and testing standards.
  • Utilize Global Material Standards with the objective of minimizing the quantity of raw materials and compound formulas while maximizing versatility in new product development.
  • Work within Profit Plan budget limits. Communicate excessive spending activities.
  • Provide technical support to the OEM customer base, building relationships with key external engineering personnel.  The main objective is to provide a trusted point of contact between engineering departments to facilitate the expedited delivery of programs that meet specific customer requirements while working within current manufacturing capabilities. 

When we embrace the different ideas, perspectives and backgrounds that make each of us unique, we — as individuals and as a company — are stronger.


Required (Basic) Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from an accredited institution (must be complete by June 2020)
  • Minimum of six (6) months’ experience working with CAD, tooling, Polymer Science, processes and documentation (intern and co-op experience applies)
  • Minimum of six (6) months’ experience working with international cultures, particularly APAC based product development and manufacturing

Preferred qualifications:

  • Minimum of two (2) years’ experience in an R&D or product development environment
  • Minimum of two (2) years’ experience working for a multi-national corporation with remote headquarters

Position Criteria:

  • Proven analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work in a matrix environment, get results and drive change through others.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills as well as planning and organizational skills.
  • Ability to manage by influence through solid relationships and process focus
  • Ability to effectively present results and recommendations to senior-level executive team.

We are committed to ensuring equal employment opportunities for all job applicants and employees. Employment decisions are based upon job-related reasons regardless of an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, marital status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by law.

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We make what matters work. Everywhere you look—from the technology and machinery that surrounds us, to the critical services and infrastructure that we depend on every day—you’ll find one thing in common. It all relies on power. That’s why Eaton is dedicated to improving people’s lives and the environment with power management technologies that are more reliable, efficient, safe and sustainable. Because this is what matters. We are confident we can deliver on this promise because of the attributes that our employees embody. We’re ethical, passionate, accountable, efficient, transparent and we’re committed to learning. These values enable us to tackle some of the toughest challenges on the planet, never losing sight of what matters.

Job: Engineering

Region: North America – US/Puerto Rico
Organization: HYD GOLF Golf Division

Job Level: Individual Contributor
Schedule: Full-time
Is remote work (i.e. working from home or another Eaton facility) allowed for this position?: No
Does this position offer relocation?: Relocation from within hiring region only
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time

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