Construction Specialties

  • Product Development Engineer

    Location US-NJ-Cranford
    # Positions
  • Overview

    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 componenents, 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.


    - 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 experience.
    - 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.


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