An opportunity for a creative, dynamic, and cross-functional leader in a transformative and strategic role, leading new product initiatives from research and specification through implementation and impacting the company’s growth strategy and objectives.

Assignment: 4303
Title: Director of Product Engineering and Design
Industry: Woodworking
Reports To: COO
Location: Southeast

Our Client:

Our client is a well-established, highly respected, privately-owned manufacturer, this profitable company is experiencing its highest ever level of sales.  Its current investment in innovation and capital projects to expand into new markets and opportunities, and its long-standing commitment to the workforce ensure continued growth.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Benchmark competition and identify market demand
  • Prepare product business case, including market requirement, projected sales volume, pricing, cost, and profitability objectives
  • Work cross-functionally with teams to develop and manage a Stage/Gate Product Development Process from R&D through launch, including implementation timeline
  • Coordinate with Marketing to support product marketing plans
  • Plan product launch and support Sales & Marketing with necessary product knowledge and technical expertise, providing input for collateral development
  • Coordinate market research to track customer feedback and manage product-related support

Position Requirements:

  • 5+ years Product Engineering/Management experience in cabinetry
  • Demonstrated success launching product that led to profitable sales growth
  • Ability to manage entire Product Development process from business case (incl. market requirement, projected sales volume, pricing, cost & profitability objectives), through R&D, engineering, manufacturability, product launch and follow-up
  • Utilize Stage/Gate system (or similar) to manage new product development
  • Strong cross-functional leadership – works well with engineering, mfg., sales, marketing, finance, supply chain, logistics
  • Technical knowledge of cabinetry specifications & production requirements
  • Proficient in relevant software applications
  • Market awareness – competitors, market demands, trends
  • Financial acumen – costs, pricing, margins
  • Highly self-motivated – driven to succeed
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field


Ben Durshimer