American Outdoor Brands Corporation Product Engineer - Electro-optics in Columbia, Missouri
This position will be located in Columbia, MO at our Outdoor Products & Accessories Division, working on Crimson Trace research and development.
American Outdoor Brands was forged in innovation and the desire to produce products that support the everyday shooter, hunter, defender, and outdoorsman. AOB is coveted for its leading innovative product development capabilities and processes, and is looking to expand its team of talented and driven product developers. The Product Engineer -- Electro-Optics is one of the most critical contributors within the Electro-Optics Division Product Engineering department, responsible for optimizing mechanical design, manufacturability, performance, structural rigidity and robustness, and functionality across an entire line of new and existing Electro-Optics products with focus on shooting, hunting, personal defense, and the outdoors. The Product Engineer -- Electro-Optics plays a critical role working closely with Electrical Engineers and Product Designers on engineering projects, while at the same time taking ownership and leading projects that are focused on performance, functionality, material selection, and advanced mechanical design. The successful candidate will have excellent communication skills, self-motivation, and experience with hunting, shooting, and outdoor accessories.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
All aspects of design and development for Electro-Optics products for the company, including:
Critical Engineering Elements
Cost Effective Design
Improvements and problem resolution
Documentation standards and records (product specs)
Direct responsibility and accountability for:
Product verification and validation
Failure mode analysis
Root cause analysis
Lead the engineering on projects that focus on performance and which require advanced mechanical design, material selection, and design analysis
Collaborate cross functionally with Engineering, Product Marketing, Sales, Brand Marketing, Finance and Operations professionals within the Columbia, MO and Wilsonville, OR organizations.
Collaborate with Electrical Engineer(s) on projects requiring PCB board design, software development, app development, and etc...
Collaborate with Product Designer(s) on projects requiring Industrial Design input
Collaborate with Optical Design engineers on projects requiring optical design input
Collaborate with Liaison Engineers on product requirements, sourcing requirements, supplier manufacturing and quality requirements, costing and BOM requirements, functionality and durability requirements, and etc...
Collaborate with Brand Managers on product requirements and key features, new product category and expansion opportunities, and overall Brand Lane direction, cohesion, and growth strategy
Collaborate with Sales and Brand Marketing on key features, target customers and applications, competitive landscape analysis and advantages, retail needs and opportunities, and etc...
Collaborate with Suppliers and Manufacturers on optimal design for manufacture, cost reduction measures, key functionality and performance requirements, and supply chain solidarity
Design of cutting edge retail packaging, while considering retail footprint requirements and limitations, shipping and distribution durability and feasibility, marketability, and brand lane cohesion
Rapid prototyping capabilities and proficiency, including but not limited to 3D printing, CNC machining, sourcing of standard components, improvisation, and etc.
Strong presentation and communication skills, and the ability to lead brainstorming, design review, product brief, and other types of meetings
Strong organization skills, multi-tasking capabilities, and active priority management skills
Adhere to and improve the company's New Product Introduction Process (NPI)
Act as Project Champion for NPI projects including cost, quality, schedule, compliance, etc. while maximizing the quality and output of the NPI process
Responsible for improving costs, quality, and design of existing products
Collaborate with purchasing, marketing, and supply base in relation to NPI
Build and maintain professional, constructive working relationships with other departments and with suppliers
Resolve quality and customer support issues by lending expertise to respective departments
Work safely as well as identify and report any safety hazards immediately
Maintain good housekeeping in personal area and all common areas
Other responsibilities as assigned
While this position will work directly for the Electro-Optics Division, based in Wilsonville, OR, the candidate will be stationed out of Columbia, MO, alongside the Accessories Division's engineering team (the two divisions often work closely together). Therefore, the candidate should expect frequent travel between Accessories (Columbia, MO) and Electro-Optics Division (Wilsonville, OR) locations as needed, minimum six -- eight times per year.
Travel to appropriate trade and consumer shows, product field testing opportunities as needed
Travel to Asia and other manufacturing facilities as needed, minimum two times per year
NOTE: This list presents only the principal duties of the position and is not intended to be comprehensive. The duties and responsibilities listed above may be changed or supplemented at any time in accordance with business needs and conditions.
Education and Experience:
Education: Bachelor's degree in Industrial Design, Engineering, or Equivalent preferred
Experience: 2-5 years' experience, 5-8 years' experience preferred
Pro Engineer/CAD skills
Experience designing Electro-Optics consumer products preferred
Experience designing consumer products, preferably in the shooting, hunting, personal defense, or outdoor industry
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Firearms industry experience desired
Competencies and Skills:
Manage and prioritize time and resources
Excellent problem-solving skills
Excellent written and oral communication.
Attentive to detail.
Good organizational skills
General office equipment
Judgment and problem-solving skills based on advanced or technical concepts
Regular and predictable attendance is required.
Some work is required in "off-hours" for business meetings/company events.
Ability to sit for prolonged periods of time in front of a computer.
Ability to move about facility on regular basis to perform physical activities, such as, but not limited to, lifting heavy equipment (up to 50 lbs. unassisted), bending, standing, climbing or walking.
Visual and hearing acuity.
NOTE: Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Work Environment and Personal Protective Equipment:
General office environment, with some exposure to plant environment, with fork lift and other general hazards.
Exposure to the outdoors, unstable ground, and some climbing
Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Protected Veterans/Disabled