Innovation Specialist

Donaldson Companies Bloomington , MN 55431

Posted 10 months ago

We have an exciting opportunity to join the Innovative Business group as an Innovation Specialist. You will lead the development of new products in support of a number of Donaldson business units. As a member of the Innovative Business group, you will use your technical abilities to drive towards solutions to challenging problems but will also leverage your business understanding and Donaldson's Innovation processes to ensure that we are working on the right problems. This is a great role for a creative problem solver with a technical background and a business interest in driving future growth.


  • Lead projects that evaluate new technology ideas and develop them into differentiated new products.

  • Work with the Business Units to determine how new products will provide value to our customers and to Donaldson.

  • Develop project plans for the products being developed, including development of the business hypothesis, proving product feasibility, and testing areas of high risk

  • Ensure that we establish and maintain IP protection for our new products and technologies, utilizing established Donaldson processes for documenting inventions and patenting new technologies.

  • Work with other Corporate Technology groups, Business Units and Donaldson Manufacturing Plants in developing new technologies and manufacturing methods.

  • Support the achievement of Corporate Technology performance metrics and initiatives.

  • Travel 5-10%.


  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering and minimum of 3 years of experience in the design and development of technology or products.

  • Strong presentation skills and ability to communicate well at all levels

  • Experience working in a process-based system. Experience with a stage gate process is helpful.

  • Experience interfacing directly with product end-users

  • Demonstrated leadership skills

  • Comfortable in making decisions and dealing with ambiguity.

  • Project Management experience, with proven results. MS Project experience.


  • Advanced degree in Engineering or Business

  • Experience in New Product Innovation

  • Business/Financial Experience

  • Understanding of filtration technology - applications, design, theory and principles

  • Experience in interfacing with complete value chain suppliers, dealers, OEMs

  • PMP Certification

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