The NPD Specialist is responsible for business development, engineering student mentoring, client consulting, and project management on manufacturing and entrepreneurial company projects. This position will cultivate a talent pipeline to provide consumer product development technical assistance and training to improve client products and grow profits.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Business Development, Marketing, and Sales of Services to Local Manufacturers and Entrepreneurs
Represent TechHelp and Boise State University in public forums with the purpose of networking, learning, and informing potential clients of NPD service capabilities.
Privately contact and inform company decision makers of services, capabilities, and programs.
Visit small manufacturing companies, start-ups, and entrepreneurs to talk with decision makers, tour facilities, assess needs, and determine interest in programs.
Conduct and report company needs assessments.
Prepare project proposals responsive to client needs.
Vet and maintain relationships with third party delivery resources for proposed projects.
For Fee Client Technical Assistance and Training to Idaho Manufacturers
Lead and support delivery resources to execute on design and prototype projects, emphasizing student and client company talent mentoring specific to design engineering and product development.
Build and maintain a network of partner companies committed to an engineering/design talent pipeline.
Mentor and supervise students in engineering design, prototyping, and client project management activities.
Embed students at client companies on design projects to hone their skills, to provide hands-on experiential learning, and to add engineering and design capacity to projects.
Plan, execute, and support advanced manufacturing and NPD educational events relevant to manufacturers.
Effectively manage project scopes, budgets, and timelines.
Report regularly on company contacts, projects, events, and project results and impacts.
Miscellaneous TechHelp Activities
Hire, train, and develop student product design staff of the NPD Lab.
Develop and maintain proficiency with best-practice technology and methodology related to new product development.
Develop and maintain relationships with key individuals in complementary public and private organizations in the region and nationally.
Develop a statewide product development service offering by networking and engaging with regional product development consultants and resources.
Be a resource as appropriate for team activities conducted by the organization, participate in the development of the organization, and complete other activities as assigned.
Bachelor of Science in Engineering or related discipline
8 years technical experience in a mechanical or product engineering role
8 years experience working with manufacturing companies
Master of Science in Engineering or related discipline
8 years of experience in product development in a manufacturing environment
The successful candidate will possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities:
Experience leading and implementing consumer product development projects
Experience managing product development teams and projects
Consultancy skills: interpersonal relations, negotiations, client relationship management, and problem solving
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written
Computer skills: proficient with SolidWorks, Google-suite, database management, and engineering analysis programs
Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
Ability to mentor staff, build relationships, and delegate effectively
Experience conducting training in product engineering and advanced manufacturing topics
Salary and benefits: Salary range $77,300 to $88,800, DOE, plus an excellent benefits package is available for eligible employees, for more information visit: http://hrs.boisestate.edu/careers/benefits/ .
Required Application Materials: Please submit a cover letter indicating your interest and qualifications for this position. Attach a resume (or CV for Faculty positions) that includes employment history (including dates of employment).
Closing Date: The deadline for applications is May 9,2019 11:59pm MST
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