Sr. Product Developer- Aftermarket Accessories

Textron Augusta , GA 30903

Posted 2 months ago

About Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc.

Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc. is a leading global manufacturer of golf cars, utility and personal transportation vehicles, snowmobiles, side-by-sides, all-terrain vehicles, professional turf-care equipment, and ground support equipment. Textron Specialized Vehicles markets products under the E-Z-GO, Cushman, Arctic Cat, Textron Off RoadTM, Jacobsen, Dixie Chopper, Ransomes, TUGTM, DouglasTM, PremierTM and SafeaeroTM brands. Its vehicles are found in environments ranging from golf courses to factories, airports to planned communities, and theme parks to hunting preserves.

Summary:

This position will be responsible to research, develop, coordinate, and execute approved product plans and activities related to current and future ATV machine accessories, including work with external ATV engineering firms, installation instructions, product delivery, and inclusion in parts manuals and catalogs.

The Product Developer is also responsible for managing the work of project consultants and suppliers, allocating and utilizing resources in an efficient manner and maintaining a co-operative, motivated and successful project team.

Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate with external ATV engineering firms, as well as internal, to develop product concepts, prototypes, relating testing and final products.

  • Coordination with engineers and publications to oversee completion of all installation instructions and ensure timely availability.

  • Ensure accurate accessory related information is listed in parts manuals.

  • Coordinate the machine accessories section of the ATV Accessory Catalog; ensure proper photos, product samples, and product copy, making certain that we meet deadlines.

  • Maintain accurate records of current, new and potential accessories.

  • Coordinate with suppliers to negotiate prices, terms and conditions.

  • Assist with and develop bills for materials and assignment of part numbers.

  • Be knowledgeable about industry competitors, their products and marketing methods.

  • Assist as required on projects such as sales meetings, dealer shows, marketing meetings, seminars, etc.

  • Will travel approximately 2-4 weeks per year.

  • Maintain sales, unit data, trends and activities.

  • Other related duties and projects as required.

Capability Requirements:

Creative

Ability to solve mechanical / electrical problems and develop product and process solutions. Strong sense of mechanical product design as well as industrial design.

Process Driven

Utilize and improve procedures and processes to increase product development quality, speed, & design while lowering costs.

Negotiator

Ability to negotiate prices, terms, & conditions and deal with conflict effectively.

Enterprising

Driven to accomplish projects, improve margins, as well as sense, prove, and pursue opportunities.

Decision Maker

Willingness to accept responsibility for decisions and make them on a timely basis.

Multi-task

Strong organizational skills are required, will be managing development of 20-30 products simultaneously along with other tasks.

Mechanical Aptitude

Required to be an active outdoor motor sports enthusiast capable of doing basic vehicle / mechanical repairs.

Mathematics

Excel Spreadsheet skills or ability to develop required. Basic knowledge of physics required.

Communicator

Ability to express ideas and positions verbally as visually through sketches.

Education/Experience:

  • Bachelors degree in business or engineering required

  • 4 plus years of related experience

  • Experience and knowledge of Arctic Cat/Textron Off Road vehicles and Arctic Cat/ Textron Off Road accessories as well as OEM and aftermarket competitors preferred

  • Experience and knowledge of off road vehicles and related accessories via a past work history involving manufacturing engineering, marketing or retail preferred

Physical Demands:

  • Must be able to actively participate in the evaluation, testing and development of the company products in all types of environment conditions.

  • Must be able to stand up to 2 hours on concrete surfaces and be able to meet the OSHA weight lifting standards.

Additional Information:

Direct Reports: None

Travel Requirements:
25%

Relocation Benefits: Yes


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