Associate Engineer, Mechanical - R&D Lighting in Vancouver, WA at ScottsMiracle-Gro

Date Posted: 5/3/2021

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Here at Scotts Miracle-Gro there is no such thing as a typical day.  Our culture is constantly energized by new and exciting growth opportunities and at a rapid pace.  Every Associate plays an important role in providing innovative solutions for today’s gardeners and growers and contributing new ideas to improve operations. In our company you need grit, it is what we were founded on over 150 years ago and is what keeps us growing. Regardless of your level in the organization there is a platform for your voice to be heard and the ability to influence change. Family, community and hard working values are weaved into all that we do. Come grow with us, where we develop and nurture the next generation of leaders. ​

We are looking for an Associate Mechanical Engineer - R&D Lighting to join our Hawthorne team in Vancouver, WA.

The chosen candidate will help lead the technical advancement of the Hawthorne lighting innovation platform and partner with the lighting Category Manager to design and execute a product innovation pipeline that supports the business strategic goals. The lighting categories of Hawthorne include commercial and retail HPS, CMH, and LED fixtures for a variety of growing facilities. The role will also support the development of controllers for lighting and other environmental uses primarily for Hydroponic indoor gardening.  The business supported by the role provides products for hydroponic indoor gardening as well as greenhouse horticulture markets in North America and globally. The chosen candidate will both work with vendors and third-party contractors as well as provide individual contributions to execute product development. The ideal candidate will be self-driven with an eagerness to learn in a fast-evolving industry. .

What you’ll do in this role:

  • Study plans for upcoming generation of Lighting and Controller models, and develop mechanical and creative design strategies for improving upon current models

  • Perform competitive analysis and research competitor products quarterly and collaborate with category and sales team to generate ideas for making best-in-class products

  • Support senior mechanical engineer and own product mechanical design internally or through OEM/ ODM, to support the release of new luminaire designs that meet the highest standard for performance, quality, cost, and safety from preliminary concept through implementation into manufacturing

  • Attend weekly internal team meetings and OEM/ODM meetings to provide progress reports, obtain updates on OEM/ODM’s progress, strategize on steps for following week and acquire information about projected emerging product lines

  • Work with procurement and PLM team on accurately creating bills of materials, drawings, and instructions for vendors and manufacturing. Maintain all product documentation in SAP.

  • Work in close collaboration with manufacturing, compliance and quality for the design of products for optimal quality and manufacturability

  • Partner closely with Category Managers and Technical Service team  to ensure they are armed with ample technical knowledge for market introduction of new products

  • Travel up to 10% of time, ability to travel internationally to Europe and Asia

What you’ll need to be successful:

A.         Education: 

  • Bachelor's degree or greater in Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Design

B.         Experience:

  • CAD experience (Solidworks preferred)

  • FEA knowledge in thermal and fluid dynamics

C.         Knowledge:  

  • Advanced knowledge on mechanical engineering principles

D.         Skills and Abilities:

  • Creative problem solver

  • Artistic and up to date with the latest trends in consumer tech product design

  • Ability to interact with and contribute to cross-functional teams

  • Ability to handle multiple projects or tasks simultaneously

  • Drive to deliver products on time with attention to quality

  • Ability to communicate and develop relationships with external vendors

  • Constant curiosity and drive to learn about new technologies and processes

Preferred Requirements

A.         Education: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Product Design, Product Development, or related field

  • Coursework in Industrial Design

B.         Experience:

  • Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator)

  • 3D and thermal modeling by using CAD (Solidworks Flow preferred)

C.         Knowledge:  

  • Working knowledge with creative design softwares

  • FEM and FVM simulation software

  • Mandarin proficiency a plus

What we do for you (just to list a few cool ones):

  • A place on an engaged team of passionate colleagues in a growing and dynamic industry

  • Offer extremely competitive benefits including: Health, Dental and Vision coverage

  • First day of hire, 401K match (up to 7.5%) and discounted stock purchasing program (15% discount)

  • 13 paid holidays and generous vacation policy

  • Fitness Club Reimbursement ($350)

  • Nutrition reimbursement program (up to $200 per associate and per spouse)

  • Our commitment to diversity and inclusion includes employee resource groups: Scotts Women’s Network, Scotts Black Employee Network, Scotts Veterans Network, GroPride Network, Scotts Associates for a Greener Earth (SAGE), and Scotts Young Professionals

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Notification to Agencies:

Please note that the Scotts Miracle-Gro company does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Master Service Agreement, and specific approval to submit resumes to an approved requisition, the Scotts Miracle-Gro company will not consider or approve payment regarding recruiter fees or referral compensations.