Sr. Mechanical Engineer, R&D in Vancouver, WA at ScottsMiracle-Gro

Date Posted: 12/29/2021

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. ​

The Senior Mechanical Engineer is responsible for contributing to the growth and profitability of the Hawthorne Gardening Company.  The chosen candidate will lead the technical advancement of the Hardware category for Hawthorne Gardening Company by partnering with the Category Manager and team to plan and execute the product innovation pipeline that supports the business strategic goals. Hawthorne’s hardware products are designed for use in indoor Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) and include benching and tray systems, irrigation, and harvest equipment. A portion of this role entails research, 2D/3D designing, developing, simulating, prototyping, validating, and testing current and new products specific to Hawthorne Gardening Company. The role will also support other product categories as needed. 
Key Work Performed

  • Lead all technical advancements in the Hardware category to drive product development and process improvements such as concept, specification, product validation, and design to meet specified cost and performance parameters
  • Support other product categories’ mechanical engineering needs as needed
  • Assist in the management of vendor relationships with domestic and international suppliers while also holding them accountable to product requirements and quality specifications
  • Seek out innovations above and beyond the supplier capabilities
  • Conceive, plan, and conduct research in problem areas or areas of opportunity for the business
  • Keep abreast of new technologies and competitive products for the purpose of recommending changes in existing programs or new programs warranted by such developments
  • Partner closely with the Category Managers to ensure they are armed with ample technical knowledge on the products they support
  • Aid in the creation and development of R&D product roadmaps
  • Aid in data analysis of market trends and competitive benchmarking
  • Aid category managers and product development with UX (user experience)
  • Support legacy products while working to update as needed
  • Participate in the initial production phases of product/process design and all subsequent manufacturing inquiries and problems
  • Travel up to 15% of the time, sometimes internationally

Minimum Requirements
A. Education:  

  • MS or PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Applied Mechanics, or related degree preferred 
  • Focus in mechanical design, structural design, product development preferred

B. Experience: 

  • 5-10 years experience in product development, preferably in hydro, CEA, or horticulture industry
  • Experience in 2D/3D mechanical design, engineering preferred
  • Solidworks, Solidworks PDM preferred
  • Injection molding / Thermoforming experience a plus

C. Skills and Abilities: 

  • Programming capabilities with a mathematical programming language, such as Matlab or Excel
  • Ability to interact with and contribute to cross-functional teams (team player)
  • Takes the initiative to drive projects forward
  • Ability to handle multiple projects or tasks simultaneously
  • Ability to follow standard company processes as well as to develop new
  • Drive to deliver products on time with attention to quality
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Excellent quantitative skills

Our commitment to LiveTotal Health puts the wellness and safety of our associates and their families as the top priority.  Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring associate safety has been a primary focus for all of us at Scotts. With the continuing pandemic, we remain committed to doing everything we can to keep our associates healthy and safe.   As such, we are requiring certain associates to get a COVID vaccine*. This safety measure will help protect our associates, our families and our communities.  We recognize a medical or personal circumstance may prevent you from meeting this requirement and we have a process to address those concerns.

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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.

*Except where prohibited by state or local law