Senior Engineering Manager, NPI in Independence, OH at Kichler

Date Posted: 1/7/2020

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Senior Engineering Manager - New Product Introduction (NPI)

As the Senior Engineering Manager, the successful candidate will be responsible for overseeing various engineering projects, processes, budgets, and timelines and making any necessary adjustments in order to ensure successful completion.  In this position you will play a key role in the overall success of our organization by planning, managing, and monitoring engineering functions.

As a member of the Product & Engineering Team, you will report directly to the Director of Engineering and will interface with other members of the Product & Engineering Team to continuously improve overall New Product Introduction (NPI) and engineering capabilities throughout the organization.  

The ideal candidate is a leader with proven skills to direct both complexity and ambiguity while leading a Team that influences all aspects of the business.  The successful candidate must have broad business knowledge, allowing effective cross-functional communication to direct and provide solutions and guide engineering related decisions.  The Senior Engineering Manager will act as an internal advisor and business partner on a wide variety of business processes and engineering opportunities for the Company.  The successful candidate will be responsible for partnering with key leaders across the organization, to ensure that resources are aligned to drive business successful business results.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Serve as engineering leader and technical expert.
  • Manage a multidisciplinary team of engineers through Kichler Lighting’s NPI process.
  • Coach and mentor the Engineering Team through risk mitigation and product development processes.
  • Create detailed engineering plans, processes, and procedures for engineers to use and abide by.
  • Propose and oversee budgets and timelines for engineering projects.
  • Check and confirm the accuracy of the work performed and the methods used by engineering staff.
  • Conduct various tests and quality assurance checks to verify the quality of completed projects.
  • Monitor and determine various staffing and training needs.
  • Spearhead various research and development initiatives to identify opportunities for new projects and improved processes.
  • Communicate and collaborate with other Managers, Suppliers, and Contractors.
  • Prepare and deliver various engineering-related presentations, both internally and externally.
  • Develop, train, and mentor team members to facilitate their career growth as well as drive excellence in their execution of business objectives.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from an accredited College or University
  • Minimum of 10+ years of engineering experience
  • Minimum five years in a management role with direct reports
  • Proven analytical and mathematical skillset, capable of evaluating and solving complex problems
  • Strong leadership skills, with the ability to manage and develop a team
  • Organizational competencies and project management skills to keep projects, processes, and the entire engineering team on track
  • Self-motivated with the ability to multitask and thrive in a timeline-driven environment, often with competing priorities
  • Interpersonal communication skills with expertise in distilling complicated topics to a broader audience
  • Ability to work individually or as part of a team
  • Ability and willingness to travel both domestically and internationally

Desired Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Engineering, Engineering Management or Business Administration
  • Lighting and/or electromechanical assembly experience

Why Kichler?

Kichler is a leader in interior and exterior decorative lighting, landscape lighting and ceiling fans. Kichler products are available through authorized independent lighting showrooms, electrical distributors, procurement companies, irrigation distributors and select e-retailers.

What we offer you as a Kichler employee:

  • Competitive salary, Paid vacation 
  • Comprehensive medical, vision and dental insurance 
  • Available 401(k) program with generous company match (no waiting period, 100% vested)
  • Company-paid Life insurance and STD/LTD disability coverage 
  • Onsite cafeteria and work-out facility
  • Location: Adjacent to Cuyahoga Valley National Park
  • Employee discount purchase program (MASCO partners)
  • Company events including Night at the Indians, Holiday party, Breakfast with Santa, Summer Picnic

The Kichler brand encompasses more than 3,000 products, including chandelierswall sconcesbath lightingceiling fansunder-cabinet lightinglandscape lightinglamps and accessories. A leader in energy-efficient technology, Kichler's line of Design Pro LED fixtures feature several winners of the Lighting for Tomorrow Award, sponsored by the Consortium for Energy Efficiency, the U.S. Department of Energy and the American Lighting Association.

  • Please note this position is NOT open for external recruitment and any inquires will not illicit a response from our HR department.
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    Full or Part Time

    Full time

    Kichler Lighting (the “Company”) is an equal opportunity employer and we want to have the best available persons in every job. The Company makes employment decisions only based on merit. It is the Company’s policy to prohibit discrimination in any employment opportunity (including but not limited to recruitment, employment, promotion, salary increases, benefits, termination and all other terms and conditions of employment) based on race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, pregnancy, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, age, physical/mental disability, medical condition, marital/domestic partner status, military and veteran status, height, weight or any other such characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. The Company is committed to complying with all applicable laws providing equal employment opportunities. This commitment applies to all persons involved in the operations of the Company regardless of where the employee is located and prohibits unlawful discrimination by any employee of the Company.

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