• 10-Aug-2018 to 31-Dec-2018 (CST)
  • Middleton, WI, USA
  • Full Time

The primary responsibility of this role is to lead and manage the design engineering, industrial design, and research & technology to develop innovative consumer centric products. This role is a key partner in the development and execution of near and long-term strategy for Functional Group through delivery of best in class concepts, technologies, processes & product creation from concept to production using structured approach.

Additional responsibilities include unification of innovation & collaboration culture across geographies & businesses and drive product innovation through sharing resources and globalizing product offerings.

 Primary Responsibilities:

    • Responsible for overall leadership and direction of the New Product Development team and initiatives while balancing the business and operational tradeoffs within innovation & product creation process with consumer focus. Communicates and executes strategies throughout the new product development teams to bring new product innovation to market in the most cost effective, time efficient, and profitable manner. Oversees the development of engineering and technology teams capable of taking a new product development strategy, evaluate and recommend production and or/sourcing options.
    • Builds and leads multidisciplinary world-class product creation team inclusive of mechanical & electrical engineering, iOT, analytical, materials & software skills. Organize, manage & co-ordinate successes & continuous improvement of engineering processes used by business. Ensures that effective and consistent policies & processes are employed across multiple disciplines & product categories.
    • Responsible for development of design DNA for specific brands working with global partners and employing policy & process to adhere to Visual Brand Language guided by design DNA. Implement visual design quality and sustainability policy & strategy principles in product creation.
    • Directs the planning identification & development of product technologies to support near and long-term business need. Provides leadership & technology guidance for the identification, planning and execution of business (Ex: Product, service) oriented research and advanced technology.
    • Provides priorities to testing laboratory and provide product testing methods including ways of development of prototypes and product testing, utilizing internal and external resources at global level. Leads and implements global development plans and technology roadmaps. Develops and manages global specifications, requirements, and methods necessary. Manages relationships with outside sources to develop and produce products and or services. Help develop product or product component sources. Assure quality consistent with Fiskars standards and timing consistent with Fiskars new product introduction plans. Maintain awareness of competitive products and other industrial processes to insure leadership in our ensure consistent global performance of products & to streamline global product offering.
    • Collaborate with global partners to develop and execute patent strategy that provide competitive advantage. Provide guidance to the business on freedom to operate analysis, infringement analysis and patentability of designs and technologies.




  • Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering Degree; MBA preferred 
  • Minimum 10 years experience with proven success in New Product Creation in a Consumer Products Industry, utilizing creative sourcing & manufacturing approaches; global experience preferred.
  • Minimum 7 years management experience leading direct reports of a New Product Development team; Proven Leadership
  • Black Belt Certification preferred
  • Strong Business Acumen; Strategic Planning
  • Strong effective communication skills; ability to partner with cross-functional leaders


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