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      Job Description

      Steer Your Skills Towards Sustainability!

      This is an exceptional full-time opportunity for a senior level mechanical design engineer with a proven track record of bringing products to market. You will be forging a new path for product development to drive the “green economyâ€, and building a process for delivering “best in class†sustainable product designs. Working in a creative consulting environment, you will be engaging with clients from multiple industries to take their consumer products to the next level.

      Founded in 2007, Geochord is a growing product development firm that has established a strong track record of developing innovation. Geochord has helped large and small companies develop and launch award-winning consumer products across several industries, including: Consumer Electronics, Furniture, Lighting, Office Products, Sporting Goods, and Medical Devices.

      In 2011, Geochord refocused its vision. Geochord’s mission is to “fearlessly create innovative, sustainable products with meaningful design and impeccable quality.†Our sustainable vision will help guide Geochord’s future projects and endeavors. We are currently building a high-performing team to achieve our vision’s success – we hope you are ready for the challenge!

      Job Primary Goals

      Our Lead Product Developer must be results-driven, and have a passion for delivering innovative product experiences with impeccable quality. This senior level engineer is comfortable leading projects from concept ideation through component / system design & development to final production. The individual must be capable of creating high quality mechanical, electro-mechanical and assembly designs using parametric 3D CAD models. The final product designs must achieve client / end-user requirements, and emphasize the merging of aesthetic design intent with proficient implementation. The selected candidate must also thrive on collaborating with project team members from multiple disciplines (including industrial design, usability, electrical engineering, manufacturing and marketing), as well as different cultures. Cutting-edge work management tools and expert guidance will be provided to help you deliver successfully on simultaneous projects.

      Job Tasks - Creative / Technical

      * Invent top-level / subsystem concepts (e.g. mechanisms); build quick mockups to validate feasibility; coordinate fabrication of working prototypes.

      * Create electro-mechanical part and assembly designs using parametric 3D CAD tools, with emphasis on aesthetic design intent implementation; develop internal component layouts / stack-ups / space-studies as necessary.

      * Generate complete mechanical manufacturing package for suppliers, including: 3D CAD models, 2D drawings, top-level BOMs, part and system-level specifications.

      * Define mechanical reliability test procedures to validate performance goals; verify compliance with applicable EMC safety certifications; coordinate testing and compile results documentation.

      * Research and propose innovative technology enablers (e.g. materials, components); recognize / target potential areas for patent protection.

      * Lead / participate in brainstorm sessions and other team meetings; define design priorities and performance goals based on client objectives.

      * Identify / engage / interview potential Contract Manufacturers & other suppliers; visit / evaluate possible manufacturing partners to review their production capabilities and readiness.

      * Review tooling designs to verify quality of fit & finish implementation; support manufacturing partners to resolve issues during design transfer / transition to mass production.

      * Design / review manufacturing test fixtures and procedures; review & approve initial production samples; analyze and test field returns to determine root cause of failure, and propose / implement corrective action(s).

      Job Tasks - Leadership

      * Organize and lead project update presentations / design reviews; prepare visual materials for describing complex engineering concepts (screenshots / photos, videos, etc.) for internal team, supplier and client communication.

      * Define and manage project schedule, resource planning and key milestone deliverables (including potential scheduling conflicts and delays); coordinate work activities among internal and external team members.

      * Prepare client proposals, including project execution budgets and prototype / end product cost estimates.

      * Identify / implement process improvements for internal and external benefit; prepare best practices and lessons learned documents.

      * Build and maintain strong relationships with clients, and across the broader product development / manufacturing / supplier community.

      Job Tasks - Continuous Learning

      * Monitor the latest innovations related to product development, including new component technologies, materials, manufacturing & prototyping processes, etc.

      * Lead / mentor less experienced team members, share new design engineering insights, and promote a positive team environment.

      Qualifications & Experience Expectations

      * Recognized undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering or a related design engineering field.

      * 6-10 years of experience designing products in a consumer-oriented industry.

      * 2+ years of experience leading product development projects in a team environment.

      * Must have a collaborative style, lead by example with hands-on ability / attitude, and be focused on results.

      * Must possess good communication skills at all levels (in written and spoken English), with an emphasis on clarity and positive collaboration.

      * Must have exceptional 3D CAD skills (Pro/E or SolidWorks) for creating robust parametric models, including: complex surfacing (“Class A†quality) to accurately capture design intent; top-down “master modelâ€-driven assemblies; large assembly setup & management; mechanism development.

      * Must have respect/eye for detail and a passion to create innovative & aesthetic product designs.

      * Must have proven experience in design-for-manufacturing (DFM), design-for-assembly (DFA), and design-for-disassembly (DFD).

      * Strong analytical and organizational skills; ability and commitment to produce timely and highly accurate work.

      * Should understand and be familiar with mass production manufacturing processes for consumer products, including: injection molding, sheet metal stamping / forming, die casting, compression molding, extrusion, and decoration technologies.

      * Past experience designing for agency certifications (e.g. UL, CE, FCC, FDA), and familiarity with other technical disciplines (EE, RF, etc.) is highly desired.

      * Past experience using computational tools to analyze and optimize components / systems for structural, thermal, and dynamic mechanical performance is a plus.

      * Past experience developing sustainable products is a plus, desire to develop sustainable products is a must have.

      *Willingness to travel domestically and internationally 3 to 6+ times per year.

      Geochord’s Core Values

      * Build Trust
      * Be Helpful and Humble
      * Seek the Impeccable
      * Revel in the Weirdness
      * Fuel Passion for Learning and Accomplishment

      These shared values embody what we are made of...and encourage a friendly, collaborative and creative environment. We are a vibrant culture with adventurous thinking, and are tenacious in the pursuit of solving difficult problems for our customers. We see personal growth as building on strengths and stretching beyond limitations, and view accomplishment as producing valuable customer results which benefit local and global communities. We continue to forge new paths in innovation by creating user-centered designs inspired by natural systems.

      This position will be based in Chicago and offers competitive salary and benefits (including 401K with company match).

      Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to www.applicantstack.com/client/geochord/x/detail/a202l8iqcti3

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