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Product Development Engineering Manager

Company: HNI Corporation
Location: Iowa City
Posted on: October 4, 2021

Job Description:

HON and Allsteel, industry leaders in workplace furnishings, are in search of a Product Development Engineering Manager to our Leveraged Furniture Operations (LFO) team in Muscatine, IA!

Some of the essential aspects of the position include:

  • Drives projects heavily weighted towards new product introduction, but will also include a mix of product cost reduction projects and support of our manufacturing operations.
  • Defines and is responsible for meeting the product performance requirements, including certification requirements, quality, and customer satisfaction during and after product launch.
  • Oversees internal and external engineering resources to hit targeted launch dates, and other major milestones.
  • Develops and manages the department budgeting, resource planning, and project level capital and expense budgets.

What it takes:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or related field required.
  • MS or MBA preferred.

Experience Required and/or Preferred:

  • At least 6 years of relevant experience, 8 preferred.
  • Prior management/supervisory experience.
  • Experience successfully managing projects.
  • Operations and continuous improvement experience preferred.
  • At least 2 years furniture industry experience preferred.

Skills and Abilities Required and/or Preferred: 

  • Knowledge of PLM process, project management, general costing principles, general production processes and associated tooling and equipment, test plan creation and management, regulatory compliance requirements, supply chain management, tools such as SPC, PPAP, DFMEA, PFMEA, root-cause analysis, finite element analysis, material properties, Windchill, Creo (or other applicable software), and other areas of product engineering.
  • Proven financial acumen including understanding of product level financial metrics, department budgeting and project level investment requirements.
  • Ability to guide and develop the team on product engineering principles by providing challenging assignments and through effective coaching, feedback, recognition, and skill assessment and training
  • A basic knowledge of government/environmental regulations and compliances that we are required to comply with as a manufacturer
  • Proven excellent communication skills, both written and verbal and strong communication, presentation, and organization skills.
  • Strong analytical/problem solving skills.

We look forward to hearing from you! 


Why HNI Corporation?

HNI Corporation (NYSE: HNI) is a manufacturer of workplace furnishings and building products, operating under two segments.  The workplace furnishings segment is a leading global designer and provider of commercial furnishings, going to market under multiple unique brands.  The residential building products segment is the nation’s leading manufacturer and marketer of hearth products, which include a full array of gas, electric, wood, and pellet-burning fireplaces, inserts, stoves, facings, and accessories. 

As one of the larger employers in Iowa, HNI Corporation has been ranked by Industry Week magazine as one of the “Top 100 Best Managed Companies in the World”, by Fortune magazine as “The Most Admired Company” in the furniture industry; and named by Chief Executive Magazine as one of the world’s best companies for leadership development.

Leveraged Furniture Operations (LFO) is the branded name for our furniture manufacturing and operations structure.  This encompasses all roles in manufacturing, plant engineering, supply chain, distribution and logistics, as well as some roles in finance and accounting, and human resources.  By centralizing these key functions, we enhance our efficiencies, reduce costs, and ultimately improve our customer’s experience with HNI!  When you accept a role in LFO, you’ll have the opportunity to make a significant impact on both our future and yours with work that matters, empowerment and autonomy, and growth without limits. 

We invite you to visit us at for the best visual overview of our organization.


Keywords: HNI Corporation, Iowa City , Product Development Engineering Manager, Other , Iowa City, Iowa

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