Lead Product Design Engineer

  • Location: Nashville, TN
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job #21966


Boulo is recruiting for a Lead Product Design Engineer for our client, a product development company in Nashville, TN. The position provides the opportunity to work on an exciting range of consumer electronics, commercial electronics, lifestyle products, and medical devices.

Employment type: Full-time
Flexibility: Hybrid in Nashville, TN
Pay: $120,000 – $145,000 per year

About You

As a Lead Product Design Engineer, you’re not just an accomplished professional who can engineer great products—you’ve reached the point of your career where you’ve been instrumental on teams solving a wide range of complex and challenging problems that are bigger than just Engineering. You feel that the line between Engineering and other disciplines is a blurry one, and you see yourself and your teammates all as “Product Developers” first; you just happen to be one owning the mechanical design. You understand the roles of strategists, industrial designers, firmware and hardware developers, and others well enough to preempt their needs and know when to involve the right people. You also see beyond the product’s needs to the big-picture needs of the client’s business model, go-to-market strategy, risk tolerance, and budget. You are a creative engineer who produces ideas that become fundamental to the product, but you also validate those ideas through prototyping, FEA, and CFD skills. You thrive on seeing projects all the way through to the finish, even as other roles taper off, which means you create impeccable CAD, great documentation, and are tenacious about crossing all Ts and dotting all Is. 

Responsibilities of the Lead Product Design Engineer position:

  • Own the mechanical design of complex products from initial brainstorm through detailed, factory-ready CAD, ensuring that our solutions go beyond function to solve nuanced user needs and our customer’s needs.
  • Collaborate with the Project Manager to distill project goals down to clear, actionable steps that move the work forward in a logical and efficient manner and develop realistic estimates of their effort.
  • Drive design integration with other disciplines like Strategy, Industrial Design, Electronics, Firmware, and Software, knowing when you need to bring other expertise into your process.
  • Think holistically about your projects, drawing design inspiration from things like the client’s sales strategy, how this project integrates into a future product line, sourcing and pricing constraints, emerging technology, social impact, and the company's core strengths and weaknesses.
  • Guide clients through the design process, educating them about our process in a way that makes them feel heard and in-good-hands.
  • See your projects though from start to finish.
  • Provide excellent documentation for designs from calculations and FEA results, to finished specifications for manufacturing.
  • Help the company evolve ever-better ways of working.

Requirements for the Lead Product Design position:

  • 10+ years of professional design experience
  • A degree in Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering or similar.
  • High level of comfort using Onshape or similar CAD tools, allowing you to create robust, navigable, lightweight models quickly.
  • Strong FEA, and CFD skills.
  • Strong DFM skills, especially for injection molding, but also sheet metal, CNC, and other processes.
  • Management or leadership experience is a plus
  • Experience with the NPI process is a plus
  • Agency experience is a plus
  • Must live in Nashville, TN area or be willing to relocate. You must be able to work on-site when needed*,* but once you’re settled in you can be flexible with when and where you work provided you can attend important meetings in-person, or prototype things with others when needed.
  • Must be authorized to work in the USA. 

Benefits associated with the Senior Firmware Engineer position:

  • Work-Life Balance: Ability to work from home as often as you want, be home for dinner, take a meaningful vacation off the grid, and work to live instead of living to work.
  • Health Insurance: The company covers 100% of your health insurance premium. You pay the difference for a spouse and/or dependents.
  • Dental, Vision, HSA: The company offers these plans but does not contribute to their premiums.
  • 401k + matching: The company contributes 3% no matter what, by default you contribute an additional 6% (you may change this).
  • Flexible schedules & WFH: The company supplies a new laptop to use for your work and you’ll get to enjoy the flexibility that we love so much about being self-employed. Want to work from home 2 days a week? Do it. Is it too perfect to be inside on a Tuesday? Work Saturday instead.
  • Maker Stipend: The company wants to employ people that love to make stuff, so they will give you a virtual credit card with $600/year to spend on any personal project. Put it toward building a new headboard for your bed, or buying a really nice hot-glue gun, or getting an Arduino kit and figuring out how to automate your herb garden.
  • Learning Stipend: The company wants to employ curious, constant-learners, so they will give you a virtual credit card with $200/year to spend on any personal learning. It doesn’t have to be work-related. $200 happens to be about what you’d spend on a year of an Audible or Masterclass subscription, but you could just as well use it for guitar lessons, life drawing workshops, or a coffee roasting class.
  • Access to 3D printers for personal use: If the printers aren’t needed for a project, have at ‘em. If it’s something small, it probably ok to just print it. If it’s something big or a mini production run, we may ask that you bring your own material.
  • Stocked fridge and snacks: The company stays stocked up on healthy snacks, carbonated water, and beer. There’s also a free rotating craft coffee and a big selection of loose leaf tea.
  • Company events: The company takes a day off work at least once a quarter to have fun, hang out, and get to know each other. 

Don't meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. Our clients are dedicated to building a diverse and inclusive workplace. If this role sounds exciting but your past experience doesn't include every qualification, apply anyways! You may be just the right candidate.

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