Product Design Manager

Job Description
Amazon Lab126 is an inventive research and development company that designs and engineers high-profile consumer electronics. Lab126 began in 2004 as a subsidiary of Amazon.com, Inc., originally creating the best-selling Kindle family of products. Since then, we have produced groundbreaking devices like Fire tablets, Fire TV and Amazon Echo. What will you help us create?

The Role:

As a Product Design Manager, you will be responsible for the mechanical design, development and quality of consumer electronic devices, hiring and development of the engineering team and continuous improvement and implementation of best practices. You will take responsibility for leading project teams, technical problem solving, creatively meeting product objectives, at times delegating tasks to achieve your objectives and mentoring junior engineers. You will demonstrate cross-functional team leadership, working closely with the Industrial Design, Reliability, Product Management, Operations and other teams to accomplish your goals. You will play a role in defining overall development processes and methods to improve the productivity of the cross-functional team. You will identify and initiate investigations of production technologies, prototype and test solutions for product features, and design and validate production designs that deliver an exceptional user experience. In this role, you will:

  • Demonstrate a strong working knowledge of mechanical systems, with expertise in systems integration
  • Desire to learn from new challenges and possess the problem solving and communication skills to work within a highly interactive and experienced team
  • Demonstrate hands-on passion for your work and be able to communicate ideas and concepts both verbally and visually
  • Demonstrate an ability to integrate feedback and to respond quickly to changing contexts and work environments
  • Lead the hiring process to build teams
  • Mentor junior engineers in good product design practice
  • Provide ongoing performance feedback and career management of team
  • Perform feature design and testing to meet program objectives
  • Perform test failure analysis and solution validation to complete successful product development
  • Lead field failure analysis and solution evaluation for production product issues
  • Support positive team interactions to accomplish program objectives
  • Provide cross-functional program integration support to insure team success
  • Manage schedules and milestones
  • Demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Prepare and deliver updates to the Executive team when necessary

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or related field
  • 7+ years of experience, product development
  • 3+ years of experience managing engineering teams

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree
  • Mandarin language skills
  • Strong 3D CAD skills, Creo
  • Proven track record leading engineering teams through the whole development cycle
  • Demonstrated knowledge of tooling and materials process validation (SPC, Cp, CpK)
  • Demonstrated design experience with high volume/high finish consumer electronics enclosure materials
  • Demonstrated design experience integrating component modules (I/O, Displays, Batteries, PCBs, etc.)
  • Analytic problem solving skills, including knowledge of 8D, Six Sigma, DOE or similar disciplines
  • Demonstrated leadership and mentoring skills
  • Product validation experience (Shock/Drop, Cycle Testing, Environmental Testing)

This position will require International travel.


Lab126 is part of the Amazon.com, Inc. group of companies and is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer – Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran / Gender Identity / Sexual Orientation


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