Engineering Manager - Mechanical (Plastic Component Design)


The Engineering Manager will drive and improve product quality, initiate and implement cost reduction activities, support existing product lines and coordinate and manage New Product Development projects for Rain Bird.  He/she will have direct responsibility for SBU engineering efforts across multiple product families, including controllers, rotors, valves, sprays, drip and accessories.  The Engineering Manager will work closely with Marketing, Sales, and Quality, and will initiate and develop ideas that will improve, enhance and expand the SBU's product portfolio. The successful candidate will be a strong project leader and is expected to provide technical leadership and supervision of engineers and support staff. 



The successful candidate will:

  • Enhance product quality, lead by example, and generate results.
  • Manage the development effort to ensure that NPD projects meet justified objectives.
  • Ensure that sustaining product issues are proactively addressed and resolved.
  • Have a good working knowledge of industry best practices with respect to successful sustaining project and new product development management.
  • Learn the Rain Bird Corporation irrigation market, understand its customers, and be able to translate customer needs into new product benefits.
  • Lead and facilitate the Product Planning Committee meetings.
  • Hire and train top performance Engineering staff and foster creativity and innovation within the engineering team.
  • Work as a key member of the planning team in the annual SBU strategic planning process.
  • Be willing to travel as required.


Who you are:

You’re someone who wants to influence your own development and path. You’re looking for a company where you have the opportunity to pursue your interests across functions and geographies.  You are highly motivated to achieve excellence and be surrounded by others who inspire innovation.  You are a creative problem solver.  You have the ability to diagnose, analyze and recommend solutions.  You are a person who has the ability to work in both a team atmosphere as well as matrix environment.  You are on out of the box thinker and can easily rise up to a design challenge.  Where a job title is not considered the final definition of who you are, but the starting point.



  • BS in engineering or related technical field.
  • 10+ years experience in an injection molding manufacturing environment.
  • Proven troubleshooting and process improvement capabilities.
  • Extensive experience with design and manufacture of injection molds.
  • Familiarity with quality assurance procedures and general statistics.
  • Experience with or willingness to learn Solidworks software, CAD, FEA, QFD, SPC, FMEA, and DOE.
  • Experience with design, development and implementation of automation.
  • Strong analytical, organizational and project management skills.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal abilities.
  • Self-starter and able to work independently.
  • MS Office literate.



  • MBA or an advanced technical degree.
  • Experience with lean, cellular, highly automated and flexible manufacturing.
  • Experience in new molding technologies and secondary operations.
  • 5+ years experience in managing work groups
  • Bilingual (English-Spanish).


Rain Bird is an Equal Opportunity Employer.




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