Role Accountabilities and Responsibilities
- Partners with Product Design at the output of Product Design’s product concept and ideation sessions providing input on how product concepts might be manufactured and provides cost estimations associated with such.
- Provides initial electronics “should-cost” estimation for first cost estimation from Cost Engineering
Product Development & Design
- Communicates daily with overseas team to ensure that product manufacturing milestones and commercialization deliverables are on schedule and adhere to the product timeline, ex-factory cost estimation, landed availability and performance specifications.
- Continually analyzes product designs that employ electronics and firmware to identify modifications and improvements that will enhance consumer experience and overall profitability of the item or product line.
- Explores, identifies, acquires and prototypes with emerging technologies in electronics hardware and firmware and disseminates learnings to staff, brand, marketing and product design teams.
- Works in partnership with external development partners that are responsible for developing prototype circuits, prototype software and breadboard models to validate concepts that are being developed by Product Design and Product Development
- Reviews engineering pilots, final engineering pilots, prototype through production ready firmware, initial product prototypes, engineering pilot revisions along with production parts, components and subassemblies to ensure that they are manufactured in accordance to the engineering specification released at engineering turned over to our overseas team.
- Focuses on priority projects to ultimately generate specifications, schematics, flowcharts, layouts, block diagrams for new electronic products.
- Acts as a technical liaison between Brand, Marketing, Product Design, Product Development, Merchandising, Sourcing, Logistics and Sales departments, as well as outside vendors to assure the timeliness of deliverables per stage gate.
- Validates changes, modifies hardware and/or firmware and updates specifications including but not limited to; bill of materials, firmware flow, coding conventions, schematics, data sheets, data transmission protocols, product costing, etc.
- Oversees programming or directly programs (4, 8, 16 bit) MCU based circuits and analyzes how efficiently and effectively the embedded program performs on the target hardware.
- Engineers electronics for consumer products in accordance to the U.L., FCC, EMC, ASTM F963-08, EN-71, REACH, CPSIA, and RoHS directives and other standards and compliance mechanisms associated with toy consumer product safety.
- Works closely with QA and Sales team to monitor new item product launches as they are used by our customers. Meets with Consumer Affairs to monitor consumer calls about newly launched items.
Skills and Qualifications
- Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering, preferably in Electrical/Electronic or Computer Science Engineering.
- A minimum of five years of experience in designing products that feature electronics functionality, consumer product development and offshore manufacturing. Toy manufacturing experience a plus.
- Outstanding communication, interaction and problem-solving skills.
- Broad based knowledge in areas of electronic hardware and firmware design, component sourcing, electronic component vendor bases, prototyping, simulation and emulation techniques, strategies and platforms, and emerging electronic/firmware technologies.
- Must be capable of commercializing multiple diverse projects simultaneously.
- Skilled at designing electronic circuits and associated control programs, using relevant low level and higher-level programming languages in association with appropriate IC/microprocessor integrated development environments.
- Must possess the ability to effectively communicate with all levels of the organization regarding financial, scheduling, and/or technically detailed information, often to non‑technical personnel.
- Must be willing and able to travel to Asia for extended stays to ensure pre-production milestones are met.
- Must be a self-starter and creative problem solver, able to work under pressure in a highly dynamic environment.