Technology Manager, Materials

nVent - Redwood City, CA3.8

30+ days ago
Company Overview

nVent is a $2.1 billion, high-performance electrical company with a dedicated team of 9,000 people and trusted brands such as CADDY, ERICO, HOFFMAN, RAYCHEM, SCHROFF and TRACER. Known for innovation, quality and reliability, our products connect and protect, consistently delivering value to industrial, commercial, residential, energy and infrastructure customers.

While our name may be new, our products have set the standards for quality for more than a century. Today as nVent, we are focused and forward-looking, ready to build upon our legacy. The future is now.

Segment Overview

People in our Thermal segment are in the prevention business. We know that catastrophic events – such as frozen pipes, liquid leaks and train derailments – can alter lives and damage the success of companies involved.

Our solutions include heat tracing for pipes in industrial plants, buildings and infrastructure; heating system components; fire-rated wiring cables; floor-heating cables and mats; and thermostats and controls.

The success of our nVent RAYCHEM and nVent TRACER brands demonstrate how we convert blue sky thinking into sophisticated solutions.

Behind the scenes: We invented self-regulating heating cables, with more than a billion feet installed worldwide.

Job Summary

The successful candidate will lead a team of engineers, scientists, and technicians responsible for the new product development of Thermal product lines.

Primary Responsibilities of Team:
Drive new product requirements through to commercialization of new products (3D: Discover, Develop, Deploy):
Define Product Design (build intention)
Define Product Performance (datasheet)
Define Design Tools (for configured or custom product applications)
Define Quality Test Tools (for performance verification)
Work cross-functionally to ensure logistics (Operations), processes (Quality), materials (Supply), and certifications (Approvals) support the design intent and product performance
Participate in knowledge transfer from 3D: technical design reviews, FAI, and post-launch product support
Conduct research to support innovation (Technical Investigation):
Develop new technical capabilities (performance, quality and/or reliability) for commercialization
Maintain knowledge of new and advanced technologies
Maintain knowledge of previous generations of product
Understand technical aspects of field returns
Understand needs of customers (expressed and latent) via participation in VoC (Voice of Customer)
Conduct competitive testing
Provide support for 3D projects have been identified for VA/VE (Value Add/Value Engineer) refresh
Write invention disclosures and protect intellectual property
Oversee associated labs and equipment

Other Responsibilities of Team & this Leader:
Manage the Polymer, Ceramics, and Metallurgical team, including development plans & selection decisions
Define project scope and deliverables within project portfolio
Direct the work of engineers, scientists, and technicians, etc. in the design, analysis, prototyping and testing within project portfolio
Develop and execute test plans to verify product design intent and compliance with codes and standards
Provide technical leadership through technical reports, published papers, seminars, and active participation in the technical community, such as Industry Associations
Assist with the resolution of technical issues related to product design, system design, and compliance with industry standards
Support operational improvement projects where design expertise is required
Assist with the resolution of technical issues related to product design, system design, and compliance with industry standards
Create engineering documentation, drawings, and BOM’s for new nVent products
Follow, and help develop where appropriate, nVent standard work and processes to support portfolio execution
Define, manage, prioritize, and monitor work progression within group including tracking and reporting task backlog, cycle-time, and on-time completion
Provide objective technical oversight to 3D projects by signing at 3D milestones as technical authority.
Prepare weekly update on group progression: 3D, TIs and Tickets.
Plan and manage Cost Center Budget.
Serve as technical liaison with manufacturing, operations, supply, quality, and sustaining engineering in order to ensure strong awareness, communication, and cross functional support
Ensure technical coverage of all materials technologies (polymers, ceramics, metals, etc.) by engaging Enterprise SMEs and/or consultants to support gaps within internal capabilities
Ensure access to and maintain understanding of lab capabilities within the materials analysis laboratory and key relationships to enable effective lab support
Prepare Capital Expenditure Requests for lab and equipment upgrades
Job Requirements & Skills

MS or equivalent degree in science or engineering (Materials, Metallurgy, Ceramics, Polymers, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering)
PhD degree desirable
At least 10 years relevant experience

Ability to lead
Excellent communication skills. Experience working directly with other functions and customers preferred.
Excellent project management skills to efficiently organize, plan, and track project activities
Excellent engineering ability and aptitude
Knowledge of Global hazardous and non-hazardous area approvals for electrical equipment
Knowledge of manufacturing processes and development
Knowledge of quality assurance methodologies
Multi-language ability preferred
Ability to travel globally
Additional Information

Location: Redwood City, CA

EEO Statement

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.