Reference : 545701

Product Development Engineer-Siding

  • Research and Development
  • United States JACKSON, MI
  • Permanent / Regular (US)
  • Posting date : 07/26/2017

Position description

Under the supervision of the Materials and Product Development Leader, the incumbent is expected to develop new products to grow CertainTeed’s siding business.  This engineer is expected to lead projects to develop new products from an initial concept to commercial launch.  This engineer is expected to use fundamental engineering principles, along with the latest research and methods, to reduce risk and ensure a successful product launch.

 Duties and Responsibilities:


Concept development and innovation

  • The engineer must be familiar with the construction industry and trends to be able to create concepts for new products or useful features for existing products.

  • Ability to understand competitor’s products using benchmarking, patents, and/or testing.

  • Ability to demonstrate the feasibility of a concept using prototyping and testing.


    Design and prototyping

  • Lead a project team to develop the product to meet all performance and cost targets, while minimizing changes and risk to the manufacturing plants.

  • The engineer must be familiar CAD software and/or competent to lead a designer to make decisions on the product geometry.

  • Utilization of prototyping techniques such as 3D printing, digital rendering for visualization, or custom mock-ups for testing and evaluation.

  • Ability to understand relevant industry standards to develop the product’s key performance criteria.

  • Utilize tools, such as testing, finite element analysis, current literature research, Design of Experiments (DOE), and DFMEAs to ensure that the product design is robust.

  • Document and present results to leadership to gain approval for product launch.


Process development

  • Lead cross-functional teams (process team and manufacturing plant engineers) to develop the process suitable for product launch.

  • Prepare project plans, timelines, and presentations to coordinate activities from the project team.

  • Identify key characteristics that are critical to the product quality and develop the appropriate methods for QC testing.

  • Lead a team to identify manufacturing specifications for the new product and ensure that the product can be produced through plant capability trials.

  • Partner with the plant to determine proper packaging and shipping requirements.

  • Partner with the process team to use proven lean manufacturing tools to minimize product variation and improve productivity.

  • Ensure that the process is safe for operators and that all environmental regulations are met.



Testing, validation and safety

  • Perform final product tests to gain final leadership approval for performance, aesthetics, and warranty approval.

  • Ensure that the product meets all industry standard requirements.

  • Properly document results and lessons learned for future use.

  • Develop and implement solutions for future quality improvements and cost reduction.

  • Promote a safe working environment by through policies, practices and equipment.




The incumbent will work under the parameters as defined by CertainTeed, local, state, and government policies and procedures.  The incumbent’s responsibilities include the expectation to develop and implement new innovative systems, and to create continuity between departments.  The incumbent will support and carry out the general objectives and goals of the Siding Products Group Research & Development Center and must perform as a self-directed employee referring decisions of large magnitude to the Materials & Product Development Leader.


The incumbent is expected understand the objectives of the business, develop plans, and execute those plans to bring a new product to commercialization.  The incumbent must balance the need for speed to market for the new product, while being thorough and properly following the product development process.  The incumbent is also expected to work safely at all times and promote a safe working environment for others.



  • Master of Science in Engineering (Mechanical/Materials Science/Chemical Engineering), or a Bachelor of Science degree with at least 3 years of relevant industry experience;


  • Must possess the ability to; (1) understand new concepts quickly; (2) determine the appropriate approach; (3) organize, schedule, and coordinate work; and (4) communicate results or progress effectively.  Experience in product development and leading project teams is a plus.


  • Demonstrated ability to use Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, Project, and PowerPoint. 


  • Experience with product design methodology/tools (Design of experiments, DFMEA, GD&T)


  • Experience with design and modeling software (CAD and basic FEA).


  • Proficient in statistical analysis of data (MiniTab or equivalent).


  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.


  • Self-motivated and hands-on.


  • Strong attention to detail and can work independently or as part of a team.

Additional description

Physical Demands:

The physical demands of the work may require the ability to move heavy objects safely, not to exceed 60 pounds, with the assistance of a dolly, forklift, or team member.  There are also frequent and prolonged periods of standing/walking and pushing/pulling or moving/lifting supplies.  The incumbent may experience frequent/occasional reaching, stooping, bending, kneeling and crouching.  It may also require normal range of hearing and vision to operate machinery.


Working Conditions:


This position is located within R&D facility and would involve strong interaction with manufacturing plants (for material trials, product development etc.) potentially require the incumbent to have exposure to noise, dust, and hazards associated with manufacturing equipment and tools. The incumbent is required to comply with all safety requirements, including use of the personal protection equipment required for this position. The incumbent must have possession of or ability to obtain licensure for a motor vehicle.


This position involves travel (15%) to SG/CT R&D and manufacturing sites and vendors

Who are we ?

Through the responsible development of innovative and sustainable building products, CertainTeed, headquartered in Malvern, Pennsylvania, has helped shape the building products industry for more than 110 years. Founded in 1904 as General Roofing Manufacturing Company, the firm's slogan "Quality Made Certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed," quickly inspired the name CertainTeed. Today, CertainTeed® is North America’s leading brand of exterior and interior building products, including roofing, siding, fence, decking, railing, trim, insulation, gypsum and ceilings.

A subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest and oldest building products companies, CertainTeed and its affiliates have more than 5,700 employees and more than 60 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada. The group had total sales of approximately $3.3 billion in 2015.

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