Reference : 560790

Product Design Engineer II

  • Research and Development
  • United States Malvern
  • Permanent / Regular (US)
  • Posting date : 01/10/2019

Position description

The Product Design Engineer will be responsible for the research and development of new products associated with CertainTeed’s Solar and Metal product portfolios. The incumbent will be located at the R&D center in Malvern, PA.

To impact business, the individual will collaborate with internal and external customers to develop new products or improve current product quality/production efficiency. The individual will work with diverse internal and external groups in a team-orientated, interdisciplinary environment to conduct new product tests and trials as well as evaluate new components & raw materials of solar and metal roofing systems.

50%  New Product Development: Technical representative for new product development (NPD) projects for all solar and metal projects. Manage resources to facilitate on time and on budget NPD launches.  

  • Execute solar and metal R&D projects related to cost reduction and product design; evaluate and implement new technologies when available and where needed.
  • Work with internal or external Quality team(s) to identify potential issues in product liability or performance and direct team towards effective materials and process solutions. 

30%  Technical: Maintain a strong technical understanding of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and their electrical functionality in a constantly evolving technological and competitive landscape. 

  • Maintain a current technical knowledge of PV modules, inverters, racking/mounting systems. This should include not only technical specifications, but strengths and weaknesses of competing technologies in the solar marketplace.
  • Maintain a current technical knowledge of PV module manufacturing and QC processes to maintain a high level of quality in the PV products manufactured for CertainTeed.
  • Liaise with internal roofing experts to ensure that solar products are compatible with roofing products and best practices.
  • Provide direction to code & compliance team regarding product & system needs.

10% Application: Internal expert in application techniques for both solar and metal roofing systems.

10% Intellectual Property (IP): Generate and submit IP to protect CertainTeed’s solar and metal products.

The product development aspect of the position requires a strong technical understanding of modules and systems as well as the solar industry in general. The manager must be able to work with internal personnel as well as third party vendors to optimize solar products’ performance in terms of technical attributes and cost and must be able to maintain a network of industry contacts in order to remain current with constantly evolving new solar technologies. 

Effective interaction with contractors/installers, distributors, building owners, and internal sales personnel is critical in order to maintain an intimate understanding of customer businesses, needs, and pain points. The quality and value of new products, processes and supports services are all informed and influenced by the depth of customer understanding.


The ideal candidate has a MS in Science or Engineering or a BS with 3-5 years of experience. Solar or sustainability background and/or work experience is preferred. 

Qualifications should also include:

  • Strong foundation in engineering principles with proven ability to apply engineering principles for problem solving or new product development.
  • Ability to effectively interact with a diverse team including sales, customers, marketing and R&D. 
  • Project management and technical communication.
  • Ability to analyze, summarize and effectively present data.
  • Organized and able to keep work well documented.
  • Working background of intellectual property with ability to analyze patents and summarize findings.
  • Hands-on skills and capability of utilizing hand tools.
  • Familiarity with AutoCAD and Solidworks.
  • Moderate domestic travel (up to 20%) may be required.

The Product Design Engineer must be efficient and capable of multitasking. Communication and presentation skills are imperative.

Relationships are critical to the New Product Development Manager, Metal Marketing Manager and Solar Marketing Manager. As such, the position requires:

  • The ability to cultivate a network of technical collaborators both within and outside Saint-Gobain including universities to accelerate technical progress and innovation.
  • The ability to develop and maintain an extensive network of industry contacts.
  • Effective and frequent collaboration with Sales, R&D and Finance as well as other business functions.

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," inspired the name CertainTeed. Today, CertainTeed is a leading North American brand of exterior and interior building products, including roofing, siding, fence, decking, railing, trim, insulation, drywall and ceilings.

A subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest and oldest building products companies, CertainTeed has more than 6,300 employees and more than 60 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada.