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Product Development Engineer - Plymouth, MI

Requisition ID:  9325
Category:  Manufacturing
Career level:  Professional
Contract type:  Permanent

Product Development Engineer – Plymouth, MI



Reporting to:  Manager, Product Development and Engineering Slewing and Thin Section Bearings


Location: Plymouth, Michigan


Vacancies:  3


SKF works to reduce friction, noise, make things run faster, longer, cleaner and more safely. Doing this in the most effective, productive and sustainable way has made the SKF Group a leading global supplier of products, solutions and services within rolling bearings, seals, mechatronics, services and lubrication systems.


Product Development and Engineering has the global Product Development and Engineering responsibility for bearings and units. As part of the SKF Innovation & Business Development, Product Development and Engineering plays a decisive role in defining the right offers for the SKF Product value propositions. Product Development and Engineering translates market trends and customer needs into new, long term and sustainable solutions, by defining, developing and maintaining the product technical data and ensuring the up to date product technical knowledge is used to bring value to SKF customers and employees.


The Product Development team for Thin Section and Slewing Bearings is responsible to develop products and solutions, to bring them into the market, working in close cooperation with Product Management, Industries, Manufacturing and Sales.


The team is also responsible to review, maintain and further develop product theory, design rules and technical knowledge, acting as the most qualified technical experts within and outside the company.


Your day-to-day work

  • Capture market and industry needs by working closely together with customers, Sales, Product Management, Industries and Manufacturing
  • Drive and manage development projects and introduce new products and solutions to the market, in close cooperation with Product Management, Manufacturing and Sales
  • Develop product theory, build product competence,document, maintain and spread this
  • Develop, document, maintain and share internally design rules on pertinent products
  • Work close together with Process Development and Bearing Operations, to optimize the design for manufacturing and design for cost
  • Perform product verifications and validations, in cooperation with the Global Testing organization
  • Ensure products specifications fulfilling SKF quality and performance demands
  • Ensure that products specifications fulfilling customers and application demands
  • Ensuring design rules are robust against internal capability and external variation
  • Travelling is expected both nationally and internationally (the first year up to 40%, up to 20% on normal basis)


We expect you to have
A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and 3 years’ experience in product development, project engineering or similar R&D environment. Master degree level is considered a plus.

  • Large experience and proven track record in Project management
  • Solid business understanding with a genuine “outside-in” mind
  • Experienced in product development and analytical engineering tasks, such as product functions behavior in relation to tolerance setting, mathematical and statistical evaluation
  • Knowledge in computer based engineering tools and simulations, including FEM and dynamic simulation
  • Previous exposure / experience with noise and vibration, both theoretically and experimentally is considered a plus
  • Experience and knowledge in machine component testing as well as bearing application technology will be considered a plus
  • Good facilitation and communication skills with fluency in English


Personal Profile

  • Well-structured and self-motivated with a high level of own drive and commitment
  • Pro-active and open-minded team player, eager to learn and share competencies
  • Ability to understand stakeholder needs and transform those into feasible and robust solutions
  • Willingness and ability to travel, and potentially work abroad on shorter assignments


We offer:
A stimulating job with international contacts and possibilities for professional growth. You will be part of a team with a global responsibility and contribute in development of new product offers, working in close cooperation with stakeholders across the whole SKF organization and value chain.



What You’ll Love About SKF:

Rest and Relaxation. Enjoy a robust paid time off program with 27 PTO days and 13 paid holidays!


Work/Life Balance. A possibility for flexibility and to work remote


Health and Wellness Benefits.  SKF cares about the wellbeing of our employees. Many options for best in class medical and dental plans to fit your needs; a wellness plan that includes biometric screening and health risk assessment for you and your spouse and incentives for healthy living!


Invest in your Future. SKF offers amazing retirement options! Participate in our 401K program that boasts a 100% match up to 5% of your elected contribution (100% Vested).  And regardless of your participation, SKF automatically contributes 5% into your account per pay period (3 Years Vesting).


Much more! Growth opportunities, tuition reimbursement, voluntary critical illness coverage, voluntary legal plan, employee assistance program, life insurance, vehicle discount programs, mobile phone discounts, and with so many benefits to working for SKF, we could not name them all!


About SKF

SKF’s mission is to be the undisputed leader in the bearing business. SKF offers solutions around the rotating shaft, including bearings, seals, lubrication management, condition monitoring and maintenance services. SKF is represented in more than 130 countries and has around 17,000 distributor locations worldwide. Annual sales in SEK is around 85 billion and the number of employees ca 45,000.

Nearest Major Market: Detroit