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Product Development Manager

Requisition ID:  12416
Category:  Information Technology
Career level:  Professional
Contract type:  Permanent

Product Development Manager, LM North America 


Location: St. Louis, MO

Reports to: Manager Product Development Product Engineering LPD North America




The Lubrication Management (LM) of SKF consists of a global team that develops and manufactures lubrication solutions and tools & equipment (T&E) for use in industrial applications and automotive shops.   


Role and responsibility: 

  • Product Development (PD) in LM is responsible for development of new products and evaluating new technology as it applies to lubrication solutions.  

  • North American (NAM) PD covers LM tools & equipment products as well as automatic lubrication systems. 

  • The PD Manager reports to the Manager of Product Development and Product Engineering for NAM LPD. 

This position is responsible for: 

  • Ensuring that PD work is in line with LM overall priorities, securing both short-term and long-term goals. 

  • Lead, manage and coach the engineers specifically regarding technical challenges. 

  • Collaborate with Product Management, Purchasing, and Manufacturing on the development of new products. 

  • Manage, supervise, and plan all PD projects within LM NAM through the Product Development Process. 

  • Setting short term goals for team members and follow up on progress. 

  • Translate customer requirements into quantifiable engineering specifications. 

  • Analyze and evaluate existing products and technology, both internal and competitive. 

  • Ensuring that released products meet agreed design specifications and are compliant with applicable target standards and regulations (UL, ANSI, CE, SAE, etc). 

  • Develop and evaluate designs and concepts using 6 Sigma tools. 

  • Create the validation plan for new concepts and execute by coordinating with suppliers, test lab, and Application Engineering for field testing. 

  • Develop product BOM cost structure for components, assembly, and associated tooling. 

  • Coordinate and lead teams to evaluate product quality and safety using tools such as FMEAs and Risk Assessments. 

  • Review product applications and existing IP to generate new ideas that can result in new products, patents, and be selected for further development. 


Competences and requirements: 

  • Engineering degree required, Mechanical preferred. 

  • Strong technical and practical mindset 

  • 5 years or more developing hydraulic, pneumatic and/or battery powered tools from concept to production.  

  • At least 2 years of experience leading a technical team. 

  • Experience with injection molding, and general electronics. 

  • Track record of successful co-developed products with international suppliers  

  • Familiar with Compliance such as UL and CE 

  • Working knowledge of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing 

  • Strong communication skills 

  • Ability to work with remote teams. 

  • Willingness to travel domestic and international (<5%) 



What You’ll Love About SKF:  


Rest and Relaxation. Enjoy a robust PTO policy and 13 paid holidays! 


Work/Life Balance. A possibility for flexibility and an opportunity for occasional remote work.  


SKF Celebrates Diversity in the Workplace! We actively develop ourselves and our teams to enable outstanding delivery. Trust the strength of diverse teams and encourage agile ways of working.  


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). 


SKF Cares! The four fundamental cornerstones of SKF Care - Business, Environment, Employees and the Community are critical for us to sustain long-term success.  


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 75 billion and the number of employees ca 41,000.

Nearest Major Market: St Louis