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New Product Development Manager – Gas Combustion Appliances
Johnson City, TN

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$120,000 - $130,000 / yr

Position: New Product Development Manager

Location: Johnson City, Tennessee

Company Overview: Our client is a global leader in water heating and water treatment technologies, boasting a $3.5 billion legacy with over 140 years of history. With a commitment to continuous improvement, they employ over 12,000 individuals globally and take pride in delivering innovative water technology solutions worldwide.

Primary Function: As the New Product Development (NPD) Manager, you will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of new product development, leveraging resources from Residential Engineering personnel, designers, tool makers, and manufacturing teams to achieve project objectives. Collaborating with cross-functional support teams, you will play a key role in planning, organizing, implementing, and completing product lifecycle activities.


  • Execute assignments from the Director of Residential Engineering related to product development activities.
  • Collaborate with the Director to develop and implement growth plans for resource needs and testing facilities.
  • Provide regular status updates and communicate obstacles to the Director.
  • Plan and implement engineering programs using the Project Management System to achieve project objectives.
  • Supervise and manage the engineering team to meet goals for product maintenance and agency issues.
  • Provide leadership and direction to project team members, assigning responsibilities and offering technical support.
  • Assess and evaluate proposed design changes, specifications, and drawing releases, making recommendations.
  • Manage resources to support the NPD Process and meet project objectives.
  • Conduct competitive product analyses to define project scope.
  • Coach and mentor the Product Development Group, providing supervisory guidance and supporting employee developmental needs.
  • Coordinate with cross-functional stakeholders, communicate project activity and progress, and participate in customer focus groups and training seminars.
  • Interact with other Engineering Staff to provide design input throughout the development process.
  • Prepare project expense estimates and control expenditures within budget limitations.
  • Supervise both long and short-term product engineering projects, codes/standards, and general technical support to manufacturing.
  • Review and report on all projects on a weekly and monthly basis.
  • Travel as needed for field installations, meetings, trade shows, etc.
  • Assist Quality Assurance with technical evaluations from field returns/problems.
  • Assign and monitor change requests using the company’s PLM system.
  • Participate in administering company policies and developing long-range goals and objectives.

Role-Specific Responsibilities:

  • Supervise assigned engineering team members, ensuring performance in accordance with company policies and applicable laws.
  • Interview potential staff candidates for hiring purposes.


  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering.
  • 6-7 years of supervisory/leadership experience.
  • 7+ years of related work experience in product development, specifically gas combustion appliances.
  • Computer proficiency, including MS Office.
  • Strong mathematical and problem-solving abilities.
  • Ability to define problems, collect and analyze data, and draw valid conclusions.
  • Strong organization and time management skills.
  • Strong communication skills, both orally and written, to communicate with all levels, including senior management.
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical articles.

They Offer:

  • Competitive compensation package and comprehensive benefits plans.
  • Medical and dental insurance, company-sponsored life insurance, retirement security savings plan, short- and long-term disability programs, and tuition assistance.

This presents an excellent opportunity to work for an industry leader. This is a full-time opportunity. Please submit your most recent resume for quick and confidential consideration.


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