Job Details

Requisition Number 20-0044
Post Date 3/12/2020
Title Principal Engineer, Product Design
City Woodcliff Lake
State NJ
Description Driven by a commitment to research, quality and service, PDI, Inc. provides innovative products, educational resources, training and support to prevent infection transmission and promote health and wellness. Encompassing 3 areas, our Healthcare, Sani Professional and Contract manufacturing divisions, we develop, manufacture and distribute leading edge products for North America and the world.

We have several locations across the US and are looking for new Associates to join our team!


The Principal Engineer, Product Design within the R&D Product and Package Engineering team will support PDI as a leader and innovator within a dynamic R&D Product Development Team. He/she will be a key member of a cross functional Core Team that is responsible for creating and delivering innovative technologies against a growth strategy. Charged and responsible for managing innovative technologies with interrelated work-streams. The Principal Engineer, Product Design will interact with the other cross-functional team members to enable and accelerate delivery and go/no go decisions as well as extended team members from across the organization, ensuring strong connectivity, provide leadership and technical guidance.

Finally the Principal Engineer will foster and develop crucial technical competencies with the R&D Engineering team(s) so that the team is positioned to exceed the expectations core competencies and customer connectivity.


Responsibilities include leading the design, development and execution of R&D product development in addition to functional design leadership of new innovation portfolios. This includes providing leadership to ideation and concept design process driven by customer insights that to create new technology platforms that meet the high standards aligned with PDI’s mission.

She/he will also assist in the leadership and implementation of an organizational structure that supports the successful delivery of innovation, both internal and external, within the scope and timing defined by PDI’s strategy. She/he collaborates with all critical cross functions to produce high-quality products that satisfy customer needs.

Leadership and Management

• Reinforces PDI’s culture and values, and drives change where needed to increase alignment with those goals.
• Identifies departmental technical competency gaps and creates a strategy improve technical competencies.
• Develops staff through coaching, training, and other relevant experiences. Builds high performance teams.

Project Management

• Operates effectively in a multi-tasking, cross-functional environment, including managing network external collaborators and experts
• Analyzes and provides clear direction in areas of ambiguity or uncertainty, maintaining momentum and achieve alignment with cross-functional partners in these areas.
• Demonstrates intellectual agility to work effectively and efficiently in a highly regulated space, exhibiting the ability to identify and assess opportunities for prudent risk taking.
• Develops appropriately proactive resource plans and utilizes staff and other resources effectively to meet area/partners’ needs. Uses appropriate tools to regularly review, measure, modify, and adjust plans and to monitor the efficiency, effectiveness and balance of resources according to evolving business needs and environment.
• Guides internal/external debate and discussions at high levels and focuses constituents towards resolution around strategic and tactical decision making.
• Models good decision making practices and assesses and rewards behaviors consistent with good decision making practices.
• Displays strong analytical and strategic thinking.

Technical Expertise

Supports the R&D Product and Packaging Engineering team as subject matter expert across all product development Core Teams. Lead the overall research, development, supplier qualification and commercialization of new product development and packaging material selection. Be the primary technical resource for PDI colleagues on any and all industrial design and human factors related topics.

Develop new product design
• Determines design inputs through various means including customer connectivity
• Leads collaborative and independent ideation
• Drafts and/or sketches design concepts, develops prototypes
• Generates Intellectual Property Strategy with PDI Counsel including disclosures forms, design/utility patent applications
• Supports the development of Regulatory Strategy

Develop specifications for new packaging materials and technologies
• Determines what testing is required to support a new specification
• Compiles and evaluates test data
• Drafts specification and reviews with appropriate team members
• Issues a new component or finished good specifications for approval

Train Product & Packaging Group members and other PDI technical colleagues
• Creates and updates training presentations with information specific to the target internal audience
• Gives training presentations to various stakeholders

Prioritize day to day work of the Product & Packaging group engineers, scientists and technicians
• Evaluate workload versus available resources
• Work with other internal functions to ensure that the Packaging R&D group is providing support in a timely manner

Benchmarking of all competitive products and product packaging
• Benchmark current and new packaging technologies and use this information to provide recommendations to the Core Team on their selection of packaging materials.
• Maintains a depth of expertise related to PDI’s core business
• Executes industry and academic publication related to PDI’s core technologies.


Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Design, Industrial Design or equivalent from an accredited program

Technical knowledge of industrial design; FDA and/or EPA Regulated Environment

Must have extensive experience in design-related business needs and comprehensive knowledge of the competitive landscape. Required technical knowledge:
• 3D Modeling & Printing (SolidWorks)
• Human Factors
• Durable Devices / Durable Medical Devices
• Flexible Barrier Films
• Plastic Molding Technologies
• Sealing Technologies
• Production Equipment

Ability to author and or review protocols, lab notebooks, reports, SOP’s, and specifications

• A minimum of ten years relevant experience in product engineering and/or packaging development with a proven track record bring innovative concepts to market
• Knowledge of rapid prototyping techniques
• Knowledge of production equipment and robotics experience is a plus
• Depth of understanding of the product development and change control processes

• Must have excellent communication & project management skills
• Experience leading technical engineering projects
• Capacity to work in a fast-paced environment, with multiple projects of varying complexity
• Proven track record in the management of intellectual property
• Knowledge of standards and regulatory requirements which guide EPA and FDA regulated products.
• Computer skills: TOPS or Cape, Solidworks or Creo, AutoCAD, Adobe, and Minitab.


NONE: Typical office environment



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