NPI Manufacturing Engineer

Vander bend Manufacturing
September 23, 2022
San Jose, CA
Job Type


NPI Manufacturing Engineer

About Us:

Vander-Bend Manufacturing is a vertically integrated Contract Manufacturer specializing in low and medium volume component and product manufacture for the Medical, Semiconductor, data, telecommunications, and related industries. We have facilities in San Jose, Santa Clara, Stockton, Rancho Cordova, Wheeling, IL and a new location in the Atlanta, GA area. We serve the manufacturing needs of over 200 companies in Silicon Valley and beyond, producing Sheet Metal, Machined Parts, Cable Assembly, and Electro-Mechanical and Electronic Assemblies. This is a management position, and is responsible for all aspects of inventory, costing and reporting.

About this Opportunity:

The NPI Manufacturing Engineer at Vander-Bend Manufacturing is responsible for the manufacturing implementation of new customer products including individual components and electromechanical assemblies. The NPI Manufacturing Engineer will provide direct engineering support on new product introduction to program managers, customers, suppliers and production teams. This position has an in-depth knowledge of all relevant manufacturing and assembly processes, experience implementing new processes and procedures, and communicating directly with customers and vendors on higher level projects.


Provides direct engineering support to Program Managers, Customers, Suppliers, Manufacturing
Engineers and Production Staff in the design, qualification, documentation and introduction of new products, including team leader responsibility.
Interfaces directly with customer engineering teams at the discretion of Management to provide guidance on manufacturing processes and design for manufacturability feedback.
Works closely with management staff at the Director level to assist in capacity analysis and growth plans related to new projects and drive cost reduction initiatives.
Escalates and resolves manufacturability issues with new products in accordance with new product introduction project schedules.
Leads internal groups and committees and engages external resources to ensure projects are delivered on time and meet cost and quality objectives.
Manages technical aspects of allocated projects from design reviews, quotation and prototype assembly through production.
Develops, implements, monitors and continuously improves new production processes, tooling, testing, sourcing, and process control while ensuring manufacturing capability and efficiency.
Drives investigation of product, component and material issues or supply constraints and assists in troubleshooting.
Applies lean manufacturing methodologies to design, layout, and workflow of new assembly lines and work cells for new products.


4-year degree in Manufacturing Engineering or a closely related field.
5 years of work experience in Product Development, New Product Introduction or Manufacturing Engineering.



Strong foundation in design fabrication and assembly of complex electromechanical assemblies.
Represent the company to its customers and suppliers with strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.
Effectively work on, manage and drive multiple projects at once, individually or with teams.
Understand engineering documentation and communicate technical data and specifications.


Experience working on New Product Introduction, design prototyping and troubleshooting.
Experience with NPI processes (process qualifications/validations, FMEA, First Articles, Design of
Experiments and engineering change requests).
Manufacturing and Process Engineering experience developing and implementing new manufacturing processes.
Experience with Robotics and Automation, Electronic, Safety, and/or Electromechanical testing.
Knowledge of plant layout design and assembly line layout design for efficient workflow.
Knowledge of MRP/ERP systems, PLM/PDM product management systems and 3D CAD Systems.

5 year(s): Product Development, New Product Introduction or Manufacturing Engineering
Associates or better in Manufacturing Engineering Technology or related field

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