Vice President, Engineering and Research & Development

Job Description

Vice President, Engineering and Research & Development ¦ #10655

Blount International, Inc. (NYSE:BLT) has an exceptional Vice President, Engineering and Research & Development opportunity located at our global headquarters in Portland, Oregon. Blount is an exciting place to work with challenging and rewarding projects, and we are seeking dynamic individuals to join our Company. Now is a great time to consider Oregon®.

We are committed to excellence in our people, products, performance, and profits. We value our employees and their contributions to our success; product innovation and product quality; continuous improvement through total quality management; environmentally sound and responsible business practices; honesty, integrity, and social responsibility in our business; and customer service. We believe our employees are the foundation of our Company's success, and we are committed to continuous learning and quality, focusing on the customer, respect and accountability, flexibility, and good relationships with others.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the vision, leadership, and management of the Engineering for the Forest, Lawn & Garden (FLAG) division and for R&D as a corporate shared service. This role is responsible for leading, planning, directing, controlling and coordinating engineering and research and development activities, including product design, metallurgical engineering, metallurgical and product testing, drafting and records, and engineering computer systems. This role will guide the expansion of FLAG’s engineering resources beyond mechanical to include electro-mechanical solutions and technologies. This position also develops, implements and sustains policies and practices to guide the product design and test engineering group and R&D and directs all activities towards the best engineering practices to meet or exceed the strategic direction and financial targets of the company.

Salary: Competitive


Leadership in the development of strategy and direction of Engineering and R&D group, setting strategic direction in conjunction with marketing and business development functions

Develop technology and innovation strategies; evaluating new technology, processes and materials to improve productivity, lower design and product cost and improve quality

Evaluate new technology, processes and materials to improve productivity, lower design and product cost and improve quality

Motivate, develop and train engineering staff to drive performance and achieve team members’ goals as well as company objectives; provide coaching , mentoring, and guidance to direct reports

Liaise with Marketing to support new product development

Develop strategies and implement plans for successful intellectual property capture, review, and harness

Represent Blount as engineering liaison, provide customer feedback, liaison with OEMs/suppliers on engineering matters, provide product liability representation and company representation to product safety/standards organizations


Innovation driver, hard charger with creative spark, results-driven with quality commitment and customer focus

Outstanding ability to lead with strong interpersonal skills, motivational skills and ability to work in a multi-cultural environment

Strong project management skills to evaluate project schedules and provide training as needed

Proven ability to conduct effective risk analysis and balance long-term benefits over short-term costs and variables

Keen ability to balance experience, intuition and analysis

Excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills

Proficiency in clearly communicating new technologies as required to management and others who may not have special knowledge


At least 15 years of experience in product design and development in manufacturing, with strong technical level of knowledge required

At least 5 years of management experience required; 15+ years’ leadership of a team

Demonstrated experience with design and analysis of test results

Experience reading technical and intellectual property related documents

Proven ability to manage operational and capital expense budgets


Bachelor of Science degree in engineering or relative technical field required; Master’s degree in engineering preferred


Excellent 401(k) plan with company match

Medical, dental and life insurance

Paid vacation and holidays

Educational Aid reimbursement program

Opportunities for career advancement and personal growth

On-site Fitness Center

Credit Union

Free parking and easy access to I-205

Employee commute program

Employee Assistance Program


Blount International

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