Product Development Laundry - Manager

Date: May 14, 2022

Location: St. Joseph, MI, US, 49085

Company: Whirlpool Corporation

Requisition ID: 50928 


Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) is committed to being the best global kitchen and laundry company, in constant pursuit of improving life at home. In an increasingly digital world, the company is driving purposeful innovation to meet the evolving needs of consumers through its iconic brand portfolio, including Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Maytag, Consul, Brastemp, Amana, Bauknecht, JennAir, Indesit and Yummly. In 2021, the company reported approximately $22 billion in annual sales, 69,000 employees and 54 manufacturing and technology research centers. 


Whirlpool Corporation is consistently recognized by FORTUNE as one of the World’s Most Admired Companies. Our values are the driving force behind everything we do. Integrity, Respect, Inclusion & Diversity, One Whirlpool, and Spirit of Winning propel our teams to excellence. Get to know us and see what it's like to be part of a company that is in constant pursuit of improving life at home.

This role in summary

Seamless integration of final manufactured products from Concept through Production Validation that delivers product leadership through balanced product solutions that delight consumers and satisfy the needs of the business and stakeholders.

Your responsibilities will include

  • Manage system integration of projects in Production Development Projects using the Whirlpool Product Development (WPD) System
  • Ensure product development activities are completed on time, meeting all requirements, including cost, quality & performance  targets to support the project plans and project execution 
  • Responsible for system level design/cost/quality/time trade-offs and technical decision making for issue resolution within the project/product plan guardrails(target ranges)
  • Lead technical design reviews for project to provide an assessment of whether the project is within the architecture/project/product plan guardrails by working with key development team members (e.g. Subsystem teams, V&V Strategist, Project Leader) and  by consulting with key architecture development team members when necessary (e.g. Platform System Architect, Subsystem SMEs, V&V Strategist)
  • Responsible to drive full system validation through use of predictive validation methodologies in concept, design and product validation stages
  • Lead convergence of optimal system level interactions and interfaces within project using systems engineering principles
  • Responsible for driving Product Leadership through the Whirlpool Product Development process, including the following:
  • Manage/Release of EBOMs based on project charter and architecture definition
  • Drive simulation of virtual prototypes and build of physical prototypes per V&V Plan or development phase tradeoff reviews
  • Document total expected variation to +/- 3 sigma distribution for each attribute
  • Document the revision of parts used in builds using baselines
  • Ensure high contributing factors toward each function are designated as a Special Characteristic
  • Drive the measurement and documentation of the special characteristics on physical prototypes
  • Drive closure of dFMEA action plans and updated Occurrence & Detection, based on Concept and Design Validation data and functional performance stacks

Minimum requirements


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical, Electrical Engineering, Material Science or Chemical Engineering
  • 5+ years of project Engineering & Technical Design Experience


Preferred skills and experiences

  • Six Sigma Black Belt and PMP certifications are a plus
  • Solid experience in engineering or material science
  • Solid experience in Technical Project Management:
  • Proven development and execution experience
  • Project management
  • System design
  • System integration
  • Procurement interactions
  • Ability to work cross-functionally and influence others;
  • Technical coaching abilities;
  • Experience in tooling and basic processes (injection moulding, metal stamping, …)
  • Strong leadership skills, ability to guide and motivate the dedicated core team for the project, in addition to the self-motivation and ability to drive things independently
  • Create a collaborative environment that will enable fast iterative problem solving. 
  • Analytical Skills for interpreting data and test reports
  • Sense of urgency and capability to work under pressure for multiple tasks are needed requirements
  • Strong attitude to problem solving and the critical thinking, proactive behavior and capability to respect work commitment and deadlines



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