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Southwire Utility Development Engineer III

Carrollton, Georgia
1 Sep 2022

A leader in technology and innovation, Southwire Company, LLC is one of North America's largest wire and cable producers. Southwire and its subsidiaries manufacture building wire and cable, metal-clad cable, portable and electronic cord products, OEM wire products and engineered products. In addition, Southwire supplies assembled products, contractor equipment and hand tools. We are proud to offer competitive compensation, employee benefits, tuition reimbursement, and unlimited growth opportunities. Our nearly seven decades of progressive growth can be attributed to our determination to developing innovative systems and solutions, exercising environmental stewardship and enhancing the wellbeing of our communities. How will you power what's possible? 



Compensation Market Job Description

Designs, validates and brings new products to market | Specifies precise new product functional requirements; designs, tests and integrates components to produce final designs; and evaluates the design's overall effectiveness, cost, reliability and safety | Designs, develops, executes and evaluates fitness-for-use testing, product specifications and process validation plans; creates and reviews material part specifications and bills of materials | Collaborates with internal manufacturing partners, contract manufacturers, designers and product specialists to optimize designs for manufacturability | Utilizes CAD (Computer Aided Design) or CAE (Computer Aided Engineering) systems to model new designs and produce detailed engineering drawings

Southwire Job Description

We are seeking a Senior Development Engineer who will support the growth initiatives of Southwire in the electric utility space..  Under limited direction, the successful candidate will perform a variety of complex engineering assignments requiring in-depth knowledge of electrical, mechanical, and industrial engineering.  The Candidate will act as a Core Team Leader/Project Manager leading a team of diverse experiences and disciplines such as Product Management, Operations, Certification and Test labs towards the successful design, manufacturing, and commercialization of new products.  The candidate shall adhere to and follow a Stage Gate development process to ensure that products are well designed and manufactured according to highest standard of safety, quality, and regulatory codes.  The individual will proactively seek and implement initiatives to improve operations and increase customer satisfaction.
Duties and Responsibilities
Act as principal investigator or lead a group of engineers investigating problems, developing solutions, and preparing related recommendations and reports.  Execute Research & Development projects including planning, timeline forecast, budget management, logistics coordination using the Stage Gate process.
Collaborate with different partners within and outside the corporation. For example, manufacturing plants, test laboratories, customers, vendors, consultants, contractors, etc.
Lead projects with autonomy and personal accountability in a very fast-paced, time and budget-constrained environment.
Manage multiple complex projects in parallel to timely completion.
Take initiative to recommend projects, product improvements, or cost reductions.
Represent the group in meetings and conferences; interact with customers to provide training seminars as well as resolve significant technical issues and develop related action plans.
Make formal technical presentations to customers and to industry forums and at conferences.
As required, be responsible for technical direction and minor administrative guidance of a small group of engineers and assistants.
Support manufacturing throughout the production cycle.  This includes, but limited to, creating testing plans, design handover meetings and solving problems on manufacturing floor.

The successful candidate must be:
Comfortable with leading edge research, product enhancement, and process improvement in a time-constrained market-driven research and development environment.
Creative and analytical problem solver.
Able to adhere to the task at hand and see difficult projects through even when facing setbacks.
A good project and people manager.  He/she will participate in multiple projects with differing priorities, and roles.
Able to conquer the science necessary to develop a product while being able to plan, visualize project milestones, anticipate lead times, and take the necessary actions for a timely project completion.
An excellent communicator both verbal and written.
Self-motivated and results oriented.
Willing to do hands on work to produce product prototypes and perform required testing.
Willing to do some travel as required.


Qualifications and Experience Requirements

Qualifications and Experience Requirements
Bachelor's degree in Science or Engineering - preferably Electrical, Mechanical, Chemical or Industrial.
At least fifteen years engineering experience in wire and cable industry preferred.
Product development experience.
Experience with manufacturing processes.
Experience with the process of product certification, for example UL, CSA, and others.
Lean Six Sigma working knowledge is very desirable.
Skill and experience in statistical analysis.
Skills in SOLIDWORKS or other CAD software, Finite Element Analysis (FEA), and simulations are preferred but not required.


Nimble Learning
Customer Focus
Plans and Aligns
Balances Stakeholders
Action Oriented

Benefits We Offer:

  • 401k with Matching
  • Family and Individual Insurance Packages (Health, Life, Dental, and Vision) 
  • Paid Time Off & Paid Holidays 
  • Long & Short-Term Disability 
  • Supplemental Insurance Plans
  • Employee Assistance Program 
  • Employee Referral Program 
  • Tuition Reimbursement Programs 
  • Advancement & Professional Growth opportunities  
  • Parental Leave 
  • & More 

Southwire is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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  • Job Reference: 701348013-2
  • Date Posted: 1 September 2022
  • Recruiter: Southwire
  • Location: Carrollton, Georgia
  • Salary: On Application