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Senior Product Development Systems Engineer

With more than $1B in revenue, Tennant Company is a globally recognized leader in the cleaning equipment industry. For the past 150 years, we have been passionate about developing and manufacturing innovative and sustainable solutions for our customers. At Tennant Company, we are committed to stewardship and creating a cleaner, safer and healthier world. With manufacturing, operations and sales, service, and support functions across the globe, your journey at Tennant can take you places you never expected.



The Senior Product Development Systems Engineer leads engineering development activities for mobile cleaning equipment products in the Industrial Category.  This position primarily works as the Engineering Lead on a cross-functional team to design and develop innovative electro-mechanical machines that meet requirements for performance, quality, product cost, and project timelines.  Additionally, this role leads and contributes to technical product strategy development including: product platform and architecture development, product simplification improvements, technology and innovation concept development, product roadmap inputs, and project strategy phase execution.


Additionally this role: 

  • Applies principles of engineering and science to lead the development of product designs at the machine and subsystem level that deliver lasting customer value and competitive advantage.
  • Creates new concepts for machine architectures and sub-system platforming plans to meet machine level performance specifications.
  • Establishes machine level performance specifications to meet customer needs and plans for evolution of these specifications over time.
  • Prepares preliminary concepts, layouts, models, sketches and/or schematic diagrams to aid in the understanding and solution of engineering problems.
  • Determines nature and type of engineering models, detail drawings, and analysis required for machine and subsystem development, and supervises their completion through the development cycle.
  • Executes research/development activities to establish and achieve technical evolution of assigned systems.
  • Identifies and investigates technology developments relevant to assigned subsystems.
  • Leads and mentors junior engineers and designers throughout the development cycle. 
  • Leverages laboratory and field test data to understand and manage design trade-offs.
  • Collaborates closely with cross-functional partners and leads the Engineering development team to achieve program goals in the areas of performance, cost, quality and schedule.
  • Leads a team to create designs, specifications, and drawing releases.  
  • Prepares product designs in compliance with engineering principles, company standards, government regulations, and customer requirements.
  • Establishes machine and subsystem development plans and schedules from concept to production implementation within overall business requirements.  Tracks and reports progress to the cross-functional program leader and engineering management.
  • Works with internal and external suppliers to develop subsystem designs that achieve performance and cost targets.
  • Leads and participates in formal/informal design reviews.
  • Plans and executes prototype builds at the machine and subsystem level.
  • Plans and supports machine and subsystem verification and validation testing.
  • Leads the production launch and implementation of product and subsystem designs.
  • Documents machine level and subsystem design knowledge to ensure future value to the organization.
  • Creates engineering standards relevant to machine architectures and subsystems.   
  • Provides design governance throughout a product’s lifecycle

Required Skills

  • Creative / innovative problem solving.
  • Self-starter, able to successfully plan and manage project design and development activities.
  • Broad technical knowledge in the design and development of mechanical and computer controlled electromechanical systems.
  • Data based decision making / statistical analysis.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Ability to model and predict system performance based on engineering principles.
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to effectively present information to a variety of internal and external groups.
  • Proficiency in CAD desired (SolidWorks preferred)
  • Ability to develop engineering standards.
  • Proficient in GD&T, tolerance analysis and FMEA.

Required Experience

  • BS in Mechanical, Electrical or Systems Engineering or equivalent from an ABET accredited four-year college or university.
  • MS in Engineering preferred.
  • Six to Ten years of design engineering experience, project leadership experience preferred.
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) a plus.
  • Six Sigma experience a plus.


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