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Business:  Kalmar
Job Function:  R&D

Ottawa, KS, US

Product Development Manager, Electrical Systems

Kalmar keeps global trade moving. Our innovative solutions contribute to every fourth container movement in the world and help transform the future of cargo handling. We believe in collaboration, delivering on our promises and that people make the difference.

Purpose of the position

Kalmar is seeking a full-time Product Development Manager, Electrical Systems for our Terminal Tractor Division Engineering Team at our headquarters in Ottawa, Kansas. In this role, you will be responsible for directing and coordinating the activities of multiple Electrical and Software Development Engineers.


Main tasks and responsibilities

●    Provide leadership and guidance to Development Engineers and Principle System Engineers in the areas of Electrical Engineering, Vehicle Software & Controls, Kalmar processes, project management, and professional development (individualized coaching, training and mentoring)
●    Plan resource requirements, inter-team assignments, analyze technology trends, human resource needs, and market requirements to plan and complete projects
●    Provide strategic direction for the design of new products, enhancement of existing designs, improved production techniques, and development of test procedures
●    Confer with management, operations, and product management staff to determine product feasibility, cost effectiveness, and customer requirements for new and existing products
●    Establish overall design goals to meet the requirements of the marketplace and establish procedures/design practices which result in high quality products with fast time to market
●    Monitor the latest components and technologies that may be of use in Kalmar products and monitor customers returns to understand field failure tendencies to improve the quality of new designs
●    Work with the operations facilities to improve communication, reduce the time to produce new designs, and improve first build quality
●    Assist with planning annual budget and participate in recruiting activities, interview, hire, train, and evaluate performance for the team
●    Interface and communicate directly with product management and other engineering functions to obtain customer insight or escalation contact on behalf of Development Engineering
●    Collaborate with Strategic Sourcing to coordinate and implement Value Analysis/Value Engineering (VA/VE) design activities

What you’ll need to succeed

●    Undergraduate degree in Electrical, Software, Electronics, or Controls Engineering required
●    Graduate degree in Engineering discipline preferred 

●    7+ years in experience preferred
●    Good skills in ECAD systems, Zuken E3 experience preferred
●    Experience with Danfoss +1 GUIDE or CoDeSys development environments preferred
●    Experience in C, C++ or with other IDE’s a plus
●    Experience with Atlassian Jira, Confluence 

●    Good knowledge of Kalmar’s product lines, customer needs, and engineering and manufacturing processes/documentation
●    Broad technical knowledge and skills in various areas of Electrical, Software and Controls Engineering including analog, digital, RF, and/or DSP
●    Strong  aptitude toward control system logic, 7-layer OSI model, software development V model
●    Strong understanding of vehicle electrical system topologies
●    Strong understanding of CAN bus, Fieldbus, Isobus, and other control protocols
●    Understanding of safety rated controls development (ISO 26262, ISO 13849)
●    Detailed knowledge and experience with test equipment and software tools for electronics design, testing and documentation
●    Demonstrated theoretical and applied knowledge of pneumatic, hydraulic and electrical systems related to mobile equipment preferred
●    Demonstrated problem solving and root cause analysis skills
●    Demonstrated strong and effective verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
●    Must be positive, detail oriented, organized, team oriented and a driven problem solver, multi-tasker, and self-starter with the ability to prioritize and lead in a fast paced, deadline-driven environment
●    Fluent in English both spoken and written

You will be part of

We believe in our people as it is our people who really make the difference. We always work in close collaboration with our customers, deliver on our promises and never walk away no matter how big the challenge. We succeed because we do it together. With us, you will have the opportunity to realize your potential and become an important member of our global team.

Interested to join?

Please submit your resume/CV today to be considered!

Kalmar is part of Cargotec

Kalmar offers the widest range of cargo handling solutions and services to ports, terminals, distribution centres and to the heavy industry. Kalmar is the industry forerunner in terminal automation and in energy efficient container handling, with one in four container movements around the globe being handled by a Kalmar solution. Through its extensive product portfolio, global service network and ability to enable a seamless integration of different terminal processes, Kalmar improves the efficiency of every move.


Kalmar is part of Cargotec. Cargotec's (Nasdaq Helsinki: CGCBV) sales in 2021 totalled approximately EUR 3.3 billion and it employs around 11,500 people.