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Business:  Kalmar
Job Function:  R&D

Ottawa, KS, US

Product Support and Cost Optimization Engineer

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.

Making your next move count

Purpose of Position:
Apply standard engineering practices toward problem solving and improvements associated with the design, development, and manufacture of parts as a means to reduce their cost. 

Main tasks and responsibilities:
•    Researching, diagnosing, troubleshooting and identifying solutions to resolve issues
•    Work closely with technical teams to enhance the quality of existing products
•    Coordinate with manufacturing unit to resolve production issues.
•    Anticipate cost avoidance opportunities and achieving cost reduction opportunities.
•    Identify and evaluate potential opportunities for component redesign which will result in contained or reduced purchase, manufacturing, assembly and/or testing costs.
•    Actively participate on product development teams, to ensure optimization of the Engineering/Supply Chain interface and supplier input.
•    Support engineering change process by reviewing proposed changes, engineering drawings, documentation, and change timing and their impact on supply chain and the supply base.
•    Support supplier development initiatives executed as a function of commodity and/or supplier strategies.
•    Participate in the technical evaluation and technical performance measurement of the supply base.
•    Employ scientific and statistical expertise to support identification of root cause and appropriate corrective action(s) for solving purchased product failures.
•    Review solutions with senior engineers and project managers when necessary.
•    Responsible for managing own work flow and developing a deeper understanding of supply management strategies.
•    The scope of the work may consist of design, modification, experimentation and analysis that is moderately complex in nature and involve multiple stakeholders.
•    Apply problem solving skills to analysis of new and unfamiliar engineering problems.
•    Perform other related duties as assigned.

What you’ll need to succeed
•    Undergraduate degree in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering 
•    3+ years in design experience preferred
•    Product development experience on a project from concept phase through launch phase preferred
•    Strong demonstration of experience interacting with the supply chain function and the supply base
•    Supplier development experience preferred
•    Theoretical and applied knowledge of pneumatic, hydraulic and electrical systems related to mobile equipment preferred
•    Strong understanding of assembly processes and good understanding of manufacturing processes
•    Good skills in 3D CAD systems, CATIA V5 experience preferred
•    Good organization skills
•    Good communication skills
•    Fluent in English both spoken and written
•    Good problem solving skills (RCCA Methodology, 8D, A3 etc)
Other information:
•    Willingness to travel domestically and internationally will be required
•    Willingness to learn mechanical design if not already experienced in it.

You will be part of
    Kalmar is part of a global organization with over 12,000 employees worldwide- We have a very talented and diverse workforce focused on equity & inclusion.
    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 in joining the Kalmar Team?
Please submit your resume/CV 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.