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New Product Development Manager

New Product Development Manager

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ATRO Engineered Systems
US-MO-Saint Clair

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New Product Development Manager

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ATRO. Family-owned. American-made. And, scaling our engineering management function for growth! Recognized as a leader in polyurethane solutions, ATRO has been manufacturing and distributing long-lasting suspension parts for heavy-duty trucks, trailers, buses, military vehicles and other industrial equipment since 1984. Located in St. Clair, Missouri, approximately 50 miles southwest of St. Louis.  Check us out at


Continuous record year over year growth has led ATRO to seek an experienced applications engineer to direct new product development for the company.  Prior experience in planning, organizing and directing engineering efforts to meet company objectives for design, new product development and improvement of existing product lines will yield success as well as an opportunity for an experienced operations professional to become a key leader in ATRO’s growth strategy.



Reporting to the VP of Operations, this position will be responsible for:

  • New Product Development – For the Aftermarket and OEM sectors of the Heavy Duty Truck Market, as well as related markets served by Heavy Duty Aftermarket distribution such as Medium Duty and various Industrial, undertake research and development to find opportunities to add products that will grow the business. Gather market research and cost data, obtain product application information and estimate annual sales potential of new products.  Create prototypes and prepare for product launch.  Identify equipment and human resource requirements.  Review operations to ascertain engineering requirements to develop new products for line extensions and innovations.  Work closely with sales and customers to analyze technology (including opportunities that may arise from the evolution of Electric Trucks), resource needs, and market demand, to plan and assess the feasibility of projects.  Direct, review, and approve new product design and changes.  Present and explain proposals, project specifications, reports, and findings to clients.
  • Project Management – Oversee a robust project management process and delivery timelines to keep projects on schedule and on budget. Coordinate and direct projects, making detailed plans to accomplish goals and directing the integration of technical activities.  Confront and solve performance/operational issues to improve development efficiency.  Develop and implement methods and procedures for monitoring projects such as preparation of records of expenditures and research findings, progress reports to inform management of current status of each project.
  • Customer Technical Support – Interact with Customer Service and customers regularly to understand issues and develop understanding that leads to new business or product growth. Interact and communicate with customers as needed to resolve issues that arise for various reasons, including but not limited to, warranty, quality or installation issues to build relations and gain understanding of the problems to foster an environment of continuous improvement.   Use learnings from customer interaction to generate ideas for incremental product fixes or new differentiated features and benefits.
  • Sales & Marketing Staff Interaction – Work with Sales and Marketing professionals at ATRO providing insights and critique of existing and new products.  Provide in-house technical support to sales representatives to boost product awareness and sales.  Participate in Sales calls or support training of customers and fleets to maximize product exposure and boost sales.
  • Translation from Design to Manufacturing Processes – Work closely with manufacturing engineering manager to contribute to planning for installation, and to select correct design concepts and fundamental technology used for new products or improvement for existing ones. Be sure that designs consider impact on manufacturing processes. Confer with management, production, and marketing staff to discuss project specifications and procedures.



  • 5-10+ years of progressive engineering experience including new product development and product life cycle experience within a manufacturing environment.
  • Heavy Duty Trucking experience strongly preferred.
  • 4-year degree in engineering strongly preferred.
  • Strong experience in CAD and product development/management software.
  • Must possess a strong internal and external customer service orientation.
  • Must be a flexible, decisive and proactive problem solver.
  • Ability to work independently without supervision and with minimal direction.
  • We will offer the successful candidate a base salary with strong upside potential and competitive benefits.