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DESIGN ENGINEER

General Summary of Responsibilities:

Ideate, design, analyze, document and support the research, development, testing and introduction of new and improved products.

Job Duties:

  • Project Planning: Platypus, SealLine, Packtowl, Ecase, Hummingbird.
  • Design Engineering: Conduct engineering analysis, CAD modeling and drafting, detail design, materials and process studies, materials selection, initial BOM development, cost/benefit analyses, and other duties related to product design engineering. Make, change and check CAD models and drawings. Perform dimensional analyses, check tolerance stack-ups, fits and clearances. Authorize changes and assist in and direct ongoing BOM changes. Develop prototypes, draft patterns and layout recommendations, help define production steps and directions, and help develop initial costing for new and revised products. Interface with customers regarding custom product development. Coordinate design and material changes to increase product profitability and maintain or improve product function and quality. Use field, and user feedback to improve product value and performance.
  • Start-up Support: Follow through on production startup of new products. This includes assisting training of in-house production supervisors prior to and including pilot runs, expediting resolution of problems incurred during new production starts, and on-site quality supervision during development and start-up of off-shore contractors.
  • Product Configuration: Draft and/or direct the development of working drawings, specifications, and other documentation for initial and revised product configurations. Work closely with Operations and QA managers to resolve manufacturing issues while upholding company standards. Set standards, define key inspection points and work with PGMs and QA to create product specifications (visual and written) and standards.
  • Change Management: Coordinate changes to patterns, designs, materials and tooling as needed to support the ECOs. Initiate and check change documents for completeness and accuracy.
  • Project Leadership & Coordination- Lead and influence cross-functional teams in the effective execution of above projects to meet stated objectives; Review, provide feedback on, and approve creative; Coordinate timelines and budgets to ensure adherence to plan;Track campaign metrics, analyze project results, and report back to team quarterly.
  • Non-Conforming Material Support: Assist in resolving NCR issues as required.
  • Product Testing: Plan, execute/monitor, and support product performance verification testing (lab and field) of designs during the concept development and detail design phases of development.
  • Intellectual Property: Assist in patent applications and reviews and trademark searches.
  • Design Documentation: Document and maintain necessary design and development notebooks, checklists, etc. for the products and projects assigned. Maintain accurate project files.

Education, Skills and Abilities:

  • Education/Certifications: B.S. in Engineering is required, Mechanical or design engineering focus is preferred. Active association and involvement in the field and professional registration is encouraged.
  • Experience: At least four years of progressive design engineering experience in a manufacturing environment is preferred. Experience in coordinating and supporting multiple, parallel development projects is preferred. Experience in the specialty outdoor sporting goods industry is preferred. Background in industrial design, materials science, textiles, plastics, and/or light assembly/manufacturing is preferred. Recent experience and current activity in human-powered, backcountry and paddling activities is recommended.
  • Skills and Abilities: Demonstrated ability to engineer and develop new products in a manufacturing environment. Skilled in all aspects of design engineering support to product development. Knowledgeable regarding materials and processes appropriate for the product lines. Ability to handle multiple projects in a dynamic, sometimes chaotic environment is expected. Sound decision-making and proven problem-solving skills. The ability to effectively communicate ideas and information while maintaining smooth, cooperative relationships. Excellent verbal and written English skills. Competent in math and statistics. Good interpersonal skills. Proficiency with PCs, spreadsheets, word processing and e-mail. Prefer experience with Solidworks CAD program, MS Project and PowerPoint, and finite element modeling programs.

Benefits: Full Benefits
Salary: DOE
Cascade Designs is a smoke and drug free work place.
Cascade Designs is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Consideration for employment is made without regard to race, color, religion, gender, or national origin.


To apply do one of the following:
E-Mail resume to:

jobs@cascadedesigns.com
Include the job code DE in subject.

or mail resume to:
Cascade Designs
Attn: HR Department
4000 1st Ave. S.
Seattle, WA. 98134
No phone calls please.


SEASONAL CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE

General Summary of Responsibilities:

To provide customer service, warranty, repair, and technical information to consumers and dealers who contact the company by the 800 lines, web-site or e-mail, and/or, walk into the factory.

Job Duties:

  • Act as initial contact for consumer/retailer support with immediate response to the 800 consumer line and email communication and provide technical repair and warranty question support. Provide resolution to customer conflict with a professional and technically adept manner.
  • Monitor and manage the use of CDI Repair Program/Data entry program.
  • Maintain working relationships with Project Managers, Product Specialists, R& D, Marketing and all internal CDI customers to ensure that lines of communication are open for all product issues and information. Work closely with QA & Product managers concerning product failures and consumer inquiries.
  • Cross train within the Warranty and Repair Department to gain an understanding of all aspects of the position and fill in when necessary.
  • Responsible for organizing, restocking and managing small parts inventory. Ship replacement parts to consumers and dealers as needed with same day action.
  • Support Sales, Reps, and Dealer Service Reps as well as International Distributors with technical, warranty and repair information, and small parts.

Education, Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent verbal and written skills in English.
  • Pleasant, courteous and efficient telephone manner.
  • Ability to have excellent customer service approach.
  • Capacity to communicate effectively with a broad spectrum of dealers, reps, and consumers on a wide range of issues.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office 2010 Software such as Excel, Word, and Outlook.
  • Previous employment in the outdoor industry related to customer services and/or retail.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with our products.
  • Minimum high school diploma or equivalent, some college preferred.

Benefits: n/a
Salary: DOE
Cascade Designs is a smoke and drug free work place.
Cascade Designs is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Consideration for employment is made without regard to race, color, religion, gender, or national origin.


To apply do one of the following:
E-Mail resume to:

jobs@cascadedesigns.com
Include the job code SCSR in subject.

or mail resume to:
Cascade Designs
Attn: HR Department
4000 1st Ave. S.
Seattle, WA. 98134
No phone calls please.


US REGIONAL SALES MANAGER

General Summary of Responsibilities:

The US Regional Sales Manager (US RSM) manages the sales, service and business relationships in designated US Region with Independent Sales Agencies, established/new accounts, Key Accounts, and House Accounts. The primary focus of the US RSM is to achieve monthly/quarterly/annual sales plans, and to build long term success for CDI brands within the framework of brand-specific regional and account strategies. The US RSM works with CDI independent Sales Agencies to drive sales, and develops and implements promotional activities within the account base, with special emphasis on Key Accounts. The US RSM is responsible for all aspects of House Account management, using Dealer Sales Services as appropriate for support. The US RSM’s success will be measured by the achievement of BU-specific sales targets in their region, the strength and health of CDI’s account relationships in that region, and account profitability.

Job Duties:

  • BU Interface: Consult with BUs in the creation of BU sales strategies and sales goals for region, and for House/Key accounts; Leads creation of BU sales goals for territories and accounts, as appropriate; Develop coherent CDI tactical sales plans that derive from BU sales strategies; Monitor and distribute sales performance and account profitability reports to appropriate CDI parties (BU) to identify BU and CDI sales problems and opportunities.
  • Rep Management; Provide overall performance management to reps, including corrective guidance when necessary; Hire/fire agencies, in consultation with VP Sales; Ensure effective management of CDI’s independent Sales Agencies; Monitor the performance against target for US independent Sales Agencies; Drive Independent Agencies to meet monthly BU targets via ASAP and fill-in business; Support Sales Agencies with information, problem solving and account management, with or without BU support (as appropriate).
  • Account; Review terms and conditions of, and coordinate signing of Vendor Agreements; Review and support House Account assortment planning; Execute on BU promo discount strategies, in consultation with Bus; Execute on CDI promo discount strategies; Develop, coordinate and monitor effective clinic and service plans in House and Key Accounts to be executed by Sales Agencies; Establish and foster strong business relationships between House and Key Account decision makers and CDI staff, including BUs and the Executive Team – includes coordinating BU participation in House/Key account meetings; Work closely with Operations, Dealer Sales Service specialists and Sales Analytics to ensure forecasts ship on time and complete to House and Key Accounts; Manage monthly push to convert held orders; Train and mentor Dealer/Customer Sales Services staff to assist with House and Key Account service issues; Become account “expert” for House and Key Accounts, serving as an information and intel resource for Bus; Monitor account profitability and take corrective action as needed.
  • Regional: Craft a cogent, effective regional CDI-wide strategy that accommodates each BU strategy, in order to achieve monthly, quarterly and annual sales goals; Oversee MAP policy monitoring/enforcement in US region; Budget, implement and track RIP/HIP/TIP spending programs, in consultation with BUs; Consult with BUs on ways to maximize BIP programs; Implement coordinated BU-specific and/or CDI-wide regional and account-specific sales promotions; Coalesce BU sales presentations, materials and programs into appropriate CDI-framed format; Travel to sales territories, key retail promotional and training events and trade shows, where/when appropriate.

Education, Skills and Abilities:

  • Five to eight plus years of experience related to managing the business relationship with independent sales representatives.
  • Proficient and comfortable collating and disseminating sales data.
  • Ability to clearly and effectively articulate and communicate product benefit specifics, as well as report market and consumer requirements back to the organization.
  • The ability to work across multiple departments including, Operations, Marketing, IT and Accounts Payable.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with field sales organization.
  • Effective in cross-functional team environment.
  • Must be willing to travel.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • BA/BS or equivalent experience.
  • Good interpersonal skills.

Benefits: Full Benefits
Salary: DOE
Cascade Designs is a smoke and drug free work place.
Cascade Designs is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Consideration for employment is made without regard to race, color, religion, gender, or national origin.


To apply do one of the following:
E-Mail resume to:

jobs@cascadedesigns.com
Include the job code RSM in subject.

or mail resume to:
Cascade Designs
Attn: HR Department
4000 1st Ave. S.
Seattle, WA. 98134
No phone calls please.


ENGINEERING DESIGN TECHNICIAN

General Summary of Responsibilities:

Support design engineers, industrial designers and product specialists from concept generation to prototype construction. Specific duties will be to build and test prototypes, design and build lab fixtures, draft, model and design new product components.

Job Duties:

  • Prototype Construction: Work closely with engineering and design to produce prototypes for Internal concept validation and testing.
  • Product Testing: Design, execute, plan and document product performance testing in the lab and field. Duties may include the design and construction of test fixtures.
  • Commercialization Support: Assist and train commercialization teams to build preproduction samples. Duties will include identifying and solving assembly problems in the factory and with foreign and domestic suppliers.
  • Prototype Sample Archives: Identify and catalog each prototype sample according to brand and version. Keep samples in a controlled environment and manage location and access to historical product prototypes.
  • Change Management: Assist Product Development with making changes to drawings, patterns, designs, materials, and tooling as needed to support ECOs.
  • Design Support: Assist design engineers, product specialists and industrial designers with all levels of the design process from ideation to drafting production ready drawings.
  • Materials Evaluation: Assist in sourcing, developing and evaluating new materials and components.
  • Documentation: Maintain test records, reports and databases as required.

Education, Skills and Abilities:

  • Associates degree or equivalent professional experience is required. A four year degree is preferred.
  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience in a manufacturing and product development environment.
  • Experience in a machine shop is preferred.
  • Experience in coordinating and supporting multiple, parallel development projects is preferred.
  • Must be knowledgeable regarding materials and processes appropriate for CDI product lines.
  • Experience in the specialty outdoor sporting goods industry is preferred.
  • Broad, recent experience and current activity in human-powered, backcountry, and/or paddling sports is preferred.
  • Experience in coordinating and supporting multiple, parallel development projects is preferred.
  • Must have the ability to conceive and construct test and evaluation devices.
  • Must have demonstrated ability to build precise samples from engineering drawings, knowledge and proven skills in machining and SolidWorks (or comparable CAD program).
  • Must have proven problem solving skills, and the ability to communicate ideas and information so that they are clearly understood by others.
  • Standard computer skills apply (word, excel, and e-mail).

Benefits: Full Benefits
Salary: DOE
Cascade Designs is a smoke and drug free work place.
Cascade Designs is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Consideration for employment is made without regard to race, color, religion, gender, or national origin.


To apply do one of the following:
E-Mail resume to:

jobs@cascadedesigns.com
Include the job code EDT in subject.

or mail resume to:
Cascade Designs
Attn: HR Department
4000 1st Ave. S.
Seattle, WA. 98134
No phone calls please.


MARKETING MANAGER, EMERGING BRANDS

General Summary of Responsibilities:

The Marketing Manager helps ensure the cohesive and timely delivery of top class marketing for the Business Unit. This is achieved by developing project plans in support of key marketing initiatives, leading cross-functional teams in the timely and effective execution of those projects, and evaluating key success metrics. Some projects are global in scope.

Job Duties:

  • Project Planning: Platypus, SealLine, Packtowl, Ecase, Hummingbird.
  • Primary author of project plans for a wide range of initiatives. Initiatives vary by business unit but could include: Content management & creation: web, social, mobile, email, video, photography; includes management of overall content calendar: Sponsorships: co-marketing programs and events; Advertising: digital & print; Product development: product colors, packaging development; Retail channel marketing: sell-in & tradeshow collateral, merchandising, co-op; PR/events: press trips, media shipments, event planning (in partnership with PR Manager).
  • Define project requirements and objectives.
  • Prepare project brief, budget & timeline.
  • Develop creative brief, in partnership with Copywriter and/or external agencies.
  • Project Leadership & Coordination- Lead and influence cross-functional teams in the effective execution of above projects to meet stated objectives; Review, provide feedback on, and approve creative; Coordinate timelines and budgets to ensure adherence to plan;Track campaign metrics, analyze project results, and report back to team quarterly.
  • Marketing Planning & Budgeting- Support Marketing Director in the development of marketing strategies, brand/product positioning and marketing plans; Complete research & analysis to understand market and consumer trends; Assist with development and tracking of BU marketing budgets.

Education, Skills and Abilities:

  • 5+ years product marketing experience to both consumers and trade (previous outdoor, bike and/or action sports-industry experience a plus).
  • Demonstrated success leading and coordinating projects listed above.
  • Strong understanding of web, social, mobile, and emerging technologies.
  • Proven execution of promotional campaigns deployed successfully.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Passion for developing strong creative that achieves business goals; proven success providing effective feedback to creative teams.
  • Previous experience crafting marketing strategy and annual marketing plans.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills.
  • Strong analytical skills, including metrics tracking, budgeting, and market research.
  • Experience with project management software (AtTask or other); able to implement project management methodology that involves a range of tools and tactics to drive projects and meet timelines.
  • Able to multi task, work under deadlines, manage workflow independently, and work within a team.
  • Global marketing experience desired, but not required.
  • BA/BS or equivalent experience.

Benefits: Full Benefits
Salary: DOE
Cascade Designs is a smoke and drug free work place.
Cascade Designs is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Consideration for employment is made without regard to race, color, religion, gender, or national origin.


To apply do one of the following:
E-Mail resume to:

jobs@cascadedesigns.com
Include the job code MKEB in subject.

or mail resume to:
Cascade Designs
Attn: HR Department
4000 1st Ave. S.
Seattle, WA. 98134
No phone calls please.


MECHANICAL ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN

General Summary of Responsibilities:

Works with Tooling and Fabrication team to build and maintain custom manufacturing equipment. Fabricates or modifies complex machine components using lathes, mills, and a variety of shop equipment and tools. Assists in all aspects of machine construction and maintenance including welding and fabrication, machining, mechanical assembly, wiring, pneumatics, and control systems.

Job Duties:

  • Fabricates parts, assemblies, and tooling for machinery used in manufacturing from blueprints, sketches, and verbal instructions using precision machine tools, basic shop power tools, welding equipment, and hand tools.
  • Designs and builds jigs, fixtures and special tools as needed.
  • Fabricates prototype parts for new product development.
  • Provides support for new and existing machinery and equipment by assembling, installing, testing, modifying, or repairing electrical, pneumatic, and hydraulic control systems.
  • Provides support for Production Maintenance by fabricating or repairing machine parts when needed.
  • Provides backup support for Production Maintenance by troubleshooting plant equipment or production line problems when needed.
  • Assists or instructs others in the proper and safe use of shop tools and machinery.
  • Performs Preventative Maintenance duties as assigned.

Education, Skills and Abilities:

  • 2 year technical degree or completion of apprenticeship program, or equivalent on-the-job experience.
  • 5 years experience in a machine shop, mechanical engineering, or industrial maintenance environment.
  • Precision machining using lathes, mills, drills, saws, etc.
  • Ability to read and interpret complex blueprints, shop drawings, and schematics.
  • Welding and fabricating including TIG welding of aluminum.
  • Working knowledge of machine control systems, including electrical, hydraulic, and pneumatic controls.
  • Troubleshooting skills.
  • Strong Interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work with a diverse group of people.
  • Shop math and calculations. (speeds, feeds, angles, etc.)

Benefits: Full Benefits
Salary: DOE
Cascade Designs is a smoke and drug free work place.
Cascade Designs is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Consideration for employment is made without regard to race, color, religion, gender, or national origin.


To apply do one of the following:
E-Mail resume to:

jobs@cascadedesigns.com
Include the job code MET in subject.

or mail resume to:
Cascade Designs
Attn: HR Department
4000 1st Ave. S.
Seattle, WA. 98134
No phone calls please.