Director, New Product Introduction

  • 23500 64th Ave S, Kent, WA 98032, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

Who is Shape?

SHAPE is a strategic combination of companies including Flow International, KMT Waterjet, H20 Jet, AquaDyne, Advanced Pressure Systems (APS), Aquarese, TOPS Waterjet; Shape Mined Material; and Shape Process Automation.  Collectively, we provide an extensive portfolio of manufacturing process solutions to customers around the world. The core technology of SHAPE was founded in high pressure waterjet cutting, cleaning, and surface preparation.

We work together to develop intellectual properties that drive progress and raise the bar in service excellence, we set the standard for integrity, professionalism, and inclusiveness to meet the challenges of rapidly evolving industries. Tomorrow’s customers will require more innovative solutions, we continue to push the envelope in developing the advanced technologies and digital tools to solve manufacturing challenges at the pace and scale of the markets we serve.

 Who are we looking for?

As SHAPE continues to develop into exciting new markets, we welcome like-minded professionals who share our excitement and optimism for the future. Operating across multiple disciplines, we have ample opportunity for you to grow your career in our organization.

Shape believes their success lies in the talented people that work in their organization! Our philosophy is of community and a place where people can belong, thrive and succeed! We pride ourselves on being cultural champions of our brand and values.

What sets Shape apart from other companies?

SHAPE is invested in providing constant learning and development opportunities and offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits packages. We are a multinational, highly technical and innovative company that provides global career opportunities.  We seek creative ways to continuously improve. Collaboration and teamwork defines the way we work. We are always looking for team members that want to be ahead of the curve, using latest technologies to apply in every way we do business. Our employees are dynamic, highly talented and enjoy working in a fast-paced work environment.

We encourage you to look into employment opportunities at Shape Technologies Group.  Let’s build something together.  Check out our website at


Job Description

Job Summary:

Reporting into the Chief Product office, the Director of NPI is the owner and leader of the company’s new product development and launch process, providing hands on project management leadership, ensuring products are delivered on schedule and meeting requirements.

The Director of NPI manages engineering project work across SHAPE, primarily focused on Ultra High Pressure technology and products.  SHAPE uses a structured stage gate process, enabling team members across all functions necessary to effectively take a product from concept through market analysis and business case, design, and validation, into production.  The Director of NPI is the business owner of the company’s stage gate process.

The successful candidate will bring a combination of both strategic and tactical skills and will have the ability to contribute to SHAPE’s evolution and growth.  The candidate will be outstanding at leading and working in both team and matrix organizations, and will bring a track record of achieving measured results under aggressive time constraints in ways that enable successful commercial product launches.


  • Deeply experienced Project Manager. An ability to thrive and generate high quality deliverables in a challenging, results-oriented, fast-paced environment.

  • The candidate will have a proven track record of setting direction and establishing and meeting delivery schedules with initiative, energy and drive.

  • Technical by background, has a strong business perspective that thrives on addressing market opportunities and driving the team accordingly.

  • Excellent leadership skills and the ability to attract, motivate, train, and lead world-class team members of all disciplines in achieving shared goals.

  • Business owner of the New Product introduction stage gate process for the company.  Personally provide project management leadership to multiple cross functional projects and teams developing and launching new products.

  • Work with teams in global geographies, engineering teams in North America and Asia and with internal and external Operations sites in North America, Korea and Europe.

  • Manage and own Project budgets, plans and spend.  Experienced with technical project revenue projections, investment return analysis, commercial launch strategy development, BOM cost management, and cost management and reduction programs.

  • Maintain project status at all times, transparent with schedules, deliverables and issues, provides regular status to executive management team, and to all involved in projects.


Education, Experience, Skill Required:

  • Technical degree, BS minimum

  • 10yrs or more of engineering management and technical project management experience in an industry that introduces new products, explores new markets and works globally

  • Demonstrated leadership, business judgement, and decision making skills.

  • Outstanding communication skills

  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in an engineering leadership role with an emphasis on bringing new products to market and addressing new and emerging markets

  • Strong general business knowledge and strong commercial execution experience

  • Strong knowledge of compliance, quality and safety

  • Excellent teamwork, leadership, relationship building, mentoring, training, and project management experience and skills.

  • Balance of strategic and tactical thinking skills.

  • Ability to work comfortably within a fast paced and matrix organization.

  • Results-oriented with a positive, professional attitude and a sense of urgency to get things done.

Additional Information

No recruiters please!

Shape Technologies Group and our companies operate as an equal opportunity employer.  Per regulations, any reasonable accommodations throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities will be provided.  If you require disability related accommodations, please inform Human Resources.  All personal information that is collected will remain private and confidential. 

 We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted