Director of Engineering & Product Development

Date: May 15, 2023

Location: Gainesville, GA, US, 30504

Company: Lincoln Electric

​Lincoln Electric is the world leader in the design, development and manufacture of the highest quality arc welding products, automated joining assembly and cutting systems, and has a global leading position in brazing and soldering alloys. With over 125 years of innovation and service excellence, we are committed to employing talent that will support our strategy to foster innovation, drive growth and provide a first class experience for our customers. Lincoln Electric: we operate to a higher standard to build a better world. 

Req. ID: 22916 


Harris Products Group (HPG), a Lincoln Electric Company, has an exciting opportunity for a Director of Engineering and Product Development to join our team in our Gas Equipment business unit.

A few things that make this opportunity truly fantastic: 

  • You will join our global Product Development team, which is comprised of passionate people who drive innovative solutions
  • You will be a part of growing business unit, which is a strategic priority for the company
  • We offer continuous learning and education opportunities and put emphasis on continued improvement, growth, and career progression
  • We offer a competitive total compensation package

About the role

As the Director of Engineering and Product Development, you will execute global projects and initiatives with your knowledge and application of product design and roll out.  You will also lead a global team of individuals to maximize their potentials and deliver innovative new products to market.

Other key responsibilities include:

  • Research
    • Develop a deep understanding of packaged gas distribution and management equipment technologies and applications
    • Monitor emerging technologies and applications, identify opportunities for new products, product enhancements, and potential applications for existing products and technologies
    • Maintain awareness and deep understanding of competitive portfolio (design, cost, technologies, features/benefits)
    • Proactively recommend new products and features/benefits to existing products
    • Prioritize the development activities that that align with HPG's product development roadmap
  • Product Development
    • Partner with BU leadership on the project selection process and creating a longer-term product roadmap
    • Collaborate with Sales, Product Management, Manufacturing, and key stakeholders to define product requirements, features/benefits, target costs, and manufacturing processes
    • Lead the global product development process (stage gate), driving process improvements, managing timelines, budgets, and resources; bringing new products to market quickly while meeting the specified requirements
    • Provide project management expertise and guidance to accomplish targeted development schedules and milestones
    • Build strong relationships with cross-functional leaders to remove roadblocks and improve productivity
    • Respond to market and internal feedback with evolutions and modifications
  • Team Management
    • Directly manage the U.S. based product engineering team and act as global leader of the Gas Equipment engineering team: managing resource assignments, project guidance and oversight, talent development, capability matrix
    • Cultivate an environment that encourages team members to understand customer needs and drive innovation
    • Lead staffing initiatives to recruit and retain top talent
    • Oversee performance assessment process of department


What will you bring to the role?  

You thrive in solving problems and finding creative solutions. You use your skillset to drive innovation and change that provides better superior value to our customers.

You’ll also bring:

  • 10+ years of product design/engineering experience
  • B.S. Engineering; Mechanical preferred, other disciplines will be considered with relevant experience
  • 5+ years managing and developing talent
  • A drive and passion to work in a manufacturing environment


You will be proud to work here

The Harris Products Group, a Lincoln Electric company, is a world leader in the metal working products used in the brazing, soldering, welding, cutting, and gas distribution industries.  The company was formed in 2006 with the merger of Harris Calorific, Inc., an manufacturer of gas welding and cutting equipment and gas regulation and distribution systems and the J.W. Harris Co., a manufacturer of brazing and soldering alloys and welding consumables.

Harris Products is proud to be part of the Lincoln Electric Company.  Lincoln Electric is a manufacturer of welding products, arc welding equipment, welding consumables, plasma and oxy-fuel cutting equipment and robotic welding systems.

The company is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio and has a worldwide network of distributors and sales offices covering more than 160 countries.

Top Tier benefits designed for you   

Health and Wellbeing. Our health and wellbeing rewards can be tailored to support you and your family. These include medical, dental, vision and so much more.

Paid time off from work. Our employees enjoy a competitive paid time off package that encourages you time!

Your financial future matters to us. We will support you along your retirement savings journey with 401k matching and profit sharing.

Protecting your financial future. To ease concerns when the unexpected occurs our package includes short and long-term disability benefits, life insurance, supplemental life insurance (single/spouse/family) and more.

Extra Rewards. From tuition reimbursement to student loan repayment, our comprehensive benefits package offers a multitude of options.

A diverse and inclusive place to work  

Harris Products Group celebrates the diversity of our people, and we welcome applications from everyone.   

We believe that having a culture of inclusion is essential in delivering good results. Attracting, retaining, and developing a diverse workforce where employees feel valued, respected, and empowered allows people to reach their full potential. As a business, this diversity helps us to better reflect and understand our customers’ needs to allow us to drive better outcomes.    


Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, protected veteran status or disability.


Lincoln Electric is a $3.2B publicly traded company (NASDAQ) with over 11,000 employees around the world.  With operations in over 56 manufacturing locations in 19 countries, we are well positioned to continue this partnership and poised to grow with our customers. As a part of that continuing legacy, you will contribute to a new generation of innovation and experience the pride that comes with being part of the solution to the world’s challenges.  It is a great time to be part of the welding industry!


Lincoln Electric does not accept unsolicited resumes from third-party recruiters.  Resumes submitted to any employee(s) of Lincoln Electric without a signed vendor agreement, by the Manager of Recruiting & Training, will become property of Lincoln Electric.  Verbal or written commitments from any other member of Lincoln Electric will not be considered binding terms.  Lincoln Electric will not pay a fee to any third-party recruiter that has not coordinated their recruiting activity through the Recruiting Department.


Employment Status: Salary Full-Time 
Function: Engineering 
Section:  J.W. Harris Co, Inc. (US20) 

EOE, including disability/veterans

Nearest Major Market: Gainesville GA

Job Segment: Welding, Project Manager, Manufacturing, Technology