GE Appliances, a Haier company Principal Coatings Engineer in Louisville, Kentucky

Job Location

USA, Louisville, KY

Job Posting Title

Principal Coatings Engineer

The Challenge

This position will support Technology with the advancement of the Coatings and Finishes within the Haier Appliance Group. Primary focus will be Coating and Finishes (organic and inorganic) efforts related all product lines, suites and sourced products. Responsibilities will include qualification of finish systems, suppliers, new product introduction, advancement of instrumentation and management/update of all test methods and specifications to support the development and implementation of business wide coatings strategy.

What you will Do

Essential Responsibilities

  • Lead and/or support projects involving supplier moves, process and material changes for cost take out opportunity.

  • Support all New Product Introductions with related Finish and Coating development.

  • Drive and control coatings technology strategy in parallel with IDO specification development. The right coating for the right part that allows for overall color harmony.

  • Interface with coating suppliers, applicators and manufacturing sites to improve coatings initiatives for the business.

  • Effectively develop each color/finish NPI launch by selecting and guiding the product or product suite teams to utilize technologies that will allow for utmost color harmony and robust finish systems.

  • Work cross functionally with industrial design, technology design teams, manufacturing and product management leadership throughout each NPI or cost take out opportunity.

  • Lead the business coatings technology direction and proactively assess the necessary supply base to support all necessary new coatings technologies.

  • Drive and be fully involved with all new finish specification and method development

  • Identify new coating’s processes, tools and contacts within the industry – including new suppliers, instruments, or processes to further advance the business.

  • Get outside of the GE walls to discover new coating and graphics leading edge technologies that could allow GE/Haier Appliances to implement leading edge finishes. Do not allow finishes to follow the market……lead the market.

What you need to Succeed

Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum 10 years engineering experience

  • Minimum 5 years coating/finishes related experience

  • A working understanding of the GE Appliance Finish Specifications and test methods and the ability to author and deliver new, consolidated and updated specifications and test methods within EMPIS/WindChill

  • Experience with NPI coatings introductions

  • Good communication skills – will be expected to provide program report outs to cross-functional team and illustrate to NPI teams the rationale behind respective coatings technology selections.

  • Good organizational, project management and presentation skills to interact with all levels within the organization and with suppliers and vendors

  • Project tracking and detailed planning skills required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to work in large cross-functional teams (IDO, Product Management, Sourcing, Quality, Manufacturing)

  • Engineering or Technical degree (Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics) or equivalent technical experience

  • Experience with coatings, physical evaluation methods, instrumentation and measurement techniques

  • Fluent computer skills and laboratory instrument awareness

  • Demonstrated problem solving and analytical skills

  • Demonstrated project management and organizational skills

  • Ability to operate successfully in a matrix organization

GE Appliances is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.