Engineer, R&D in Vancouver, WA at Hawthorne Gardening Co.

Date Posted: 9/9/2020

Job Snapshot

Job Description

At the Hawthorne Gardening Company (HGC) we want our people to empower more people to garden no matter where and how they choose to grow. We accomplish this by encouraging people to live happier, healthier lives through gardening. If you also feel this way then you’d fit in great with us!

General Summary

The chosen candidate will lead the technical advancement of the Hawthorne Hardware category and partner with the Category Manager to plan and execute a product innovation pipeline that supports the business strategic goals. Hawthorne’s Hardware products are designed for use in indoor Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) as well as greenhouses and include benches, racks, and trays, harvest equipment, aeration and irrigation supplies, as well as other tools professional growers demand. The role will also support other product categories as needed based upon the selected candidate’s skill set and the evolving project needs in the Growing Environment and Lighting categories.  

Key Work Performed

  • Develop a multi-year innovation and product improvement pipeline for the Hardware category in collaboration with the category manager

  • Identify product improvements that will allow Hawthorne to tighten specifications, improve performance claims, improve manufacturing, and improve quality for Hardware products

  • Drive the execution of a portfolio of innovation products for the category through individual contributions as well as contributions from external contractors

  • Manage relationships with domestic and international OEM suppliers related to the category while also holding them accountable to product requirements and quality specifications

  • Participate in the initial production phases of product/process design and all subsequent manufacturing inquiries and problems

  • Seek out innovations above and beyond current capabilities

  • Conceive, plan, and conduct research in problem areas or areas of opportunity for the business

  • Keep abreast of new technologies for the purpose of recommending changes in existing programs or new programs warranted by such developments

  • Partner closely with other Category Managers to ensure they are armed with ample technical knowledge on the categories they support

  • Travel up to 10% of the time

Minimum Requirements

A.      Education:  

  • BS or MS in Mechanical Engineering, Applied Mechanics, or related degree

B.      Experience: 

  • 2-5 years experience in product development in R&D or related department

  • Knowledge or experience in horticulture, hydroponic, or controlled environment ag (CEA) preferred

C.      Skills and Abilities: 

  • Ability to interact with and contribute to cross-functional teams

  • Ability to handle multiple projects or tasks simultaneously

  • Drive to deliver products on time with attention to quality

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Excellent quantitative skills

What we do for you (just to list a few cool ones):

  • Offer extremely competitive benefits including: Health, Dental and Vision coverage.
  • Fitness Club Reimbursement ($350)
  • Nutrition reimbursement program (up to $200 per associate and per spouse)
  • First day of hire, 401K match (up to 7.5%) and discounted stock purchasing program (15%
  • discount).
  • Our commitment to diversity and inclusion includes employee resource groups: Scotts Women’s
  • Network, Scotts Black Employee Network, Scotts Veterans Network and GroPride Network,
  • Scotts Young Professionals.
  • 12 SMG paid holiday days and generous vacation policy.

Not interested in this role? Check out our other career opportunities and learn more about what it’s like to work at Hawthorne Gardening Company by accessing our Talent Network: HGC Talent Network

The Hawthorne Gardening Company is a start-up company focused on hydroponic gardening. Dedicated to creating high quality products founded in social and environmental responsibility. Backed by the largest lawn and garden company in the U.S. (Scotts Miracle-Gro, NYSE: SMG) we bring new ideas, values, and culture to our endeavors without the constraints of a large corporation. We are an energetic, progressive-minded, sustainability-focused group of highly-motivated individuals, eager to share our love of gardening with the world.

The brands and products within our portfolio include: Sunlight Supply, General Hydroponics, General Organics, Vermicrop, Botanicare, AeroGarden, CanFilters and Gavita Lighting.

Hawthorne Gardening Company is an EEO Employer, dedicated to a culturally diverse, drug free workplace.

EEO/AA Employer/Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity

Notification to Agencies:

Please note that the Hawthorne Gardening Company does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Master Service Agreement, and specific approval to submit resumes to an approved requisition, the Hawthorne Gardening Company will not consider or approve payment regarding recruiter fees or referral compensations.