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

Date Posted: 2/6/2021

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!

We are looking for a Mechanical Engineer who will join our Hawthorne team in Vancouver, WA.

The Mechanical Engineer will lead the technical advancement of the Hawthorne Growing Environment category and partner with the Category Manager to plan and execute a product innovation pipeline that supports the business strategic goals. Hawthorne’s Growing Environment products are designed for use in indoor Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) and include heating, cooling, humidification/ dehumidification, odor mitigation, and air circulation.  A portion of this role entails developing and validating the Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) models that will allow the technical services team to provide air flow plans to customers that are specific to Hawthorne’s products. The role will also support other product categories as needed. 

What you’ll do in this role:

  • Lead all technical advancements in the Growing Environment category to drive product development and process improvements such as concept, specification, product validation, and design to meet specified cost and performance parameters

  • Support other product categories’ mechanical engineering needs

  • Manage vendor relationships with domestic and international suppliers while also holding them accountable to product requirements and quality specifications

  • Seek out innovations above and beyond the supplier 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

  • Aid in the creation and development of R&D product roadmaps

  • Aid in data analysis of market trends and competitive benchmarking

  • Aid category managers and product development with UX (user experience)

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

  • Travel up to 15% of the time, sometimes internationally

What you’ll need to be successful:

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

  • Focus in thermal dynamics preferred

  • 2-5 years experience in product development, preferably in hydro, CEA, or horticulture industry

  • Experience in thermal dynamics preferred

  • CFD experience, especially in Solidworks Flow Simulation or FloWorks, preferred

  • Programming capabilities with a mathematical programming language, such as Matlab or Excel

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

  • Ability to handle multiple projects or tasks simultaneously

  • Ability to follow standard company processes

  • 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):

  • A place on an engaged team of passionate colleagues in a growing and dynamic industry

  • Offer extremely competitive benefits including: Health, Dental and Vision coverage

  • First day of hire, 401K match (up to 7.5%) and discounted stock purchasing program (15% discount)

  • 13 paid holidays and generous vacation policy

  • Fitness Club Reimbursement ($350)

  • Nutrition reimbursement program (up to $200 per associate and per spouse)

  • Our commitment to diversity and inclusion includes employee resource groups: Scotts Women’s Network, Scotts Black Employee Network, Scotts Veterans Network, GroPride Network, and Scotts Young Professionals

Our commitment to LiveTotal Health puts the wellness and safety of our associates and their families as the top priority.  Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring associate safety has been a primary focus for all of us at Scotts.  During this year’s flu season and the continuing pandemic, we remain committed to doing everything we can to keep our associates healthy and safe.   As such, we are requiring our US associates to get a flu vaccine. This safety measure will help protect our associates, our families and our communities.  We recognize a medical or personal circumstance may prevent you from meeting this requirement and we have a process to address those concerns.

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.

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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.