Principal Engineer - Gretsch

Fender Musical Instruments Scottsdale, AZ
Within Fender Musical Instrument Corporation's ("FMIC") global Engineering / R&D team, we are focused on delivering excellence to the business and our customers by promoting collaboration, building trust, and setting high standards. Our mission is to support and enable the makers who fuel the pursuit of musical expression. This is no different for one of Fender's Specialty Brands with a long and storied past of top-level design and engineering – Gretsch Guitars. We are currently searching for an exceptional Principal Engineer - Gretsch to join our team in Scottsdale, AZ.

The Principal Engineer - Gretsch is responsible for the design of electric and acoustic guitars from initial concepts through release to manufacturing. The right candidate will ensure that designs meet marketing requirements, as well as R&D design standards. In this role, you will work with manufacturing teams on new designs to assure manufacturability and provide technical support on products already in production. Furthermore, you will act as a technical resource for all of Fender's Specialty Brands including Gretsch, Jackson, Charvel, and EVH.

About the Job:

* With limited supervision, design new acoustic and electric guitars, banjos, ukuleles, resonators, and mandolins. Modify existing designs, ensuring that all design standards and marketing requirements are maintained.

* Communicate with marketing and manufacturing team members regarding design decisions and trade-offs. Obtain appropriate input to ensure the quality of the product design.

* With limited supervision, devise solutions to technical problems that arise with products in production. Create engineering change notices as necessary.

* Use CAD tools to create drawings for new designs and to modify existing designs.

* Use engineering principles to design guitars for a mass production environment.

* With limited supervision, be able to successfully run multiple projects from start to finish.

* With limited guidance, be able to design and source new parts with multiple vendors.

* Communicate with, and evaluate and design guitar products with global OEM partners.

* Acting leader in technical knowledge within the department that mentors and guides junior staff.

* Create proposals for improvements in efficiencies, costs, and quality.

* Create and run experiments in order to optimize designs and processes.

* Understanding of basic schematics when applied to guitar wiring.

What You Need:

* Design and analysis skills sufficient to design, with limited supervision, electric and acoustic guitars and their associated components.

* Must be proficient in SolidWorks.

* Proficiency with AutoCad a plus.

* Proficiency with CamWorks a plus.

* Good technical and non-technical communications skills.

* Experience in high volume consumer product design is a plus.

* Guitar assembly, set-up and tune testing.

* Knowledge of woodworking and guitar building.

* Knowledge of painting and staining wood is desired.

* Project management skills are required, minimum of 4 years.

* At a minimum, a BSME or equivalent is required.

* Must have experience playing guitar or have a strong desire/interest in guitars.

* Any additional musical background is a plus.

* 10 + years' experience working in high volume consumer products is desired.

* A minimum of 10 + years' experience in product design or product engineering required.

About Fender Musical Instruments:

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) is one of the world's leading musical instrument manufacturers, marketers and distributors, whose portfolio of brands includes Fender®, Squier®, Gretsch®, Jackson®, EVH®, Charvel® and Groove Tubes®, among others. For more information, visit www.fender.com. FMIC offers a competitive benefits package which includes medical, dental, 401(k), paid time off, and an equipment purchase program to help you get the band back together. Fender Musical Instruments Corporation is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, gender, age, color, religion, disability, veterans' status, sexual orientation, or any other protected factor.