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Engineering Design Manager

3041 Faye Road, Jacksonville, FL 32226, USA Req #135
Friday, January 22, 2021


Manage a small team of engineers who are responsible for engineering design and development of new products and modifications to existing products for firearms holsters and related accessories of the Bianchi and Safariland Brand. Independently develop new designs as well as providing coaching and leadership to a small team. Coordinate with other R&D managers, engineers, technicians, Technical Specialists, and sales managers to create safe and innovative solutions. Designs and executes evaluation tests to meet customer and market requirements for the police, military, and civilian customers. Partners with manufacturing and quality to address any quality issues or improvements for manufacturing or functionality. Able to effectively manage design projects from conception thru manufacturing.


  • Provide leadership and design guidance for a small team of engineers and technicians

  • Coach and develop employees to build required competencies

  • Design new holsters and accessories for the police, military, and civilian markets.

  • Specify materials which may include injection molded thermoplastics, leather, thermolaminates, and engineered textiles such as molded foam and woven nylon.

  • Design injection molded and thermoformed plastic components with emphasis on moldability, manufacturability and manufacturing efficiency of finished goods

  • Supply technical specifications which may include 3D models, 2D drawings and detailed specifications of parts, tooling, and assembly fixtures.

  • Works with internal and outside vendors to fabricate prototypes of products in development.

  • Design tooling and necessary parts/assemblies using SolidWorks other software as needed.

  • Produce technical drawings, assembly drawings, & bill of materials.

  • Solve problems with and provide technical advice to the production and quality control departments

  • Perform physical testing on engineering prototypes

  • Evaluate the function, safety, and appearance of products


  • 3+ years of 2D and 3D modeling and drafting

  • 3+ years of Product Design and Development.

  • 1+ years as Project Lead or Manager

  • Proficient with MS Office

  • Demonstrated project management skills

  • Broad range of mechanical component knowledge and manufacturing processes.

  • Experience with plastic part design for moldability.

  • Experience with rapid prototyping tools for product development.

  • Drawing database management experience.

  • Comfortable working with and around firearms


  • Candidate should have a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering or Technical degree with equivalent experience.


  • Knowledge of Solidworks 3D CAD software.

  • Basic project management skills.

  • Ability to build functional working prototypes using various pieces of equipment.

  • Design and manufacturing process knowledge for plastics injection molding

  • Experience with CNC, rapid prototyping, and 3D modeling

  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision

  • Highly inventive – able to think outside of the box

  • Technical/Mechanical Skills – Comfortable around machining equipment and hand tools.

  • Expertise in handguns and knowledge of the firearms industry is highly desirable

  • Verbal Communication – Ability to understand and relay information in meetings and one-on-one conversations in an accurate and detailed manner.

  • Written Communication - Presents numerical data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information. Ability to read and convert information from drawings, prints or sketches. Ability to organize and manage large amounts of data and product information accurately and effectively.

  • Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem solving situations; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics


  • Sit for long periods. Extensive keyboard activities. Occasional lifting of small loads less than 20 lbs.


The Safariland Group believes in the benefits of a diverse workforce and is committed to equal opportunity and affirmative actions. We pride ourselves on hiring and developing the best people, without regard to age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic characteristics, race, color, creed, religion, ethnicity, national origin, alienage, citizenship, disability, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or any other legally-recognized protected basis prohibited by applicable law.

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All employment decisions are solely based on the applicant's qualifications as they relate to the requirements of the position.

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  • Pay Type Salary
  • 3041 Faye Road, Jacksonville, FL 32226, USA