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Engineering Project Lead

Location: Sandpoint, Idaho US


This position is no longer open.

Job Number: 5524

Requisition Number: R6869

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External Description: At Polaris Inc., we have fun doing what we love by driving change and innovation. We empower employees to take on challenging assignments and roles with an elevated level of responsibility in our agile working environment. Our people make us who we are, and we create incredible products and experiences that empower us to Think Outside.

We have a great opportunity for an energetic, passionate engineer to join our team. In this role, you will lead, direct, and monitor Sandpoint manufacturing and Timbersled design projects to achieve objectives within a specified time schedule and budget. This includes manufacturing, design, BOM cost and budget management and tracking, scheduling, and executing pre-production vehicle builds, critical reviews, and the start of production. You will ensure the products are meeting the performance goals set forth at the beginning of the program. Warranty and field issue resolution is also included in this job role.


PDP Project Work

  • Lead cross-functional program teams to meet project schedule, cost, quality, durability, performance, and reliability requirements. Responsible for the overall success of the program.

  • Direct the program using the Polaris Development Process (PDP), ensuring that all requirements are clearly defined, documented, and achieved.

  • Report out on status to product teams and management via Project Status and PDP Reviews.

  • Manage the assigned team to develop new product features, innovative approaches, breakthrough technologies, and improved processes.

  • Collaborate with suppliers to use their design expertise where appropriate.

  • Participate in field development testing as required; analyzes field problems and recommend possible solutions.

  • Allocate and monitor resources and task assignments within the team. Coordinate issue resolution with functional managers.

  • Own and track project and program finances including labor, tooling, and expenses. Assist functional managers to plan budgets and manpower forecasts.

  • Provide technical support for promotional materials, sales and marketing information, and service publications.

  • May typically lead smaller (Level 1) programs.

  • Monitor and manage the manufacturing, quality, and purchasing resources and activities on the team, to provide seamless coordination and issue resolution between all team members.

Manufacturing Project Work

  • Lead the creating of the Sandpoint manufacturing schedule.

  • Own Install Kit organization and production planning.

  • Work with Procurement Team, Plant Planner, and Assembly/Warehouse Supervisor to ensure on-time build and shipment of product.

  • Develop and maintain PDP assembly Manufacturing Plan and Process FMEA's as assigned.

  • Develop manufacturing standard cost model for new products.

  • Work with the program team to develop a tooling budget. Assure that all manufacturing tooling requests are within budget guidelines and approve when appropriate.

  • Annually helps develop a manufacturing planned change list in cooperation with the development group for subsequent model years.

  • Recognize current safety, quality, and productivity issues and address new design development and process technology improvements.

  • Assist the tooling department in the development and design of new tooling used in the manufacturing process.

  • Responsible for coordinating the training of manufacturing and support personnel when implementing new equipment or techniques.

  • Use 3P to plan, specify, procure, certify and implement into production, high quality, cost-effective, right-sized manufacturing processes, fixtures, and equipment.


  • BS Engineering Degree required.

  • Experience in program or engineering project/design leadership. Strong technical background.

  • Strong leadership and collaboration skills.

  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to influence others.

  • Demonstrated ability to form business inter-relationships with supporting managers, leaders, staff, and suppliers.

  • Decisive and prone to action.

  • Must be Quality-oriented and customer-focused.

  • Excellent project planning, organizing, and administrative skills.

  • Understands how program objectives, tools, and resources relate cross-functionally.

  • Ability to work under pressure and maintain a positive attitude.

  • Sincere desire to exceed customers' expectations.

  • Ability to ride a dirt bike for project testing purposes.


  • Fast-paced office environment

  • Up to 20% travel required

We are an ambitious, resourceful, and driven workforce, which empowers us to Think Outside. Apply today!

About Polaris

As the global leader in Powersports, Polaris Inc. (NYSE: PII) pioneers product breakthroughs and enriching experiences and services that have invited people to discover the joy of being outdoors since our founding in 1954. With annual 2020 sales of $7.0 billion, Polaris' high-quality product line-up includes the Polaris RANGER®, RZR® and Polaris GENERAL side-by-side off-road vehicles; Sportsman® all-terrain off-road vehicles; Indian Motorcycle® mid-size and heavyweight motorcycles; Slingshot® moto-roadsters; snowmobiles; and deck, cruiser and pontoon boats, including industry-leading Bennington pontoons. Polaris enhances the riding experience with parts, garments, and accessories, along with a growing aftermarket portfolio, including Transamerican Auto Parts. Polaris' presence in adjacent markets includes military and commercial off-road vehicles, quadricycles, and electric vehicles. Proudly headquartered in Minnesota, Polaris serves more than 100 countries across the globe.

EEO Statement

Polaris is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will make all employment-related decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, marital status, familial status, status with regard to public assistance, membership or activity in a local commission, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law.

City: Sandpoint

State: Idaho

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