Associate Principal Design Engineer in Austin, TX

$100K - $150K(Ladders Estimates)

YETI Coolers   •  

Austin, TX 78701

Industry: Retail & Consumer Goods


8 - 10 years

Posted 29 days ago

At YETI, we believe that time spent outdoors matters more than ever and our gear can make that time extraordinary. When you work here, you'll have the opportunity to create exceptional, meaningful work and problem solve with innovative team members by your side. Together, you'll help our customers get the high-quality gear they need to make the most of their adventures. We are BUILT FOR THE WILD™.


You are a highly motivated self-starting design engineer with a proven track record of bringing consumer products to market. You thrive in fast-paced environments with entrepreneurial DNA and are comfortable charting new territory. Your strong organizational skills allow you to stay on top of multiple projects at the same time. Your product design engineering chops allow you to research, create, review, support, and manage. You have a natural curiosity and repeatedly ask the question, "Is there a better way?" You can trouble-shoot and problem-solve every different kind of product, manufacturing, or material challenge thrown your way. In fact, you love solving problems – the bigger the challenge, the more satisfying the resolution.

The Associate Principal Design Engineer is a core member of the NPD team acting as the bridge from product ideation toproduction, designing with manufacturing in mind while pushing the envelope of what is possible for the best product performance and user experience.


  • Manage multiple projects from ideation to production
  • Translate marketing requirements to technical performance requirements
  • Establish product architecture including part breakout and material selection
  • Create proof of principle prototypes
  • Own all aspects of 3D and 2D CAD
  • Utilize CAE analysis tools to raise confidence in design.
  • Establish product manufacturing specifications and critical to quality metrics
  • Collaborate closely with Industrial Design team and vendors to balance intent with manufacturability and performance
  • Create and lead design validation testing based on DFMEA
  • Drive IP clearance and filings
  • Technical documentation of key project decisions and design changes
  • Regular reporting to cross-functional and leadership teams on key project indicators – schedule, budget, and quality
  • Exercise independent judgment in methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results
  • Provide mentorship to other technical staff
  • Maintain high level knowledge of industry, technology, product or process
  • Provide engineering direction for given project assignments
  • Work on blue sky technical solutions and product architectures
  • Drive the design and launch of YETI's most complex products
  • Represent YETI as subject matter expert in specific engineering topics
  • Provide subject matter expertise related to technical issues for topics including Safety, Legal Issues and IP

Qualifications and Attributes:

  • 8 + years of Design Engineering experience with a B.S. or higher in Mechanical, Manufacturing, or Plastics Engineering, or equivalent work experience or 8+ years experience with a Masters in one of the aforementioned disciplines
  • 4+ years mentoring or leading other technical resources
  • Domestic and international travel is required (up to 15%)
  • Expert in 2D, 3D CAD software (Solidworks preferred)
  • Expert with plastics manufacturing (injection molding a must)
  • Experience with multi-component assemblies (mechanisms a plus)
  • Strong communication and presentation skills
  • Experience in DFMEA, validation and test plan creation
  • End-to-End product development experience
  • Experience and knowledge of metal component fabrication preferred
  • FEA analysis experience (ANSYS preferred)
  • Experience working directly with Marketing and Industrial Design teams

Valid Through: 2019-11-15