Innovation Engineer, Power Electronics

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Louisville, KY, United States

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Innovation Engineer, Power Electronics


Louisville, KY 

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The innovation engineer is central to the mission of the Midea America Research Center and plays a critical role in driving new US products and technology.  This role requires both strong technical skills as well as business acumen to create and drive product innovations that exceed customer expectations.  The Innovation Engineer researches trends, finds opportunities, and creates value for the customer in ways that fit Midea’s strategic imperatives.  The Innovation Engineer will lead in ideation processes and collaborate across product lines to drive the best opportunities for Midea.  Substantial freedom is given to explore new ideas and opportunities per strategic imperatives.
Travel within the US to meet with technology suppliers and partners is required at times.  Regular travel to China will be required. 
Desired Skills and Expertise
  • Ten years or more experience in research and product development.  
  • Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering or related field.   
  • Creative thinker, strong innovation skills.
  • Good business instincts - sees opportunities from trends.
  • Ability to create or apply technology as needed to solve technical problems.
  • Ability to utilize technology partners to augment deficiencies.
  • Strong product development skills.  Able to reduce ideas to practice.
  • Strong influence and advocacy skills.
  • Experience working with remote product development teams.
  • Strong facilitation skills.  Ability to lead others in innovative thought and processes.  Knowledge of innovation processes.
  • Experience with open innovation and collaboration in an engineering environment.
  • Solid understanding of consumer product development process and manufacturing.
  • Goal oriented and self-managed.
  • Experience with international, cross-cultural teams and interactions.
  • Work with Consumer Insights & Marketing to identify unmet consumer needs.
  • Translate consumer needs into product/technology opportunities.
  • Identify opportunities to lead market in products and technologies.
  • Utilize innovation techniques/processes to generate product ideas.
  • Reduce ideas to practice and secure patent protection.
  • Coordinate with product divisions to implement new innovations into product plan.
  • Consult on idea development as products transition to market.
  • Support other team members in technical specialty as needed.
Midea is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

Midea America Research Center, Louisville, KY.