Director, Product Engineering

Sol de Janeiro

Sol de Janeiro

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New York, NY, USA
Posted on Wednesday, January 24, 2024
Launched in 2015, SOL DE JANEIRO is an award-winning, fast-growing premium global lifestyle beauty brand inspired by the beauty rituals and attitude of the beaches of Rio. Our brand purpose is to spark endless self-celebration and joy through the power and warmth of the Brazilian spirit. This philosophy extends from our products to our corporate culture. We are leaders, permanently inquisitive, category obsessed, incredibly diverse, self-demanding, true team players, and we are all Brazilian in Spirit.

Headquartered in New York and launched as a digitally native brand, we now have teams in Rio, Paris, London and Italy supporting the expansion across the globe.

This role will lead Product Engineering to support the hypergrowth and rapid global expansion of the brand. A experienced, dynamic, collaborative leader who loves the cross-functional nature and complexity of driving the commercialization of new products, thrives in a fast-paced environment, enjoys leading and developing a team, and excels in a passionate, collaborative culture would be successful in this role.

The position will report to the VP of Product/ESG/Regulatory

Overall Responsibilities:

Product Engineering Program Management

  • Responsible for development, implementation, and maintenance of the company's Product Engineering department and strategy.
  • Acts as primary interface for and provides guidance to various departments relative to Product Engineering.
  • Builds and maintains strong working relationships with external partners, fostering effective communication and collaboration.
  • Facilitates and collaborates with internal teams, including Packaging Development, Regulatory Affairs, Project Management, Product Marketing, Design, and Supply Chain, to ensure seamless coordination of commercialization.
  • Responsible for managing assigned budgets.

Product Engineering Team Management

  • Manages the Product Development team to achieve annual and long-term goals and objectives.
  • Oversees direct reports and establishes work plans, development plans, and goals.
  • Performs quarterly and annual reviews.
  • Shows commitment to growth and development as a leader.

Product Engineering

  • Using a blend of technical expertise and operational insight and in partnership with cross-functional teams, directs all technical activities required for commercialization including scale up, tech transfer, continuous improvement, etc., focusing on efficiency, accuracy, quality, and cost optimization.
  • Defines and manages the information systems, databases, records, and system integrations to support Product Engineering efforts.
  • Effectively directs multiple projects simultaneously, ensuring milestones are met and commercialization occurs on time with excellence.
  • Collaborates with Product Development and Operations to identify and vet new partners.
  • Supports Quality Control and Assurance with technical expertise and insight; leads technical aspects of troubleshooting and root cause analysis efforts.
  • Integrates sustainable practices in meaningful, measurable ways.
  • Maintains and expands knowledge base, remaining up to date on advancements and innovation in manufacturing practices, regulations, and industry trends to maintain competitive advantage.
  • Other duties as assigned, according to the changing needs of the business.

Job Requirements/Qualifications:

  • 10+ years' experience in technical engineering, particularly in beauty or consumer goods, including leadership roles.
  • Bachelor's degree in engineering or relevant scientific discipline required. Advanced degree is preferred.
  • Proven ability to lead scale-up, pilot trials, and manufacturing readiness within the beauty industry.
  • Ability to clearly communicate information to technical and non-technical teams; capable of engaging cross-functional teams and external partners effectively.
  • Demonstrated organizational agility - effective in working both independently and as part of a team.
  • Proven ability to deliver results on time and with excellence.
  • Excellent leadership skills, fostering collaboration, creativity, and professional growth.
  • Experience leading and developing a growing team comprised of various levels of contributor.
  • Exceptional communication and presentation skills, both verbal and written.
  • Travel required
  • Must be able to come into the New York office at least 1x per week

Salary Range

$130,000—$150,000 USD

In addition to base salary, this position is eligible for participation in a highly competitive bonus program with the possibility for overachievement based on performance and company results.

The information contained herein is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee, as these may change or new ones may be assigned at any time.

Sol de Janeiro is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, age, or other legally protected status.


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