Lead Engineer Innovation

Take the lead in the pre-development of innovative premium kitchen appliances in an international environment.

Your mission

As Lead Engineer Innovation you take the lead of translating new ideas into prototypes or parts of prototypes for our hobs and cooking fume extractors (hoods). During the pre-development phase you have the freedom to find the best technical principle for the solutions of the future with the team. You are end responsible for delivering a working prototype that answers a market demand or technical challenge. To reach that goal, you work together with your direct colleagues and 3rd parties like suppliers and knowledge-institutes. Your open and creative mindset inspires others within our R&D-department.


Your role

You work in close relation with the development engineers to assess market requests and set goals for pre-development projects. Your role is to evaluate the risks and possibilities of technical issues of those ideas and to create prototypes together with the team. In case of a successful pre-development project, you are end responsible  for seamless transfer of your ideas towards the lead engineer of the corresponding product category.

You are part of the R&D department, consisting of Product Engineering, Laboratory, Modelshop and Project Management. You report directly to the Manager R&D (based in Duiven, The Netherlands).


  • Bachelor or Master degree in one of these areas: Mechatronics, Applied Physics, Mechanical Engineering or similar
  • Experience in leading projects and development teams
  • Analytical and good planner
  • General technical knowledge of air flow, thermodynamics, combustion, mechatronics and specific knowledge of at least one of these fields
  • Knowledge and experience on product design
  • Knowledge and experience with product development
  • Some knowledge and experience with innovation strategies
  • +5 of years of experience working in international and multidisciplinary teams
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Affinity with (premium) consumer goods
  • Excellent in English and Dutch both orally and in writing
  • Willing to travel globally
  • Preference: 3D CAD skills to design prototypes and minimal viable products



You are responsible for:

  • Leading the execution of the pre-development roadmap for Competence center Duiven
  • Leading the Roadmap process for the predevelopment roadmap in close cooperation with important stakeholders R&D, Product Management
  • Leader of pre-development team Competence Center Duiven consist out of currently 2 HC
  • The evaluation of risks and possibilities of innovative ideas
  • Steering and leading the activities of other engineers or third parties within the pre-development projects.
  • Communication with product management and other stakeholders about wishes, demands and requirements
  • Requirements, designing, building and validations of prototypes


What ATAG will offer you

  • Competitive salary
  • 27 vacation days  (based on 40 hours working week) and 13 ADV days
  • Travel expenses and homework allowances
  • Discount on ATAG appliances for you, your friends and  family
  • Possibility to work from home
  • Laptop and mobile from ATAG

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated candidate with excellent communication skills. You are a passionate team player, pro-active and well organized. You are able to lead and work on several projects simultaneously in a dynamic environment. You are willing to travel occasionally to work together with our international colleagues at location.  You have a hands-on mentality and affinity for kitchen appliances and cooking.    

ATAG Benelux and Hisense Group

Our R&D department in Duiven is recognized as R&D competence center for hobs and cooking fume extractors for our worldwide market of the Hisense Europe Group. As part of R&D Cooking, we also support other development centers.

The Hisense Europe Group is a leading supplier of white good appliances incorporating the international brands Hisense, Gorenje and the premium brand ASKO, as well as our Dutch brands ATAG, Pelgrim and ETNA.

Are you interested in this position and do you feel at home in a working environment in which responsibility, teamwork and a pleasant atmosphere are key principles? Please send us your application letter and CV to ATAG Nederland, attn. HR department.

If you have questions about this position, please contact Xander Gunnewijk, Manager R&D at +31 6 21 24 35 63.
Find out more about ATAG Nederland and the brands/products on www.atagbenelux.com.



Agency or sales calls are not appreciated.


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