Innovation Engineer in Mokena, IL at ITW Automotive OEM

Date Posted: 1/13/2020

Job Snapshot

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  • Location:
    Mokena, IL
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  • Experience:
    At least 5 year(s)
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Job Description

Company Overview:

ITW is a Fortune Manufacturing Company with Multi-Billion Dollar revenue and fifty thousand employees world-wide. Known for innovation, diversification, and excellent financial performance. 

The Body and Fuel Division drives profitability by leveraging its innovative solutions and application engineering.  In addition to ITW’s industry leading research and development capabilities, ITW Body and Fuel enhances our customers’ competitive advantage.  Body and Fuel is a business group within ITW’s Automotive segment with manufacturing locations in North America.  Our Body and Fuel products are made up of housings and doors, innovative Capless solutions and charge ports for major OEMs around the world

Role Summary:  

As a member of the Innovation Team, the Innovation Engineer position requires a combination of interpersonal, strategic and technical skill sets.  This role engages in a wide range of activities, from customer engagement to identify and understand the value of new problems, to ideation, proof of concept and initial development of new solutions for those problems and evaluate strategic fit with our divisional strategy.

We use a customer-back innovation model to identify unmet customer needs, understand the value and differentiation available in solving those issues, create the best possible solutions and support the development of resulting products that drive the profitable growth of the business.

Candidates must have strong interpersonal skills, CAD proficiency, MS Office suite familiarity and a creative mindset.

Primary Responsibilities:

• Act as trusted advisor within ITW and with our customers (Auto OEMs and Tiers).  

• Interact with customer to identify unmet and more importantly unarticulated needs/pain points.

• Understand, articulate, and keep at the forefront, the customer value on each project.  

• Using customer relationships as developed over time, apply creative and alternative approaches to solving customer needs.

• Project Management of Customer Back Innovation projects in the Discover and Create phases, collaborating with sales & engineering, manufacturing, tooling and sourcing teams throughout the process. 

• Complete product design, complete product prototypes, product testing and evaluation to customer expectations demonstrating alignment with needs and expectations.

• Benchmark competitive products and be able to find ways to differentiate our products from the competition.

• Stay abreast of trade journals, technical releases, and internet research as it relates to this position as well as to specific projects.

• Demonstrate an entrepreneurial spirit. Be willing to not just THINK, but WORK “outside the box” 

Job Requirements


• Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or Electrical Engineering with mechanical design exposure.

• 5+ years of Product/Project Engineering background.  

• Injection molding experience and assembly design a plus.

• Automotive industry knowledge and experience a plus.

• Proven record of innovation new product development successes.  

• Proven record of establishing, working relationships with customers – considered a trusted advisor.  

• Strong analytical skills coupled with the ability to exercise sound judgment.

• Demonstrated willingness to think/go/develop where others may not.

• Willing to challenge status quo in a positive and collaborative way.

• Ability to work within time frames or key milestones.

• Comfortable with internal and external customer interaction.

• Ability to communicate developed solutions through graphics, language, and demonstration tools

• Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.

• Excellent computer skills (MS Office, CAD – ProE, Catia, UG, or similar)

• Work efficiently without significant supervision.

• Proven Project management skills. 

• Knowledge of marketing/commercialization within the global automotive industry.

• Willing to travel; primarily domestic and occasionally world-wide. 10%-15%

Physical Requirements: 

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to handle and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. 

Interpersonal Skills: 

Alternative or combined skills in understanding, counseling, and/or influencing people are important in achieving job objectives, causing action, understanding others, or changing behavior; and, skills of persuasiveness or assertiveness, as well as sensitivity to the point of view of others. 

Working Conditions: 

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

ITW is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

If you are a qualified individual with a disability and are unable or limited in your ability to use or access the online application system process due to your disability, please call 708-479-3326 to request assistance.  No other requests will be acknowledged. 

Automotive OEM
ITW’s Automotive OEM segment designs and manufactures innovative fasteners, interior and exterior components, and powertrain and braking systems for OEMs and their top-tier suppliers. ITW’s automotive businesses have a high level of customer intimacy, enabling customer-back innovation to address complex needs such as vehicle efficiency, safety, and quality. Deep market knowledge and strong manufacturing process capabilities allow ITW’s automotive businesses to be nimble, niche problem solvers for their sophisticated customers.