Lead, Product Engineering - Mechanical

Company: WhiteWater West Industries Ltd.
Location: Richmond, British Columbia
Website: https://www.whitewaterwest.com
Email: courtney.hill@whitewaterwest.com

Our people are at the heart of WhiteWater’s success and achievements. Why? Because the way each of us view the world, our mindset, directly impacts every interaction and experience we have, each relationship we build, and the goals and outcomes we achieve.

Just as we as individuals are shaped by our mindset, so too is our organizational culture – the collective mindset of the company. At WhiteWater, we: Trust, Co-create, Respect, Collaborate, and Engage. When we cultivate a forward-moving, highly collaborative and fully accountable and committed company mindset, we are: High achieving; results driven and knowledgeable; Enthusiastic, innovative problem solvers; Collaborative, supportive and inclusive; and United, trustworthy and trusted

WhiteWater West is seeking a Product Engineering Lead to join our Engineering team at our Richmond head office! The Product Engineering Lead works in a product-focused environment to develop state-of-the art products for the waterpark industry, helping to redefine product development in the industry.  The Product Engineering Lead will be responsible for managing a cross-functional core-team, bringing new concepts to life and into the hands of our customers. The Product Engineering Lead will act as the technical authority for products during development through commercialization.  The Product Engineering Lead will work closely with a multi-disciplinary group of engineers, designers, and technicians in the design, prototyping, documentation, manufacturing, value engineering, and commercial release of new products. The Product Engineering Lead will have a strong understanding of product design and release procedures, provide leadership to the team, and communicate across the organization.


  • Lead a cross-functional core team to innovate new products; using best practices, industry proven process and unique in-house solutions.
  • Ensure products are developed in accordance with WhiteWater’s Stage Gate process; meeting or exceeding applicable safety, regulatory, quality, manufacturing, engineering, installation, and ease of use requirements.
  • Act as the technical authority for respective products during the development phase and serve as the primary point of contact for respective products.
  • Communicate and collaborate regularly with internal and external stakeholders to foster a team-based approach.
  • Prepare and maintain development schedules, budgets and resource requirements for respective products.
  • Prepare and/or oversee the preparation of engineering documentation in accordance with WhiteWater’s Stage Gate process.
  • Provide technical direction and support to team members of various disciplines.
  • Review product designs to evaluate risks, costs, estimated time to market, and fulfillment of requirements.
  • Review and approve calculations, designs, and design documentation.
  • Lead and participate in prototype testing and evaluation of new products.
  • Lead and participate in the design verification and commissioning process of new products; coordinating any learnings to refine engineering design, or to prepare for full commercial release.
  • Be accountable and responsible for the team’s ability to achieve set metrics.
  • Identify, support, and cultivate lean initiatives and opportunities for continuous improvement of the product development process within the organization
  • Coach/mentor team members to develop engineering and leadership skills for future advancement


  • Minimum education requirement - Bachelor of Applied Science degree from Canadian university or foreign equivalent.
  • Registered Professional Engineer in Canada (P.Eng.) or US (P.E.) is preferred.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in product design environment; including experience with design, fabrication, prototype testing and analysis.
  • Experience and technical competence in a range of engineering skills and fields.
  • Product Development and Stage Gate process experience is preferred.
  • Project management experience; including estimating, budgeting, scheduling and planning.
  • Proven leadership skills and experience.
  • Experience with the installation, commissioning, and troubleshooting of complex mechanical systems is preferred.
  • Experience with industry accepted risk assessment techniques, including FMEA, is preferred.
  • Working knowledge of SolidWorks and Product Data/Lifecycle Management systems is preferred.
  • Experience with ERP systems is preferred.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, including MS Project.
  • Must be legally eligible to work in Canada.
  • Ability to travel globally on short-term basis for periods up to two weeks at a time.
  • Must be able to travel globally without restrictions.