Design Engineer/Retail POP Display - Forest City, NC

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Design Engineer/Retail POP Display - Forest City, NC

376 Pine St
Forest City, North Carolina, 28043
United States


The Design Engineer position is responsible for working closely with the prototype or model shop in creating of products by engineering solutions in the form of 3D computer models.  PERMANENT, RETAIL, POP, DISPLAY EXPERIENCE REQUIRED.  Design retail store fixtures; sheet metal, wood or plastic.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

·        Creates engineering drawings for the purpose of building prototypes and instruction sheets through the use of hand sketches and/or computer generated models.

·        Transition projects from concept to production using innovative techniques, materials, and processes.

·        Works closely with internal sales, design, estimating, marketing, model shop, production and project management to create prototypes representing the final production quality which can function as working engineering specifications.

·        Partner with clients, agency vendors, and others involved in the development and implementation of projects.

·        Discuss manufacturing ides, feasibility, timeliness, and costs of designer’s concept with internal stakeholders.

·        Create costing information and provides cost/manufacturing analysis.

·        Routinely gives presentations to clients and internal groups.

·        Researches and investigates competitive displays and solutions in order to improve on the final engineering solution.

·        Must be able to work the required number of hours to ensure successful project completion.

·        Some travel required to meet with prospective and current clients.

·        Will attend workshops for professional development or to gain knowledge on new materials or manufacturing techniques.

·        Required to periodically lead meetings and make presentations.

·        Responsible for the overall Safety and cleanliness of equipment and area.

·        Work in a safe and efficient manner in accordance with company policies and procedures.

·        Perform other duties as assigned.


Supervisory Responsibilities:

This job has no supervisory responsibilities.



To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:


Ability to Execute - Targets and achieves results, sets and accomplishes challenging goals, prioritizes and manages tasks effectively, maintains an organized system to monitor progress, overcomes obstacles, accepts accountability, sets standards and responsibilities, may provide leadership/motivation.


Commitment to Task - Meets commitments, works independently, accepts ownership of projects and outcomes, takes personal responsibility and sets objectives/standards, stays focused under pressure, meets attendance/punctuality requirements, shows a sense of urgency about getting results.


Communication - Clearly exchanges thoughts, ideas and messages through written, verbal and non-verbal methods that promote an understanding with the target audience. Creates accurate and punctual reports, delivers engaging presentations, shares information and ideas with others in a timely manner. Listens carefully and attentively.


Customer Focus - For both internal and external customers, builds customer confidence, is committed to increasing customer satisfaction, sets achievable customer expectations, assumes responsibility for solving customer problems, ensures commitments to customers are met in a timely manner, solicits opinions and ideas from customers.


Demonstrates the WestRock Key Behaviors – Diligent in acting in a manner consistent with the 4 key behaviors: (1) create an environment of respect and trust for our co-workers and customers, (2) empower and engage our co-workers to improve our performance and lower our cost, (3) satisfy our customers every time, and (4) do the right thing for WestRock - always


Diversity - Supports an inclusive workplace, incorporates different viewpoints and ideas to maximize performance and contributions of employees, develops strengths in team members, deals respectfully with colleagues, customers and vendors at all levels, understands his/her role in building and sustaining a culture of high performance.


Initiative - Tackles problems and takes independent action, seeks out new responsibilities, acts on opportunities, generates new ideas, practices self-development, demonstrates a bias for action without prompting.


Innovation - Generates new ideas, challenges the status quo, pursues ongoing improvements, supports change, encourages originality, solves problems creatively.


Quality - Is attentive to detail and accuracy, is committed to excellence, continuously looks for improvements, finds root cause of problems, owns/acts on problems, seeks opportunities to increase effectiveness and efficiency.


Safety Mindset - Promotes a respect for safety, keeps workplace clean and safe, supports safety programs, policies/procedures, takes preventative and corrective action to address potential safety hazards and prevent future injuries, resists temptation to cut corners where safety is concerned, follows all safety related company policies and complies with location specific safety rules, drives safely on and off company property.



The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Education and/or Experience                                                                                                                                                                                   Bachelor Degree in Engineering OR equivalent experience.

The position requires 3 - 7 years of relevant engineering and/or design experience or an equivalent combination of education and related experience.

Must come from permanent retail POP display industry.

Manufacturing background a plus


Language Skills                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.  May require the ability to write routine reports and correspondence.  May require the ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.


Mathematical Skills                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. 


Reasoning Ability                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions.  Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations.


Computer Skills                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have proficient experience with Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel), engineering software, Adobe design software and Internet-based applications (such as Live Meeting).


Other Qualifications

The Design Engineer must have excellent verbal and written communication skills; as well as excellent leadership, organizational, time management, and project management skills. The position requires a strong understanding of engineering specifications for the purpose of generating estimates, prototypes, and production. They must have a solid understanding of industry trends, finishes, materials, and manufacturing processes. The position requires knowledge of common materials used in display engineering, including injection molding, vacuum forming, and rotational molded plastic, metal, wire, and wood. The candidate must have the ability to incorporate critical thinking skills to anticipate and solve practical problems and resolve issues.


Physical Demands / Work Environment

The physical demands described in the Task Development Worksheet are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


The work environment characteristics described in the Task Development Worksheet are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.




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 WestRock Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to creating and maintaining a diverse workforce: Minorities/Females/ Disabled/Veterans. 









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