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New Product Introduction Director - Off Road

Huntsville, AL
Posted on Mar 26, 2024 Full time R22324
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At Polaris Inc., we have fun doing what we love by driving change and innovation. We empower employees to take on challenging assignments and roles with an elevated level of responsibility in our agile working environment. Our people make us who we are, and we create incredible products and experiences that empower us to THINK OUTSIDE.

New Product Introduction (NPI) Engineering Director

Leads strategy, execution and team responsible for new vehicle project launches, tracking project cost detail, timing & conformance to vehicle KPC’s along with adherence to technical specifications using the Polaris Development Process. Monitor & drive vehicle DFAM from concept to production to achieve program objectives within a specified time schedule and budget.


  • Represents the organization as the prime technical contact for operations on new product launch vehicle programs to include: assembly process, backshop representation, critical tooling, and recognized manufacturing technical standards and Best Practices.
  • Drives alignment and ensure conformance to process and tooling standards across engineering and manufacturing teams. Solid understanding of other groups and functions in order to ensure effective leadership.
  • Interacts with senior level external partners and vendors on significant technical matters often requiring influencing and coordination between organizations. Builds and leads teams across the matrix through indirect leadership.
  • Lead an organization of manufacturing engineering leaders and their teams across multiple ongoing projects and global manufacturing sites.
  • Manages multiple small and large-scale programs and initiatives or technology projects that are 1-3 years in length, with significant overall financial budgets.  
  • Provide direction to the product groups based on subject matter expertise in assembly process, tooling, and implementation of process standards considered critical to the future success of the program launch.
  • Leads & work cross-functionally with assembly plant and engineering program teams to meet project schedule, cost, quality, durability, performance and reliability requirements; responsible for the overall success of the programs and successful handoff of the program to the assembly plant.
  • Leads multiple programs simultaneously using the Polaris Development Process (PDP) and NPI Launch Tools, ensuring that all requirements are clearly defined, documented, and achieved; manages programs through a gated process.
  • Manages resources and task assignments within the team; coordinates issue resolution with functional leaders, and/or Assembly Plant leaders.
  • Motivates the entire team and others affecting the program's success
  • Assist functional leaders to plan budgets and forecasts for manpower and expenses
  • Other duties as assigned


  • BS Engineering Degree required, advanced degree in Engineering or Business (MBA) preferred
  • 8+ years of manufacturing program leadership or engineering project leadership experience, in similar industry; strong technical background
  • Excellent project planning, organization and administrative skills; subject matter expert in the application of project management tools and methodologies
  • Ability to understand how program objectives, tools, and resources relate cross-functionally
  • Excellent ability to manage by influence with strong leadership skills; able to inspire and guide team members
  • Exhibits outstanding interpersonal communication skills (both oral and written communication)
  • Ability to directly supervise, lead and mentor others potentially across multiple locations globally
  • Demonstrated ability to form business inter-relationships with supporting managers, leaders, and staff
  • Decisive and prone to action; must be quality-oriented, customer-focused and driven to succeed
  • Ability to work under pressure and maintain a positive attitude


  • Dynamic and fast-paced office environment
  • 20%+ travel throughout the year, both domestic and internationally


We are an ambitious, resourceful, and driven workforce, which empowers us to THINK OUTSIDE.  Apply today!

At Polaris we put our employees first, by offering a holistic approach to their health and financial wellbeing.  Polaris is proud to offer competitive compensation, including a market-leading profit-sharing plan that is fundamental to our pay-for-performance culture. At Polaris, employees are owners of the company through company contributions to our Employee Stock Ownership Plan and discounted employee stock purchases plan. Employees receive a generous matching contribution to 401(k), financial wellness education and consultation to plan for their financial future. In addition to competitive pay, Polaris provides a comprehensive suite of benefits, including health, dental, and vision insurance, wellness programs, paid time off, gym & personal training reimbursement, life insurance and disability offerings.  Through the Polaris Foundation and our Polaris Gives paid volunteer time off, we support employees who actively volunteer their time, efforts, and passions to improve the health and wellbeing of the communities in which they live, play and work. Employees at Polaris drive our success and are rewarded for their commitment.

About Polaris

As the global leader in powersports, Polaris Inc. (NYSE: PII) pioneers product breakthroughs and enriching experiences and services that have invited people to discover the joy of being outdoors since our founding in 1954. Polaris' high-quality product line-up includes the Polaris RANGER®, RZR® and Polaris GENERAL™ side-by-side off-road vehicles; Sportsman® all-terrain off-road vehicles; military and commercial off-road vehicles; snowmobiles; Indian Motorcycle® mid-size and heavyweight motorcycles; Slingshot® moto-roadsters; Aixam quadricycles; Goupil electric vehicles; and pontoon and deck boats, including industry-leading Bennington pontoons. Polaris enhances the riding experience with a robust portfolio of parts, garments, and accessories. Proudly headquartered in Minnesota, Polaris serves more than 100 countries across the globe.  

EEO Statement

Polaris is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will make all employment-related decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, marital status, familial status, status with regard to public assistance, membership or activity in a local commission, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law.