Product Development Engineer

Vertical Supply Group (VSG) is looking for a creative and experienced product visionary to join our team. Functioning at the intersection of design, development and engineering, you will use your natural curiosity to bring to market innovative product solutions that will transform our consumer’s experiences. You will be an integral part of furthering VSG’s mission providing the most comprehensive assortment of products for arborists, climbers, emergency, technical rescue and other work-at-height professionals, building a robust product pipeline that will help achieve aggressive key metrics.

As a Product Development Engineer at VSG you are a self-starter with strong inter-personal skills, coupled with the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously. You must possess excellent 3D CAD modelling skills and the ability to build a working rapport with all departments at VSG. As a strong candidate for this role you are consumer obsessed, passionate about product and a great team player.


The position of Product Development Engineer will work with the R&D team to develop new products and enhance existing products in the life safety, rope access market. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Work with our product development team to design innovative products for the climbing and professional rope access markets.
  • Provide clear, concise and well-organized presentations of design ideas and concepts to staff.
  • Perform industry research on products, materials and emerging technologies to support. development work; combining necessary trend, material and market research into product line.
  • Plan for product categories and product line extensions.
  • Create 3D concept renderings.
  • Test functionality of prototypes and manage field testing of prototypes.
  • Maintain detailed and organized project documentation.

Qualifications & Skills


  • BS in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent design degree
  • 5+ years experience in mechanical product design.
    • Experience with hardware design, industrial design & product design highly desired
      • Basic knowledge of material properties including synthetic fibers, metals and plastics.
      • Basic knowledge of manufacturing processes.
      • Strong knowledge of aesthetic form as it applies to various product lines.
      • Strong knowledge of product design and development process
      • Detail-oriented, organized, and deadline driven.
        • Proficient technical writing skills.
          • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including ability to present concepts to sales and marketing teams.


  • Experience with solid modeling software such as Solid Works.

Physical Demands:

Medium Work involves exerting up to 50 pounds of force. frequently or 10 to 25 pounds of force Frequent walking, standing, and sitting. Frequent reaching and/or grasping using hands and/or arms. Frequent use of hands requiring dexterity in using the telephone, computer keyboard, or other objects. Visual ability including distance, peripheral and depth perception. Regularly required to talk and hear.

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