Manager of Engineering, Performance & Testing Lab

Work Location : Portland, OR   

Functional Area : Engineering 

Number of Openings : 1 

Current Openings : 1.00 


Blount International, Inc. has an exceptional opportunity for a Manager of Engineering in our Performance and Testing Lab, at our global headquarters in Portland, Oregon.


We are committed to excellence in our people, products, performance, and profits. We believe our team members are the foundation of our Company's success, and we are committed to continuous improvement and learning, exceptional quality, connecting with our customer, and good relationships with our team members.



The successful candidate will be responsible for directing Performance Lab resources in the development of processes, equipment, and expertise, while delivering accurate, meaningful, and timely services. Acquiring and/or developing resources, (both internal and external) and supporting work efforts to meet and exceed customer expectations.



  • Direct and supervise functional area Team Members

  • Provide operational direction to complex test programs and projects

  • Propagate a culture of problem solving and overcoming obstacles while implementing new ideas, methods, and processes

  • Maintain an atmosphere that enhances productivity, promotes teamwork, cooperation, and continuous improvement

  • Serve as a communications catalyst within the Performance Lab team

  • Promote communication between Lab team and internal customers

  • Maintain highest level of professionalism in all written and verbal conversations

  • Reinforce awareness guidelines and help keep all customers informed

  • Direct inspections for safety & environmental

  • Define and validate staffing needs, maintain and communicate workload and schedule

  • Maintain department training plan and matrix

  • Rapidly respond to changes in direction, priorities, and project requirements.

  • Develop, maintain and monitor quality metrics and implement continuous improvement methods

  • Develop and refine operational documentation



  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering required



  • Three or more years of experience in a management/supervisory role required
  • Experience with product and application, especially in the outdoor power tool/lawn & garden market, is desired
  • Able to successfully interact with other supervisors, managers, engineers and other functional areas is essential
  • Proven track record of implementing and sustaining Continuous Improvement strategy
  • Demonstrated project budget planning and maintenance skills
  • Able to complete responsibilities in a timely, professional and quality manner
  • Ability to think both creatively and analytically
  • Competence to solve problems analytically; searching out relevant information and gauging its importance when making decisions
  • Effective written and oral communication skills; able to express oneself clearly and in technical and non-technical terms
  • Demonstrate ability and willingness to learn; seek out development activities to improve skills and increase knowledge; learn from other team members and own mistakes
  • Take initiative, seek and act on opportunities to improve organization’s performance
  • Ability to translate specific goals into action and follow through to achieve goals
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, Word, Excel) and data management software (SAP preferred)
  • Available to work on site as required by job; eligible for domestic and international travel several times per year up to two weeks’ duration



Blount is a global manufacturer and marketer of replacement parts, equipment, and accessories for consumers and professionals operating primarily in two market segments: Forestry, Lawn, and Garden (“FLAG”); and Farm, Ranch, and Agriculture (“FRAG”). Blount also sells products in the construction markets and is the market leader in saw chain and guide bars for chain saws. We also supply original equipment manufacturers (OEM) with cutting attachments.


Blount offers products under the brand names of OREGON®, Carlton®, Woods®, KOX, SpeeCo®, ICS®, and Pentruder.  For more information, visit


Blount will only employ those who are legally authorized to work. Any offer of employment is contingent on the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen.

Blount International
Full time
Portland, OR 97086, US