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IDEX Director of Innovation in Mansfield, Ohio

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Position Summary :

We’re looking for a Director of Innovation focused on growth and experience managing agile development teams. Our Director of Innovation will be responsible for maintaining/executing on the new product development funnel, applying incremental innovation on our existing lines, and expanding our pump capabilities through talent acquisition/team development/testing exploration. You’ll be managing an entire team of engineers, technicians, and developers to push the performance and customer value of our product offering as we expand into new markets / product technologies. This is a highly cross-functional and collaborative role. As such, the position will:

  • Develop/Improve processes and key performance metrics of the engineering team to focus on improving the prioritization of work / speed of development

  • Know how to recruit and develop top engineering talent

  • Develop standards and procedures to expediate testing/qualification while ensuring quality standards are met and maintained.

  • Recommends new technology and ideas to improve pump understanding and potential disruptive improvements on our product line

  • Build, develop, and manages the engineering team capable of carrying out initiatives

Essential Job Responsibilities:

Leadership, Talent, and Team Development

  • Develops an effective team-based culture where the team focuses on the critical few, achieves its commitments and wins with an outstanding, inclusive approach that is demonstrative of IDEX Core Values

  • Fosters a spirit of success through routine milestone achievements

  • Encourages stretch thinking to drive breakthrough results

  • Establishes a continuous improvement mindset supported by strong execution

  • Passionately promotes employee development

  • Acquires the right talent and builds/maintains discipline around talent management within the team

Strategic Development

  • Owns the planning and execution of the engineering department strategy, including input to short-range and long-range product and process improvement

  • Provides feedback to engineering managers on key strategic projects

  • Build relationships with product managers, business development managers, operations, and supply chain teams to improve the efficiency of the product launches and ensure the customer value is met

  • Builds robust funnel of organic projects / inorganic (acquisition) opportunities to expand/improve product portfolio


  • BA/BS in engineering or technical degree required

  • Five (5) years or more applicable experience in a heavily engineered manufacturing product or industrial durable products environment

  • Experience managing an engineering team

  • Demonstrated launching of new product and maintaining customer-backed product funnel

  • IoT experience a benefit

  • Proven success working closely with Product Management, contributing to the product strategy and helping to successfully deliver on the product roadmap

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with customers and work within a team environment

  • Proficient in market insights and analysis, business modeling and financial analysis; working knowledge of sales, marketing, business development, and project/product management processes

Other Qualifications/Skills :

  • Must have high degree of leadership and ability to influence cross-functionally

  • Must be self-motivated, show initiative

  • Excellent analytical and interpersonal skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to work well in a team environment.

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively via remote methods (conf calls and email) and be able to support needs of global leadership team.

  • Excellent written and communication skills.

  • Willingness to travel: work with Sales Managers, and visit customers, prospects, and distributors

Warren Rupp is an equal opportunity employer Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

Are you ready to join a different kind of company where our people, our culture, and our commitments are centered around providing trusted solutions that improve lives around the world?

IDEX is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Affirmative Action Employer. IDEX gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, creed, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other consideration or protected category made unlawful by federal, state or local laws (Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled).

Job Family: Engineering

Business Unit: Warren Rupp

Job Segment: FMT Fluid & Metering Technologies