21st November 2017

Our Company

Yakima is a world leader in designing and manufacturing Automotive Cargo Management Equipment. We are dedicated to creating intuitive, innovative, customer centric products which provide solutions to our customers.

Having our business based in Australasia we have a unique advantage in being connected with the true spirit of our products. Our living environment is all about beauty, outdoor enjoyment and adventure which is reflected in our products and is our design back yard.

Our Culture

At Yakima, all employees share a strong sense of pride in our brand and a passion for creating products that get people and gear outdoors to enjoy a healthy active lifestyle. With a strong heritage in the outdoor and automotive industries, employees appreciate the outdoor lifestyle whether they hike, bike, walk, kayak, ski, camp or garden on the weekends. This appreciation and understanding of the end-consumer facilitates a spirit of innovation that incorporates useful consumer insights.

Yakima is a results-oriented organisation. Expectations for success are high and employees are empowered to take ownership of their positions. Open communication is imperative to the success of the team, and employees are challenged to succeed within a supportive environment. The highly adaptive and entrepreneurial culture requires employees to constantly tap into their drive, initiative, and creativity.

Our Opportunity

Our team is expanding further and we are looking for an experienced designer to join our award-winning team to help us stay at the top of our segment in the automotive accessory market. Our designers have a key role to play in helping Yakima to meet our strategic goals. As part of Yakima's engineering team you will be responsible for all aspects of design and development of products, through the whole product life cycle.

This position includes a variety activities as well as CAD work, it requires a degree of hands-on work in prototype building and testing using our in-house workshop. Tasks during travel to our manufacturing plant (overseas) may include assisting Yakima's on-site engineering team, tool trials, supplier visits, test and validation. Specifically, you would be responsible for:

  • Engage in all stages of our New Product Development process including product planning, concept development, and detailed product design, testing and manufacturing implementation.
  • Assist with maintaining, improving, and expanding our product documentation including CAD models, drawings, DFMEA's, FEA and BOMs.
  • Undertake special projects to research and establish new and improved materials or processes relating to our products, design process, and manufacturing.

To be successful in this position you will have the following:

  • Degree qualified (Mechanical Engineering) or proven relevant experience
  • 3+ years' experience with consumer product design with a broad exposure to design and manufacturing
  • Comprehensive understanding of the product planning and product development process
  • Experience in bringing new consumer products from concept through to finished product
  • Advanced 3D CAD skills (Solidworks, PDM)
  • Experience working in a fast paced, multi-tasking and dynamic environment with a high level of ambiguity
  • Ability to exercise sound and mature judgement both in a technical and a wider business sense
  • Detail oriented and highly organised
  • Able to communicate well and to work with a wide range of people of different backgrounds and cultures in a global collaborative environment
  • Ability to work outside of traditional position description
  • Ability to travel nationally and internationally (on average twice annually)

For the successful candidate, we are offering a great opportunity for your career to take a turn in a rewarding direction. Our high-profile products are used and seen on vehicles around the world, and you will have a direct influence on their success. We are a company small enough to be flexible and nimble, but we are also part of a large international group which gives us the resources to make things happen.

Direct candidates only. Must have the right to work in Australia.

Submit your resume:

If you'd like to submit an unsolicited resume you may do so by using any of the following method:

1800 192 863
Attention: Human Resources
Yakima Products
Attn: Karen Tong
Human Resources Director
17 Hinkler Court,
Brendale QLD 4500