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Full-Time

Position Overview
Responsible for the management of engineering projects including new product development, product line extensions, existing product improvements, and product cost reductions.

Tasks and Responsibilities
Take a leadership role in the development and improvement of FGI product lines by managing engineering projects from concept to commercialization, and coordinating related activities across the company.

•Projects will range in size from small product improvements, through product line extensions, and up to major new product launches.
•Adhere to the FGI New Product Development system.
•Develop and execute project plans for engineering projects including overall project approach, team members and roles, known manufacturing location(s), key suppliers/partners, initial make/buy proposal, and major project challenges.
•Create and maintain Product Specification Document (PSD) to document all aspects of a new product including performance targets, cost targets, industrial design, Bills of Material, detailed design, cost estimates, actual cost, and testing results.
•Create and manage project timelines (in MS Project). Monitor critical path items to ensure projects stay on schedule and meet critical milestones, including project deliverables related to product performance, cost, and initial production launch.
•Lead and participate in the product design and development process for assigned projects. This includes high level design oversight and some detailed CAD design work, to guide the team to the optimal product design solution. Conduct regular design reviews with design engineers to evaluate options, solve problems, and ensure product specifications and project goals are achieved.
•Create and develop detailed Engineering Bills of Material.
•Create, refine, and track product cost estimates during product development process to ensure cost targets are met.
•Create purchase requisitions for prototypes, materials, tooling, or equipment as needed to support projects.
•Estimate capital equipment costs and timeline for expenditure.
•Develop product test plans to ensure product performance meets specifications, FGI quality standards, and customer requirements.
•Develop and update manuals, labels, and packaging as needed to support new projects or product updates.
•Work collaboratively with all other departments to ensure good communication of important project information needed to meet project goals.
•Work collaboratively with, and travel to, domestic and overseas suppliers to address project challenges, manufacturability issues, timelines, product cost, etc.
•Give monthly project status presentations to senior management, focusing on product performance and cost, and project timeline. Provide key project deliverables at set milestones to demonstrate project achievements.
•Identify possible opportunities to obtain patents to protect intellectual property developed by FGI. Work with legal team to provide documentation necessary to support patent applications.
•Investigate, research, test, and prove out design proposals for improvements to cost, performance, manufacturability, ease-of-use, customer value, etc.
•Participate in continuous improvement activities within the engineering department and with other departments. Identify weaknesses in current processes, and propose changes that support departmental and company goals.
•Provide Engineering support to Production Control, Manufacturing, QC, and Purchasing on disposition and corrective action for non-conforming material.
•Adhere to all department policies and procedures.
•Engineering tasks as assigned by VP of Engineering to include but not limited to idea generation, problem solving, investigation, cost analysis, feasibility research, manufacturability research, detail design, design validation, manufacturing validation and support, QC support, documentation, cost reduction.

Requirements
•4-year engineering degree from an accredited college or university.
•5+ years of experience in an engineering position at a manufacturing facility.
•2+ years of experience in new product development.
•3+ years of experience with CAD software (SolidWorks preferred).
•Ability to work with a cross-functional team, including members from all levels of the company, to achieve projects goals.
•Ability to work with suppliers, including travel (domestic and overseas) to visit.
•Detailed knowledge of engineering drawings including ability to understand, create, revise, and check.
•Strong understanding of manufacturing processes and design for manufacturability, particularly injection molding and associated component design requirements.
•MS Office Products - Work, Excel, PowerPoint, Project.

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Full-Time

Manufacturer has opening for 2nd shift Quality Control Inspector position.

Qualified candidate must have:
•Candidate with 3 years experience as a quality control inspector in a manufacturing setting preferred
•Experience using measuring devices
•Blue print reading experience
•Must be able to read and write English
•Must be able to work overtime
•Must have good attendance
•Must be able to perform mathematical equations

Qualified candidates please email resume and cover letter to twilson@thefgi.com or complete a company application at The Fountainhead Group, Inc., 23 Garden St., New York Mills, NY 13417 from 8:00am to 4:00pm Monday thru Friday. No phone calls. The Fountainhead Group, Inc. is an AAE/EEO employer.

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Full-Time

Position Overview
The Director of Human Resources is responsible for the smooth and profitable operation of the human resources department. They supervise and provide consultation to management on strategic staffing plans, compensation, benefits, training and development, budget, and labor relations. They develop, implement and maintain human resources policies, procedures, and forms; assist and support department managers and employees regarding personnel issues; and maintain personnel records in accordance with organizational and regulatory requirements.

Tasks and Responsibilities

•Under the direction of the Executive Officers of the company, develops implements and updates personnel policies, procedures and forms. Stays current with laws and regulations affecting personnel issues (Equal Employment, employee safety, etc.), employment practices or trends and recommends new or revises policies and procedure as appropriate
•Assists and supports department managers and all employees regarding personnel issues. Answers employee questions regarding personnel policies, procedures and benefits; researchers and disseminates topical or timely information to managers and/or employees on personnel issues
•Coordinates and assists with employee recruitment, hiring, orientation, and training; determines employee classifications and ensures completion of all appropriate paperwork for new employees
•Revitalization of employee evaluation process
•Establish employee development program for long term retention and growth
•Coordinates and assists managers with employee reviews and appraisals. Coordinates and participates in completion of terminations and exit interviews
•Establishes and maintains personnel records and reports; maintains company organization charts
•Prepares and coordinates all accident reports and workers compensation reports. Handles follow-up insurance and works compensation claims. Handles return-to-work and disability slips
•Preforms other related duties as required or as assigned

Qualifications
•Strong interpersonal communication skill, both verbal and written
•Excellent time management and problem solving skills
•Thorough knowledge of Human Resource practices and procedures
•Extensive knowledge of State and Federal Laws and regulations pertaining to Human Resource matters
•Proven ability to handle sensitive/confidential information and situations with diplomacy, confidence and tact
•Ability to handle multiple and changing priorities in a fast-paced work environment
•Exceptional results orientation with high degree of personal initiative and very hands on, flexible and customer centric attitude
•Proficient in Microsoft applications – Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint

Education and/or Experience
•3-5 years of experience in the Human Resource discipline favorable
•Bachelor’s degree in Business, Human Resources, Communications is a plus

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Full-Time

Qualified candidates must have customer service experience in an office setting, be computer literate, detail oriented, able to multi-task, have a pleasant phone personality, and great communication skills. Must have professional demeanor, and be a team player. Call center experience a plus. The Fountainhead Group, Inc. is an AAE/EEO employer.

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Full-Time

Position Overview
Primarily responsible for preventative maintenance, troubleshooting and maintenance of electrical and mechanical systems for the company's manufacturing equipment and facilities' infrastructure.

Qualifications
Minimum 6-8 years experience with troubleshooting and repair of electrical and mechanical systems of manufacturing equipment, tools and facility infrastructure. Experience and/or a general understanding of blow molding, injection molding and assembly equipment is preferred. Must be hands-on and capable of operating hand and power tools; be familiar with machine tool processes, industrial safety procedures. Must be able to stand for several hours at a time, climb ladders, and operate fork and scissors lifts.

Tasks and Responsibilities
•Setup, repair, maintenance of equipment electrical and mechanical systems such as, but not limited to; drilling, injection molding, blow molding as well as granulators, grinders, screen printers, punch presses and special purpose machines. Perform similar or associates duties as required or directed.
•Observe all prescribed or standard safety rules and regulations, and work within the confines of the hazardous material guidelines.
•Maintain, repair and preform PM on facility support equipment such as, power (electric), air, water, heating, and any other related services.
•Maintain awareness of environmental regulations (EPA, OSHA, etc) and help assure compliance.
•Organize, order, and inventory required spare parts for molding machines and critical work centers and maintain an organized spare parts storage system.
•Maintain critical PM records, logs, schedule completion(s).
•PM/Troubleshoot tooling, equipment and processes to resolve technical and maintenance problems.
•Promptly maintain/repair all safety and codes related aspects of FGI facilities.
•Assist with manufacturing processes, implement cost and quality improvements.
•All other tasks and responsibilities as assigned by the Facilities and Maintenance Manager.

Experience
•Minimum of 6-8 years experience.
•Exposure to automatic and manual assembly equipment.
•Proven mechanical aptitude and light electrical.
•Knowledge of hydraulic, pneumatic, and electrical systems.
•Computer literacy/organization, research parts and components, administrative skills.

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Full-Time

Position Overview
Execute The Fountainhead Group Inc.'s (FGI) Manufacturing Vision to become a low cost manufacturer of high quality products in all markets served by FGI. This will be achieved through best in class manufacturing capabilities which will focus on gaining efficiencies via optimizing product production at multiple plants, optimizing process flow, automation, overhead absorption, continuous improvement and instilling best practices.

Tasks and Responsibilities
Responsible for manufacturing activities at all FGI locations: New York Mills and Chadwicks, NY, and Vandalia, IL.
•Create and execute a strategic plan to achieve FGI's Manufacturing Vision with measurable metrics for success.
•Achieve cost reductions through automation, process flow, manufacturing efficiencies, etc.
•Focus on lean manufacturing and constraint theory management.
•Drive continuous improvements throughout areas of responsibility.
•Develop sound manufacturing methods for the production of new products.
•Work in concert with the Engineering Department to optimize product manufacturability.
•Act as a technical liaison between sales, engineering and quality control on manufacturing related issues.
•Evaluate and optimize balance between vertical integration and outsourcing molded parts to reduce manufacturing costs.
•Ensure plant facilities, manufacturing equipment and tools, subassembly lines and work cells are maintained and in good working order at all times.
•Minimize inefficiencies and scrap by optimizing machine setup to support the production schedule, ensuring high quality manufacturing materials and by optimizing machine utilization.
•Ensure minimum equipment downtime by instituting a robust preventative maintenance program.

Experience
•BME
•7-10 years in consumer packaging manufacturing
•Knowledge of injection, blow molding and metal fabricating operations

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Full-Time

Position Overview
The Plastics Molding Process Engineer is responsible for supporting the Sr. Blow Mold Process Engineer to insure all molding systems operate effectively to support plan production. This includes maintaining, troubleshooting and improving these systems with an overall goal to improve quality, improve efficiencies and drive down costs.

Tasks and Responsibilities
•Assist in the development and support of molding department technicians.
•Work with production control and QC to insure availability of high quality molded parts as needed.
•Set specifications for all molding materials. Monitor these materials to make certain the specifications are met, and that the materials are applied properly in the molding systems.
•Develop and manage process specifications for all molder/mold combinations in the plant. Communicate these specifications to the technicians and supervisors.
•Develop techniques for monitoring the molding process (melt temperature measurement, SPC, etc.) that will enhance quality and reduce non-conforming product.
•Interact with the Quality Manager to maintain all specifications required by the customer.
•Monitor molding manufacturing processes and implement cost and quality improvements.
•Develop and monitor PM procedures for the molding equipment.
•Development and maintenance of PM procedures (cleaning, restoring wear, storage, etc.) for all molds.
•Define equipment improvements that will enhance the molding processes. Prepare presentations to management to gain approval for the resources required to make these improvements.
•Provide technical input to Engineering Department in new mold design and modifications.
•Minimize molding waste through set up reduction, scrap reduction, improved material and machine utilization.
•Evaluate and interact with outside supplier sources for molded parts, components, molds, and tooling.
•Assist the technicians and supervisors in developing both their skills and overall understanding of the molding process.
•Provide training to mold technicians as needed.
•Work closely with Maintenance Supervisor to insure that quality, cost reduction and production goals are met.
•Work with Molding Department Supervisors in such initiatives as molding scrap reduction, cycle time optimization and process improvements.
•All other tasks and responsibilities as assigned by Process Engineering Manager.

Position Requirements
•Minimum of 3 years experience with Cincinnati, Graham or Davis Standard accumulator head blow molders.
•Solid background in extrusion blow molding and secondly plastics inject molding.


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Full-Time

Summary
The eCommerce Sales Manager will be responsible for Internet channel management and will develop a strategic approach to selling our products online; via 3rd party partners, FGI- direct to consumer. The Sales manager will be responsible for managing all current and developing eCommerce relationships in this fast-growing division. Reporting to the Chief Growth Officer, the eCommerce Sales Manager will have digital retail experience and can work autonomously to develop a strategy complete with performance metrics. He or she will direct research and execute strategic plans to increase sales within the digital channel.

Primary Tasks and Responsibilities
Channel Strategy & Sales Planning
•Create and manage e-Commerce budget and strategy (On-line etailers, Direct to Consumer - FGI Website, Licensed partner "bundling" and other)
•Develop relationships with online retailers through face-to-face visits, frequent on-line meetings, conference calls, monthly updates, quarterly reviews, etc.
•Reports out on the competitive environment including emerging trends and business models in the industry.
•Manages pricing strategies with eCommerce partners ensuring coordination with other Fountainhead group channel partners.
•Develops annual promotional program calendar in conjunction with FGI's existing channel managers and executes accordingly.
•Seeks out new channel opportunities and does required due diligence
•Evaluates, develops, prioritizes, and executes eCommerce pilot/test initiatives.

Relationship Management
•Manages existing relationships with FGI's key partners: Amazon, Home Depot, Lowe's, Walmart, and utilizes 3rd party resources as required to maximize sales and distribution.
•Provides product and market segment training as needed to educate and grow our business with channel partners.
•On-boards authorized new e-retailer accounts
•Plans and implements webinars, seminars and other communication events with customers as required.
•Manages company-wide education of eCommerce processes, order flow, customer demands, internal expectations that are involved in the process.

Content Management
•Manages the process of website updates, onboarding and obsolescence of new products and improvements to the internal content management process as needed.
•Directs programming priorities (for simple changes), with internal and external vendors.
•Manages digital assets and fulfills requests for images, specifications, videos, PDFs, etc.

Metrics and Analytics
•Directs research and analytics to increase sales, brand exposure, lead-scoring, sales conversion, usability, and traffic acquisition/conversion efficiency.
•Develops marketing scorecards/reports internally and externally to manage and monitor key performance metrics internally (FGI’s performance) and externally (3rd Party eTailers).

Education and Experience Required
•Bachelor’s Degree in business, marketing, communications or related field.
•Minimum of 5+ years of relevant marketing and consumer goods experience.
•5+ years of prior B2B or B2C experience.
•Excellent knowledge of state-of-the-art digital marketing tools and willing to stay current.
•Keen understanding of selling channels and differences and nuances of each.
•Estimated approximately 20-30% travel, as needed.

Necessary Specialized Training, Knowledge, Skill and Abilities
•Outstanding analytical skills, strong experience interpreting sales data, attention to detail.
•Demonstrated strong business judgment and decision-making skills; ability to identify, prioritize, and articulate highest impact initiatives.
•Interpersonal and strong customer relationship skills.
•Comfortable working with analytics, creating and making presentations, and public speaking.
•Positive attitude, high level of energy and flair for the creative side.
•A self-starter who takes initiative and can work independently with a moderate level of guidance. Very detail-oriented and eager to learn and own the channels you manage.
•Takes ownership and accountability of your responsibilities.
•Ability to communicate externally and internally to “win friends and influence people”.
•Results oriented, sense of humor.
•Strong project management skills, ability to work with challenging deadlines.

Tools and Equipment Used
The applicant is expected to freely operate the following tools and equipment: personal computer (including word processing, spreadsheet, database and other miscellaneous programs); printer; calculator; telephone; copier; fax machine.

Working Environment
The work environment characteristics described herein are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee typically works in a normal office environment. The noise level in the work environment is usually low.

Physical Demands
The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, carry or operate objects, tools or controls and reach with hands and arms. The employee frequently is required to stand; talk or hear; walk, sit. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

No Phone Calls.

The Fountainhead Group Inc. is an AAE/EEO Employer.

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Full-Time

Hours Monday-Friday 3pm to 11:30pm

•Picking and staging orders, as needed.
•Maintaining and consolidate FG's as needed.
•Material Handling functions to move raw materials, sub-assemblies and finished goods around the facility.
––Load/unload transfer trucks
––Move incoming receipts to stock locations
––Move production receipts to stock locations
––Return product not used on pack lines to stock locations
––Stage product for next day's production start-up
––Supply manufacturing lines with materials needed to support production
•Maintain overall cleanliness of warehouse daily.
•Work on special projects as needed.
•All other tasks and responsibilities as assigned by manager.

Job Requirements:

•Must have 2 years prior forklift and warehouse experience.
•Forklift license preferred.
•Must be computer literate.
•Must be able to speak, read & write English.

No Phone Calls.

The Fountainhead Group Inc. is an AAE/EEO Employer.

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Full-Time

Company Overview:

The Fountainhead Group, Inc. (FGI) is a privately owned mid-size company, headquartered in Central New York, that designs, develops, manufactures, and distributes a variety of consumer and professional products for the lawn & garden, landscaping, industrial, concrete, and firefighting markets. FGI is the market leader in quality and innovation and plans to drive considerable growth over the next 5 years.

Position Overview:

The Senior Electro-Mechanical Engineering is responsible for all aspects of Electrical Engineering in the support of product development and testing. This is generally divided into two areas:

1. Working with design engineers and outside resources to develop electrical specifications for battery-powered consumer products.
2. Working with test engineers to design and build electrical systems for test equipment, including custom programming and data acquisition.

Responsibilities:

•Lead all electrical projects related to new product development for the Engineering and R&D departments.
•Develop electrical and electro-mechanical specifications for systems and components for new products, to achieve performance requirements.
•Develop procedures to test electrical and electro-mechanical performance of products against requirements.
•Troubleshoot electrical and electro-mechanical issues in products, identify problems, and determine solutions.
•Maintain existing and develop new specialized fixtures and apparatuses for testing electrical and electro-mechanical systems.
•Maintain existing and write new programs in LabVIEW to operate test fixtures and apparatuses.
•Provide clear and timely reporting to product teams on status of electrical projects.
•Work with suppliers, including domestic and international travel to visit, to source motors, batteries, PCB’s, and other electrical components.
•Support regulatory certification (ETL/UL) process for electrical consumer products, included working with outside testing labs.
•Coordinate with Electrical Technician to support projects.

Qualifications
Minimum Qualifications

•Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering or Electrical Engineering Technology
•7+ years of industrial experience in an Electrical Engineering position.
•Ability to manage own workload to support multiple projects.
•Ability to work with a cross-functional team, including members from all levels of the company, to achieve project goals and maintain good communication.
•Working knowledge of small DC motors, Li-Ion batteries, PCB’s, motor controls, and charging systems.
•Proficient with test equipment used for Electrical Engineering (oscilloscopes, meters, data-loggers, power supplies, etc.).
•Ability to design fixtures and apparatuses to test electrical and electro-mechanical systems and components.
•Ability to write new programs and edit existing programs in LabVIEW for use with test equipment.
•Ability to troubleshoot electrical and electro-mechanical issues, identify root causes of problems, and determine solutions.
•Ability to analyze test data, compile results, and summarize into effective communication to share with a cross-functional team.
•Ability to travel domestically and internationally to visit suppliers.
•Proficient with MS Office Products – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project.

Preferred Qualifications

•Advanced knowledge of Lithium-Ion based battery technologies and charging requirements.
•Experience working with small electric pumps (diaphragm or gear types), including developing motor specs to achieve desired performance.
•Basic understanding of Fluid Mechanics, including measurement of pressure, flow, and temperature.
•Extensive experience designing and building electrical and electro-mechanical test equipment, including data acquisition capabilities.
•Familiarity with the regulations governing the shipment of Lithium-Ion Batteries.
•Experience obtaining regulatory certifications (ETL/UL) for consumer products.

To apply, please email resume to Resume@thefgi.com or mail to Theresa Wilson c/o The Fountainhead Group Inc., 23 Garden Street, New York Mills, NY 13417.

The Fountainhead Group Inc. is an EEO/AAE employer.

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Full-Time

Night supervisor is responsible for enforcing proper molding procedure, insuring production schedules are met, insuring the quality of production, enforcing safety procedures, insuring labor is reported accurately and timely, training new hires, completing all necessary paperwork on time, and enforcing company rules and regulations. Knowledge of blow or injection molding a plus. Qualified candidates should have a minimum of 3 years of supervisory experience in a manufacturing environment.  Mechanical aptitude a plus. 

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