Kohler Co. is Hiring | Engineer – Product Engineering |

Position – Engineer–Product Engineering (VAVE)
Company – Kohler Co.
Location – Gurugram, Haryana, IN

Job description


  • Perform Product cost out opportunity in a target-oriented manner through VAVE methodology and cost analytics. Work with cross-functional teams to identify the Products for cost out, analyze, and execute the Cost reduction VAVE projects.
  • Execute VAVE Design Projects following the Exit Gate process.
  • Work with cross-functional teams (Internal and External) in product development.


  • Lead the VA/VE Projects to meet/exceed the Annual Targets
  • Actively participate VA/VE Workshops for New Idea generations, Work closely with Global VA/VE Coordinators and exchange the VA/VE learnings between the networks.
  • Perform cost-out opportunity mining exercises by Pareto analysis, competitor benchmarking & tear down, etc.
  • Apply VAVE methodologies and identify cost-reduction opportunities.
  • Perform cost-benefit analysis and finalize annualized savings for given project.
  • Prepare alternate design concept models and drawings using Creo software.
  • Use GD&T (Geometric dimension & tolerance) & tolerance stack-up knowledge during drawing/data creation.
  • Coordinate the prototype development and verification testing of modified designs.
  • Coordinate Innovation idea generation, Patent study, and Improvement initiatives within the department.
  • Support the CPD (Current Product Development) activities within the VC India Team
  • Create BOMs and engineering change requests and release the revised designs in the Windchill database and SAP.
  • Work with cross-function teams and make sure the product changes are in line with the codes and standards and customer value proposition.
  • Work closely with the functional team and drive Engineering deliverables for VA-VE/CPD Projects.
  • Document all the activities as per ISO requirements and report to the Stake holders on recommended frequency.


List the expected end results that must be achieved in order to fulfil your job purpose and the activities that help in achieving these results.



Expected: Lead the VA/VE activities to meet/exceed the Annual Targets within the VC India Team

  • Results: Work with VC Engg team to generate New VA/VE Ideas, Ensure tracking and monthly status reporting of VA/VE ideas
  • Lead VA/VE & Innovation Workshops for New Idea Generation for meeting/exceeding the VA/VE Targets at Department level.
  • Lead VA/VE Projects as a Project Manager and Coordinate the completion of Engineering Deliverables as per Project Plan
  • Apply VAVE methodologies and identify cost reduction opportunities.
  • Perform cost benefit analysis and finalize annualized savings for given project.
  • Lead Competition benchmarking & Patent study activities
  • Present the VA/VE Project status to the Leadership team on monthly basis.
  • Track & Provide Visibility on VA/VE Implemented & Innovation Idea generation status on monthly/Quarterly basis
  • Publish VA/VE Report of New Standardization / Innovative Ideas generated, Existing ideas implementation status, etc
  • Prepare alternate design concept models and drawings using Creo software.
  • Develop & Coordinate Prototypes/Tooling’s for VA/VE Projects
  • Develop & Coordinate – QTP & Design Validation Plans
  • Work closely with Global VA/VE & Innovation Coordination teams

Expected: Gather market feedback on product configurations specifically required for India market.

Results: Frequent Benchmarking of competitor products and implementation of new ideas to be market leader.

  • Lead Benchmarking activities & providing technical analysis and implementation of competitor benchmarking.
  • Lead discussions with the Patent/Legal team on different Patent applications, Study all related Competition patents, and highlight the infringement areas, so that product engineers can ensure a different design feature with no conflicts.
  • Design modifications are recommended to accommodate continuous production and sale of existing products or improve production efficiency or cost.
  • Assisting in the translation of market and customer requirements into projects and product designs

Expected: Lead/Support the CPD/REA (Small VA/VE) activities

Results: Ensure response on CPD queries as per agreed timelines related to VC Engineering Products

  • Lead/Support for assigned CPD/REA (Small VA/VE) activities for India VC Engg
  • Providing Visibility on different CPD/REA (Small VA/VE) queries received and their completion status.
  • Complete all engineering deliverables required for completion of assigned CPD/REA (Small VA/VE) activities.

Expected: Good CAD Expertise on CAD (Creo) in order to independently manage the VA/VE CAD activities.

Results: Knowledge of advanced part and surface modeling on CREO and understanding of Kohler products, Good knowledge of Plastic & Stainless Steel parts

  • Providing CAD data, models, and drawings for a variety of VA/VE projects of existing products.
  • Preparation of CAD models, assemblies, drawings, and documentation needed to define the product design.
  • Maintaining awareness of relevant product technologies and improving technical skills

Expected: Design guidelines, BOM, Test standard.

Results: Understanding of Current Kohler design guidelines with respect to Product Drawings, Bill of Material, Test Standards, and PPAPs.

  • Evaluating the technical feasibility of new product concepts and potential modifications to existing products.
  • Responsible for creating and maintaining the necessary documentation for products (PCI, BOMs, Drawings, verification reports etc.)


Who (internal/external) does this position interact with on a regular basis to perform this role? How often and for what purpose?



  • India VC Product Engg Team
  • India VC VAVE Lead
  • Global VC Product Engg Team
  • Global VA/VE Coordinators
  • ITC, Pune – VC Engg Team
  • Marketing – VC
  • Sourcing & Development Team
  • Manufacturing/Quality – VC Plant
  • Industrial Design Team
  • Supplier Technical Teams


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  • Authority to perform the allocated responsibilities.
  • Authority to communicate with internal stakeholders directly & give recommendations on Technical queries
  • Authority to stop others from doing unsafe work


  • State the minimum acceptable proficiency for this job. Do not state incumbent-specific information


  • B. Tech Mechanical Engineering (From Reputed Institutes, with 1st Division), with (Min. 1~3 Yrs.) of Industrial Working Experience
  • Hands-On Working Experience of VA/VE, Cost Innovation Projects in a Global MNC.
  • Working Experience on Creo (3D Modelling, Assembly, Advance Surfacing & 2D Drafting) of Minimum 1~2 Years is required
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