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Valmont Industries, Inc. Senior Product Designer in Valley, Nebraska

28800 Ida St Valley Nebraska 68064-8016

Why Valmont

Welcome to Valmont, where a world of opportunity awaits. When you join our team, you become part of a passionate group dedicated to changing lives and conserving resources around the globe. We want problem solvers who roll up their sleeves to foster progress and innovation for all people. At Valmont, we provide infrastructure, irrigation, tubing and coatings to the world. We strengthen cities. We nourish croplands. We design, manufacture and coat. Our products and services make a difference. Join us, and BUILD YOUR WORLD.

This Individual Contributor position is responsible for the design and drafting of products involving the origination and development of concepts and presenting new product designs. He or she will communicate and interact with a variety of individuals and departments on a global basis including sales, marketing, engineering, manufacturing, and purchasing. The Senior Product Designer is accountable for presenting design ideas based on factors such as appealing appearance, design-function relationships, serviceability, materials and methods of engineering, application, budget, and price, methods of production, market characteristics, and client specifications. The incumbent will support the Valmont Sales staff (Regional Sales Managers, Agents) in presenting new product offerings and building strong relationships with landscape designers, lighting designers, Architect and Engineering firms, developers, municipalities, fixture OEM’s, and other clients to establish design concepts and promote Valmont’s new product offerings. The incumbent keeps the supervisor informed as to present and planned sales activities for the market and to any changes, trends, ideas, and activities that will facilitate the timely formulation of policies and programs leading to the expansion of new product sales.

Essential Functions:

  • This position reports to the Supervisor Small Cell Design and has no direct or indirect reports

  • This role requires up to 10% travel (domestic and international), including overnight stays

  • Carries out design/drafting assignments of a routine to moderately complex nature creating the look and function of new products according to customer needs utilizing a variety of 2D and 3D modeling tools to create marketing illustrations, street view renderings and other drawings

  • Create customer submittal drawings and production drawings for assigned new and custom products

  • Present designs to customers or design committees for approval, and discuss need for modification

  • Confer with product development, engineering, marketing, production, sales departments, or with customers, to establish and evaluate design concepts for manufactured products

  • Research production specifications, costs, production materials and manufacturing methods, and provide cost estimates

  • Coordinate the fabrication of models or samples and the drafting of working drawings and specification sheets from sketches

  • Modify and refine designs, using working models, to conform to customer specifications, production limitations, or changes in design trends

  • Maintain an awareness of current drafting policies and procedures

  • Participate in manufacturing procedures involving new designs that will improve operations and product quality

  • Investigate product characteristics such as the product’s safety and handling qualities, its market appeal, how efficiently it can be produced, and ways of distributing, using and maintaining it

  • Participate in new product planning or market research, including studying the potential need for new products

  • Create and support new product marketing efforts with high quality, eye-catching sales presentation and collateral materials

  • Attend and participate in tradeshows, when required

  • Assist drafting, administrative improvement and product development departments with any overflow custom 3D images or modeling requests including converting 3D/2D models to manufactured parts

Other Important Details about the Role:

This position works closely with the Custom Project Team, Product Development Drafters and Engineers supporting 3D modeling for part costing, tool drawings and first article inspections as well as Project Administration Teams Technical Information Analyst for part reference documents and engineering change notices. In addition, this position aids in the part fit checks and deco part searches for Customer Service. Also assists other LTS site locations with design work, tool development, production drawings, manufacturing process input, first article inspections, and modeling assistance for urethane castings.

Required Qualifications of Every Candidate (Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities):

  • Preferred Bachelors with 3+ years relevant experience or Associates Degree with 5+ years relevant experience or 7+ years of relevant experience

  • Demonstrated strong communication, interpersonal and presentation skills

  • Knowledgeable of the end use of the product and knowledge of the fabrication and manufacturing processes used to make similarly structured product

  • High level of proficiency regarding Valmont’s drafting processes and systems for similar products including proven experience checking and reviewing work of Associate Drafters, Design Drafters, Senior Design Drafters, Product Designers, and other Senior Product Designers

  • Drawing ability to visually communicate concepts to customers and internal resources

  • Strong mechanical and spatial aptitude with the ability to understand the physical requirements of a product concept

  • Demonstrates the ability to adapt designs aesthetically and proportionally

  • Proficiency with Inventor and Solid Works

  • Proficiency with MS Office applications (PowerPoint, Excel, Word)

  • Strong working knowledge of 3D Computer-Aided Design Software

  • Strong working knowledge with AutoCAD

  • Experience with rendering software

  • Travel up to 10% of the time. May include international travel.

Highly Qualified Candidates Will Also Possess These Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Design, Product Design, Lighting Design or Landscape Architecture

  • Awarded as a Certified PDM Professional Administrator (CPPA) by successfully passing an advance examination in SolidWorks

  • Proficiency with CREO

  • Work experience in Product design

  • Work experience interacting with architects, developers, and engineers

  • Experience with product data management (PDM) or product life management (PLM) systems

  • Process and methods knowledge and experience used in Lean Manufacturing

Working Environment and Physical Efforts:

Work is typically performed in an office setting. The incumbent is regularly required to sit for extended periods of time, as well as talk and listen on the phone and in personal conversations or meetings. Environment is fast paced and demanding most of the time. Travel requirements up to 10% for this position and will be both domestic and international travel. The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms while working in the office with various files and forms and while working on the computer. The employee is occasionally required to move about the office and on occasion meet in the production areas adhering to PPE and safety requirements. Incumbent must utilize proper ergonomic safeguards such as monitor height and positions, keyboard location and height and proper wrists rests. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move parts up to the safety limit weight of 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception.


Valmont does not discriminate against any employee or applicant in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, genetic information, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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Valmont Industries, Inc. is a leading producer and distributor of products and services for the infrastructure and agricultural markets.

Valmont began in 1946 when founder, Robert B. Daugherty, combined his $5,000 savings with a wholehearted belief that business could and should be done better. From those modest beginnings, the company grew into a global leader of engineered products and services for infrastructure, and water-conserving irrigation equipment and solutions for agriculture.

From lighting and traffic structures to guide the way, to communication towers that keep people connected, to utility structures that power homes and businesses, to irrigation equipment and technology that helps grow the world’s food, we are committed to Conserving Resources. Improving Life ® .

Four primary business segments comprise Valmont: Engineered Support Structures; Coatings; Irrigation and Utility Support Structures. We manufacture products in over 80 different facilities spread across 6 continents and do business in over 22 different countries. Valmont is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol (VMI).

We are passionate about our products. We pride ourselves on being people of integrity who excel at delivering results. We pursue opportunities for growth by taking products and processes to new markets, developing new products for existing markets, and continually improving across the company to ensure that Valmont solutions are always the global industry leader.