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Innovation Principal at Donaldson Company

Posted in Architecture 30+ days ago.

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Type: Full-Time
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Job Description:

If you have talent, initiative, and a desire to join a thriving global company with a wealth of career opportunities, you can make a world of a difference at Donaldson, a leading provider of filtration solutions. Our culture is based on the strong values of integrity, respect, and commitment. Click on this link to learn more about a career at Donaldson:
Donaldson is a technology driven company, focused on growth through innovation.  As a member of the Innovative Business group in Corporate Technology, you will find yourself at the center of those efforts. The Innovative Business group takes ideas for great technology and develops them into innovative new products.  With a focus on Donaldson’s future growth through product development, we are intent on developing insight into our customers’ needs and how new product opportunities can fill those needs and successfully generate new revenue streams.  We then leverage our technical abilities to develop those products for Donaldson business units and provide support to get them to the market. 


How you will bring value to Donaldson:


  • Lead projects that evaluate new technology ideas and develop them into differentiated new products within the Donaldson Innovation Process framework.

  • Work with the Business Units to develop Business Hypotheses that show how new products will provide value to our customers and to Donaldson.

  • Develop project plans that provide a roadmap for the products being developed, including development of the business hypothesis, proving product feasibility, product testing, manufacturing development and product launch.

  • Ensure that we establish and maintain IP protection for our new products and technologies, utilizing established Donaldson processes for documenting inventions and patenting new technologies.

  • Work with other Corporate Technology groups, Business Units and Donaldson Manufacturing Plants in developing new technologies and manufacturing methods.

  • Support the achievement of Corporate Technology performance metrics and initiatives.

  • Travel 5-10%.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and minimum of 8 years of experience in the design and development of technology or products.

  • Strong presentation skills and ability to communicate well at all levels

  • Experience working in a process-based system.  Experience with a stage gate process is helpful.

  • Experience in interfacing directly with product end-users

  • Demonstrated leadership skills

  • Comfortable in making decisions and dealing with ambiguity.

  • Project Management experience, with proven results. MS Project experience.



  • Advanced degree in Engineering or Business

  • Experience in New Product Innovation

  • Business/Financial Experience

  • Understanding of filtration technology - applications, design, theory and principles

  • Experience in interfacing with complete value chain – suppliers, dealers, OEMs

  • PMP Certification

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