Fallbrook Technologies Validation Lead in Cedar Park, Texas

Fallbrook Technologies Inc. (Fallbrook), based in Austin (TX, US), is dedicated to improving the performance and flexibility of transmissions for vehicles and equipment. The company’s NuVinci continuously variable planetary (CVP) technology is gaining acceptance worldwide and is applicable to any machine that uses a transmission; this includes bicycles, scooters, all-terrain vehicles, automobiles, agricultural and construction equipment. Working for Fallbrook Technologies means being part of a young, fast-growing company and working within a small, international team of highly motivated and creative people. We offer competitive salary and benefits, flexible, family-oriented working hours, flat hierarchies, and opportunities for personal development.

Do you have a drive to succeed, grow, and be challenged? Are you looking to work alongside passionate and innovative individuals on a daily basis? Are you motivated by finding hidden problems in electromechanical systems and helping to make them better?

Fallbrook is seeking a Validation Lead for product development projects centering on continuously variable transmissions that include Nuvinci technology. These projects may include creating new, or improving upon existing, transmissions, as well as developing corresponding interfaces, auxiliary systems, or test systems. Candidates must play a dual role combining project leadership while being responsible for significant individual technical contribution in the areas of validation planning, mechanical design, analysis, and validation of dynamic systems and mechanisms, validation, and production release of mechanical drivetrain components. The position will be based in our technology facility in Cedar Park near Austin, Texas.


  • In our matrix organization, leads product launch and improvement projects for one or more program managers.

  • Actively contribute within a cross-functional product development team that will consist of staff from the following disciplines: sales/marketing, engineering, prototyping/manufacturing, quality/metrology/test, and management.

  • Communicate and interface with IT, finance, HR, facilities, and customer support personnel to share information and obtain support as needed.


  • Manage prototype evaluation and validation flows

  • Manage product reliability

  • Actively identify reliability weaknesses and recommend, initiate, and drive process improvement

  • Model and determine reliability budgets and warranty forecasts

  • Establish and communicate execution targets and priorities

  • Write test plans and establish contracts with service providers

  • Provide effective decision making and recovery plans when issues arise

  • Embrace and mitigate risk issues

  • Identify risk as it relates to project schedule, quality, and budget

  • Collect and document cross-functional input using various tools, such as FMEA

  • Develop effective and valuable reliability-related risk mitigation plans.

  • Actively lead problem resolution (root cause analysis and corrective action, 8D, 5-Why, Is/Is-Not

  • Create reports or other documentation to memorialize findings and decision strategies.

  • Work with project manager to achieve product improvement or launch objectives thru application of knowledge and strategies, practicing data-based conclusion and decision-making, and taking action, while balancing constraints of quality, cost, schedule, and resources.

  • Develop test procedures to address reliability concerns or failure modes.

  • Experience with utilization of industry standards.

  • Ability to create new test procedures for product-specific failure modes.

  • Never a spectator– makes things happen.


  • Minimum of 5 years of experience performing key responsibilities listed above

  • A degree in engineering, engineering technology, physics, and/or statistics

  • Firm understanding of processes and concepts needed to develop and enhance product reliability

  • Experience in leveraging test strategies in planning and execution

  • Background in product development and electromechanical systems

  • Comprehension and use of statistics

  • Strong strategic, analytical, organizational, and management skills

  • Hands on personality, team-oriented, but also proficient at operating autonomously

  • Dedicated and ability to persevere, motivated to learn, teach, invent, and continuously improve

  • Thorough knowledge and adept user of MS Office

  • Leadership: Must possess a strong work ethic and have the ability to hold teammates and co-workers accountable for results, while reinforcing positivity in an environment supporting process diligence as well as individual and team growth.

  • Communication: Must have strong communication skills and have the ability to speak to a varied audience.

  • Time Management: Must be deadline driven, while respecting the time of others.

  • Organization: Strong organization skills required, with ability to maintain a positive and safe work environment.


  • An interest in cycling or automobiles

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