Product & Innovation Leader

Jason Mevius headshot

Successful product introduction is really difficult to execute. Throughout my career, I have progressively increased my product development scope and widened my focus to additional market verticals.

Now, I’ve taken an exciting new role making renewable energy a global reality. I’m forming and leading a new cost leadership group to enable market penetration for storage batteries that align with grid systems, solar farms, and wind turbines.

  • Market-Driven Product Development

  • Profit & Loss Management

  • Product Roadmap Creation

  • Portfolio Strategy & Management

  • Product Life-Cycle Management

  • Lean Six Sigma Integration

  • Strategic Product Planning

  • International Team Management

  • Data-Driven Decisions

Professional Experience

2021 – Present

Fluence Energy

Senior Manager, Product Cost
2021 – Present

Fluence is solving the problem of energy storage to aid conversion to renewable energy sources. I’m forming and leading a new cost-control team that spans the entire portfolio.

Fast Company: Fluence 2021 Top 10 Innovation
Fast Company: 2021 Top 10 Innovation

Fluence, which hit $1B in sales last year, has installed major energy storage facilities around the world, helping grids avoid the use of “peaker plants,” dirty coal-burning power generators activated when the grid needs extra energy.

2018 – 2020

II-VI Incorporated

Product Line Manager
2018 – 2020

Market definition role responsible for metrics like product growth, revenue and profit goals, roadmap and specification development, strategic account oversight, and global marketing strategy for VCSEL lasers.

  • On-boarded two lead customers to new flagship laser VCSEL product line – $100M projected revenue over 5Y. Responsible for complete product definition, customer inputs, and performance-price roadmap for new-to-world technical offering.
  • Eliminated inherent eye-safety risk (largest barrier to market adoption) by prioritizing component integration; reduced customer layout space 61%, increased product margin 19%.
  • Introduced new go-to-market strategy; partnered with key sensor vendor, released an ‘approved reference design’ with custom packaged VCSEL laser – anticipated $10M in revenue over 2Y in consumer mobile space.
  • ‘Pruned’ product line offerings, increased portfolio margin 11%; performed data analysis to identify and isolate products that didn’t align with growth-strategy or adjacent product pull-through. Managed legacy product EOL, maintained 100% customer line uptime.
2013 – 2018

Eaton

Director of Engineering
2013 – 2018

Organized and led all product development functions for the Enclosures Division: New Product Design (NPD), Engineer-to-Order (ETO), and Product Cost Reduction (VA/VE).

  • Overhauled Engineer-to-Order process with standardized Lean Six Sigma methods:
    • Reduced leadtime by 55%
    • Increased sales 36% YOY to $4M in Y1
    • Implemented quality gating system, improved first-time yields by 28%
  • NPD champion, grew vitality sales ($35M sales, 29% growth) across four product lines.
  • Define multigenerational product roadmaps for evolution of decades-old consumer lines.
  • Executed DFM project to reduce 21% material and 38% labor cost on a $4M flagship line. 2 patents awarded, 2 pending.
  • Created and implemented tiered engineering career path ladders, succession plans, individualized development plans, and organizational capability assessments.
2012 – 2013

Eaton

Engineering Manager
2012 – 2013

Spearheaded material and labor reduction (VA/VE) projects with Supply Chain, Operations, Engineering, and Product Managers. Established VA/VE team; implemented a change-based culture to long-dormant product lines.

  • Strategic oversight for $4.0M cost-out P&L (3% COGS) across seven production sites.
  • Key transition member during M&A process. Partnered with technical leads in other divisions to identify $2.4M in actionable synergy cost-out projects.
  • Lean 6 Sigma integration; reduced COGS 1.5% through labor efficiencies without sacrificing quality or leadtime.
2003 – 2012

Emerson Automation Solutions

Senior Design Engineer
2003 – 2012

Design lead for a global project team, responsible for consolidating pressure regulator products obtained through acquisitions with legacy products to form a unified platform for the Oil and Gas industry. Led two Chinese design teams; mentoring, managing deliverables, driving consistent vision.

  • Executed 6 year initiative to reorganize product architecture for mid-tier platform. Formulated the design and intellectual property (IP) process for new products resulting in 14 patents awarded.
  • Converted legacy offerings from 20 disparate designs to unified portfolio with 6 high-margin designs: $21M increase in globally served markets, 63% supplier reduction, 54% component reduction, 28% margin increase.
2002 – 2003

Molex HPC

Design Engineer
2002 – 2003

Outsourced several flagship product lines to off-shore assembly houses. Responsible for the transfer of all processes, intellectual property, and on-site qualification of all manufacturing methods.

Implemented fail-safe methods to meet customer’s stringent expectations for aesthetics and quality.

1999 – 2002

Alcatel USA

Associate Design Engineer
1999 – 2002

Responsible for designing circuit board assembly tooling; reduced both cycle time and handling defects.

Business models are too important to be left to the suits. If Engineers are going to make the best of their ideas, they must help develop that business model.

Innovation through Design Patents

Experience creating designs that differentiate, creating value to both the end-customer and the bottom line – 17 separate filings (domestic and international) in various stages of patent process.

All patent schematics from USPO website – freely available public information.

Education

2015 – 2017

University of Texas at Dallas

M.S. & MBA, Innovation & Entrepreneurship
2015 – 2017

UTD ranked #19 in Princeton Review for Innovation & Entrepreneurship in 2018!

UTD JSOM Campus
1997 – 2002

Southern Methodist University

BS in Mechanical Engineering
1997 – 2002

Minors: Computer Science & Mathematics

SMU Campus

Global Experience

I’ve been incredibly fortunate to travel the world for work – seeing things that would have been inaccessible to me otherwise. Meeting people in their home office allows me to better understand their needs and motivations.

Team Mevius

I always try to remember to emphasize the effect that my family has on my work life – they enable me to pursue my professional passions. Also, they’re awesome…

Jason Mevius - Husband / Father

Jason

I enjoy cooking, missing golf putts, and making the perfect Old Fashioned.

In 2017, I finally learned how to successfully complete a Rubik’s Cube.

Jessica Mevius - Wife / Mother

Jessica

We’ve been married since 2004 and things keep getting better.

She’s a Pediatric Occupational Therapist at her own company, Therapy Squared, and an incredible wife & mother.

William Mevius - Son

William

Growing faster every day, learning more and more.

We build Legos, have (constant) light-saber battles, enjoy eating tacos, and love to be silly.

Charlotte Mevius - Dog

Charlotte

Constantly chewing, yipping, napping, and playing – super rascally, so much fun to have around. She thinks she’s a person.