Product engineers are one position that can really help lift up your business. They have the ability to create new products, make a product cheaper, or elevate an existing product.
We have found that the more product engineers can get on the floor without taking away from the design process the more successful they become for the organization. This allows them to see the process first hand which translates to the design process.
Finding someone that has the ability to critically think that has experience with tools such as Solidworks, Catia, NX is our happy place.