Use this sample and step by step explanation for setting meaningful and inspiring employee performance goals for a development engineer.

A development engineer conceptualizes and designs manufactured goods to meet the goals of the company and the needs of the clients. He/she is in charge of the design team and the testing procedures as well as drafting manufacturing specifications, creating samples, and fine-tuning designs in readiness for production.

Other duties include conveying specifications of the designed projects for manufacturing purposes, improving development processes, finding ways to improve existing products in quality and performance, in charge of new products development processes, managing intellectual property by avoiding infringing patents and submitting patents for protection, keeps tab on market intelligence to design products that meet the desired specifications by customers and to develop methods required in development of new products.

Employee Performance Goals Sample

Employee's Name: Title:
Review Period: __/__/__ to __/__/__ Employee SSN:
Work Location: Supervisor's Name:


  1. Setting Goals: List specific goals in the space provided below each competency under "Performance Goals". Assign an appropriate timeline for each goal as well as numeric or financial terms to measure the goal.
  2. Employee Comments: The employee must comment next to each goal under "Employee Comments" with "Okay" for goals which he/she feels comfortable working with, and "Needs Clarification" for goals which he/she believes need to be discussed further. An employee who is comfortable with all the goals can sign the goals at this stage.
  3. Summary: Give a summary of the total time estimated for the employee to have achieved the goals. State action plans and specific milestones to track the goals. Any additional comments agreed between the employee and the supervisor should be noted here.
  4. Human Resources Review: Human resources personnel must confirm that the goals are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound. He/she must then sign the goals in the "Human Resource" section provided under "Signatures".
  5. Signatures: When discussion of the goals has been completed and consensus has been reached, sign the goals and let the employee sign too. Send the final copy to the human resources for inclusion in the employee's professional records.

Performance Goals for Next Period

Performance Goals

Employee Comments


Stay aware of the company objectives and monitor current trends and developments that may affect implementation of its programs and plans

Use knowledge of corporate politics to handle difficult situations effectively and with discretion

[employee comments goal]

Use different frames and strive to come up with independent decisions for each frame

Think through the best people one should involve in the decision-making process in order to avoid making poor decisions

[employee comments goal]

Allow the opportunity for one-on-one feedback in order to make it easier for the other person to say what he/she really thinks

Recognize the efforts and behavior of the employee and encourage him/her to keep the same attitude towards his/her work

[employee comments goal]

Advance the business agenda by being the very best the company has every had

Learn to work alongside others both in group setting and individual tasks

[employee comments goal]

Build a lifestyle of esteem and dignity for all humankind in the workplace

Avoid office conflict at all cost and choose to live in harmony with everyone

[employee comments goal]

Use honest facts, figures, and data to support conclusions made

Produce results and records that do not need the management's scrutiny

[employee comments goal]

Personally track the progress of long-term projects and evaluate their accuracy and completeness

Send out emails to employees who constantly seem to be wasting time reminding them that they are on company time

[employee comments goal]

Conduct business operations with customers and other employees at a time that is convenient for them

Make sure to communicate with other employees and own bosses about company projects on regular basis in order to avoid making mistakes while handling them

[employee comments goal]

Establish regular meetings with own bosses in order to discuss how own position or department can be improved

Listen to concerns and questions from new and underperforming employees and use their input to identify areas where the company could improve to increase productivity

[employee comments goal]

Be able to relate to each team member in order to gain team's trust and increase their effort in the project

Encourage collaboration; get input from outside own department in order to uncover possible future problems

[employee comments goal]


Sections 1-2: To be completed by the supervisor

Section 3: To be completed by the employee

1. Goals completed since last performance feedback

2. Goals for next period

3. Employee comments


I acknowledge that I discussed this performance feedback with my supervisor. My signature does not mean that I agree or disagree with this appraisal.
Employee: Date:
Supervisor: Date:
Human Resources: Date:

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