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Research And Development Engineer

Company: Jacob Holm
Location: Old Hickory
Posted on: April 10, 2021

Job Description:

Scope: This position is responsible for working in a cross-functional team of nonwoven material developers and engineers to deliver on agreed milestones for new product development projects. The individual is expected to be hands-on, and spend a significant amount of time in the laboratory, pilot-line environment and industrial scale up trials. Research and Development Engineer is a key position to ensure design, development and introduction of new and improved products with higher value to consumer products. Individual must have experience in leading the creation and execution of robust development plans for scaling-up new and improved products and processes, tying technology developments with consumer insights. Candidates should have demonstrated the ability to effectively interface with a broad range of team members, global customers, and manufacturing partners.
Education, Experience & Skills Required:
--- BS/MS/PhD in Textile (nonwovens), Pulp & Paper, Fiber Science or related, Polymer, Material Science or Chemical Engineering with Minimum of 3-5 years of industrial experience in a Research or Product & Process development environment--- Experience or knowledge of lamination, embossing, calendaring and other converting process is desirable--- Experience with Stage-Gate Process, Statistical Data Analysis and Design of Experiment.--- Advanced fiber/materials/polymer science knowledge is highly desirable.--- Expertise in products and materials associated with Surgical and Infection Prevention including Surgical Gowns, Drapes, Facial Protection, Nonwoven barrier materials, wipes and high performance materials--- Strong analytical and problem solving skills and good business acumen.--- Strategic thinking: understand, support and extend long term view of JH technology innovation--- Strong project management skills and familiarity with Stage-Gate or Tollgate project management process--- Ability to work as a part of a team and/or to lead projects independently in achieving set target within budget and time.--- Ability to be effective in a growing, dynamic, and changing business environment--- Strong customer facing communication skills in technical and business settings.---
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:--- Develop new products as defined by management utilizing technology road maps, functional plans and other resources--- Deliver on project objectives in the initiation, design, development, and optimization of Nonwoven Fabrics/Laminates after receiving functional guidance--- Plan, conduct, co-ordinate and supervise lab and pilot studies with minimal supervision. Leads product scale up and line trials and writes trial reports--- Develop and build laboratory capabilities for applications development--- Research all available raw materials (fibers and finishes) which could lead to improved products and profitability--- Market analysis, cost comparisons/evaluations, competitor product and process assessment--- Develop and maintain an expert level knowledge of spunlace and other related nonwoven technologies and high performance nonwovens and wipes supply chain.--- Ensure protection of technologies, processes, materials, and products through appropriate use of patents and trade secrets.--- Set priorities and keep momentum going on a mix of projects portfolio including the New products, raw materials, cost-out programs, technology platforms, process engineering development and project timelines. Respond quickly to shifting priorities without losing sight of longer-range strategic projects and goals. Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment and on multiple projects simultaneously; good prioritization and decision-making skills and the ability to meet deadlines.--- Challenge assumptions and think innovatively to solve complex problems creatively--- Willingness to be on-call for global interactions in multiple time zones or to support accelerated timelines when necessary.--- Travel to customer/supplier/outside lab/research facilities to run trials/troubleshoot problems and/or participate in conferences and tradeshows.--- Represent company in ethical, moral and professional manner at all times.--- Follow safety, environmental, productivity and quality proceduresWorking Environment:

  • 10% Standing/Walking
  • 90% Office
  • Position requires local, domestic, and international travel (15%-25%)
  • Ability to work weekends periodically to oversee technical trials.
    Physical Demands:
    • Requires an individual to sit, use hands and fingers, handle or feel, talk, hear and use of close and distant vision.
      Language and Communication Skills:
      --- Ability to read, analyze and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports and legal documents.--- Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies or members of the business community.--- Demonstrated interpersonal skills working with cross functional teams in manufacturing environment.--- Knowledge of Spanish, French or German is a plus--- Strong proficiency and working knowledge of database and reporting tools such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Power point, Access, SharePoint, SAP, etc.
      Health and Safety Responsibilities:
      -- Must work in accordance with Health and Safety regulations, Company Rules, Plant Rules, policies and procedures-- Must use or wear equipment, protective devices or certain clothing as required by the company

      Total Compensation:
      -- Competitive Benefits; including medical, dental, vision, disability and life insurance-- 401K Match Program

Keywords: Jacob Holm, Nashville , Research And Development Engineer, Engineering , Old Hickory, Tennessee

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