Lead R&D Scientist, Wire & Cable

PolyOne Corporation (NYSE:POL), is an award-winning workplace because of the value we place on our people and their contributions through, recognition programs, competitive pay, community involvement, and opportunities to grow professionally and personally. We have a proven track record of promoting from within by providing professional development opportunities.
We are a $3 billion world-class, global provider of polymer solutions with our materials used in everyday products ranging from sports equipment to medical devices to electronics and more. With approximately 6,000 global associates and 70+ facilities around the world, we collaborate closely with our customers to deliver innovative products and services. If you like to be challenged in a fast-paced, team environment and to work with top, innovative talent, then PolyOne is the ideal company for you to build a career.
Job Summary
The Wire and Cable Scientist (W&C R&D) position in the SEM business unit is focused on research and development activities of proprietary formulations and processes in conjunction with the Field Sales, Marketing, Technical Service and the Manufacturing plants in order to provide specialized materials, services and solutions to help the customer successfully maintain and grow their business profitably. This includes the development of polymer formulations in support of low voltage power, PV cables, tray cables, category cables and automotive wiring / transit applications.
Essential Functions
Work closely with the SEM W&C team to drive innovation and development of next generation of XLPE technology, low-smoke zero-halogen (LSZH) technology, application and processing know-how for profitable growth of the market segment.
Champions and maintains regulatory relationships with 3rd party agencies (e.g. UL, CSA) and provide technical guidance to the team on evolving regulatory landscape/challenges /opportunities.
Familiar with various test methods at regulatory bodies used in specification of products in various wire and cable applications.
Collaborates with marketing and sales in identifying and leading technical aspects of long term technology platform development projects using PolyOne POL (Stage Gate) process with good project management rigor.
Drives critical external technical collaborations with suppliers and research institutes to speed up development of next generation of market solutions.
Identifies business opportunities with the customers based on unmet technical needs to drive differentiated growth for PolyOne.
Attends critical customer trials when needed, business meetings, industry trade shows and regulatory body meetings.
Develops and maintains customer relationships that promote the well-being of PolyOne and the customer by creating and maintaining methods, practices and recommending products/services to better serve PolyOne's customers.
Applies appropriate theories and engineering/scientific principles to new product development using appropriate tools such as Six Sigma, DoE and data driven decisions with through statistical analysis.
Specifies and as required develops test methods to ensure PolyOne's solutions meet or exceed customer specifications.
Audits raw material suppliers as requested to ensure consistent raw material quality. Evaluates new building blocks to continuously improve performance of product portfolio.
Works with Manufacturing to set target process parameters that can affect product performance and quality. Actively participates in scale-up of new products.
Provides assistance and consultation to Technical Service on resolving product performance issues and processing problems.
As requested presents technical papers at industry events and conferences to support, for example, new product launches and to promote PolyOne thought leadership in the industry.
Works safely and promotes safety via raw material reviews and improved lab practices.
Required Education, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Advanced Degree (M.S. / PhD.) in a technical field of study, engineering or chemistry preferred.
Requires strong working knowledge of wire and cable applications including processing, troubleshooting, and formulations.
Knowledgeable in cable standards including UL, ICEA, CSA, TIA and other cable testing and listing standards
Strong Knowledge in fiber cable / Power cable designs that are used in indoor and outdoor applications
Must be fluent in English ? written and verbal.
Must have the ability to ask probing questions to truly understand product and market opportunities and to convey these customer technical requirements back to the internal organization in order to develop an approach and to implement a project which will be successful.
Able to multitask multiple projects
Strong project management skills
Knowledge of statistical design techniques such as DOE and DMAIC approach to troubleshooting
Computer skills to include Microsoft family
Demonstrated analytical, verbal, and written communication skills. Ability to present technical data to business leadership teams.
XLPE formulation experience is highly desirable
LSZH formulation and fire performances experience is highly desirable
Strong interpersonal and persuasion skills that will ensure the inclusion of PolyOne products into the design and function of identified customer products
Required Length & Type of Experience
10+ years of work experience in the Wire & Cable or polymer industry preferred.
Experience in polymer formulations, processing, and wire and cable applications.
The characteristics listed below are representative of the physical and environmental demands required by an individual to successfully perform the essential duties of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.
Requires standing and sitting for prolonged periods of time, talking and listening.
Must be able to walk and use hands.
Work varies from an office environment where the noise level is low to moderate to a manufacturing environment where the noise level is potentially loud.
Position will require travel to customer and equipment supplier site locations.
Each position at PolyOne focuses on 12 competencies in the areas of Personal and Strategic Skills as well Thought Rigor and demonstrating an Action Bias. Each position ties to specific competencies and levels of proficiency which help individuals excel at their current role as well as chart their growth path with the company through our Career Planning process.
We offer a competitive salary, incentive and benefit plan to eligible employees. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, life insurance, disability, spending accounts and 401(k).
PolyOne Corporation is a drug free workplace. PolyOne is an equal opportunity employer. We maintain a policy of non-discrimination in providing equal employment to all qualified employees and candidates regardless of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, genetic information, protected veteran's status, or other legally protected classification in accordance with applicable state and local law. #LI-KF1

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