Lead R&D Engineer

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.
At PolyOne, we strive for a culture of trust and engagement. Our associates are leading company initiatives such as Lead by Women and Pride at PolyOne to advance diversity in professional and personal development. We also provide our associates with robust development programs such as PolyOne Academy, Lean Six Sigma, and various leadership workshops to allow for career growth in a variety of ways. With workplace flexibility, health and wellness programs, casual dress days, and paid time off for community service, we are committed to building upon our positive momentum.
The Lead R&D Engineer is responsible for developing new vinylformulations, working closely with internal functions like Technical Service,Sales, Marketing, Product Management and Manufacturing, and externalcustomers. This individual owns the development of all requiredinstructions, such as bill of materials, inspection plans and key manufacturingprocess parameters, to ensure that product quality and consistency aremaintained.
Leads development of vinyl formulations, meeting customer specifications and Geon internal standards.
Applies appropriate theories and scientific principles to new product creation for best solutions.
Specifies and as required develops tests to ensure Geon's solutions meet or exceed customer specifications.
As required recommends specifications for raw materials.
Audits raw material suppliers as requested to ensure consistent raw material quality.
Evaluate new raw materials for new product development and solving existing product performance issues.
Provides project management to platform development and large scope development programs.
Works with Manufacturing to set target process parameters that can affect product performance and quality.
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 Geon thought leadership in the industry.
Visits customers to present technical findings and introduce new products and their capabilities
Provides technical leadership within the business via consultation and meetings.
Works safely and promotes safety via raw material reviews and improved lab practices.
Required Skills:
Advanced degree in engineering or chemistry in a polymers or materials field of study, with a Ph.D strongly preferred.
Requires working knowledge of polymers, either in synthesis or modification, formulation development and polymer processing like extrusion and injection molding.
Ability to develop and expand an understanding and knowledge of Geon's vinyl products and raw materials.
Use of design of experiment techniques and other statistical tests.
Individuals in this position must have the ability to actively listen to customers, both internal and external, efficiently identify problem statements and implement solutions in a timely and customer focused manner.
Strong analytical skills.
Must have the ability to ask probing questions to truly understand product and market opportunities and to apply these customer technical requirements in the development effort.
Ability to handle large quantities of projects and to multi-task.
Strong project management skills.
Must be able to function effectively in a team and matrix environment.
Effective oral and written communication skills.
Strong computer skills in MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
PVC experience is desirable but not required.
5-7 yrs. of related experience in industry, working on product or formulation development.
Demonstrated success in new product development and launches.
Publication of technical papers in industry conferences.
Granted patents a plus.
Work Environment
The characteristics listed below are representative of the work environment typically encountered by an individual while performing the essential duties of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.
Requires the use of safety equipment as dictated by the work area such as safety glasses and shoes, dust mask, hard hat, respirator, face shield, hearing protection, chemical suit, gloves, aprons, etc.
Work is inside and the individual is exposed to a normal lab environment.
Occasionally work in a manufacturing environment where the noise level is loud.
The individual will be required to work extensively at a computer screen and will, at times, sit at a desk for extended periods.
Must be able to travel by car or airplane.
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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