Reports to: Director – New Product Development
FLSA Status: Exempt
Evaluates physical properties of various polymeric materials to investigate their ability to meet new product requirements. Works on various machinery to optimize manufacturing application processes and produce sample parts for customers. Relies on instructions and pre-established guidelines, plus input from internal and external experts, as well as technical publications and any other means to perform the functions of the job. Primary job functions will require exercising independent judgment, with regular support from supervisor.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Does testing to understand initial behavior/properties of identified polymers that are used to solve customer issues. Writes summary reports to highlight key data.
- Applies new formulations onto parts, which are often fasteners, and then tests according to specifications.
- Prepares concise test reports to demonstrate how materials perform in various testing, along with the application techniques used to produce samples.
- Researches and locates the best measurement equipment needed to test critical attributes of new formulations.
- With support from supervisor, contacts suppliers to identify whatever materials or process equipment are needed to develop a next new product, working covertly to keep technical advancements confidential.
- Works safely, observing all company safety policies, and actively participates in our safety program. Uses all necessary PPE to perform the necessary lab work.
- Keeps strict confidentiality on all lab work being performed.
To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
- 80/20 thinking – Demonstrate competence utilizing 80/20 thinking and the use of the Marmon toolbox resulting in continuous and measurable improvements to the business, with responsibility for continuous education for both self and your team.
- Design – Generates creative solutions; Uses feedback to modify designs; Applies design principles; Demonstrates attention to detail.
- Analytical – Synthesizes complex or diverse information; Collects and researches data; Uses intuition and experience to complement data.
- Problem Solving – Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem solving situations.
- Project Management – Develops project plans; Coordinates projects; Communicates changes and progress; Completes projects on time and budget.
- Technical Skills – Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; Shares expertise with others.
- Verbal Communication – Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Demonstrates group presentation skills.
- Written Communication – Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Varies writing style to meet needs; Presents numerical data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information.
- Team Work – Contributes to building a positive team spirit.
- Strategic Thinking – Develops strategies to achieve organizational goals
- Initiative – Takes independent actions and calculated risks; Looks for and takes advantage of opportunities.
- Innovation – Displays original thinking and creativity; Meets challenges with resourcefulness; Generates suggestions for improving work; Develops innovative approaches and ideas; Presents ideas and information in a manner that gets others’ attention.
- Judgment – Displays willingness to make decisions; Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; Supports and explains reasoning for decisions; Includes appropriate people in decision-making process; Makes timely decisions.
- Cost Consciousness – Works within approved budget; Develops and implements cost saving measures; Contributes to profits and revenue; Conserves organizational resources.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS/ WORKING ENVIRONMENT:
- Regularly required to stand, walk and sit for various lengths of time (as is typical in a lab/manufacturing environment).
- Occasionally required to lift in excess of 30 pounds.
- Manufacturing environment; safety glasses & hearing protection are required at all times on the production floor.
- Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or other comparable discipline required.
- Intern/Co-op experience in manufacturing environment is desirable.
- Experience with conducting laboratory experiments is a plus.