Avery Dennison Product Development Engineer in Mentor, Ohio
Avery Dennison Corporation (NYSE: AVY) is a global materials science and manufacturing company specializing in the design and manufacture of a wide variety of labeling and functional materials. The company’s products, which are used in nearly every major industry, include pressure-sensitive materials for labels and graphic applications; tapes and other bonding solutions for industrial, medical and retail applications; tags, labels and embellishments for apparel; and radio-frequency identification (RFID) solutions serving retail apparel and other markets. Headquartered in Glendale, California, the company employs approximately 30,000 employees in more than 50 countries. Reported sales in 2018 were $7.2 billion. Learn more at www.averydennison.com.
Avery Dennison is seeking a product development engineer to join the Labels and Graphics Materials Group - North American Research and Development team in Mentor, Ohio. In this role, you will bring passion, determination and a sense of urgency to product development and innovation. As a product development engineer, you will participate in multi-functional project teams to drive new product development from concept to commercialization, as well as cost reduction and business continuity efforts. This role will work closely with marketing, supply chain, operations and quality teams to ensure business success in a leading company where individual and team success are recognized and rewarded.
Within our execution-focused Mentor Innovation Center, this role will partner with product development leaders and research scientists to develop and optimize coatings and product performance in the narrow web label market. Numerous analytical methods are at your fingertips. Deeply understanding the science of adhesives and coatings is a top priority. The market is fast-paced, with internal and external customers pulling for new solutions. The result we are seeking for is an Avery Dennison product portfolio that is cost-effective, efficient in manufacturing and differentiated performance across multiple product lines. The ideal person for this role flourishes with inventing new and differentiated capabilities for commercialization, and has a passion for, and deep knowledge of technology and product.
Essential duties and responsibilities:
Support the introduction of new adhesive into production and provide technical expertise to solve production issues; replicate manufacturing scenarios on a lab scale, support manufacturing and scale up.
Support product development requirements; plan and execute laboratory and pilot scale research for the development of adhesives and also silicones and new web stocks and technical solutions that deliver the needed characteristics; translate needed characteristics into technical work.
Conduct technical comparisons of Avery Dennison products vs. competitive products.
Collaborate globally with product development leaders and validate Voice-of-Customer to commercialize products with outstanding performance.
Generate Intellectual Property leading to business results; perform literature and patent searches as needed.
Lead the technical development planning and breakthroughs as an input to NPD projects through the stage gate process; work collaboratively with multi-functional teams and guide decisions based on technical conclusions.
Conduct supplier visits and act as the raw material component authority; work with suppliers to identify the accurate materials for the desired products.
Understand applications and the regulatory and compliance needs.
Improve the testing procedures for consistency and develop new test methods as needed.
Conduct experimental studies, communicate scientific approach, convey results with data. Present technical and data analysis to support product approval and adoption through the Stage Gate process.
Contribute and adhere to EHS standards and policies and connect to Avery Dennison’s 2025 Sustainability Goals.
Bachelors degree in Polymer Science, Chemistry, Coatings, Physics, Material Science, Organic Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or a comparable field required. (Masters and/or PhD preferred).
Experience with Stage Gate process or similar project management platforms.
6+ years industrial experience in the development and formulation of coatings and in performance testing for various applications.
Understanding of coating materials using a variety of techniques including coating formulation.
Able to characterize coating properties (both chemical and physical) and interpret results from related analytical techniques and other print surface testing instruments.
Familiarity with the pressure sensitive label industry and the end use segments that it serves.
Familiarity with different types of coating processes, label stocks, lamination and converting.
High level of chemistry proficiency relating to the surface tension/energy, rheology of polymers, chemical bonding and structure/property relationships.
Proactive with the ability to run multiple projects at one time with high accuracy and attention to detail.
Outstanding verbal and written communication skills.
Understanding of different pressure sensitive adhesive formulations including emulsions, solvents and hotmelts.
Ability to travel at least 10%
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or other protected status. EEOE/M/F/Vet/Disabled. All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or other protected status. EEOE/M/F/Vet/Disabled