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Avery Dennison R&D Product Developer, Direct Thermal in Mentor, Ohio

Company Description

Avery Dennison (NYSE: AVY) is a global materials science 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 more than 32,000 employees in more than 50 countries. Reported sales in 2020 were $7.0 billion. Learn more at www.averydennison.com.

Job Description

General summary:

Avery Dennison is seeking a Product Developer with Direct Thermal (DT) experience to join the Labels and Graphics Materials Group North America Research and Development team in Mentor, Ohio. In this role, the successful candidate will bring passion, determination and a sense of urgency to product development and innovation. As a DT professional, this role will participate in cross-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 our cross functional team to develop new products that improve performance, cost position and sustainability in the narrow web label market. Numerous analytical methods are at your fingertips. Deeply understanding the science of 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 print performance across multiple print platforms. The ideal person for this role thrives with inventing new and differentiated capabilities for commercialization, a passion for creativity, a continuous improvement approach and has deep knowledge of direct thermal coating technologies.

Essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Formulate and develop DT face sheet to support product development requirements; plan and execute laboratory and pilot scale research for the development of coatings and technical solutions that deliver the needed characteristics; translate needed characteristics into technical deliverables

  • Support the introduction of newly developed raw materials into production and provide technical expertise to solve production issues; replicate manufacturing scenarios on a lab scale, support manufacturing and scale up

  • 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 superior performance

  • Lead the technical development planning and milestones as an input to NPD (new product development) projects through the stage gate process; work collaboratively with a cross functional team and guide decisions based on technical conclusions.

  • Conduct supplier visits and act as the raw material component professional; work with suppliers to identify the correct materials for the desired formulations

  • Conduct experimental studies, communicate scientific approach, and convey results with data. Present technical 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 2030 Sustainability Goals

Must Have Requirements

  • Degree in Polymer Science, Chemistry, Coatings, Physics, Material Science, Organic Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or a comparable field (Masters, MBA and/or PhD preferred)

  • 5 years industrial experience in the development of DT facestocks and in performance testing for various applications

  • Knowledge of digital and analog print techniques

  • Experience with Stage Gate process

  • Self-directed with the ability to handle multiple projects at one time with high accuracy and attention to detail

  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills with ability to communicate and influence all levels of the organization effectively

  • Domestic travel up to 20% of time (some potential for Global travel)


Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with implementing large capital projects to assist in scaling up new manufacturing assets.

  • Understanding of coating materials properties including resins, binders, additives, etc. with an understanding of thermal and radiation cure technology

  • Able to characterize coating properties (both chemical and physical) and interpret results from related analytical techniques and other print surface testing instruments.

  • High level of chemistry competency relating to the surface tension/energy, rheology of polymers, chemical bonding and structure/property relationships

Additional Information

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.

If you require accommodations to view or apply for a job, alternative methods are available to submit an application. Please contact 440.534.6080 or jacqueline.williams@averydennison.com to discuss reasonable accommodations.

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