Avery Dennison R&D Engineer in Mount Prospect, Illinois
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 looking for a technical lead for the Reflective Solutions business based in North America, focused on the traffic and safety industry. In this role you will lead the development of next generation retro-reflective products and solutions through close partnership with customers, our commercial team, and operations. You will work under the leadership of our Director of R&D and based in our location in Mt. Prospect, IL. To be successful you should have a strong aptitude for technical work with related project management experience and a real passion for collaborative work in a team-based environment.
Lead multiple product development projects through a rigorous Stage Gate process simultaneously, while achieving targeted costs, project timing, and customer and regulatory specifications, using Enterprise Lean Sigma (ELS) tools and methodologies.
Act as a key integrator at business unit level between functions and regions including product development, purchasing, operations, supply chain, and marketing to move projects forward.
Work closely with commercial teams in the design and development of new products, including VOC analysis, CTQ-mapping and cost-benefit analysis.
Engage with external partners, customers and suppliers on key development projects; lead external innovation for the department
Identify new products, technologies, suppliers and materials meaningful to the reflective industry.
Develop and execute ECR's at the plants for new or modified products.
Provide technical leadership in the area of polymer chemistry, polymer processing of common polymers such as polycarbonates, poly-methyl methacrylates, poly-vinyl chlorides, polyurethanes and polyesters.
Support and lead lab testing, like accelerated weathering of polymers, adhesive testing, chemical analysis, printing, etc.
Follow all corporate safety policies and procedures.
Degree in Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, Polymer Engineering, Chemistry or related.
3+ years industry experience
M.S. degree required, Ph.D. preferred.
Strong project management skills, and experience executing multi-faceted research and development projects.
Excellent knowledge of polymer chemistry, specifically of engineering polymers and knowledge about engineering, optical, mechanical and physical properties of polymer films.
Experience with polymer additives, particularly dyes/pigments and functional additives.
Some experience with polymer compounding and/or film extrusion with a general understanding of extrusion process parameters and extrusion equipment.
Shown success working with medium to large teams, internal and external to drive forward Innovation projects.
Knowledge of Six Sigma and ELS techniques. Prefer Green or Black belt in ELS.
Worked with and/or developed techniques to test for polymer stress behavior such as long-term durability testing, chemical resistance, control of surface erosion, etc.
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