Freudenberg Performance Materials is a leading global manufacturer of innovative technical textiles offering differentiated value propositions to a broad range of markets and applications such as Apparel, Automotive, Building Interiors, Construction, Energy, Hygiene, Medical, Shoe and Leather goods as well as Specialties. In 2017, the company generates sales of more than €935 million and has 25 manufacturing sites in 14 countries and more than 3.700 employees. Freudenberg Performance Materials attaches great importance to social and ecological responsibility. For more information, please visit www.freudenberg-pm.com. 

The company is a Business Group of Freudenberg Group. In 2017, the Freudenberg Group employed approximately 48,000 people in some 60 countries worldwide and generated sales of more than €9.3 billion. For more information, please visit www.freudenberg.com.

The Product Development Engineer position provides critical product development support to the Freudenberg Performance Materials LP business. This postion involves working within the R&D Group, and partnering with the Sales and Marketing Group and Customers, to develop new products and improve existing productions within the various markets the company operates, including automotive, building materials and construction markets, filtration, geo-textiles, medical and industrial products. This position reports directly to the Head of R&D. The selected individual must be curious, innovative and self-directed with the ability to successfully manage multiple projects at one time, change focus as required and be actively involved in cross-functional projects. Additionally, the selected indiviudal should have a demonstrated careeer history that shows success in partnering with customers to develop product requirements and specification that transititioned into profitable sales for the company and delivered value for the customer.

Product Development Engineer

Your tasks

• Develop new products and improve existing productions within the various markets including automotive, building , construction, filtration, geotextiles, medical and industrial products.

• Lead and Manage multiple projects at one time.

• Be actively involved in crossfunctional projects.

• Partner with customers to develop product requirements and specifications leading to profitable sales.

• Research all available raw materials (fibers and chemicals) which could lead to improved products and cost reductions.

• Provide technical leadership to business champions, sales and marketing staff and customers on new and existing products.

• Develop new products and improve existing productions within the various markets including automotive, building , construction, filtration, geotextiles, medical and industrial products.

• Lead and Manage multiple projects at one time.

• Be actively involved in crossfunctional projects.

• Partner with customers to develop product requirements and specifications leading to profitable sales.

• Research all available raw materials (fibers and chemicals) which could lead to improved products and cost reductions.

• Provide technical leadership to business champions, sales and marketing staff and customers on new and existing products.

Our expectations

5 - 8 years of industrial experience in a research or product development environment in more than one of the following areas:

- fiber spinning

- textile engineering

- foam chemistry and processing

- plastics processing

- polymer extrusion

- polymer rheology

- Ph.D preferred.

 

• Nonwovens experience is highly desired.

• Experience with Stage-Gate Process, Statistical Data Analysis and Design of Experiment.

• Experience with ISO9001/IATF16949 and/or ISO standards for medical devices and clean room.

• Ability to work independently in fastpaced environment, and on multiple projects simultaneously; good prioritization and decision-making skills and the ability to meet deadlines.

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills within a matrixed organization.

• Solid Excel capability and working knowledge of SAP a plus

• Travel is required and normally between 25 - 30%.

 

Position is located in Durham, NC

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we are committed to a diverse workforce

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Freudenberg Performance Materials LP
Christy Howard ∙ HR Dept. ∙ www.freudenberg-pm.com
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