Responsible for all aspects of manufacturing extruded plastics formulations for early and late stage studies through validation batches to commercial manufacturing of products. Also responsible for identifying process improvements within the entire plastics extrusion process.
• Working with the Chemical Engineer, design and execute the pre-formulation, formulation, and compatibility studies to support the development of the product development pipeline.
• Coordinate the transfer of products to other internal departments while developing products through to commercialization.
• Perform technical evaluation of manufacturing related information and provide management with status reports including information required for decision-making purposes.
• Working with the Chemical Engineer, provide manufacturing leadership in developing formulations with a focus on cost savings and creating product resistant to climate changes.
• Participate in finding solutions to complex and unusual formulation and processing problems
• Working with the Chemical Engineer, assist with all aspects of formulation, specifically evaluation, development, scale-up, and manufacture of formulations for early and late stage studies through validation batches to commercial manufacturing of products.
• Product and Process Specifications - 40%
•Establish and maintain process specifications for all extruded products to produce the highest level of quality throughout the entire manufacturing / fabrication / assembly process.
•Determine the optimum process routing for all products, producing the highest quality levels at the lowest cost.
•Develop written procedures in the form of Standard Practice Instructions to specifically describe how to perform a required task and steps and tools necessary to complete that task.
•Establish procedures and systems to prevent the production of off-quality products.
•Establish approval systems as a means of controlling process conditions, labor routings, standard practices, and documentation of completed work assignments.
•Provide the cost accounting department and the industrial engineering department with necessary information to determine product costs and departmental cost standards.
• Problem Solving and Quality Improvement - 25%
•Identify and investigate supply chain cost savings initiatives, engineer and specify extruded plastics and plastic related processes to meet product, quality and manufacturing requirements.
•Maintain an effective audit program for feedback to production managers, engineering, and quality assurance.
•Communicate how well process specifications are being followed, the capability of controlling process variables, and the maintenance condition of the equipment.
•Provide technical service to all departments to resolve quality related problems.
•Assist in the training and education of hourly, supervisory and management associates as required.
•Work with current suppliers to develop and improve existing products and processes, striving to reduce cost and waste.
•Develop and maintain process control testing procedures for work-in-process to eliminate any off-quality performance.
• New Product Introduction - 20%
•Work with product development engineers to determine the optimum process routing and conditions for sample new products.
•Assist product development engineers in monitoring the quality and "runability" of samples in each production department.
•Work with facilities planning to define plant space needs concerning equipment and its functionality.
•Conduct plant evaluations of new equipment to determine performance levels in the areas of quality, safety, maintenance and cost.
•Research new product and process capabilities, investigate feasibility and integration, and report to product management for consideration into platform business plans.
•Work with suppliers in developing and improving new products and processes while reducing costs.
•Coordinate trials and evaluations of new products to ensure runability, quality, and performance. Document results.
Administration and Other - 20%
•Direct and lead other team members, providing performance feedback and development opportunities within the department.
•Establish expectations that align to departmental and business objectives and ensure results by holding team members accountable for deliverables.
•Document in writing all projects, studies, and work assignments and their outcomes to provide accurate and complete information for future reference.
•Stay abreast of all current and new technology related to extruded plastics. Review trade magazines and periodicals, attend technical conferences, and meet with supplier technical reps.
•Continuously work toward automating manufacturing processes and monitoring results through automation.
•As required, maintain records in an orderly fashion and analyze production and/or quality data as appropriate. Provide regular reports to stakeholders as appropriate.
- Integrates quality at the source thinking and activities in daily, individual, team and project work.
This position will initially train in Middleton, WI and then will work in our Reynosa, MX facility.
*BS degree in Chemical Engineering or Polymer Science with a minimum. Preference given to candidates with Masters degree.
*10 years of Vinyl industry experience is required
Must demonstrate the ability to manage multiple projects, adhere to strict time lines and solve problems creatively when problems arise be they scientific or managerial.
In depth knowledge of extruded plastics, extruded plastics engineering, and various manufacturing processes as they are used in the extruded plastics industry. Examples include, spinning, weaving, dyeing, printing, finishing, pleating, and gluing. Both woven and non-woven fabrics are used in the division's manufacturing processes
Other skills required include:
• Data collection and management of database.
•Technical writing skills for memos, lab reports, and project updates.
•Strong general math skills (add, subtract, multiply, divide, percentages, fractions, metric conversions, algebra, and geometry).
•Good interpersonal skills.
•Good analytical and problem solving skills including statistical analysis.
•Good communication skills (verbal, written).
•General computer skills Excel, MS Word, Lotus Notes, MS Project and Access.
•Preparing Samples for Testing and Analysis.