Scientist - Polypropylene

For more than 10 years, Taghleef Industries, Inc. has built a reputation as one of the world's largest and most recognized industry leaders in specialty BOPP (Biaxially Oriented Polypropylene) films
Principal BOPP Scientist ? North America
The Principal BOPP Scientist is responsible for managing the technical aspects of business sponsored new oriented film developments and their continuous improvement (including root-cause analysis in cases of claims), from concept to commercialization launch via a stage gate innovation process for North America. To create, develop, and implement new and proprietary designs for biaxially oriented polyolefin film products. Take new products from the laboratory to commercialization.
Responsible for design, evaluation, and reporting on trial programs in plastic film product development at lab, pilot and production scale to meet standards and troubleshoot any issues based on root cause analysis.
Drives the technology development process and actively participates in the identification and analysis of innovation platforms.
Meet customers to understand their needs and translate them into product designs, and present on technical problems and developments
Design and plan R&D trials in coordination with sales, customer service, and manufacturing considering international Food Contact regulations
Develop and implement technical plans through pilot scale and commercial plant trials.Participates in and manages cross-functional project teams as required.
Coordinate, consolidate, and analyze new film product structure/property characterization and support customer trials and qualifications.
Work with pilot and plant engineers to develop process conditions for successful operation with commercially viable line rates and continuity. Develop technical data packages and film performance data to support commercial launch.
Maintains relationships with key end-users, external business organizations, industry trend-setters, equipment manufacturers, and customers.
Develops and sustains collaborative relationships across organizations and functions within Taghleef Industries Inc. and corresponding colleagues in Europe, MENA, and Asia for ideas generation through to commercial introduction.
Work collaboratively with the supporting teams in the related departments regarding making film samples, testing of film products, and transfer of the formulations into manufacturing scale regionally and sometimes globally.Attends and resolves customer complaints and provide technical support as required based on the experience.
Master's or Bachelor's degree required, Ph.D. degree preferred, in Chemistry, Material Science, Polymer Science, or closely related field.
At least five years of experience in the development and scale-up of plastics, films, converting, labels or a related industry is required.
Familiarity with structure / properties relationships of polyolefin and related polymers with regard to the design of multilayer film structures and the methods used for their characterization.
Thorough understanding of the properties of film structures, interaction between the relevant polymer materials and additives, especially in regards to the film surface.
Familiarity with methods to characterize and modify the surfaces of polymer films regarding acceptance and adhesion of coatings and printing inks and/or for the (vacuum) deposition of inorganic coating materials like metal and metal oxides is preferred.
Backgrounds in Food Contact applications, especially if related to moisture, gas, and aroma barrier, are considered a plus.
Experience with technologies used in label and flexible packaging industries for reactive curing, including UV and e-beam, are considered a plus.
Experience in formulation of organic water and solvent based coatings and their applications, considered a plus.
Familiarity with Stage Gate product development and project management processes required.
Self-motivated, innovative, and detail-oriented.
Strong oral and written communication skills.
Working knowledge of all common software packages such as Microsoft Office.
Experience in linking polymer structure and formulation to real world applications
Ability to analyze problems, conduct experiments, and make data supported decisions
Hands on work style, with a desire to work in laboratory and manufacturing settings
Strong work ethic and demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a team
Ability to work effectively with a wide range of people and environments
Knowledge of applications, processing techniques, product properties, and competitive products
Planning and Project management skills, well organized
Professionalism, creativity, and enthusiasm to get things done and to convince internal and external partners/alliances
Experience with the process of searching, evaluating, and filing patents required.
Performance Measurements:
Leadership: demonstrated ability to motivate people toward common goals and objectives; looks for new opportunities and innovations; has an overview of relevant processes and a desire to see them concluded successfully.
Is Driven By Personal Vision; has been exposed to customs and practices beyond his/her own culture; motivates and inspires others; is able to exert influence through persuasion, personal credibility and convincing arguments; has the ability to perform in a decision making process, both strategically and tactically.
Getting Results and Added Value Focus: The capability of meeting challenging objectives in an efficient and effective way. Contributing to the goals and the profitability of the company by getting the right things done in the right time against the lowest possible costs. Actively seeking business opportunities that provide the Company with a high added value.
Openness and Willingness to Learn: The aptitude to actively explore new ideas that can enhance performance, taking in new knowledge as he/she goes. This can only occur when the individual maintains an open attitude in all respects, removing any barriers to learning and development.
Adaptability and Facilitating Change: the ability to become comfortable in new circumstances as fast as necessary; constructively discussing the need and manner of change, supporting decisions taken.
Communications Skills: can effectively work with senior managers from diverse cultural backgrounds seeking input and involvement of others in matters requiring wide support; builds consensus around complex issues; and communicates messages in a clear way
Teamwork Attitude: the willingness to strive together to realise solutions in a challenging team setting; looking for the common interest; aspiring to reach answers to problems and solutions driven by the company's interests.
Taghleef is a Drug Free Workplace - Must pass pre-employment drug screen and background check.
Taghleef Industries, Inc. is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a qualified individual with a disability or any other characteristic protected by law.

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