New Product Development Engineer - Polymers / Rubber / Compounding

Location Swindon
Discipline: Chemicals, Polymers
Job type: Engineer
Salary: £50 - 60k, bonus, car allowance
Contact name: Laura Merritt

Contact email: laura@merrittrecruitment.com
Job ref: 157
Published: 15 days ago

​Location: Swindon with hybrid working from home for some days.

Relocation assistance is available

Are you an innovator who gets a buzz from developing and delivering new products to a global customer base? Our NPI role will offer you the chance to join an international manufacturer, providing sustainable solutions to challenging and demanding projects. With a background in polymer and rubber technology and processing, you will have a proven track record in product development in an industrial setting. It is anticipated you will take responsibility for projects, making technical decisions and driving the project through to commercialisation. You will have excellent communication skills with a determination to achieve results in a timely manner.

This is a new role within an exciting dynamic team of talented materials scientists who are focussed in developing new polymer materials. You will be responsible for new product development for a range of applications including heat shrink products. If you are looking for career development and professional development, this is the role for you!

As a Development Engineer you will be responsible for all aspects of new product development including obtaining voice of customer, defining new concepts, new product development and industrialization of the new product. You will be expected to bring relevant, practical and theoretical expertise in new product development, and work with multifunctional, global teams to bring projects to fruition.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Take responsibility for product development and qualification from market definition through production to release

  • Define, coordinate, and drive technical activities to lead project teams from an engineering perspective

  • Manage multiple priorities to maintain project progress

  • Coordinate technical activities and communications

  • Prepare documentation including, for example, product specifications, test plans and production drawings

  • Design products to optimise for cost, quality and manufacturability

  • Collaborate closely with global manufacturing teams

  • Contribute to the technical roadmap of the Performance Materials team

  • Create customer and supplier relationships

  • Submit all IP information to legal according to policy and prior to public disclosure.

Candidate Profile

  • The ideal candidate will hold experience within a product development or similar role within an industrial setting.

  • Preferably hold a Bachelor’s degree in an Engineering discipline; Material Science, Polymer Engineering or similar, or relevant experience with a minimum of 6 years of professional experience; or Master’s degree with 6 or more years of experience; or PhD level with 3 or more years of experience; or local equivalent.

  • Demonstrate technical experience in material science, polymer processing including compounding and extrusion, and heat shrink products.

  • Demonstrate understanding of product development by integrating deep knowledge of theory and practical experience

  • Develop solutions to problems of unusual complexity which require a high degree of ingenuity, creativity and innovation

  • Must be self-motivated, organized, with the ability to prioritize, set and achieve goals and drive improvements in business processes for product development

  • Adapt and make departures from traditional methods or approaches to develop innovative products

  • Take a proactive approach to design for cost, quality and manufacturability

  • Knowledge of Voice of Customer, Design to Value, Design for Six Sigma, LEAN Manufacturing and LEAN business processes is preferred

In additional to a highly attractive salary and benefits package (6% bonus, hybrid working, pension, car allowance), you will be offered full training and professional development with opportunities within the global organisation. Relocation assistance is available