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Product & Applications Development Engineer

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Product & Applications Development Engineer

Channahon, Illinois, United States

INEOS Styrolution America LLC

Our Company: INEOS Styrolution is a leading global styrenics supplier, with a focus on styrene monomer, polystyrene, Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene standard and styrenic specialties. Offering excellent production facilities, cutting-edge R&D centers, international reach, and over 90 years' experience pioneering real change through sustainable solutions, all while makeing the circular economy for styrenics a reality.

  • Global leader in styrenics: No. 1 leader in styrenics with a focus on Styrene Monomer, Polystyrene, Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene Standard and Styrenic Specialties
  • Employees: 3,600 worldwide
  • Production sites: 20 manufacturing sites in 10 countries
  • Customer base: Customers in 106 countries
  • Sales: 4 billion EUR in 2020

Safety, remains and always will be our number one priority in INEOS.  Our US locations now require all new hires to provide one of the following as a condition of employment:  

  • Proof of Covid-19 vaccination, or
  • Willingness to obtain the vaccine before hire date (under this option, proof of vaccination is a condition to any offer of employment and must be provided prior to commencement of employment), or
  • Validation of your religious or medical exemption

The Position: Lead the development of market-oriented solutions, taking advantage of Styrolution's unique technology portfolio. Use specialized knowledge to lead both global and America’s regional R&D projects.  Assist the team in customer technical issues and help the manufacturing team in technology related topics. Develop new, improved styrenic materials including ABS, ASA, SAN, their blends and other specialty copolymers using the Regional Development Center together with global resources. The role includes working with internal and external customers to provide customized solutions and act as the primary resource to all product technology related topics.

Requirements:

Level of education & knowledge:

    • Must at a bare minimum have a Bachelor’s degree in the field of chemistry, material science, chemical engineering or other similar technical engineering discipline, a Master’s of Science or a PhD with an emphasis in polymer science is preferred.

    • Knowledge in the field of Styrenics or other related plastics is preferred.

    • Must be able to understand in a short period of time, the relationship between customer needs and product technology solutions.

    • This position will have interaction with the customer and different functions within Styrolution, therefore strong communication skills are a requirement.

Experience in general:

    • Minimum 2 years industry experience in plastics product and application development or in an R&D type role is preferred.

Technical skills:

    • Extensive knowledge in formulations; product design; applications

    • A good understanding of injection molding and extrusion of plastics is desired.

Competencies, Behavioral skills:

    • Very good communication skills; ability to work across all levels of the company

    • Presentation skills; ability to represent the group; the business, or the region at internal and external meetings

    • Ability to effectively participate in cross-functional teams and be an important contributor to company's success

Responsibilities:

  1. Understand the 20 Principals of Behavioral and Process Safety and ensure that they are followed.  Communicate and champion the 20 Safety Principles to empower and enable others.  Preserve high standards of housekeeping and organization.

  2. Develop and plan new, improved styrenic materials including ABS, ASA, SAN, their blends, and other enhanced specialty copolymers using the Regional Development Center together with global resources. Lead formulation/process development for the new products and applications.

  3. Assist the technical service and business teams in technical customer issues and help the manufacturing team in technology related topics (quality, process stabilization, formulations, etc.). Understand and translate customer needs into technical product solutions.

  4. Support capital investment projects. Lead the technical qualification of new raw materials and additives. Responsible for cost saving initiatives to increase the company’s profitability.

  5. Oversee technology transfer of formulation and process know-how to Operations, leading to commercial launch.

  6. Work with sales, marketing and business development functions to assess new product opportunities, trends, end-user processes and business strategies that may be converted into new or enriched innovative product concepts and systems.

  7. Maintain awareness of material technology trends and customer needs to determine emergent needs of the market and individual customers.

  8. Track and contribute to multiple project teams at a time to ensure projects remain focused, correctly prioritized, and directed towards quick commercialization. Plan and prioritize projects to meet schedule and budget constraints.

  9. Utilize specialized knowledge to contribute to global R&D projects in addition to America’s regional projects.

  10. Deliver progress reports and presentations on ongoing development projects.

  11. Participate in cross-functional teams and work effectively to drive change, efficiency, and strong cross-functional relationships.

  12. Participate in industry events including presentations at conferences, article publication, visiting exhibits and shows, etc.

  13. Travel (up to 30%) to production facilities, customers, suppliers, and global functions.

  14. Liberally communicate results and activities.

The Location: This opportunity is located in Channahon, Illinois , only 30 minutes from Naperville.

Why Should You Apply?

  • Competitive salaries, performance-related pay and bonuses.
  • Comprehensive benefits package with low premiums including health, short term disability, life and accidental death insurance plans
  • 401K with company match + contributions
  • Fitness and tuition reimbursement
  • Flexible work environment
  • Career development and progression

We are INEOS Styrolution because:

  • We are committed to the safety and personal wellness of all our employees
  • We recognize success and reward achievements
  • We support employees who are passionate about success and motivated.
  • We offer a positive learning environment and encourage the sharing of best practices
  • We produce materials that are necessary for our daily lives
  • We contribute to the communities in which we operate and donate to organizations our employees care about 
  • We foster teamwork and safe, positive working environments
  • We provide equal employment opportunities regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender, gender identity or expression, or veteran status. 

We are excited to hear from you and to share more about our organization.

All the best,

The INEOS Styrolution Talent Team

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