Material Engineer
Rexam - Buffalo Grove, IL

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Uder the direction of the Director, North American Technology, the Material Engineer is re sponsible for the selection, development and qualification of polymer materials in support of the profitable growth and business continuity planning of Rexam Healthcare. I nfluences strategic materials technology direction for Rexam Healthcare for both current needs and future vision.

Manages materials research at various third parties and suggests new technologies that may contribute to the profitable growth of the business unit in alignment with the division’s strategy
Manage key activities in support of material development including material trials and testing.
Drive material evaluations in alignment with Supply Chain and Technology initiatives
Support Closure liner development and investigation
Function as material engineering support for New Product Innovation teams.
In conjunction with Supply Chain, identifies alternate materials for qualification in assigned sites
Assist quality, regulatory, commercial and manufacturing teams in regards to materials technology
Assist in the development and maintenance of key material supplier technical relationships
Identify and cascade material technologies to group members in the Technology
Support other global technology initiatives

NPI Process documentation
Risk analysis
QMS application and sustainability


Minimum requirement: Graduate (BS) degree in Polymer Science, Plastics Engineering, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering.

Additional preferred qualifications:
(a) Graduate (M.S. / Ph.D) in Polymer Science, Plastics Engineering, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering
Comprehensive experience in state of the art materials technology and analytical techniques
Proven track record of successful project management
Minimum 5 years of experience in polymer manufacturing or processing industry
Background in plastic injection industry.

Strong leadership, convincing and communication abilities (360°communication requirements with all functional areas of the business unit such as NPI, commercial, manufacturing, Supply Chain, and Regulatory Affairs. Also communicates with material suppliers, customers, universities and analytical support vendors.)
Independent judgment and personal initiative are essential
High effectiveness in development and delivery of written communications to internal and external customer groups
Ability to present complex materials technology information in a simplified manner as needed in small and large internal and external meetings
Team work oriented, but also self-motivated.
Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.

Requirement to travel by car/air approximately 20%

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