R&D Senior Group Leader
MeadWestvaco - Richmond, VA

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Position Title R&D Senior Group Leader

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MWV is a global leader in packaging and packaging solutions. Our fresh insights, innovative products, global manufacturing, and unparalleled service make us the partner of choice for many of the world’s most admired brands in the healthcare, beauty and personal care, food, beverage, home and garden, and tobacco industries. Our end-market expertise is also the foundation for success in our other businesses – Specialty Chemicals, and the Community Development and Land Management Group.
We touch people’s lives every day, everywhere. We help people keep track of their medications (Dosepak® and Shellpak® packaging), take care of their homes and gardens (Mixor® Trigger Sprayers) and their communities (Evotherm® asphalt). We develop products and solutions that not only grow our customers’ brands, but also improve our – and their – customers’ quality of life. With about 15,000 employees worldwide, MWV operates in 30 countries and serves customers in more than 100 nations. But no matter where we’re doing business, we do things the right way – with a focus on integrity, sustainability, and positively contributing to the communities in which our employees live and work. Want to work for a global company that respects the world in which we live? Go to mwv.com. MWV is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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CAREER OPPORTUNITY A manager/engineer role supervising a group of engineers and researchers in product design, performance measurement/analysis and development. Responsible for assigning and coordinating direct reports project/research work and participating in high value at stake product development projects. HOW YOU WILL IMPACT MWV

Manage a team of engineers and researchers for engineering design/analysis/development and diagnostics support in coordination with business project managers, global design, materials R&D and packaging converting/transformation functions responsible for the development of overall packaging solutions

Collaborate with industrial graphic/digital designers, manufacturing engineering, and technical services in developing functional designs and conducting the performance analysis.

Develop parametric model designs for evaluation of packaging concepts. Perform CAE analyses for optimization of package performance.

Identify, evaluate and recommend new vendors, tools and technologies related to product design, rapid prototyping, testing and measurement that will accelerate product development and/or enhance the sample product performance.

Introduce new approaches and technologies using knowledge of complex engineering concepts, theory, or processes from related industries to adapt approaches in order to solve problems by seeing similarities in the product or process.

Provide direction for mid/junior level engineers in generation of detailed engineering drawings, packaging component sub assemblies and assemblies for product quoting, costing, and prototype development and manufacture.

Provide direction for researchers in planning and conducting packaging/process testing, measurements and evaluation using statistically designed experiments.

Applies leadership skills to actively involve others and solicit their ideas and opinions; gives instructions and demonstrates processes for others; offers advice and resources to instruct others; coaches others with feedback and suggestions for improvement; takes action to overcome resistance and obstacles and get the best results

Conduct performance reviews and establish goals for direct reports; Mechanical Design Engineers, Diagnostic Engineers, and Researchers.


Able to manage engineering/technical teams chartered with developing and finding solutions to packaging problems with excellent verbal and written communications and perform design/development project work.

Proficient in the use of one or more Unigraphics NX, Autocad or Solidworks CAD parametric modeling and surfacing software platforms,

Experience in the use and application of Finite Element Analysis.

Learn and utilize new technology, absorb large quantities of information and distill down to priorities. Communicate complex information to technical and non technical employees, vendors and customers.

Initiative in instituting action to remove barriers and/or add capabilities to the product design/development process. An aptitude for developing organization and administrative procedures.

Experience and Education: · Bachelor’s degree or higher in Mechanical or related materials engineering.

Minimum 10 years of experience in the design and development of plastic products with emphasis in injection molding, extrusion and blow molding materials and processing/manufacturing technologies preferred.

Understands and has working knowledge of analytic lab equipment application and value, metrology and test protocols.

Project management experience leading technical teams, preparing and presenting summary reports, chairing meetings

Training courses and experience in polymer based product design, Computer Aided Engineering Software, Injection molding tooling & processing, quality control systems, statistical DOE, metrology, laboratory testing methodology, rapid prototyping and fabrication of prototype samples and ISO 9001 or similar quality management system process requirements.

United States of America



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