This position is located in Portland, OR
This mission of the Product Development Engineer position is to develop the next generation of products, transfer technology, administer product and process specifications, qualify alternative raw materials, troubleshoot quality issues, identify cost savings, run trials, and continuously improve existing products and processing methods.
JOB FUNCTIONS: Job functions include, but are not limited to the following.
In conjunction with Sales; Business Development and corporate technical community, develop new packaging opportunities that lead to higher profitability
Identify and develop the next generation of sustainable products for the future
Coordinate “trials” including establishing customer design objectives, securing raw materials, assisting plant personnel during trials, evaluating field performance, and documenting trial results.
Provide sales technical support, conduct competitive analysis, recommend packaging structures, and investigate, analyze, and follow-up with customer concerns/complaints.
Apply technical knowledge to achieve cost reduction opportunities.
Investigate current technologies for application toward improving existing products/ processes. Identify opportunities and direct efforts to improve existing products including improvement of yield and productivity. Develop process improvements for products.
Administer product and process specification issuance and maintenance.
Identify and plan strategic process development necessary to support future sales growth.
Serve as a technical expert and resource on assigned products
Conduct process capability studies in conjunction with plant, customer and suppliers.
Develop and administer Quality Assurance Controls function to ensure that product specifications are consistently met.
Visit the customer and bring key information back to the plant
Additional duties as assigned.
BACKGROUND / EXPERIENCE:
5 years’ experience in product development (R & D) or technical.
Experience with flexible packaging converting equipment (coaters, extruders, presses, and slitting machines) is a plus
EDUCATION / KNOWLEDGE:
Bachelor of Science – Chemical Engineering
Knowledge of standard engineering practices
Knowledge of Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma
Action oriented and self-motivated: enjoys working hard acts with the right amount of planning. Seizes opportunities to achieve goals and improve the process.
Hands-on individual with keen interest in quickly learning and applying new skills who can follow written/verbal instructions and meet deadlines with minimal supervision
Adheres to an the corporate core values and beliefs during good times and bad
Solid problem solving skills utilizing rigorous logic and methods to solve difficult problems with effective solutions
Ability to lead efforts to react quickly to changing requirements and new product developments.
Excellent oral and written communication skills to be able to communicate with all levels of the organization
Good organizational skills
Project management skills
Strong interpersonal skills
Computer literate - able to use Word, Excel, Outlook
Graphic Packaging International, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer (M/F/D/V). All candidates will be evaluated on the basis of their qualifications for the job in question. We do not base our employment decision on an employee's or applicant's race, color, sex, age, religion, natural origin, sexual orientation, citizenship, handicap, or disability, marital status, veteran status or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law.
To apply go to www.graphicpkg.com and click on careers.
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