• Posted on: Feb 10, 2023
  • Location: Hartsville, SC
  • Job ID: 9e8b6677
  • Type: Full Time
  • Category: Engineering, Healthcare
  • Posted on: Feb 10, 2023
  • Location: Hartsville, SC
  • Job ID: 9e8b6677
  • Type: Full Time
  • Category: Engineering, Healthcare

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R&D Engineer – Polymer Science Coatings Extrusion & Thermoforming

  • Implement the R&D product innovation and technology strategy and methodology.
  • Manage the technical integration of projects through collaboration with suppliers, internal cross-functional teams, and customers to assure performance criteria are met.
  • Responsible for planning projects and meeting work objectives, time, and budget constraints on assigned projects.
  • Work with the Product Development Manager to prioritize and execute all new development initiatives.
  • Work closely with Sales to provide technical support as well as develop a good working relationship with the customer to establish and maintain customer satisfaction.
  • Develop comprehensive project charters, including scope, plans, timing, resources, and budgets. Execute to plan, formalizing scope changes when appropriate.
  • Analyze and interpret data and test results.
  • Provide summary reports with conclusions and recommendations.
  • Maintain complete and accurate records of all assigned projects.
  • Manage project spending and maintain budget compliance.
  • In partnership with the business unit, provide input on product development opportunities to ensure those with the highest strategic and commercial potential are prioritized, justified for support or abandonment.
  • Participate in regular portfolio review meetings to ensure proper balance in portfolio along with consensus on priorities.
  • Perform regular After-Action Reviews evaluations to ensure constant improvement and refinement of the project management process, resources, and deliverables.
  • Originate ideas, conduct independent research and development, and stimulate colleagues or project team members to contribute ideas.



  • Understanding of plastic materials, preferably those used in food and beverage packaging, with demonstrated knowledge of Solidworks being a plus.
  • Knowledge of forming processes for packaging and industrial applications, such as rigid sheet thermoforming, injection molding and extrusion.
  • Understanding of common analytical test methods such as IV, DSC, Microscopy, SEM, FTIR, Stress-Strain etc, and ability to interpret and analyze data.
  • Ability to lead R&D programs from concept to commercialization
  • Proficiency in project management, development of timelines, and identifying critical milestones
  • Ability to communicate effectively through verbal, written, and electronic channels
  • Ability to consistently earn and maintain the trust of teammates and external customers
  • Ability to work very effectively with limited direction on multiple high priority programs
  • Ability to learn and share new applications, methods/techniques and discoveries.
  • Minimum Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering (Chemical, Polymer, or Plastics). A Master of Science degree would be a plus
  • Demonstrated experience in planning research projects, developing experimental designs, leading the execution of experiments and analyzing test results.
  • Two to five years of full-time industrial experience in research & development with focus on polymers will be a plus.