Product Development Manager

Position Summary:
The incumbent in this role will be responsible to execute all Product Development activities within Thermoplastic Resins project space. Works closely with customers and sales team to develop Thermoplastic Resins with new or improved product formulas in response to needs defined by customers. Locate, evaluate, and approve supply of raw materials. Support production department on startup of new materials, process optimization, and general process engineering.
Position Requirements/Qualifications:
Education: Bachelor's Degree in Polymer, Material Science, or Chemical Engineering
Master's Degree in Polymer Science Engineering, a plus
Experience: 7 to 10 years of relevant Product Development experience in Thermoplastic Resins
Experience in managing Lab Testing projects/activities
Experience in running Design of Experiments projects.
Knowledge in Extrusion Processing
Managing teams and multiple projects
Essential Duties: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The duties listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.
Develop new compounds to meet product property and application criteria defined by customers or Americhem. Work directly with customers or other Americhem personnel to clearly define product requirements.
Develop improved/optimized formulas for existing compounds, e.g. to reduce cost or improve product quality, properties, or performance. Locate and approve alternate material supply.
Plan and conduct necessary lab and plant experiments and product evaluations, including extrusion processing, molding of test specimens, and material testing.
Meet with customers to discuss ongoing product development results.
Report results of trials and product evaluations in the Technical Report database.
Stay up-to-date in the area of thermoplastic resins, compounds, and additives by reading journals and patents, attending conferences and seminars, meeting with vendors, etc.
Serve as a resource to Americhem management and other technical personnel in the area of polymer science and process engineering.
Introduce and develop new material testing and evaluation techniques.
Improve first-pass yield.
International and domestic travel required, including customer visits, suppler visits, and conferences.
Assist other departments or personnel with job tasks as directed or necessary.
Develop ongoing expertise in regulatory information related to key markets for Americhem, including UL, medical, transportation, and aerospace.
Follow all ISO work instructions as well as quality and safety policies, as written or described.
Prepare technical data sheets and support marketing efforts
Required Qualities/Attributes
Project team leadership attributes are a must.
Exceptional organizational skills to include multi-tasking, planning, and time management;
Possesses a bias for action and operates with the appropriate sense of urgency;
Adaptable to changes in priorities and pressure of juggling multiple projects under tight deadlines (e.g. Board prep);
Exceptional interpersonal, communication, relationship-building, and conflict management skills;
Results driven;
Possesses excellent written and verbal communication skills;
Capacity to own projects from inception to completion;
Exceptional problem-solving skills;
Possesses a high ethical standard and is forward thinking;
Advanced user of Microsoft Office, particularly Excel and PowerPoint; and
Systems thinking ? able to define input needs from multiple sources and link together accurately and with integrity.

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