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Materials Science Engineer

Apply Job ID REF6744I Date posted 06/09/2022 Address 1140 Bryn Mawr Avenue, Itasca, IL Job Type Full-time Job Status Exempt

ITW (NYSE: ITW) is a Fortune 200 global multi-industrial manufacturing leader with revenues totaling $12.6 billion in 2020. The company’s seven industry-leading segments leverage the unique ITW Business Model to drive solid growth with best-in-class margins and returns in markets where highly innovative, customer-focused solutions are required. ITW’s approximately 45,000 dedicated colleagues around the world thrive in the company’s decentralized and entrepreneurial culture.

Hi-Cone, a division of ITW, is a leading supplier of plastic-based multi-packaging systems for global beer, soft drink and general products industries. We are advocates of packaging alternatives that generate sustained margin contributions for our customers and major retailers. Our customers demand maximum quality, exceptional value, market performances and innovation. We meet those demands by offering cost-effective minimal packaging responsive to environmental concerns.


As a key member of the Sustainability and Innovation Team, the Material Science Engineer reports to the Sustainability Director and is responsible for knowing the latest technologies and additives available for Biodegradable and Compostable plastics, seeking out new technologies and materials to meet Hi-Cone’s Vision 2025 initiative, and working alongside a multifunctional team to help modify existing products.  These key responsibilities ensure Hi-Cone remains the top Sustainable Multipack supplier to our Beer and Non-Alcohol beverage customers. 

 

***Candidates must be eligible to work in the USA***

Primary Responsibilities:

•       Establish and carry out materials test validation for new products, new processes, and changes to existing products.  Develop prototypes for new and modified products.  Lead troubleshooting issues coming from material changes.

•       Seek out new technologies and materials to meet Hi-Cone’s Vision 2025 initiative.  Select best combination of materials based on purported use.  Evaluate economic viability of materials testing for commercial production.  Work with stated new technologies and new materials to meet Hi-Cone’s Vision 2025 Objective of Compostable product.  Work with internal operations and engineers on manufacturing needs and processes.

•       Test and assess materials to meet EN and ASTM standards.

•       Advise management on suitability, feasibility, profitably, environmental impact of material.  Be an expert on Biodegradable plastics, Compostable plastics, and what this means to our business and to our customers.

•       Communicate technical results and challenges across the organization to advance product development.

•       Work with commercial and engineering teams to understand customer/consumer pain points and stay current on market trends for packaging materials.  Represent Hi-Cone on customer calls discussing materials, specifically Biodegradable and Compostable plastic products, testing and materials.

•       Demonstrate understanding of established manufacturing processes and equipment and how these processes need to be changed and updated to meet new product needs.  Assisting production team during scale-up phase.

•       Ensure a succeed/fail fast mentality in product development process.

•       Demonstrate safety and quality control leadership with material science engineering.

•       Apply the ITW Principles 80/20 and USa to eliminate complexity and improve profitability of the company.

 

•       BS in Material Science Engineering

•       7-10 years of Material Science experience in a resin or plastics environment; benefit if experience with Biodegradable and Compostable plastics

•       Experience in plastic manufacturing process scale up or changes

•       Strong technical skills and analytical understanding of flexible and rigid plastics

•       Excellent written and verbal communication skills; ability to communicate with customers

•       Ability to build productive relationships across functions

•       Ability to travel 20%, both domestic and international

•       Location: Itasca, IL

    ITW is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

    ITW is an equal opportunity employer. We value our colleagues’ unique perspectives, experiences and ideas and create workplaces where everyone can develop their careers and perform to their full potential. 

    As an equal employment opportunity employer, ITW is committed to equal employment opportunity and fair treatment for employees, beginning with the hiring process and continuing through all aspects of the employment relationship. 

    All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability, protected Veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws.  

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    At ITW, we value our colleagues' unique perspectives, experiences, and ideas and create workplaces where everyone can develop their careers and perform to their full potential.

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    ITW is committed to equal employment opportunity and fair treatment for employees, beginning with the hiring process and continuing through all aspects of the employment relationship.

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