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Plastic Development Engineer: Extruded Films, Packaging

Plastic Executive Recruiters • Cincinnati, OH

Posted 14 days ago

Job Snapshot

Travel - Up to 25%
Experience - At least 3 year(s)
Degree - 4 Year Degree
$85,000.00 - $120,000.00 /Year
$7,500.00 bonus


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Job Description

Polymer Engineer: Plastic Packaging Extruded Films

Direct hire with benefits and relocation

Visa Sponsorship / Transfer not available 

  • PAY: up to $120K + Relocation package
  • LOCATION: Cincinnati, OH, will discuss exact location on the phone
  • DEGREE NEEDED: Chemical Engineering, Plastics Engineering, Polymer Science, Materials Engineering
  • TYPES OF PROCESSES: plastic extrusion (LDPE/HDPE), film extrusion, web handling, films converting, plastic packaging

Hiring Company is a global, flexible plastic packaging company which takes an aggressive R&D approach.  They use plastic sheet & film extrusion, web handling and converting processes.  Much of their films are brought in from blown film and cast film extrusion companies. This plant is primarily films converting, web handling, and downstream processing. They have a couple of film extrusion lines on site mostly used for scale up / R&D type efforts.  End products will be discussed on the phone. Being hired for this highly visible role will allow you to advance into the business side of the company as it gives you experience in multiple angles of the industry – R&D, engineering, project management, management, etc..

THE JOB: Polymer Development & Materials Engineer

You will fill the company's materials engineering gap as they grow from 40 to 100 million pounds - there's a lot of growth potential here.  In a nutshell, you will identify breakdowns in the polymer material supply when there are quality issues on the lines and help the company make materials selections. For example: supplier tells you they provided recipe ‘x’, but you know it is recipe ‘y’ due to how it processes.  Should we use an octene or hexene? Another example: is it worth buying more expensive recipe ‘a’ in order to get an extra 5 ft/m off of the lines?

Fielding sales questions will be roughly 5% of this job. You will be a main contact for material suppliers, both raw materials and films providers. This will involve phone and face-to-face visits. The position will have up to 15-20% travel. You will be able to visit exotic locations as some suppliers and important logistics points for the company are in other (warm) countries. Second, you will need to have some extruded films experience. This is in order to run trials and to determine whether a quality issue is caused by machine, process, or materials. You will need to know about extruders, web handling lines, and converting equipment. It would be fine if you come purely from the films downstream processing side (coating, converting, laminating, etc.) and lack extrusion expertise. You will be the main point who assures that films made in different plants are the same when they arrive to customers. Third, you will need some polymer formulations experience. This role is not R&D-daily-formulating by any means. However, you’ll need to know enough to provide feedback to R&D in regards to formulations in the event of materials issues. 

The person currently doing this work will be retiring soon. That is why this position is open.


Materials Engineer, Applications Engineer, Product Engineer, Field Service Engineer, NPD Engineer, Process Engineer, Polymer Engineer, Plastics Development Engineer, Additive development engineer. 

Job Requirements

  • BS Chemical Engineering, BS Plastics Engineering, BS Polymer Science, BS Materials Engineering, etc.
  • Good grasp of polymer formulations.
  • Understands process of film extrusion and/or films converting, web handling, etc. Does not need to be both.
  • Can travel up to 15-20% internationally.

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