Senior R&D Engineer

Bolingbrook, IL 60440

Employment Type: Permanent Job Category: Other Professional Job Number: It83907981 Compensation: $110000-155000 / year

Job Description

Title: Senior R&D Engineer

Location: Bolingbrook, IL

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Hire Type: Direct Hire

Job Summary:
The Research & Development Engineer supports the development and commercialization of a wide variety of composite materials and processes to drive new profitable business growth by working closely with others internally in the Research and Development Center and Business Units as well as externally with vendors, customers, and potential customers

Job Duties:
  • Drive and independently lead the launch of new products at any of Crane Composites four manufacturing facilities
  • Work closely with all business units to align with future strategic company goals.
  • Lead and support process changes, raw material changes, and quality issues related to existing and new products across multiple manufacturing locations.
  • Drive and independently lead corporate facing research and development projects.
  • Complete technical reports with analysis and findings.
  • Analyze experimental data, summarize key findings, and report at regular team meetings.
  • Work with the sales team to leverage technical findings and product properties for strategic share gains.
  • Establish relationships with customers to capture VOC and product application insight
  • Stay abreast of state of the art in the composites industry to seek out new materials, ideas, and concepts.  
  • Develop new to market, innovative prototypes.
  • Work on advanced, complex technical projects or business issues requiring state of the art technical or industry knowledge.

  • Minimum of 8 years of experience with materials development, composites, project leadership
  • BS in Engineering, Materials Science, Chemistry, or other suitable technical field required, advanced degree preferred.
  • Communicate and work cross-functionally with other disciplines to understand materials requirements and provide feedback based on materials expertise.
  • Entrepreneurial in nature.
  • Extensive hands-on experience with mechanical testing and properties of materials
  • Experience with composites manufacturing preferred, including but not limited to: open molding and close molding, pultrusion, extrusion, injection molding, compression molding
  • Formulation and compounding with a wide variety of materials, including but not limited to:
  • thermoset resins, thermoplastics, fibers, films and coatings, nanocomposites, composites additives, “Green” materials and processes including recycling
  • Experience with commercial continuous manufacturing processes.
  • Process development experience, including small scale to large commercial scale.
  • Experience with Matlab, Python, R, or other programming tools
  • Development of intellectual property
  • Desirable technical skills other than strong polymer chemistry skills include: analytical instrumentation, statistics, including design of experiment, mathematical modeling methods, including finite element analysis

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or genetic information.

Meet Your Recruiter

Alyssa Ford

Alyssa Ford is a dedicated Technical Recruiter, driven by her commitment to establishing meaningful connections with individuals and assisting them in navigating the complexities of career transitions.

With one year of dedicated service at Sterling and a total of 2 years in the recruiting field, Alyssa has already significantly impacted talent acquisition.

Alyssa's innate ability to connect with people and understand their unique career aspirations has been instrumental in her success as a Technical Recruiter. She finds great joy in forging professional relationships and participating in candidates' journeys as they navigate the tough decisions associated with job changes.

Having experienced the challenges of job hunting firsthand, Alyssa empathizes with candidates facing similar struggles. She encourages job seekers not to lose hope and to stay persistent throughout their search. Alyssa believes that the right role will come along at the right time, and maintaining a positive attitude and determination can make all the difference in finding the perfect fit.

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