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Apeldoorn, Gelderland, Netherlands

Product Development Scientist

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Job ID 60073


The Product Development Scientist is accountable to develop coated nonwoven products to enable rapid growth of the Nonwoven European business in the Construction market segment. Projects will be focused on developing products that create new value for customers through enhanced functionality or productivity, improve quality and consistency and optimize the total manufacturing cost. This job will span customer needs definition, solution development at the lab/pilot scale, and implementation of technical solutions in the manufacturing plant. The position is located at the Apeldoorn, Netherlands Science & Technology Facility.

Join an organization that believes that every employee owns a piece of our bold growth goals and ultimate success. We are a market-leading innovator that has been placed on the Fortune 500®. Owens Corning is devoted to delivering sustainable solutions across our three business segments while striving to ensure our people and products make the world a better place. We take pride in having an inclusive and diverse workplace with employees around the globe.  A holistic sense of community exists across our entire organization as our talent grows globally. We are a company that fully recognizes the importance of paving a path to a sustainable and safe enterprise through investing in our people. Our desire to make an impactful difference in the world flows from top-down to all levels of the organization. By being a company that instills pride within each and every employee, we aspire to build market-leading businesses; global in scope - human in scale.

Reports toEU Product Development Leader

Span of Control: Individual contributor


  1. Commitment to safety:
  • Build an annual performance objective for safety
  • Actively participate in team safety meetings, learning team events, and training
  • Demonstrate a daily commitment to the safety of the team by promoting safety awareness and achieving full compliance with all Owens Corning standards

  1. Product development:
  • Build a deep understanding of the coating formulation, product, and process technologies in our manufacturing plant in Bruggen, Germany.
  • Develop coating chemistry formulations and coated nonwoven products that are compatible with OC’s manufacturing processes and create new value for customers.
  • Partner with the Process Science and Testing Lab teams to develop & implement test methods and process/application mimics to enable faster development and quantify the value that new solutions create for our customers.
  • Partner with the Intellectual Property team to develop control points for new products in line with the technical strategy.
  • Manage all development projects using the Stage-Gate process for decision-making.
  • Leverage internal and external laboratory networks to accelerate development.
  • Connect globally with scientists across our Nonwoven Innovation centers (Chambery, France; Granville, OH, US; Gastonia, NC, US) to share knowledge and provide technical support.

  1. Leadership:
  • Work horizontally to partner with sales, marketing, and operations teams.
  • Invest in the growth and success of others despite no direct people leadership responsibilities.
  • Highly organized and communicative when working with team members and peers.
  • Utilize project management tools for well-structured project execution.
  • Embrace curiosity and value both learning and achievement.

  1. Technical Expertise:
  • Monitor technology in his/her area of expertise.
  • Share technical recommendations on technology trends with innovation and business leadership.
  • Thoroughly document work in technical reports.



  • MS degree in Chemistry, Materials Science, or Polymer Science/Engineering
  • 5-8 years of industry experience in rheology and coating formulation in an R&D environment
  • Ability to travel within the EU at 40%
  • Interest in working in both laboratory and plant environments
  • Fluent in German, and English


  • PhD in Chemistry, Materials Science, or Polymer Science/Engineering
  • 8+ years of industry experience in coatings, adhesives, sealants, additives, and elastomers in an R&D environment
  • Experience in the European construction materials industry
  • Fluent in Dutch in addition to German, and English


  • Proficient in statistical analysis & comfortable in using software like Minitab or JMP
  • Six Sigma certification (green or black belt) is preferred.
  • Sound communication and technical documentation skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to learn across multiple technology domains.
  • Teamwork Oriented: self-starter who works with minimal supervision and balances multiple assignments; works effectively across technical, marketing, commercial, and manufacturing groups to ensure project success. 
  • Accountability: knows what needs to be done and gets it done. Willingly takes responsibility for project outcomes as a whole. Unafraid of owning the results, actions, and decisions of self or organization. Committed to following through to completion.
  • Judgment & Decision Making: Recognizes issues, problems, or opportunities and determines whether action is needed. Chooses appropriate action by formulating clear decision criteria and evaluates options by considering implications and consequences. Implements decisions or initiates action within a reasonable time. 
  • Ability to Influence and Lead: Must be able to exert influence and leadership across the entire organization while holding little formal authority.
  • Models Resilience: pushes through barriers with optimism and endurance. Acts as a source of stability and clarity during uncertainty.
Please note: Applications must be filled out completely—incomplete applications will not be considered. Resumes are welcome, but are not a substitute for completing the application.

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