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Granville, Ohio, United States

Product Development Scientist

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Job ID 54749

PURPOSE OF THE JOB

The Product Development Scientist is accountable to develop nonwoven technology to enable rapid growth of the North American business. Projects will be focused on delivering technology solutions that maximize product and process performance, enhance 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 Granville, OH 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 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 toNorth America R&D Leader

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

Demonstrates a commitment to safety:

  • Implement a personal safety action plan and review with leader.
  • Actively participates 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.

Leads key product development projects:

  • Understand the glass nonwoven and coating process technologies in our manufacturing plants globally, with focus on the Aiken (SC), Blythewood (SC), and Gastonia (NC) facilities. Develop nonwoven materials and binder and coating chemistries that are compatible with OC’s manufacturing processes.
  • Develop structure-property relationships between raw materials and end-product attributes to establish a knowledge foundation that can be built upon for multi-generational technology development.
  • Develop & implement new test methods and process/application mimics to enable faster development and quantify the value that new solutions provide to our customers.
  • Partners with Intellectual Property team to develop strategy and control points for technology.
  • Lead development projects managed through the Stage Gate process aimed at improving product performance, quality and/or cost from inception through industrialization and customer qualifications.
  • Leverage internal and external laboratory networks to accelerate development and decision making.
  • Connect globally with scientists in the other Nonwoven Innovation centers (Chambery, France; Apeldoorn, Netherlands; Gastonia, NC, US) to share knowledge and provide technical support.

Leadership:

  • Works horizontally to partner with sales, marketing and operations teams.
  • Invests in the growth and success of others despite no direct people leadership responsibilities.
  • Highly organized and communicative when working with team members and peers.
  • Utilizes project management tools for well-structured project execution.

Technical Expertise:

  • Monitors technology in his/her area of expertise.
  • Shares technical recommendations on technology trends with innovation leadership.
  • Models curiosity and growth mindset.

JOB REQUIREMENTS

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • MS degree in Chemistry, Materials Science or Polymer Science/Engineering
  • 10 years industry experience in rheology and coating formulation in an R&D environment
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally at 30%
  • Interest in working in both laboratory and plant environments

PREFERRED EXPERIENCE:

  • PhD in Chemistry, Materials Science or Polymer Science/Engineering
  • 7+ years industry experience in coatings, adhesives, sealants, elastomers in an R&D environment
  • Experience in the North America construction materials industry

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • Fluent in English, any other language is a plus.
  • Sound communication and technical documentation skills.
  • Six Sigma certification (green or black belt) is preferred.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively as a member of a global team is a must.
  • 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 follow 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 reasonable time. 
  • Ability to Influence and Lead: Must be able to exert influence and leadership across the entire organization while holding little formal authority.
  • Calm under Pressure: able to maintain focus on priorities in dynamic environment with high demands for rapid execution.

About Owens Corning  

Owens Corning is a global building and industrial materials leader. The company's three integrated businesses are dedicated to the manufacture and advancement of a broad range of insulation, roofing and fiberglass composite materials. Leveraging the talents of 19,000 employees in 33 countries, Owens Corning provides innovative products, manufacturing technologies, and sustainable solutions that address energy efficiency, product safety, renewable energy, durable infrastructure, and labor productivity. These solutions provide a material difference to the company's customers and make the world a better place. Based in Toledo, Ohio, USA, the company posted 2019 sales of $7.2 billion. Founded in 1938, it has been a Fortune 500® company for 65 consecutive years. For more information, please visit www.owenscorning.com.

Owens Corning is an equal opportunity employer.

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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