This position is responsible for leading and managing new product development activities (PVC), cost reductions & product improvements in the plant. This position will work closely with Industrial Hose global R & D, Corporate R & D, and Marketing for new materials and new hose designs.
Manage and lead new product development as well as current process improvements using Lean and Six Sigma disciplines. Responsible for creating new hoses to fill customer needs and meet industry standards. Must understand the design of the various hoses and how to adapt for new products. Responsible for raw material specifications and working with suppliers on new raw ingredients for cost savings and product improvement. Works with Purchasing to approve new vendors and compounds. Provide technical support to Customer Service on hose recommendations. Travel to visit customers to evaluate hose concerns or new applications. Maintains all hose specifications in SAP and other IT systems. Participate in Lean & Six Sigma activities. Assist with Quality Control Standards and determine best practices.
BS degree in Mechanical, chemical, materials engineering required. Advanced degree in Mechanical, materials, chemical engineering preferred. 5+ years of working experience in PVC, TPE, TPU hoses design, development and manufacturing. Industrial processing experience with rubber materials (mixing, extrusion, etc.) a plus Demonstrated understanding of problem solving & quality improvement techniques Experience in industry standards (ASTM, RMA, ISO). Familiarity with FMEA, Root Cause Analysis Ability to interpret, analyze and present technical information using practical judgment. Ability to organize and manage concurrent activities. Proven writing & presentation skills. Good organizational and communication skills. Willingness and ability to perform hands-on experimental and testing work when required Highly motivated, self-initiating individual who can work in a manufacturing and team environment. Competence with computer systems and related applications software, Proficient with MS Office, MS Project,
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Internal Number: 83037BR
With sales of €40.5 billion in 2016, Continental is among the leading automotive suppliers worldwide and currently employs more than 227,000 employees in 56 countries. As a division in the Continental Corporation, ContiTech is one of the world's leading industrial specialists. Its customers can be found in key industries such as machine and plant engineering, mining, the agricultural industry, and the automotive industry. With around 43,000 employees in 44 countries, the company uses its development and material expertise for products and systems made of rubber, polyamide, metal, textile, and electronic components to combine these with individual services. ContiTech always thinks in terms of customer-friendly and environmentally-friendly solutions – going well and truly beyond its roots as a producer of rubber products. With sales of approximately €5.5 billion (2016), this international technology partner is active with core branches in Europe, Asia, North and South America.