Product Developer

Location:  USA, Sparta MI

Function:  Research & Development

The Product Developer (PD) is responsible to design, plan, coordinate, conduct, evaluate and document development activities in the field of s/s, d/s tapes and auxiliary products. The PD is responsible for implementing new and experimental products. The PD is responsible for maintenance of a defined part of the product assortment, including raw and intermediate materials. He/she will visit suppliers and customers on a regular basis in order to extend and intensify the product knowledge and to understand our customer applications, the requirements and his/her  pain points. The PD works closely with the International R&D groups in Hamburg, Germany and China, and with the relevant national and international Marketing groups, and also serves as liaison with Sales and Customers.

Responsibilities:
  • Supporting feasibilities and product development projects 
  • Work within the framework of tesa IMS standard, ISO / TS16949 requirements
  • Uphold company safety, environmental, quality and laboratory standards
  • Interpret laboratory and field test studies and compose professional reports in an understandable manner
  • Leading and coordinating feasibilities and product development projects meeting technical, price and timeline requirements
  • Analyze complex results generated by standard and non-standard test methods
  • Independently operate and maintain all relevant lab equipment
  • Evaluate, maintain and implement raw materials
  • Interface with customers to validate performance of samples and new products during the initiation and development phase of a project
  • Support and consult marketing and sales functions as well as customers in product assortment knowledge and product related testing
  • Evaluate, maintain and implement third party products and services
  • Create a network with adjacent functions (sales, marketing, R&D HQ) as necessary to accomplish the project targets
  • Monitor competitive environment in marketplace
  • Actively and independently investigate new product development opportunities and define targets for development projects
  • Take active steps to bring projects forward, identify roadblocks and offer complete solutions

Hiring Requirements

Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s Degree with concentration in chemistry / engineering / science or equivalent technical experience required, PhD or Master’s preferred
  • Market-relevant experience in similar or related field preferred
  • Strong working knowledge of mathematics, including general statistics is required
  • Must be PC proficient in Windows/Microsoft Office, especially Excel
  • Excellent communication skills for interaction with all internal and external customers
  • Ability to stand at a workstation and/or move throughout the facility during the majority of the day
  • Requires normal lifting, use of both hands, correctable vision and lack of color-blindness
  • Must be able to travel by air/auto as required, including international

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