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Product Development Engineer Role involves technology development as it relates to all aspects of coated paper design for both packaging and commercial printing businesses.   The successful candidate will work as part of a team on developing new technology and products to make more environmentally friendly, better performing and profitable products into the next decade.  This role involves strong collaborations with marketing, procurement and manufacturing functions as well as co-development with our supplier partners.


  • Reports to the Product Development Group Leader.
  • Responsible for all aspects of material selection, product testing and design to ensure current and new product offerings to meet market and customer expectations.
  • Responsible for coating materials and application development, including binders, pigments, and process additives and assessment of new supplier offerings.
  • Provides support and technical leadership to strategic projects driven by the needs of the business.
  • Coordinates and executes complex internal and external pilot plant and manufacturing trials.
  • Leads or participates on cross-functional teams for cost reduction and product development initiatives.
  • Works with manufacturing to develop performance specifications for coating raw materials.



  • Master’s or Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or Pulp and Paper Science.
  • 5-10 years industrial experience in coated product development.  Experience in packaging and barrier technology development a plus.
  • Ability to work independently or in a team environment, with a proven ability to complete assignments in a timely manner.
  • Solid applications level understanding of paper-making, coating chemistry and process from both practical and fundamental chemical aspects.
  • Strong knowledge of papermaking equipment, and the interaction between materials and process.
  • Must have authorization to work in the United States.
  • Salary is determined by a number of factors including the value of the job to the organization, market forces, internal equity and skills brought to the job.

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