Sr. Research Associate - R&D 9/13/2016
JOB DESCRIPTIONAPPLY Innovation fuels us. It's why we are a world leader in providing building materials solutions. Whether creating new technologies or streamlining and improving existing products, our R&D team takes part in writing the next chapter of our history. Join our team as a Sr. Research Associate in Littleton, Colorado and help develop new products and processes for an individual business unit or operating group to increase sales and provide Johns Manville with a competitive advantage. The Sr. Research Associate will be responsible for leading long term projects, conducting research, designing and running pilot/plant trials, developing intellectual property, and providing strategic technical direction.
*Present concepts, research plans, project updates and milestones internally to peers and senior management team and externally to customers*Work closely with business teams and serve as the technical lead for project reviews, planning and executing product trials and solving internal product issues/customer complaints.*Plan and execute scale-up trials with Operations and Business.*Use statistical analysis to analyze data and design experiments.*Participate on, or lead cross-functional teams.*Determine project priorities and resource allocation with business / operations leadership, Innovation & Commercialization, and Supply Chain.*Complete a detailed review of existing patent space with IP counsel and external IP counsel resources if needed. File ID's and patent applications as IP is generated.*Travel to manufacturing plants to implement new product concepts, or to optimize existing products and processes in the area of reinforcement*Hands on work with laboratory and pilot equipment and purchase and maintenance of pertinent research equipment.*Initiate and maintain collaborative development with customers. *Lead product/process trials at external laboratories/pilot facilities.*Keep abreast of market intelligence on competitor's technology and product platforms and provide feedback to R&D group and business team.*May be required to perform other related duties as assigned.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS* Bachelors in Chemistry, Material Science, Polymer Science, or Engineering. * 5 or more years of experience with glass fibers manufacturing.* Plant, Production & Scale-up experience * Familiarity with routine literature & patent search methods* Experience with Microsoft Project, Word, Excel (statistical analysis), PowerPoint (creating presentations and giving presentations, Visio, and Outlook * Leadership skills to include giving direction to others (dotted line) and the ability to motivate others throughout a project to achieve project milestones and objectives by setting priorities and providing direction. May provide feedback for performance evaluations. * Ability to communicate technical information to non technical people.* Ability to work independently and in a team environment * Ability to interface across all levels of the business and cross functionally. * Ability to travel up to 30%. * Ability to work in a research and development facility (may be exposed to environmental conditions of cold, heat, high noise levels, moving mechanical parts, heights, dust/mist/gas/fumes, extensive walking or climbing, etc.)PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS* PhD with 10 or more years of years of experience with glass fibers manufacturing.* Masters degree with 12 or more years of experience with glass fibers manufacturing.* Minitab experience.* Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
Relocation assistance is available for those who qualify under our relocation policy.
We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing.
JM has a long history of sustainable efforts and strives to continually improve our sustainability practices through a focus on innovation, productivity and leadership that ensures we meet the needs of current stakeholders without sacrificing the needs of future generations. For additional information please read our Sustainability Report