Product Development Engineer

Tekni-Plex    Winston-Salem, NC
Job Description


Division: Specialty

Business Unit: Liners


Location: Winston-Salem

Virtual Position: No

Shift: 1

Union Position: No

Who is Tekni-Plex?

We are a 50 year global leader in advanced plastic and rubber polymer technology, Tekni-Plex engineers solutions to meet customer needs in critical applications that touch every aspect of life, from medical devices used in operating rooms and hospitals, to food packaging in your kitchen.

Why Work for us?

With Company Values like Innovation, Integrity and Trust and Employee Fulfillment, Tekni-Plex offers every employee around the world the opportunity to stretch, grow and succeed every day. Our employees are challenged to bring new ideas to the table, jump in and get involved and make an impact. Tekni-Plex has a proud history and a compelling future. Behind every great Tekni-Plex product is a team of dedicated employees who are truly making a difference for our customers and who are Tekni-Proud!

What is the position where you can add value?

We are hiring for a First shift Production Development Engineer for our Tri-Seal Division within Tekni-Plex. In this role, the Production Development Engineer will be responsible for developing and commercializing new flexible packaging and liner structures, and improving the performance and cost of existing structures in accordance with meeting or exceeding the company's overall financial targets, goals and strategies. The Product Development Engineer reports to the Director of Product Development.

Support business growth through the development of new or improved flexible packaging and liner structures and establishment of quality requirements. Responsible for all aspects of new product development: design, costing, development, trial run supervision, scale-up, documentation, communication, and technology transfer to the plant floor for effective commercialization. Ensures products are commercialized in accordance with Quality, Product Safety and Regulatory standards. Prepare written technical reports and recommendations summarizing findings for external customers and internal client groups. Maintain industry contact (raw material and equipment suppliers) and awareness of flexible packaging materials, converting processes, and packaging equipment

In collaboration with Sales and customers, lead the discovery and development of new products.

Prepare cost estimates for new or improved flexible packaging and liner structures.

Document and communicate trial requirements internally (Sales, Operations, and Customer Service).

Work effectively across all levels of organization from senior managers to hourly associates.

Identify opportunities for product, material, process standardization, simplification, and spoilage reduction.

Provide advice to customers and internal production regarding improvements to existing products and processes.

As required, provide assistance in the field to customers and other company representatives in the successful conversion of customers to Tri-Seal products or in solving performance problems with existing products.

Oversee the production of new test materials, and assist in the coordination of subsequent lab tests.

Obtain and disseminate information on competitive products (structure breakdowns) and perform comparative analyses with the company’s equivalent

Prepare raw material specifications and revisions.

Create and modify finished goods recipes for existing and test products

Adhere to all safety rules

Document trial results accurately and in a timely manner in Lotus Notes Trial Request Database.

Maintain contact with raw material suppliers and identify, evaluate, and recommend new materials for improved performance or reduced cost

Prepare written technical reports and presentations for customers.

Interact with customer package development, operation and quality personnel to identify and resolve product performance issues.

Maintain awareness of standard test methods and procedures

Other reasonable related duties as deemed appropriate

Continue personal development through training to enhance market knowledge, techniques and skills

Maintains and protects proprietary information as it relates to the company and customers.

Maintains the company reputation by complying with governmental regulations.

Essential Qualifications & Knowledge:

BS degree in technical scientific field or Engineering with minimum 3 years of progressive experience or Associate degree in technical field with minimum 4 years of progressive experience

Minimum 5 years of progressive experience in flexible packaging

Limited history of creative or innovative material development

Basic material knowledge, in particular packaging substrates (paper, foil, and film), extrusion resins, adhesives, and coatings

Exposure to analytical (infrared spectroscopy, gas chromatography, differential scanning calorimetry, and optical microscopy) tests and interpretation of results.

Capable of performing routine physical tests (heatseal, tensiles, COF, burst, etc) and interpreting results

Skilled at managing multiple tasks within time constraints

Possesses excellent written and verbal communication skills

Capable of communicating with customers and operations personnel under stressful or adverse conditions

Proven ability to work with minimal direction, analytical thinking, and problem solving ability

Proficient computer literacy with established basic knowledge in general applications; word processing, spreadsheets, PowerPoint and ERP systems

Critical Skills:

Critical Professional Traits

Represents a positive Company image

Professional Integrity

Professional Image

Commitment to Excellence

Initiative and Drive



Results Oriented

Critical Professional Competencies

Creativity and Innovation

Learning and Adaptability

Problem Solving and Decision Making

Organizational Awareness

Communication Skills

Planning and Organizing

Presentation Skills

Product/Technical Knowledge

Exerting up to 30 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body

Must be capable of walking, standing, and bending over lab benches or equipment for large portions of the work day.

Standing: Remaining upright on the feet, particularly for sustained periods of time

Walking: Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances or moving from one work site to another.

Talking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word; those activities where detailed or important spoken instructions must be conveyed to others accurately, loudly, or quickly.

Hearing: Perceiving the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction, and having the ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and making fine discriminations in sound.

Visual Acuity: able to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading

Tekni-Plex Rewards:

At Tekni-Plex, we value all of our people across the globe. We strive to provide a work environment that leads to your professional fulfillment. Since fulfillment means something different to everyone, the rewards that Tekni-Plex provides globally are appropriately diverse and suited to help you perform your best inside and outside the company. Our rewards programs include:

We offer a full complement of valuable Health, Wellness, and Welfare benefits which include:

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision
  • Life and Disability
  • 401(k) and Match
  • Wellness Program including EAP
  • Pay for Performance philosophy
  • If you'd like more information about your EEO rights as an applicant under the law, please click on the following document names to download the files for review: EEO is the Law & EEO is the Law Supplement.


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