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Materials Scientist and Research Engineer Associate Manager

Bay City, Michigan Job ID 13706 Apply


  • The primary two responsibilities of the Materials Science Associate Manager are 1) developing material systems for Ziploc products, including plastic resins, papers, and other alternatives, and 2) running innovation research of next generation Ziploc technology.
  • This position is a key to lead development of new resin blends balancing cost and performance, other alternative materials systems, and brining future technologies to meet contemporary business commitment.
  • This role develops materials projects from small scale pilot trials, plant trials, and to full commercialization through cross-functional teams including RD&E, procurement, manufacturing, plant engineering, GSC, S&T, DTV, and marketing to deliver new material solutions. 
  • The Associate Manager is required to work intimately with both internal and external parties (e.g., resin suppliers, industry technology group, academia) to be in frontline of materials development and contemporary technology to proactively align the needs of internal stakeholders (e.g., RD&E, procurement, manufacturing, plant engineering, quality).

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead the development and execution of cross-functional materials projects considering all relevant stakeholders’ inputs to drive business outcome
  • Understand thoroughly the current status quo of material systems, e.g., why we use current materials, constraints from procurement, manufacturing, PL competition, and consumer product expectations, then build materials improvement plan to execute
  • Be a strong connector bringing industry insight to SCJ needs and familiar with modern technologies implementable to next generation Ziploc; need to be a frontline of contemporary technology development in the areas of product functionalities enhancing food preservation, modern plastic bag manufacturing, sustainability, and contemporary materials 
  • Constantly challenge status quo and think outside of the box to articulate issues, concerns, and recommendations and formulate projects to drive the change
  • Lead a team to develop/execute business-acceptable solutions for materials improvement projects
  • Work intimately with sustainability team, both within category and corporate, to promote solutions
  • Act as a residential expert in the areas of materials science, characterization methods, trouble shooting for materials
  • Coach and lead manufacturing and plant engineering team for materials related trials 
  • Keep abreast of emerging technologies that could improve current materials system
  • Provide materials processing expertise to the Testing Lab and Pilot Plant as needed when material changes are made
  • Demonstrate business acumen and strategic thinking skills. Translate high level strategies into tangible business objectives
  • Interact closely with marketing and consumers to research and identify critical product attributes

Required Skills / Experience / Competencies:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering including Materials Science & Engineering, Chemical Engineering or related sciences like Chemistry and Physics with minimum 6 years of experience in general manufacturing or master’s degree with at least 4 years of equivalent experience
  • Qualified candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States.

Preferred Skills / Experience / Competencies:

  • Proven broad knowledge of materials in manufacturing environment
  • Be a self-motivated researcher challenging status quo and running testable ideas to improve
  • Proven record of developing projects, forming cross-functional team, and executing the solution to drive business outcomes in consumer products
  • Demonstrated leadership with the ability to influence and collaborate effectively with co-workers who are not in reporting relationship
  • Possess strong written and oral communication skills; ability to communicate accurately to all levels of cross-functional stakeholders (e.g., manufacturing, GPS, marketing)
  • Possess strong analytical skillset to tackle complex problems and devise pathways to find solutions based on the data from lab scale, pilot, and plant trials.
  • Proven record of working through ambiguity, constantly thinking outside of the box to challenge the current status quo, genuinely interested in improving materials system to create new business opportunities
  • Have been exposed to the issues of sustainability in CPG and comfortable engaging unprecedented materials pathways 
  • Proven track record in delivering commitments with significant impact to key business metrics and initiatives
  • Possess key attributes such as: drive for results, decision quality, courage, interpersonal savvy, systems thinking, risk analysis, and contingency planning

Job Requirements:

  • Full time
  • Up to 25% travel
  • Office Environment

SC Johnson & Son, Inc. is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status, status as a qualified individual with a disability, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, ancestry, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and you need an accommodation or other assistance during the application process, please call our Human Resources department at 262-260-3343 or email your request to All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply. Download the EEO is the Law poster for more information.


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