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Principal Product Development Engineer

COMPANY:  Raven Engineered Films Division

Sioux Falls, SD, US, 57104

STATUS:  Exempt
REQ ID:  25065

For 60 years, Raven has developed, marketed, and produced technical solutions to great challenges. Utilizing our strength in engineering, manufacturing, and technological innovation, Raven today is a leader in precision agriculture, high performance specialty films, and situational awareness markets. Our purpose to Solve Great Challenges is bold and authentic; it keeps us grounded in markets that have meaning, provide profitable growth, and align with our values.

Deeply committed to protecting Earth’s resources and preserving asset value, Raven Engineered Films produces high-quality flexible film and sheeting. From rugged, textured pond liners to highly-technical balloon film as thin as a sandwich bag, our lighter, stronger film and sheeting solutions are developed to solve demanding challenges. We are looking for dedicated team members to helps us on our pursuit of operational excellence and quality at all levels.

The Principal Product Development Engineer will develop innovative new products to solve problems in related field, and provide continual refinement of existing products within the Engineered Films division.

Essential Functions
• Research, design, develop, coordinate and evaluate new product development projects. Perform or facilitate installation/testing related to the new product, system, or process of manufacturing.
• Determine purpose, application, and feasibility of new product or enhancement of existing products or processes.
• Lead successful execution and documentation for new product designs, and all phases of a project.
• Coordinate and provide engineering assistance to internal teams or external customers.
• Keep abreast of evolving developments that impact the business in areas of design, application, and methods of production.
• Analyze test data and reports to determine if new product meets functional and performance specifications.
• Develop and optimize product costs to maximize value and competitiveness.
• May provide or assist with training needs as it relates to new or existing products or processes.
• May assist with quote or request for quote process.

• Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, in field related to specific position.
• Expert engineer with 12+ years of career experience, with Bachelor's degree. Or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Has complete knowledge of the field and able to handle complex assignments. Uses advanced techniques in modification or extension of theories or practices to complete assignments.

• Has plastic extrusion and compounding experience.

• Has experience with polyolifin plastics and thier related additives.

• Plans and executes complex engineering activities.
• Performs work of a complex scope, where data requires in-depth evaluation of various factors.
• Exercises independent judgment with broadly defined practices and policies in obtaining results.
• Has critical project technical leadership responsibility; may plan or delegate work assignments for lower level engineers and technicians.
• Works under minimal supervision, and may provide supervision.
• Displays outstanding contribution and impact to the team and projects.
• Innovative in nature, and contributes new product ideas.
• Has knowledge of the business side, and contributes to strategic decisions.
• Furthers knowledge of profession through continued education and/or providing mentorship. Contributes to profession through writing white papers. Recognized externally by peers as an expert in engineering.
• Specific skills, proficiencies, and knowledge in field related to position as identified by department leadership.
• Understanding of Lean Principles and manufacturing processes preferred.
• Ability to apply design theory and methodology.
• High level of customer service skills. Well-developed problem analysis and problem solving techniques.
• Proficiency with a computer, including use of Microsoft Word and Excel.
• Highly motivated and self-directed.
• Individually accountable for results.
• Ability to communicate effectively with team members and leadership staff.
• Strong problem-solving skills.
• Ability to identify waste and find creative solutions.
• Demonstrate flexibility, and able to multitask.



Raven is an EO employer - M/F/Vets/Disabled.

Nearest Major Market: Sioux Falls

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