Principal Product Development Engineer - Engineered Films

COMPANY:  Raven Engineered Films Division

Sioux Falls, SD, US, 57104

STATUS:  Exempt
REQ ID:  29622


At Raven, we aspire to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges. This purpose drives the work and passion of our team members, and it unites our businesses. For over 65 years, we’ve collaborated together, learned together, grown together, and served together. Discover a career with Raven and help us solve the world’s next great challenge.


Thinner, lighter, stronger. The Raven Engineered Films team finds its passion in creating film and sheeting solutions that outperform and outlast. With a focus on preserving customer assets and protecting Earth’s resources, Raven creates liners, covers, and barriers that solve demanding challenges in the field. From design and manufacturing to on-site installation, our highly skilled team is focused on quality, service, and innovation at all levels — and never stops striving to improve. 


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.


  • 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 and demonstrated polymer knowledge (polyolefins).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Proficiency with a computer, including use of Microsoft Word and Excel.


Not all benefits are created equal, but we’ve got you covered. Raven not only offers a wide range of benefits that encourage wellness and preventative care, but we also provide the right tools and programs to help you achieve it.  Our benefits package includes medical, dental, vision, company-paid life and disability insurance and 401k.   We offer workplace flexibility policies to promote work/life balance in addition to paid time off (PTO) benefit.  Team Members can also take advantage of additional benefit programs such as education assistance, our onsite fitness center or fitness center reimbursement, employee assistance program (EAP) and much more.


Raven is committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all qualified employees and applicants. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, genetic information, citizenship, ancestry, marital status, protected veteran status, disability status or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law.

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