Reference : 586827

Senior Research Engineer I – New Product Development

  • Research and Development
  • United States Malvern
  • Permanent / Regular (US)
  • Posting date : 07/01/2021

Position description

Under the supervision of the R&D Manager – New Product Development, the incumbent is responsible for research and project management supporting new product development for CertainTeed Gypsum. This position will facilitate introduction of new products to market through collaboration with cross-functional stakeholders. The ability to communicate across all levels of the organization will be essential for this role in order to influence others and drive projects to completion.


  • Conducts research and development on formulations, additives, & processes related to the production of Gypsum wall board.
  • Develops fundamental understanding of application-based needs of products and translates the corresponding CTQs to technical and commercial stakeholders.
  • Management of individual projects along with participation and support of other projects within the business.
  • Lead and/or participate in cross-functional teams from concept validation industrialization of new product development projects utilizing a Gate process.
  • Develops and encourages innovation and Intellectual Property (IP) development and fosters IP development through the patent process with legal support.
  • Proven ability to work in a production environment, building relationships and establishing support to drive projects forward.
  • Utilizes sound technical knowledge of materials, processes, techniques, and products to improve on product performance, reduce costs, maximize production, and to support new knowledge research.
  • Manages and documents projects effectively without supervision by a technical leader.
  • Demonstrates open and collaborative approach in all areas of responsibility.
  • Seeks out others to enhance and streamline development and decision making.
  • Able to communicate technically with internal competencies and university collaborators and utilize knowledge to advance projects and identify productive synergies.
  • Identifies opportunities that could benefit from innovative solutions and work with R&D, operations, and technical teams to develop solutions.
  • Provides technical support and assistance for trials, commissioning and troubleshooting of new technology.
  • Responsible for thorough documentation and communication of projects, trial reports, scientific developments, etc.
  • Prepares trial plans and leads manufacturing trials.
  • Responsible for developing and presenting project progress to all levels of the organization.
  • Coordinates work with external suppliers, universities, institutes and contract laboratories.
  • Continuously evaluates workplace for safety concerns and ensures behavioral safety initiatives are performed to goal levels.


  • Incumbent demonstrates ability to work with colleagues at various levels. 
  • Respectful communication and ability to collaborate in a team environment required.
  • Demonstrate ability to network within and out of group.
  • Demonstrate understanding of company policies
  • Develop understanding of corporate structure.
  • Prior industrial or research experience in the gypsum/cement manufacturing processes is a plus.
  • Prior industrial or research experience in the experience in paper or nonwoven industry also a plus.
  • Good business acumen highly desired.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of HSE.


  • BS Degree with a minimum of 7+ years’ experience, or MS with 3+ years of experience, or entry level PhD in chemical, material or mechanical engineering field, plus demonstrated technical judgement/accomplishments.
  • Must possess a body of technical work commensurate with their years of experience including but not limited to: demonstration of familiarity with statistical tools, data analysis, and drawing conclusions based on a collection of basic data and interpretation.
  • Previous experience with project management (3+ years) is required.
  • Previous experience in a manufacturing environment is required.

Who are we ?

Through the responsible development of innovative and sustainable building products, CertainTeed, headquartered in Malvern, Pennsylvania, has helped shape the building products industry for more than 110 years. Founded in 1904 as General Roofing Manufacturing Company, the firm's slogan "Quality Made Certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed," inspired the name CertainTeed. Today, CertainTeed is a leading North American brand of exterior and interior building products, including roofing, siding, fence, decking, railing, trim, insulation, drywall and ceilings.

A subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest and oldest building products companies, CertainTeed has more than 6,300 employees and more than 60 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada.

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