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Materials Project Engineer, Product Development and System Engineering

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Whirlpool Corporation

Benton Harbor, MI

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Materials Project Engineer, Product Development and System Engineering


Benton Harbor


Materials Project Engineer, Product Development and System Engineering


Sep 11, 2017


Benton Harbor, MI, US, 49022


Whirlpool Corporation

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Job Function:

Product Development Engineering (40000045)

Materials Project Engineer, Product Development and System Engineering


Manage materials development projects working with Cross Functional teams (Platforms, Procurement, Manufacturing, Sustainability, Suppliers and Consumer design) to deliver the projects within scope, schedule and cost

Drive Material specification definition, critical parameters, test plans with timeline and provide technical leadership to project teams

Lead Short/Medium term (

Ensure the smooth flow of raw materials to meet the product and process validation requirements and schedules.

Review, interpret, and react to data in order to drive product development progression

Assess risk management and proactively engage the team in order to mitigate any risk associated with the project

Develop test methods, coordinate the implementation of experiments, evaluate test results, and prepare written reports of research findings relative to materials selection investigations working with laboratory and design team.

Lead/Support Platforms & Plants in their day to day materials technology related activities

Lead or support Quality Projects implementation and resolve quality issues at the plant

Lead or support Cost savings projects implementation and pipeline generation

Lead or support dual sourcing strategy execution working with procurement, platform and plant

Identify opportunities for new technologies and/or improvements to existing technologies early on the product development stage

Function Overview

The open position has comprehensive responsibilities for managing materials projects related to Home appliances products from a technology and business perspective (New Product Introductions, Regulatory, Cost, quality, and Innovation). The position requires to work in close cooperation with functions like: Platforms, Procurement, Manufacturing, Sustainability and Consumer design) and to keep teaming relations with counterparts located in different Factories and Regions. Work as team member to manage activities and project where materials (plastic, metal, foam and coating) application is required . Share inside the Company the specific knowledge and competences about the plastic/resin materials, metal, foam and coating . Investigate, select, define and analyze new material opportunities to be implemented in Whirlpool products to address new features implementation, quality improvements, cost reduction, regulatory and model line.

Minimum Requirements

Bachelors in Materials, Chemical, Polymer Engineering or Mechanical Engineering

3 to 5 years experience in Project Management in new product development group or R&D

Experience in designing plastic parts and assemblies as well as manufacturing processes, including extrusion, injection molding , thermoforming, bonding/joining methods, coating and metal forming.

Experience in material failure analysis, CAD, MS office and MS project

Travel domestic or internationally to support business needs upto 20%

Preferred Requirements

Masters in Materials, Chemical, Polymer Engineering or Mechanical Engineering

Lean proficiency and mindset

Works independently; receives minimal guidance

Strong leadership and Competence about Plastic materials and process technology.

Strong technical understanding but not limited to plastic formulation, color additives and material characterization, aesthetics and functional attributes that includes surface finish, textures, scratch resistance, chemical resistance, static-dynamic strength.

Knowledge in tolerance stack up

Understanding of lamination technology

Understanding of the industrial process technology constraints.

Knowledge of testing methods for full materials engineering (laboratory operation knowledge and tests practices )

Good understanding of six sigma tooling and DOE approach (Design Of Experiment) will be a desirable additional value for the selection.

The candidate has to be highly motivated, able to effectively work in team as well as to lead works in autonomy.

Fluent English and Great communication skills, sense of urgency and capability to work under pressure for multiple tasks are needed requirements.

Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) is the number one major appliance manufacturer in the world, with approximately $21 billion in annual sales, 97,000 employees and 70 manufacturing and technology research centers. The company markets Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Maytag, Consul, Brastemp, Amana, Bauknecht, Jenn-Air, Indesit and other major brand names in nearly every country throughout the world. We stay true to our philosophy that says good business begins by not following but leading. Our brands and products help people make the most of time so they can focus on making the most of moments that matter. At Whirlpool Corporation, we believe that all people matter. Celebrating diversity and including thousands of perspectives empower us to create products that blend into every concept of home. Whirlpool Corporation is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status.

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Whirlpool Corporation is a leader of the $120 billion global home appliance industry. Our appliances are marketed in nearly every country around the world. Whirlpool manufactures appliances across all major categories, including fabric care, cooking, refrigeration, dishwashers, countertop appliances, garage organization and water filtration.

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