Materials Development Engineer
Gates Corporation
Englewood, CO
Driven by Possibility Gates Corporation is a leading manufacturer of application-specific fluid power and power transmission solutions. At Gates, we are driven to push the boundaries of materials science to engineer products that continually exceed expectations. We don’t rest on our rich heritage of innovation. We leverage it to inspire solutions that will power the next hundred years. We invest continually in R&D and technology, so our products not only outperform industry standards; they exceed our customers’ demanding expectations. We invest in our people, bringing real-world experience that enables us to solve our customers’ diverse challenges of today and anticipate those of tomorrow. And we are constantly expanding our product catalog and value-added service offerings to support every facet of our customers’ operations. In the most extreme environments and those more familiar, Gates is there with the right product, in the right place at the right time. Whether building original equipment or maintaining products in the aftermarket, we enable companies in every industry to be more efficient, productive, and profitable. We are Gates. POSITION SUMMARY: The Materials Development Engineer selects, develops, plans, and implements necessary materials for a new product line and supports optimizations and revisions for existing materials and existing product lines. This position serves as an individual contributor and as a project manager and technical resource to other employees across the worldwide organization. The individual will be expected to provide solutions to Operations and products as part of an innovation program, as well as having the ability to learn in added capacities as future business directions determine. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Other duties may be assigned beyond the core functions listed below. - Selecting or developing materials in conjunction with process development for new product lines. - Executes decision making to solve complex problems involving extensive research, analysis and evaluation of multiple variables. - Contributes ideas and analysis of the potential programs to provide added value to Operations. - Provides on-going support for any previously implemented projects or programs. - Provides technical information for process and tool engineering for the Operations and R&D group. SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Functions as an individual contributor with no supervisory responsibilities. QUALIFICATIONS: -BS Degree; preferable in Material Science -Minimum of 5 years of specific applicable engineering experience -Experience with structured problem solving concepts -Familiar with common polymer composite resins: epoxies and polyurethanes -Experience with thermoplastic and TPV materials -Experience with composite fiber reinforcements: fiberglass, carbon and aramid -Experience with composite fabrication and processing -Experience with composite design software is a plus -Experience with rubber and thermoplastic extrusion process is a plus -Experience with rubber compounding and processing is a plus

REQUIRED SKILLS:
Demonstrated troubleshooting skills
Demonstrated knowledge of manufacturing concepts
Demonstrated knowledge of financial concepts as they related to manufacturing operations and market assessments
Excellent Communication Skills both verbal and written.
Must be capable of presenting project information in front of all levels of the organization.
Excellent project management skills, including execution and follow up assessment
Results oriented, seeks creative solutions to business problems
Proven ability to lead cross functional and cross cultural teams
Proficient project management and engineering related skills including but not limited to:
Desktop Publishing
Project Management Programs (Microsoft Project)
AutoCAD/Solid Works
Statistical systems
Mathematical applications
Time Management/Resource Planning
Strong team player, proactively able to step in to support other team members as needed and share knowledge to allow cross training of all functions, builds collaborative relationships
Takes action, anticipates the needs of internal and external customers.
Demonstrated ability to manage high pressure situations manages conflict and prioritizes workloads.
Self-directed and motivated

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The position is expected to conform to all of the posted HSE requirements to be within the manufacturing work area.
The noise level in the manufacturing work environment can be moderate to high, hearing protection is required in posted locations.
Safety glasses are required in all production areas.
Safety shoes are required in all production areas.
PPA is required in all posted locations.

Note: This description is intended to provide a general overview of the position and is not an exhaustive list of duties and responsibilities.

Please be advised that Gates Corporation does not accept resumes from third-party recruiters.

Gates Corporation is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to ensuring equal employment opportunities for all job applicants and employees. Employment decisions are based upon job-related reasons regardless of race, sex, color, religion, age, disability, pregnancy, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, genetic information, marital status, or any other consideration defined by law.