Product Development Engineer
Asahi Kasei

Job Info

At Asahi Kasei we believe anyone can buy equipment or build a facility. It is our diverse team members around the globe who will enable us to develop ideas and technologies and capture the exciting opportunities that lie ahead. We look for candidates with a fresh perspective, people with a wide variety of skills who are creative thinkers, enjoy challenges and are driven to excel.

We are currently seeking applications to fill the following job opening at Celgard where we develop and manufacture membrane battery separators that are critical components used in lithium-ion batteries for electric drive vehicles (EDVs) and energy storage systems (ESS).

Celgard, LLC

Job Description:

Job Duties:

The Product Development Engineer will hold a key position in Celgard's base film development team. Responsibilities include:

  • Develop future microporous film technologies and concepts for the Li-battery industry, as well as Specialty applications that utilize microporous films, such as medical, textile filtration products.
  • Work collaboratively with other technical staff to resolve issues as they may arise.
  • Create, manage, and execute on product development plans and trials to drive prototypes through the technical commercialization process.
  • Active participation in all aspects of assigned development tasks, including face-to-face interaction with Development Technicians and Operations personnel during trial execution.
  • Responsible for evaluation and reporting on trial programs at lab, pilot, and production scales, in order to meet standards and troubleshoot any issues through root cause analysis.
  • Interact directly with sales and technical service staff to thoroughly understand customer requirements in order to drive new product developments.
  • Interact with production, engineering, and other internal staff to fully understand the capabilities and limitations of our products.
  • Must follow all production, safety, and standard operating procedures required to do work.
  • Effectively lead projects to ensure the right technical resources are utilized and yields on time completion of the project, working along side the technicians.
  • Stay abreast of competitive market activities, products, and technical data.
  • Analyze developmental approaches for freedom to operate and Patentability against the background of prior art.
  • Maintain a safe and organized, incident-free, working environment

  • Advanced degree in Polymer Science & Engineering, Material Science & Engineering, or in Chemical Engineering - OR - BS degree in same fields with a minimum of 5 years of experience in plastics, packaging, non-wovens or related industries.

  • Experience with materials (plastics, polymers, additives) and polymer films, non-woven membrane and / or fiber processing equipment (compounding, extrusion, converting processes).
  • Product or process commercialization; transition from R&D stage to production stage.
  • Able to work with a diverse team of individuals, both internal and external, across the globe.
  • Strong team player; excellent communication and presentation skills.
  • Ability to manage numerous simultaneous projects in a dynamic and fast-paced environment.
  • Generates innovative and creative solutions that solve problems and meet project objectives.
  • Self-motivated, innovative, disciplined, takes ownership of work, and detail-oriented.
  • Design of Experiments (DOE) and/or Six Sigma methodology preferred.
  • Strong computer skills (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).
  • Some travel required.
  • Familiarity with structure / properties relationships of polyolefin and related polymers with regard to the design of multilayer film structures and the methods used for their characterization.
  • Strong understanding of polymer converting processes including film extrusion, coating, and lamination is preferred.


We believe a diverse workforce is crucial to our growth as a global supplier of advanced materials. Asahi Kasei is an equal opportunity employer.

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