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Ropella Launches Research & Development and Product Development Searches for Coats - North America

Posted: 12/12/2018  Category: RG Executive Search Assignment

MARION, NORTH CAROLINA, DECEMBER 12, 2018 – The Ropella Group, the leading Executive Search firm specializing in the chemical, consumer products and technology industries, has launched two new searches on behalf of Coats – North America, who is looking for a Research & Development Engineer and a Product Development Research Scientist to support the company in the growth and development of high-performance products to solve customers’ needs.

Coats is the world’s leading industrial thread manufacturer and a major player in the Americas textiles and craft market. Coats products are part of the fabric of everyday life: from clothing, accessories and furniture to fiber optics. The company aims to deliver innovation, digital solutions and sustainable value to all stakeholders.

In October 2018, Coats opened its first Innovation Hub in Marion, North Carolina. This hub will serve as one of three centers around the world used for collaboration with a range of partners including customers, suppliers, universities and start-ups. The Innovation Hubs will develop pioneering new products and processes in apparel, footwear and performance materials, which encompasses hi-tech products for end uses in automotive, oil and gas, protective wear and telecom.

 

Job Requirements

The Research & Development Engineer and the Product Development Research Scientist will be responsible for the development of new products and associated processes with a primary focus on technologies that are new to Coats.

Research & Development Engineer – This role will be working in the Coats Innovation Hub – America and reporting to the Innovation Director. The R&D Engineer will be an integral team member in the growth and innovation efforts of the North American Cluster. They will be responsible for the development of new products and associated processes or modification of existing products in the Performance Materials and Apparel & Footwear portfolio to meet market and specific customer needs. They will also be responsible for analyzing samples and determining construction and yarn content and translating information into product specifications.

Coats is looking for qualified individuals with 3 to 5 years of relevant work experience, as well a Master’s degree in Material Science or a related field. They will need to demonstrate familiarity with state-of-the-art technologies in textile engineering and manufacturing, yarns and common post-production techniques, such as dyeing and finishing. The R&D Engineer must be able to inform and drive prototype creation on lab-scale / pilot machines in the Innovation Hub, as well as being a highly motivated, self-driven and open-minded individual who is capable of accomplishing tasks and projects in a limited supervision environment.

Product Development Research Scientist – This role will be working in the Coats Innovation Hub – Americas and reporting to the Innovation Director. The Product Development Research Scientist will be an integral team member in the growth and innovation efforts of the North American Cluster. They will be responsible for assisting the Sales team with the review and development of new products including solutions to previously untapped areas, as well as liaising with Manufacturing and Sales/Marketing personnel to ensure that product and process developments progress to successful commercial practice.

Coats is looking for qualified individuals with a Bachelor’s degree in Polymer Science, Material Science, Textile Chemistry or a related field. They will need to demonstrate direct, hands-on experience developing innovative solutions for industry applications using polymer chemistry and surface science. The Product Development Research Scientist must also have experience leading new product development projects of engineered yarns and fabrics, using textile fibers and coatings.

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