Innovation Engineer, Focus - Extrusion Gendorf (m/w/d)

Date: Nov 20, 2022

Location: Gendorf, DE, 84508

Company: Klöckner Pentaplast

Purpose of the job:    

The Innovation Engineer will be responsible for planning, organizing and executing of product development projects of new products and lead them through the kp stage gate process. As the technical project leader,

the innovation engineer will be responsible from lab through pilot plant to full production and commercialization.


Tasks and responsibilities:    
•    Leading innovation development projects for Pharma and Health applications:
     o    Create a planning of the project activities.
     o    Collaborate with the product line managers and create the financials of the project (financial opportunities, costs, necessary CAPEX investments, RoI, etc.).
     o    Move the project through the stages Concept, Design, Prototype, Qualification and Commercialization and present the results in stage gates reviews in front of the leadership team.
     o    Create the necessary data like project budget, financial opportunity, chances of success etc. and actualize these for each stage in the Sales Force project folder.
     o    Perform/lead trials on all levels of machines (hand samples, pilot and industrial lines), analyse the materials and create meaningful documentations of trial and test results on a shared drive.
•    Responsible for supporting the drive for growth through open innovation with both internal and external partners, especially focusing on customers.
•    Identify and promote opportunities for growth beyond actual solution portfolio.
•    Identify product alternatives, fabricating and evaluating prototypes.
•    Interact directly with end-users to develop solutions and/or product concepts based on true market needs.    
•    Cooperation with external partners such as machine suppliers, institutes and universities and work closely with core technology associates to guide development of needed materials technology.
•    Identifying patent opportunities and lead the patent application process, partnering with an external patent lawyer.
•    Maintain an astute knowledge of relevant technical trends within the industry.
•    Ability to travel domestically and internationally up to 15% of the time.


•    No direct leadership function. The incumbent of this role must possess cross-functional team leadership abilities, which also reflect our kp Leadership Qualities. 


•    University or university of applied sciences Degree in Chemistry, Polymer Engineering, Material Science, Chemical Engineering, Packaging, or related field
•    Combination of education and work experience to be considered on an individual basis
•    Deep knowledge in polymer processing, especially in coating and extrusion
•    Knowledge in polymer chemistry and physics

Functional/Technical Skills:    
•    Demonstrate creativity in technical problem solving and critical thinking.
•    Possess the ability to think strategically from a business perspective.
•    Possess sound decision making capabilities. 
•    Strong verbal and written communication skills.


•    Project management experience in leading cross functional teams from concept to commercialization.
•    Knowledgeable with thermoforming processes and equipment is a plus.
•    Analytical testing experience following prescribed standards (ex. ASTM, ISO) and in developing novel test methods.
•    Polymer processing experience, especially extrusion of polymer films and coatings/laminations.
•    Experienced in Six Sigma+Lean (Greenbelt) is preferable.


•    Language proficiency – English required; German beneficial.
•    Computer programming experience is advantageous.


Scope of the role: