Research and Development Engineer in Jacksonville, IL at Reynolds Consumer Products

Date Posted: 5/20/2023

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Job Title: Research and Development Engineer 

City: Jacksonville / State: Illinois                                                   

Job Description

Join Reynolds Consumer Products…a world of opportunities! We are passionate about achieving results and have fun winning as a team! We are committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace environment in which individual differences are recognized, respected and appreciated.

At Reynolds, we provide amazing job opportunities for growth with competitive salaries and benefits in an exciting, dynamic, fast-paced, and fun workplace environment. Are you looking to build a strong career? Then we have an opportunity for you! We currently have an opportunity for a Research and Development Engineer to join our team located in Jacksonville, IL, WEST.

Your Role:

The R&D Engineer will lead in design, development and commercialization of machine and process changes. This role will have the opportunity to transform their creative ideas into new products or processes for manufacturing. This role will collaborate with engineering, operations, marketing, and the business team to deliver results that can be seen at all major retail stores.

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Coordinate process development and commercialization activities especially for automation in all areas of the Hefty Business unit including waste and storage bags as well as the three different sites.
  • Supervise and direct engineering technicians to accomplish tasks as required.
  • Startup new or modified bag making conversion and PE blown film extrusion manufacturing equipment.
  • Develop, write, implement, submit and/or present various technical reports or capital requests in support of new product, safety, quality, process improvement, or productivity initiatives.
  • Perform complex activities related to the design, testing, and evaluation of mechanical and electromechanical devices or systems.
  • Apply statistical analysis techniques to trial data and develop key observations and conclusions.
  • Collaborate on improvements to production methods, implementing new production techniques, and determination of manufacturing capacities.
  • Ability to understand control sequences of operations and work directly with electrical engineers and technicians to troubleshoot equipment controls problems and achieve efficient operation of new or modified equipment.
  • Directly manage small to medium sized capital projects up to $500,000
  • Travel to other sites or vendor locations in performance of duties. Travel is project dependent and ranges up to 50%.
  • Have the desire to learn and improve through training both inside and outside the company as part of your personal development plan.

In this inventive role, you will enjoy having the opportunity to influence the business through their ideas, research, and development of solutions to increase manufacturing performance across new products, safety, quality, process, automation and productivity. 

You will love it here if…

  • You are a creative and dynamic problem‐solver
  • You are highly analytic and have a natural curiosity for results
  • You are highly self‐motivated with the ability to work independently as well as with a team
  • You are a strong and visionary leader who likes to help others succeed

We need you to have:

  • BS in Engineering (Mechanical, Electrical, or Chemical preferred), required
  • 5+ years of applicable experience, preferred
  • Experience with automation design and integration
  • High degree of creativity, ability to work independently, and with a team
  • Basic understanding of 3D drawing software, solid modeling, or heat transfer modeling
  • Basic understanding of statistical techniques and methods (DOE, SPC, etc)
  • Basic understanding of Lean manufacturing techniques and methods

Icing on the cake:

  • MBA or other advanced degree
  • Polymer extrusion and conversion experience 
  • Familiarity with physical and analytical test methods for polymer films and resin

Want to know more? Check out our website or connect with us on LinkedIn!

Apply today to join a fast-growing innovative company!

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Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, protected veteran status or disability.

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