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Lead Scientist Materials

Kimberly Clark
Neenah, Wisconsin, US
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Jan 15, 2022

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
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Full time
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Lead Scientist Materials

Job Description

You express yourself in a way that moves people to connect with your ideas

You speak and write in a way that resonates with your audience, and one of your secrets is empathy. You connect with people, and that allows you to speak to their needs and core interests. You're perceived as being open and straightforward, so important in encouraging a harmonious work environment. What's more, you listen empathetically. Please communicate with us today!

Welcoming different perspectives, like yours, is one of our strongest attributes

We're a community of individuals with different points of view who enjoy opportunities to share our skills and ideas. We genuinely value people who will articulate their perspectives while respecting those of others. We value diversity, so here, you will find no limits to your professional growth. We will welcome you into the stimulating process of exchanging ideas for personal and professional growth.

Position Summary:

Currently, we are seeking a Scientist with 5-10 years of industry experience as a material developer in the consumer products industry to support the Personal Care sector in Neenah, Wisconsin. Specifically, this role will initially be focused on being a material lead on key projects with business unit partners. The focus will be on the development and commercialization of materials.

Scientists at Kimberly Clark work as a member of the Research and Engineering (R&E) team to develop and implement a new product, process, material or technology concept. The Scientist for this role will work with fast-moving consumer products, supporting the development of Personal Care consumable products. They will provide leadership in the design, development, and optimization of, typically, Nonwoven and Absorbent Materials for consumer product solutions, supporting the K-C brand plans. Candidates should have experience across multiple technologies or industries. The incumbent reports to a Team Leader and receives direction in the form of specific project and innovation pipeline objectives.

The role requires expertise in developing and commercializing material technologies as part of a cross-functional team. The role requires knowledge of materials and the structural/performance relationship between primarily nonwoven materials and absorbent systems that drive hygiene garment performance. The role requires excellent communication skills including networking and partnership with product developers, process development engineers and other materials scientists to develop and commercialize new materials. Team members typically have project leadership responsibility in one or more projects as well as support roles in one or more other projects. In this role, the incumbent will also be expected to manage the vendor relationship with external partners and coordinate material development activities with key suppliers and production locations across several different internal product development projects with mainly North American implementation, but also internationally, as required.

Required Qualifications:
  • Candidates must possess a bachelor's or advanced degree in related major scientific or engineering discipline.
  • Alternatively, demonstrated equivalent scientific ability, based on relevant experience (Material Science/Development, Polymer Science or NonWovens knowledge) and appropriate education.
  • 5-10 years of industrial experience in a variety of R&E product/material development roles or other related experience.
  • A demonstrated ability to work as part of a team and across functional boundaries to complete projects within required timeframes.
  • Experience analyzing material properties and their impact on product performance.
  • Exceptional communication skills. Has the ability to effectively translate complex technical concepts to others.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience in vendor management
  • Previous experience in materials development and commercial scale-up and roll-out, completing material and product qualifications.
  • Experience leading material and product commercial launch activities with global manufacturing partners.
  • Absorbent materials experience Demonstrated track record of effectively working with global partners and suppliers to deliver results

Our most important resource is your innovative mind

If you're a pro who's always thinking of better ways to do things, you've found a home. We work smarter by seeking out fresh approaches to every facet of business, from everyday operations to high-level decisions. Our diverse staff hails from a variety of backgrounds, all bringing their valuable perspectives and skills. Here, everyone is included, respected, and offered every opportunity to grow.

Kimberly-Clark makes the essentials for a better life with well-known brands that matter every day - at home, school, work and on the go. Throughout our 148 years, we have challenged conventional wisdom to innovate products that better meet the needs of consumers. We have created new categories with top brands like Kleenex®, and redefined categories with Huggies® and U by Kotex®. While growing our $18+ billion global business, we help build careers through collaborative teams that push boundaries and endless opportunities to work with some of the world's most recognized brands. Our 43,000 employees are changing the world for the better, too, generously giving back to communities and causes around the globe.

For Kimberly-Clark to grow and prosper, we must be an inclusive organization that applies the diverse experiences and passions of its team members to brands that make life better for people all around the world. We actively seek to build a workforce that reflects the experiences of our consumers. When you bring your original thinking to Kimberly-Clark, you fuel the continued success of our enterprise. We are a committed equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, pregnancy, genetic information, citizenship status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

With an inclusive culture, our employees - and the original thinking they bring to Kimberly-Clark - make us stronger. EOE disability/vet.

K-C requires that an employee have authorization to work in the country in which the role is based. In the event an applicant does not have current work authorization, K-C will determine, in its sole discretion, whether to sponsor an individual for work authorization. However, based on immigration requirements, not all roles are suitable for sponsorship.

Global VISA and Relocation Specifications:

K-C will support in-country relocation for the chosen candidate for the role. The benefits provided will be per the terms of K-C's applicable mobility policies. The benefits/policy provided will be decided in K-C's sole discretion.

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