Since its founding more than 100 years ago, ITW has become one of the world’s leading diversified manufacturers of specialized industrial equipment, consumables, and related service businesses. We place a high premium on the development of innovative solutions–most of which are developed in tandem with our customers. And we continue to ensure that our customers receive timely, cost-effective service for the innovative products we provide.
ITW’s differentiated business model is composed of a set of unique core capabilities: our proprietary 80/20 business process, customer-back innovation, and our well-known decentralized entrepreneurial culture. These capabilities are unmistakably ITW—and key to our longevity and strong performance.
ITW’s products and solutions are at work all over the world, in deep-sea oil rigs, aerospace technology, bridges and wind turbines, healthcare, the spaces in which we live and work, the cars we drive, and the mobile devices we rely on. We are never, whether we know it or not, more than a few steps from an innovative ITW solution.
Today, ITW (NYSE: ITW) is a Fortune 200 company that employs nearly 50,000 people with operations in 55 countries with headquarters in Glenview, IL. We are conveniently located across from the Metra commuter rail, with access to an on-site gym, café and active employee resource groups.
The ITW Innovation Center is looking for a creative, highly motivated individual to research material/chemical technologies, including sustainable materials, which are of strategic importance to ITW. The position will require a combination of secondary research review and distillation, technology/problem analysis, experimentation, and project reporting to senior management. The successful candidate will utilize independent judgment within general parameters to determine and apply appropriate methods.
Subject matter expert in polymer Chemistry domains
To scope, define, and execute materials market & technology investigations supporting our ITW’s divisional needs relating to sustainable polymer technology strategy.
To execute ITW Division requested research projects in support of our growth initiatives, across a broad range of markets and technologies.
To function as the recognized technical expert in sustainable (renewable, biodegradable, and compostable) polymer materials and to apply technical knowledge and experience to support business inquiries and project requests.
To support ITW Divisions when they encounter polymer related production issues.
To consult with industry and academic experts to accelerate developments in sustainable chemistry
Masters degree or higher in Material Science, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry
Polymers/plastics discipline highly preferred
Minimum 5 years of industry experience in polymers focused on sustainable materials.
Understanding of polymer structures and properties and manufacturing processes. This role will not have direct responsibility of manufacturing processes or polymer materials analysis, but an understanding will be necessary
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Willingness to travel 20% domestically with limited international
Willingness to be in the corporate office minimally 3 days/week
DESIRED EXPERIENCE AND TRAITS:
Expert in the field of plastics and polymers, both rigid and films
Knowledgeable of new and emerging research/technology in this subject area
Proven record of technical excellence in a technology-based corporation preferred
Intellectually curious with a driving interest in new technology
Degradable/ Biodegradable materials
Extrusion and injection molding
“Bioderived polymers” -Polymers from plant-based materials / sugars
Sustainable chemistry / Green chemistry
Attention to Detail
Strong Analytical Skills
Creative Thinking/Innovative Mindset
Illinois Tool Works Inc. (“ITW” or “the Company”) is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability, protected Veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws.
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ITW is an equal opportunity employer. We value our colleagues’ unique perspectives, experiences and ideas and create workplaces where everyone can develop their careers and perform to their full potential.
As an equal employment opportunity employer, ITW is committed to equal employment opportunity and fair treatment for employees, beginning with the hiring process and continuing through all aspects of the employment relationship.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability, protected Veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws.