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Material Specialist, Plastics Compounding

City:  Lincoln
Country/Region:  US

Position: Material Specialist, Plastics Compounding


Location: Lincoln, Rhode Island


Prysmian Group is the world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry. Each year, the Group manufacturers thousands of miles of underground and submarine cables and systems for power transmission and distribution, as well as medium low voltage cables for the construction and infrastructure sectors. We also produce a comprehensive range of optical fibers, copper cables and connectivity for voice, video and data transmission for the telecommunication sector.


We have almost 29,000 employees, across 52 countries. Everyone at Prysmian Group has the potential to make their mark; because whatever you do, wherever you are based, you will be part of a company that is helping transform the world around us.


Prysmian Group is seeking a people-oriented and change management champion to support our business.  In your new role you will be reporting directly to the lab Product Development Manager and will be integral to the continued success as well as the future growth of with our customers.  Your role will interact with the business and customers in order to understand and solve their unique requirements for their business segments.  You will be responsible for start-to-finish product development, requirement gathering, product improvement, and support new product introduction into segments of the business.   


Reports to Product Development Manager


Principal Duties & Responsibilities: 

  • Conduct fundamental or applied research to improve or to generate new products, components, materials, or applications. 
  • Plan, design, and conduct research projects according to established scientific methods, principles, and theories in order to solve problems, improve or generate new products, components, equipment, and processes. 
  • Develop/Formulate new polymer/rubber compounds and/or modify the existing materials to improve product functionality. 
  • Activities may include devising research methods; setting-up laboratory test equipment; building models and prototypes; calculating and analyzing test results and preparing detailed reports with recommendations and conclusions.  
  • Estimate the costs, resources, and time required to conduct a research project and monitor performance to ensure these targets are met.  
  • Prepare calculations, specifications, and other technical documentation so that prototype designs can be manufactured and assembled.  
  • Develop and maintain technical expertise on advances and innovations in research and science. 





  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering in a related field 
  • 5-10 years of Material/Product Development Engineering or combination with Design Engineering 
  • High EQ with a passion for supporting products that are cost effective and conducive to business success 
  • Experience working in cross-functional teams 



  • 5-10 years of Material/Product Development Engineering or combination with Design Engineering 


Work Environment/Physical Demands: 

  • Works out of a normal office environment with standard office equipment available. 
  • Will be required to sit, bend, kneel, squat, use keyboard, read, write, and speak fluently. 
  • Employee will regularly be required to lift and carry objects of 10-25 pounds as needed. 
  • Employee will occasionally be required to lift and carry objects of 25-30 pounds as needed. 
  • Employee will be required to work productively and cooperatively in a high-volume, fast paced, highly pressured environment and be able to respond efficiently and courteously to unanticipated problems and crisis. 
  • This role is not typically exposed to adverse environmental conditions, except excessive eye strain and possible lifting injuries 
  • When travel is necessary, will be exposed to typical travel environment and surroundings 


Prysmian Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All persons shall have the opportunity to be considered for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, alienage or citizenship status, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, military service and veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws. Prysmian will endeavor to make a reasonable accommodation to the known physical or mental limitations of a qualified applicant with a disability unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of our business. If you believe you require such assistance to complete this form or to participate in an interview, please let us know.