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Senior Development Engineer

Company: Milliken & Company
Location: Spartanburg
Posted on: September 10, 2019

Job Description:

Milliken is an innovation company that has been exploring, discovering, and creating ways to enhance people?s lives since 1865. With expertise across a breadth of disciplines including specialty chemical, floor covering, and performance materials, we work around the world to add value to people?s lives, improve health and safety, and make the world more sustainable. We have a global presence with 39 manufacturing facilities located in the U.S., U.K., Belgium, France and China. In addition, sales and service operations are located throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. To learn more about the uniqueness of Milliken, visit our website at
Milliken-s Nonwovens business operates in two primary markets: Automotive and Bedding. We provide a wide variety of innovative, custom-engineered, materials solutions for each of these markets. These solutions include products such as: moldable composites, low weight abrasion resistant dilour carpets, cabin noise level reducing insulators, filtration media, exterior weather resistant components, flame retardant barriers and foam replacement products. We strive to be the leader in creating high-value-add, differentiated solutions that solve critical challenges within automotive and bedding markets. The NW business offers high performance materials utilizing needle punch and air lay technologies.

Job Summary

As the Senior development engineer for NW, you will be responsible for conducting all relevant aspects of new or existing product development opportunities within the fiber-based product families sold to the automotive and bedding market. These activities will include overseeing the Development, testing, materials research, new vendor relations, customer interactions and any significant process development thereof. This is an opportunity to learn the business and grow into a Director of Development role. The position may require 30-40% travel both domestic and international.

Key Responsibilities:

- Develop new products as defined by management (utilizing Technology Road Maps and other resources)
- Perform preliminary cost matrix for any new product concepts or current product modifications within product unit
- Optimize current product lines through material research and process optimization (supporting Kaizen Events and Lean Manufacturing initiatives)
- Work with Applications Engineers and Sales to develop any new OEM specification(s) needed to qualify new products and penetrate given market(s)


-Four year engineering/technical degree preferably accompanied by advanced degree
- Broad based relevant technical expertise and experience (e.g. textiles, FR, fiber science, polymer science, etc.); manufacturing experience is a plus
- 10+ years- experience in Automotive/Nonwovens/Molding Tier 1 or a relevant adjacency is preferred
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; will communicate with internal staff as well as external sales, vendors and customers
- Excellent analytical skills, working knowledge of statistics, proficiency with MS Office

Job Type: Management

Milliken & Company is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability

Keywords: Milliken & Company, Spartanburg , Senior Development Engineer, Engineering , Spartanburg, South Carolina

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