First Quality was founded in 1989 and, in nearly three decades, has grown to be a global privately held company with over 4,000 employees. Its corporate offices are located in Great Neck, New York, with manufacturing facilities and offices in Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Georgia, and Canada. First Quality is a diversified family of companies manufacturing consumer products ranging from Absorbent Hygiene (adult incontinence, feminine care, and baby care), Tissue (bath and towel), and Industrial (print and packaging materials and thermoformed plastics), serving institutional and retail markets throughout the world. First Quality focuses on private label and branded product lines.
Our core business philosophy is built on a proud culture driven by safety and quality, respect, humility, integrity, customer focus, and teamwork. With leading edge manufacturing technologies and processes and visionary leadership, First Quality is positioned to continue significant growth in the coming years. We are seeking an experienced Associate Product Development Scientist for our First Quality Retail Services, LLC located in King of Prussia, PA.
This position is under the direction of a Scientist or Manager and assists in the development of new and proprietary sanitary, baby diaper, and/or incontinence products based upon business, customer, and consumer needs. This position would perform product and material lab testing, assist with manufacturing and process trials and development , and generate product prototypes when necessary.
Primary responsibilities include:
Participate as a member of the Product Development department; execute projects in timely, diligent, safe, and professional manner, and contribute to the growth of the team and department.
Design new products and product improvements to meet business and consumer needs.
Develop new and improved materials and technologies with suppliers, and ensure all new raw materials obtain proper safety testing and clearance.
Use basic Design of Experiments (DOE) techniques to develop experimental plans.
Support the existing business product cost improvements through product redesigns.
Support corporate proprietary technology by documenting novel ideas.
Develop new test methods to better predict and understand product performance in use.
Duties and responsibilities may be added, deleted or changed at any time at the discretion of management, formally or informally, either verbally or in writing.
The ideal candidate should possess the following:
Technical Bachelor’s degree (e.g. Chemistry, Chemical Engineering) or equivalent
Zero to two+ years in R&D inventing, developing and implementing new products
Knowledge of retail absorbent products preferred.
Experience with the scientific method of testing hypotheses, resulting in specific conclusions and recommendations.
Able to speak, read and write the English language and have strong oral and written communication skills.
Good analytical skills, with working knowledge of basic statistics
Good computer skills with MicroSoft Office programs
Able to travel occasionally to US and International manufacturing plants for product and process trials.
Excellent compensation and benefits, which are effective the first day of employment!
First Quality is committed to protecting information under the care of First Quality Enterprises commensurate with leading industry standards and applicable regulations. As such, First Quality provides at least annual training regarding data privacy and security to employees who, as a result of their role specifications, may come in to contact with sensitive data.
First Quality is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identification, or protected Veteran status.