Position Description

Fabrics Development Specialist
Location SC - Anderson
Employment Duration Full time
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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), 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 Fabrics Development Specialist for our First Quality Tissue, SE facility located in Anderson, SC.  This position will be primarily responsible for paper machine fabric service and development. Also, involves fabric testing and tracking during operation and use, fabric inspection during machine stops and outages, and implementation of best practice learnings across all assets including fabric installation procedure. Also, includes fabric process troubleshooting and execution of fabric continuous improvement trials. Backup responsibility for fabric end of life testing. Requires excellent interaction and communication with PD and Operations teams and systematic data analysis, storage, and report writing. Also involves some travel to sister production sites (i.e., Lock Haven, PA) and to development partner sites for fabric inspections and development activities.


Primary responsibilities include:

  • Fabric tracking and test measurements during operation through lifetime. (i.e., stretch jack position, tension, sheet moisture profile, fabric temperature, moisture content)

  • Fabric and related machine equipment inspections during machine stops and outages. (i.e., fabric wear condition – seam and body, air permeability, caliper, edge condition, vacuum box ceramic wear conditions)

  • Used fabric sample collection, labeling, storage, and filing.

  • Consolidate and share fabric best practice learnings semi-annually in training sessions on both sites (i.e., special fabric events, fabric installation procedure, reel belt seaming, fabric edge trimming and sealing)

  • Backup role in fabric inventory and orders

  • Contribute to investigation of failed fabrics.

  • Participate in weekly fabric development meetings with vendor partners. Site visits for new trial fabric inspections

  • Support and lead certain continuous improvement fabric development trials

  • Backup role in testing and analysis of used fabrics

  • Contribute to fabric testing for new patent developments


The ideal candidate should possess the following:

  • A 4-year Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering or related engineering curriculum or 5 years or more of tissue paper manufacturing experience

  • Paper Machine operational experience, particularly TAD papermaking

  • Knowledgeable with regard to industrial safety hazards and requirements

  • Hands on experience with analytical test devices and measurements desired

  • Good analytical/troubleshooting skills.

  • Should have strong work ethic and be a self-starter with minimal supervision.

  • Attention to detail required.

  • Focus on getting results in a timely manner.

  • Creative and innovative spirit, not afraid to try or fail to gain learning for development

  • Good computer skills with proficiency in Microsoft Office applications such as Excel.

  • Excellent resource management for PD project completion


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.

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