Material Developer in Material Platform - Barrier

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  • Keep up to date and share new knowledge on the state of the art by researching new materials and processes. 
  • Scouting of new raw materials (polymers, fillers, and additives) and integration of new and existing raw materials into new and existing compounds to ensure that process and design requirements are met, including performance, function, and sustainability. 
  • Ensure that all raw material data is available to use alongside compound recipe data in the chemical recipe management system.  Manage material change requests and testing according to trigger matrix. 
  • Create specification of a processable rubber compound meeting properties for the product (align with process and product design). 
  • Design experiments in terms of formulation for compounding trials, evaluation of results and documentation.  Authorize the compounding experiments in laboratory and production mixing centers or externally, after ensuring that safe processing will be achieved. 
  • Identify correlations between material characterization and product performance/testing. 
  • Select the right testing tools for material characterization (standard techniques and request to test method development and validation) including route cause analysis in terms of reclaims. 
  • Conduct material benchmark analysis (e.g., competitors) - ensure audit-compliant specification (formulation, material parameters) and contribute to FMEA processes. 
  • Ensure conformity to rules and (customer) standards as well as legislation for platform materials (e.g., FDA, ESH, REACH)- consider sustainable material solutions (renewable & recycled feedstock, degradable materials, substitutes with lower carbon footprint). 


  • Immediate Benefits 
  • Paid Time Off 
  • Tuition & Employee Discounts 
  • Annual Bonus 
  • And more benefits that come with working for a global industry leader! 
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  • Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, Material Science, Polymer Science, or related area and a minimum 2 years of professional experience required. 
  • Minimum 4 years or more experience if no relevant bachelor’s degree. 
  • Experience and knowledge in material development. 
  • Prior experience within a lab environment. 
  • Familial with testing and testing processes for rubber material and rubber product related materials. 
  • Legal authorization to work in the U.S. is required. We will not sponsor individuals for employment visas, now or in the future, for this job opening. 
  • Continental is not able to pay relocation expenses for this opportunity. 


  • Project management experience 
  • Cross-functional experience for > 2 years or at least good cross-functional understanding and experience in Project Management (Planning, Leading, Monitoring, Risk management) 
  • Experience working on worked international teams. 
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Continental develops pioneering technologies and services for sustainable and connected mobility of people and their goods. Founded in 1871, the technology company offers safe, efficient, intelligent and affordable solutions for vehicles, machines, traffic and transportation. In 2023, Continental generated preliminary sales of €41.4 billion and currently employs around 200,000 people in 56 countries and markets.

ContiTech is one of the world’s leading industry specialists. The Continental group sector offers its customers connected, environment-friendly, safe and convenient industry and service solutions using a range of materials for off-highway applications, on rails and roads, in the air, under and above the ground, in industrial environments, for the food sector and the furniture industry. With about 42,000 employees in more than 40 countries and sales of some 6.8 billion euros (2023), the global industrial partner is active with core branches in Asia, Europe and North and South America.

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