Balcan Innovations is a leading North American manufacturer of technical films, flexible packaging, and reflective insulation with five brands at its core: Balcan Packaging, Plastixx FFS Technologies, NELMAR Security Packaging Systems, rFoil, and Reflectix.
Why Work at Balcan Innovations?
Full time and permanent position
Group Insurance Coverage (life, disability, medical, dental and vision)
Free on-site parking
Dynamic work environment
Reporting to the VP Innovation, the R&D Laboratory manager will be responsible to manage our QC and R&D laboratory testing capabilities across all our sites including our extrusion pilot line and any future application testing capabilities. In addition, the person may be responsible to lead some exploratory R&D projects in terms of new potential raw materials and/or technology.
Laboratory Testing & Equipment
Maintain all the testing equipment in our laboratory and operations functional and calibrated in all sites (Canada and USA).
Ensure that, in case of an unexpected equipment failure, a solution is found to avoid or minimize disruption to daily testing needs and a corrective action is identified.
Maintain and manage a dashboard of active and future equipment with location, cost, consumables, calibration requirements, etc.
Ensure that all testing carried out in the labs and operations have a standardized, up-to-date procedure for testing and calibration.
Monitor and audit that Lab technicians are capable and trained adequately to carry out testing.
Perform regular round robin testing to ensure that we monitor our testing reproducibility within a lab and between labs for all critical to quality properties.
Help develop new testing capabilities or test method.
Commissioning of any new or update lab equipment to capture its reproducibility and statistical correlation with existing data.
Extrusion Pilot Line
Maintain the pilot line in an operational status: preventing maintenance and repair.
Capable of operating the extrusion pilot line to run some experiment.
Manage the tooling and raw materials required to run the pilot line.
Responsible to keep the pilot line area safe, clean and organized.
Manage the log and planning of experiments to be run on the pilot line.
Ensure that multiple people remain trained and capable of operating the line.
Lead R&D or exploratory projects or activities based on specific business needs
Help evaluate potential newer raw material or technology as identified by procurement, engineering, or business opportunities
Maintain a list of projects with timeline, milestones, and budget
Other duties as assigned
Engineer Degree in chemical, materials or mechanical
5 years hands-on experience in a laboratory, managing testing and equipment
3 to 5 years of experience in the manufacturing industry (asset)
Work Experience in the flexible packaging industry (asset)
Advanced Excel and Statistical Analysis skills.
Ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment.
Ability and willingness to travel to any of the Company’s work locations in Canada and United States.
Fluent in French and English
Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills.
Please take note that a pre-selection of applications is made and that only selected candidates will be contacted. The use of the masculine to designate person is only intended to lighten the text.
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