Job Title Manager of Engineering and Technical Services
Location Lake Bluff, IL
Job Description



Manager- Engineering and Technical Services

jOB #



July 31, 2019




Lake Bluff


Vice President of Operations


The Engineering and Technical Services Manager will drive the development and growth of the talent within the team, ensuring that practices for developing, coaching, and retaining employees are in line with Jessup’s vision of being an employer of choice.

Responsible for polymer and material science based Research and Development activities, including product design, product certifications, research and development, and sales support activities enterprise-wide. Oversees the company requirements for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).



Product Development

Technical Support

Environmental Compliance

· Develops, coaches and mentors direct staff including Manufacturing Engineer, Product Development Chemist and Product Technician through effective on-boarding, communication, personal development planning and performance management processes.

· Understands departmental needs to meet industry requirements and ensures the team is appropriately staffed with required competencies.

· Develops and oversees budget along with policies and procedures for Engineering Department

· Promotes and encourages process improvement to quality, efficiency, safety, and communication

· Leads innovation and all corporate research and development activities, including directing project priorities and planning, estimated costs, and leads the successful commercialization of product yielding significant increases in revenue and profit

· Oversees and manages the New Product Development Process (NPD) and the Custom Coating Process (CCI) for all new products, including product qualification of the opportunity, development of the solution, commercialization and transition to Product Manager and/or the appropriate Business Development Manager

· Researches alternatives to existing raw materials, adhesives, and formulas to lower costs, increase profitability, and improve performance

· Develops, communicates, and maintains finished product specifications and verifies strict adherence throughout the organization

· Works with suppliers in qualifying new raw materials to generate cost reductions or develop alternate sources.

· Develops specifications and procedures to effectively control the product design process

· Responsible for lab evaluations including sample preparation, product and raw material testing, and record keeping

· Works directly with Outside Service Providers to qualify their capability to meet Jessup Manufacturing’s’ requirements

· Coordinates with Marketing & Sales to define the market/customer requirements, leads all product design, product certifications, develops product requirements, and verifies that all requirements are met during the manufacturing process leading to successful product commercialization.

· Responsible for the creation and maintains engineering master (EM) for coated products in VISUAL and supports Operations with the redesign of existing commercialized products.

· Provides expert consultation in one or more areas for the design, development, process and implementation of technical products and systems and supports Product Manager with the management of all existing products.

· Provides technical support to Sales, Customer Service, Operations, QA, and Materials Management.

· Responsible for Safety Data Sheets (SDS) as required by OSHA.

· Manages all activities related to product certifications with Underwriters Laboratories (UL), Electrical Testing Laboratory (ETL), Mil Spec agencies and municipal, state and federal governmental agencies; communicates any issues to the Leadership Team

· Maintains all Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) documentation and ensures compliance to all local and federal requirements. Prepares and submits all necessary reports to ensure company complies with all requirements outlined in the law and operating permits.

· Assists with company’s compliance with Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) requirements.


· Bachelor degree in chemistry, polymer science or chemical engineering

· Minimum of 5-10 years technical experience in managing a Team responsible for product design, research and development, and providing technical support in a manufacturing environment

· Trained in the use of Six Sigma tools and techniques (i.e., Six Sigma Green Belt) such as: design of experiments (DOE), statistical process control (SPC)…

· Experience in a laboratory, chemical, converting, or pressure-sensitive tape environment preferred


· Proficient mentor and coach to ensure Personnel Development in the Engineering Team

· Ability to manage project teams developing specific product solutions to quality issues

· Knowledge of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) requirements and record keeping

· Ability to work under pressure and adapt to changing requirements and timeframes

· Excellent project management, organizational, analytical and computer skills

· Excellent presentation, verbal and written communications skills

· Ability to travel domestic and internationally

· Excellent interpersonal skills and able to support and lead a team.

· Excellent customer facing service and relationship building skills.

· Creative ability to develop new ideas and implement improvements.

· Learns and coaches through active listening and a coaching mindset

Number of Openings 1