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Materials Specialist


New Orleans, LA




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Goal: Continuously accelerate customer value and differentiate competitively within materials capabilities; optimize throughput to scientifically drive efficiency and quality of new materials; develop comprehensive testing strategies to identify opportunities to improve upon existing solutions. 

Intralox is a division of Laitram, L.L.C., with an extensive portfolio of innovative conveyance solutions and services that improve lives and optimize businesses worldwide.   

Our global workforce of over 3,000 employees in 20+ countries consist of reliable problem solvers, continuously developing and directly delivering solutions that have driven our customers’ growth worldwide for more than 45 years. 

Intralox was founded on the principle of doing the right thing, by treating customers, employees, and suppliers with honesty, fairness, and respect.  We invest heavily in these values and aim to practice our business philosophy principles every day, which is why we have been consistently recognized for innovation and workplace excellence. We believe in the power of a good idea no matter where it comes from, using trust as the foundation to how we work, and that self-managed people are our greatest asset.
  • Support the development of new products and identification of material upgrades to existing products by: 
    • Understanding product requirements through researching project specifications and conducting in-person interviews with internal stakeholders, customers and/or design team members based on project needs. 
    • Creating material specific objective statements for new polymer searches based on new product problem definitions and research.   
    • Researching polymer options that meet the required performance specifications. 
    • Collaborating and maintaining relationships with material suppliers and R&D teams to identify polymer options. 
    • Coordination with Manufacturing groups during development and production cycles to both assist and troubleshoot issues. 
    • Developing test plans based on industry testing standards, internal manufacturing requirements, and customer requirements. 
      • Coordinating with outside labs to evaluate material properties. 
      • Conducting in-house tests to evaluate material performance. 
      • Documenting polymer research and test results.  
    • Work with QC departments to develop quality specifications. 
  • Utilize analytical chemistry background to resolve polymer related issues with new and existing products including: 
    • Researching new materials that will resolve current issues. 
    • Analyzing polymer issues related to chemical and environmental compatibility. 
    • Reviewing product complaints to determine if the issues are polymer related. 
    • Developing test plans and conducting tests to evaluate chemical and environmental compatibility. 
    • Coordinating tests with outside labs to assess polymer related issues. 
    • Interpreting results of lab tests. 
    • Recommending options to resolve polymer related issues. 
  • Proven track record of R&D, trouble-shooting, new product development, new compound applications, etc. 
  • Ability to translate customer requirements into mechanical requirements and communicate that information to materials suppliers in the form of materials requirements. 
  • Demonstrated abilities in analytical chemistry.
  • 4-15 years of experience. 
  • Must be a self-managed, hard-working, self-motivated individual. 
  • Must function well in a group structure. 
  • Experience documenting laboratory procedures and test results. 
  • Industrial experience and applications a plus (food, automotive). 
  • Experience with long term data management / storage / access. 
  • Combination of Mechanical and Chemical Degrees preferred. 
  • Programming / Coding experience would be beneficial. 
  • Local to New Orleans area or relocation.