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Materials Engineer/Rubber & Coatings R&D in Houston, TX at ITW Polymers and Fluids

Date Posted: 4/5/2019

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Job Description


Title:      Materials Engineer/Rubber & Coatings R&D      

Reports to:     Wiper R&D Team Lead at ITW Car Care

Location:         Houston, TX


Responsible for the development and documentation of new products and support existing products. Works closely with Product Development team including, Innovation, R&D, Marketing, and Operations. Create prototype coatings and rubber, bills of materials, written reports, and inspection protocols as well as perform product testing. Interface with our manufacturing partners.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Analysis of competitive products and competitive solutions.
  • Identification of potential materials, manufacturing methods, and sources.
  • Develop samples and processes for coatings and rubbers to determine cost, performance & feasibility. Assist in preparation of unit cost estimates.
  • Specify materials and production processes & Resolve structural and development issues.
  • Develop performance requirements and testing protocols.
  • Product testing and evaluation. Develop QC requirements and pre-ship inspection protocols.
  • File invention disclosures and patents to protect ITW Global Brands and RainX inventions.
  • Work with the overall product development team to provide accurate, well-defined and convincing verbal and written presentations and documentation, material specifications to manufacturin.
  • Work with our manufacturing partners to manage tight timelines and produce high quality products.
  • Travel to customers and vendors as required, including international travel.


  • 2 to 5 years of experience working in semi-durable goods such as Consumer Products, Materials used in Oil Industry (like rubber seals, molds) and/or Automotive wiper or products.  BSc degree in Materials Engineering, Materials Science, Physical Chemistry or Chemical engineering. Prefer MS,Phd.
  • Knowledge of rubber/glass materials, process and coating technologies.
  • Hands-on experience in building prototypes.
  • Able to communicate effectively among team members in a culturally diverse environment
  • Innovative thinking with past successful examples.

 **No Relocation assistance. 


  • Smart and creative with strong proven problem-solving skills in active product development environments.
  • Detail oriented, self-motivated, and hardworking
  • Strong communication skills are essential with the ability to clearly present ideas to a cross-functional team and manufacturing partners.
  • Must show the strong sense of urgency required in a dynamic and fast-paced environment.
  • Must have experience designing parts using various materials and processes like Injection Molding.
  • Production experience working with international suppliers is ideal (Focus on Asian suppliers).

About ITW Global Brands

ITW Global Brands, headquartered in Houston, Tex., specializes in servicing the auto aftermarket, selling car care products under the Rain-X®, Gumout®, Black Magic®, Blue Coral® and No Touch®. These brands compete in the wiper blade, appearance chemical and performance products segments of the automotive aftermarket. Many of our brands are #1 in their respective categories.

ITW Global Brands products are sold in do-it-yourself retailers like Walmart, Target, AutoZone, Advance Auto Parts, Pep Boys Auto Parts & Service, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Dollar General, Family Dollar, The Home Depot and Amazon. ITW Global Brands is most admired for the strong heritage of its brands, continuous product innovation and advertising that are unmatched in the industry. To learn more about ITW Global Brands, visit

ITW is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.



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