Process Engineer in Ottawa, IL at ITW Specialty Products

Date Posted: 1/11/2020

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
  • Location:
    Ottawa, IL
  • Job Type:
  • Experience:
    Not Specified
  • Date Posted:

Job Description

Company Overview:

ITW is a Fortune 500 diversified, industrial manufacturing company founded on innovation, teamwork, and a strong entrepreneurial spirit.  For over 100 years, ITW Employees have kept this spirit alive.  Within our culture of respect and shared risk-taking, our employees have the creative freedom and the ITW resources to pursue ideas that lead to customer-focused solutions.  Together, we are ITW, a company dedicated to creating opportunities to learn, grow, and build your career.

Zip-Pak is the global leader in resealable solutions for the flexible packaging industry.  We operate in more than 52 countries around the world with a workforce of more than 270 dedicated flexible packaging professionals. These talented individuals adhere to the highest professional standards and focus their efforts to meeting and exceeding the needs of every Zip-Pak client. Combining this commitment to client success with our technical innovation and unmatched network of resources enables us to confidently and consistently deliver “uniquely flexible" solutions to our customers.


The Process Engineer is responsible for managing and executing production process projects within the Zip-Pak production facility.  The Process Engineer will provide technical input on material selection and fitness for use in support of Zip-Pak Operations and in support of Zip-Pak Strategic Sourcing initiatives, confer with New Product Development, Quality and Operations to create and improve processes that optimize manufacturability, functionality, cost and quality.  The Process Engineer will work under the direction of the Operations Manager in a collaborative environment.  Work in a cross functional team will consist of other engineers, technicians, and production staff who are responsible for the design and improvement of processes from concept through to commercial production.


  • Optimizes production processes to ensure consistent results and eliminate personnel variability
  • Identifies cost savings opportunities
  • Leads trials to improve processes, procedures, and reliability
  • Develops technical capabilities of site personnel through formal and informal coaching
  • Builds and maintains a formalized management of change process
  • Builds a Center lining Process from the ground up
  • Manages scope, timeline, and requirements to achieve project success
  • Coordinates the design and assembly of production tooling between engineering and production
  • Plans and organizes project time lines for assigned projects using established formalized Project Management tools. Advises leadership of any cost/delivery related issues for assigned projects
  • Conducts regular project meetings with customers and, internally, publishes timely project updates and follows-up continuously on all open critical path items
  • Demonstrates knowledge of the zipper extrusion processes within Zip-Pak globally
  • Works with Strategic Sourcing group to identify improvements with material procurement
  • Works with operations team to identify improvements in production materials and processes
  • Plans and implements laboratory operations to develop material and fabrication procedures for new materials to fulfill product cost and performance standards
  • Confers with producers of polymer materials during investigation and evaluation of materials suitable for specific product applications
  • Displays strong mechanical aptitude; demonstrates a good understanding of dynamic machine design
  • Interfaces with customers and suppliers on project matters
  • Creates standard procedures, work instructions, and validation plan as required
  • Works effectively with production, engineering, quality and sales personnel for process improvement initiatives in all of Zip-Pak’s global facilities
  • Manages engineering change cycle
  • Produces QA and process documents for new products/processes
  • Has knowledge of polymers, extrusion, and injection molding techniques
  • Demonstrates computer skills required for the position – spreadsheet and database software and the ability to read and manipulate 3D CAD drawings
  • Applies 80/20 principals to daily operations

Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or similar technical field
  • 1 to 3 years of experience in industrial manufacturing, or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Experience in plastic extrusion is preferred
  • Must have strong analytical skills and demonstrate solid skills in communication, interpersonal relations
  • Strong organizational and project management skills
  • Proficient in the use of Design software; Project Management software; and working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
  • Must be willing to be a change leader
  • Proficient in 3D modeling software, Solidworks experience preferred
  • Training in experimental design techniques and exposure to packaging industry is desired
  • FDA, USDA, CFIA, and food contact experience preferred
  • Must be willing and able to travel up to 25%


Take this opportunity to join a successful and enthusiastic global team where you can make a significant impact immediately. You will enjoy a competitive salary and a generous benefits package that includes health, dental, life, LTD insurance, 401k (with company match), employee assistance, wellness and 100% tuition reimbursement programs. ITW is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.