Chief Rubber Materials Scientist

Location: Aberdeen, NC
Function: Engineering
Job Type: Full-Time

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Job Description
Golf Pride is a world leader in golf grip manufacturing. Golf Pride develops and manufactures golf grips for Retail and OEM customers in its two owned and operated factories. This critical technology position supports that process and is located in the North American Tech Center (NATC) in Aberdeen, NC near the heart of golf in Pinehurst, NC. The Principal Engineer / Chief Chemist will be responsible for all rubber compound formulations, strategic material technology development, and continuously improving material science know-how and technology to maintain industry leading performance standards.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Develop, control, and approve all rubber recipes for all products developed and manufactured in all global locations. Execute global authority and responsibility for all rubber formula development.
  • Control and approve all raw materials used in all facilities ensuring global standards are being met. Strive to reduce the number of raw materials used globally.
  • Establish best practices and standard procedures for rubber compounding, mixing, sheeting, and testing at all locations to ensure global standards are being met. This includes rubber compounding, color development, and paint development.
  • Lead the compliance of Global Material Standards. Strive to establish common formulas and processes worldwide with the goal of minimizing the number of formulas developed.
  • Collaborate with Quality Assurance to ensure material test equipment is calibrated to within 10% at each location.
  • Establish and maintain online data storage for all facilities. Ensure the master database is organized and secure.
  • Manage materials technicians and scientists at each facility to follow standard global practices and data management. Provide assistance where needed to support new product and process development.
  • Establish best practices for material records. Establish and maintain a log of all materials and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) on all chemicals and materials used in the tech center to comply with Eaton safety standards and other regulatory requirements.
  • Establish best practices and lessons learned on compound formulas and process controls to achieve robust product quality and minimize blooming. Pursue continuous learning and improvement to advance the knowledge for the work team.

Basic Qualifications (Including Educational Requirements):

  • Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering, Polymer Science or Materials Science from an accredited institution is required.
  • Minimum of 8 years’ experience formulating rubber compounds
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience with natural rubber and epdm materials.
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States without company sponsorship.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • PhD Degree in Chemical Engineering or Polymer Science from an accredited institution.
  • 15 years’ experience formulating rubber compounds
  • 5 years’ experience with color formulations in rubber compounds

Position Criteria:

  • Expertise of rubber mixing, calendering, and molding.
  • Expertise with Kneader mixing, Banbury mixing of rubber compounds.
  • Experience developing colors in rubber compounds
  • Data management and use of tools such as excel and online data management
  • A disciplined and logical thought process.
  • Organized, methodical, quick, consistent, repeatable. Able to manage multiple projects with a focus on priorities and deliverables.
  • Ability to work independently without direct supervision.
  • Software skills in Word, PowerPoint and proficiency in Excel

Eaton is a power management company with 2015 sales of $20.9 billion. Eaton provides energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton has approximately 97,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit At Eaton, we see things differently. We see opportunities to innovate, go above and beyond, and we work hard because what we do reflects who we are. If you see things differently—if you’re determined, motivated and focused on improving the world around you—then it’s time to see where a career at Eaton can take you. For more information, visit Eaton is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Eaton is committed to ensuring equal employment opportunities for all job applicants and employees. Employment decisions are based upon job-related reasons regardless of an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, marital status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by law.

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