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Scientist - New Product Development Job
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Armstrong | Lancaster, PA
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Job Description

Scientist - New Product Development 
Job: Innovation/Prod Design/NPD
Primary Location: Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Other Locations: 
Employment Status: Full-Time
Travel: 25%


Armstrong Ceilings, a division of Armstrong World Industries, Inc. has a job opportunity for a Scientist, New Product Development (NPD) to be located in Lancaster, PA. The Scientist, New Product Development will primarily work on approved NPD projects and will be involved in all aspects of the new product development process, from concept development through to and including commercialization. Additionally, the Scientist, New Product Development will be responsible for identifying technical options, planning and executing lab/factory tests, and resolving issues associated with production scale up in order to ensure that the assigned new product development projects meet their cost, schedule and performance targets.


Key Responsibilities of the Scientist, New Product Development:

  • Providing support to the NPD teams for both sourced and internal new product development projects

  • Leading the technical efforts on NPD projects in a way that meets cost, schedule and performance targets

  • Completing Feasibility and Development studies in an accurate manner utilizing sound technical and data analysis principles

  • Providing technical assistance relating to new product introductions

  • Planning, arranging, and conducting factory qualification tests and contributes to evaluation of results and subsequent recommendations

  • Conducting and/or supporting the manufacturing process qualification at vendor locations

  • Understanding strengths & weaknesses of Armstrong's product line vs. competition regarding performance and quality attributes

  • Working to mitigate product performance gaps by applying knowledge of product line to proactive improvement efforts

  • Initiating investigations, identifying opportunities, recommending / approving alternate material substitutions and new chemistries in support of new products, quality improvement, performance enhancements, and/or best cost

  • Recommending and implementing process changes necessary to optimize product results

  • Actively working with customers, team members and management to determine approaches to problems, new business requirements and application of new concepts and technology

  • Evaluating existing and new technologies for alignment with project plans, strategies and specific business requirements. Identifies technical factors that impact business strategy

  • Taking initiative to achieve exposure to key customer groups in order to understand market drivers

  • Working with corporate environmental and legal disciplines concerning issues relative to new product PSDR (product safety & design reviews)

  • Providing technical support to Armstrong Ceilings manufacturing plants as required for approved new products or on-going operations

  • Understanding process limitations and process variation

  • Understanding and applying material and process knowledge to project work

  • Providing an in-depth knowledge of the behavior and performance of raw materials and product formulations

  • Working with raw material or sourced product suppliers to insure Armstrong's performance criteria is achieved

  • Proactively transferring technical knowledge to other key stakeholders as required by business need

  • Managing risks to bring projects to closure

  • Providing training to other scientists and associates on project learnings

  • Providing ongoing and effective communications of project activities to all key business stakeholders

  • Networking with other global Scientists to insure best practice is shared

  • Using LEAN principles, where applicable, to improve the overall effectiveness of assigned activities


Required Qualifications for the Scientist, New Product Development:

  • Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, or other related technical field of study

  • 5+ years of business experience

  • Proven experience in new product development, project implementation, laboratory, and manufacturing environments with 2+ years in a lead technical role(s)

  • Go-to-Market, ceiling or paper formation

  • Results oriented professional who can work across organizational / functional lines and at multiple levels within the organization to achieve targeted business objectives

  • Strong organization skills with demonstrated ability to prioritize and manage multiple activities

  • Effective communication, writing, presentation, and data organization skills.

  • Self-driven, goal-oriented, strong interpersonal skills

  • Strong reasoning, problem solving, and logic skills

  • Experience in performing predictive analysis and modeling.


Desired Qualifications for the Scientist, New Product Development:

  • LEAN experience


About the Location (Lancaster, PA)


Located in South Central Pennsylvania, Lancaster is ideally situated for easy access to major metropolitan cities such as Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC and New York City. Lancaster offers a vibrant arts and entertainment community with wonderful historic sites, B&Bs, museums, world class shopping, entertainment venues and restaurants.  Click here to read stories about Armstrong employees and how they have found "home" in Lancaster County and surrounding areas.


Why Armstrong?


Established in 1860, Armstrong World Industries, Inc. is a multi-billion dollar global leader in the design and manufacture of floors and ceilings with a focus on innovation, design, and environmental sustainability. Based in Lancaster PA, Armstrong serves both the residential and commercial markets operating plants and distribution centers in eight countries with over 9,000 employees worldwide.


Benefits Package

  • Standard benefit package offerings: Medical, dental, prescription drugs, life insurance
  • Long term disability coverage
  • Vacation and sick time
  • Product discount programs.


Equal Opportunity Employer: Armstrong is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disabled/Vets. 


Notice to Staffing Agencies, Placement Services, and Professional Recruiters


Armstrong World Industries, Inc. has an internal Staffing Department. Recruiters are hereby specifically directed NOT to contact Armstrong employees directly in an attempt to present candidates.


Armstrong will not accept unsolicited resumes from any source other than directly from a candidate. Any unsolicited resumes sent to Armstrong, including unsolicited resumes sent to an Armstrong mailing address, fax machine or email address, directly to Armstrong employees, or to Armstrong's resume database will be considered Armstrong property. Armstrong will NOT pay a fee for any placement resulting from the receipt of an unsolicited resume. Armstrong will consider any candidate for whom a Recruiter has submitted an unsolicited resume to have been referred by the Recruiter free of any charges or fees.


Armstrong will not pay a fee to any Recruiter that does not have a signed Armstrong contract in place specific to the position for which the resume was submitted. 


Recruiting vendor agreements will only be valid if in writing and signed by Armstrong's Corporate Talent Acquisition Manager or his or her designee. No other Armstrong employee is authorized to bind Armstrong to any agreement regarding the placement of candidates by Recruiters. By submitting a candidate to Armstrong, recruiters agree to be bound and comply with this policy.

About Armstrong

The Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF) inspires and empowers people affected by cancer. We help people with cancer focus on living; we believe that unity is strength, knowledge is power and attitude is everything. From the moment of diagnosis, the LAF provides the practical information and tools people with cancer need to live life on their own terms. The LAF serves its mission through advocacy, public health and research. Founded in 1997 by cancer survivor and champion cyclist Lance Armstrong, the LAF is located in Austin, Texas.