Process Improvement & Development Engineer

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Date: Sep 11, 2021

Location: Bad Bentheim, NI, DE

Company: Milliken and Company

Zebra-chem GmbH is a successful company in the chemical industry based in Bad Bentheim (Lower saxony) Germany and is part of the Milliken & Company group. Zebra-chem is specialized in the production of chemical blowing agents and additive masterbatches for application in polyolefins, PVC and engineering resins. The added value is in expanding our portfolio, especially through new and customized solutions for Plastics Recycling.

For our Zebra-Chem plant in Bad Bentheim, Germany, we are currently looking for a Process Improvement & Development Engineer.

As a Process Improvement & Development Engineer, reporting to our General Manager, you will be responsible for leading continuous improvement efforts and new product development at the site. You will play a key role in the development and implementation of manufacturing process improvements that drive new performance levels, improve quality, consistency and cost. You will work in close cooperation with the local Zebra-chem team (general manager, production manager, office manager and lab manager), the EMEA TS&D Engineers and the R&D Engineers from our US headquarter.

Key responsibilities

  • You will be the knowledge expert of all Zebra-chem technologies, products and business processes.
  • You investigate and implement continuous improvement in manufacturing. You will evaluate current process parameters and products to reduce cost and/or improve quality. You will implement and review improvements/optimizations.
  • You will review the flow of materials in plant, detect safety hazards and determine & implement improvements 
  • You regularly review technical and safety datasheets with the marketing & regulatory team
  • You collaborate with R&D and TS&D department to work out new product ideas and concepts
  • You are responsible for a certain number of new product/process projects, to get them from idea to industrialization phase. You will be steering the development and introduction of new technologies in the plant, allowing to bring added value to processes and new products and to increase overall efficiencies.
  • You will follow up on customer complaints & technical inquiries: you own this from problem analysis to solution implementation.
  • You facilitate cross-regional knowledge and best practice sharing.
  • You organize training and follow-up when a new technology is introduced in the plant.



You commit to working in our Bad Bentheim location on daily basis
Master degree in chemistry, chemical engineering or equivalent
At least 5 years in the plastic converting or masterbatch/compounding industry ideally in a process improvement/developmental position. Recycling industry knowledge is a plus.
You are fluent in German and in English. Other languages are a plus.
You have an analytical, technical & problem-solving mindset, thriving in a new business development climate
You are practical, hands-on and have project management experience
You are in possession of strong communication & team skills 
You have a strong drive, sense of initiative and ownership, you act proactively
You are having a structured approach: strong in reporting and documenting and keeping the overview


The opportunity to be part of an international company and to have the responsibility to own important projects 
 Permanent education and training to stay up to date in your field of expertise 

Are you enthusiastic to join our chemical division? We would like to hear from you! 

You can apply online with your resume.