Advanced Research Mechanical Engineer I

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Date: Jun 5, 2024

Location: Spartanburg, SC, US, 29303

Company: Milliken and Company

Milliken & Company is a global manufacturing leader whose focus on materials science delivers tomorrow’s breakthroughs today. From industry-leading molecules to sustainable innovations, Milliken creates products that enhance people’s lives and deliver solutions for its customers and communities. Drawing on thousands of patents and a portfolio with applications across the textile, flooring, chemical and healthcare businesses, the company harnesses a shared sense of integrity and excellence to positively impact the world for generations. Discover more about Milliken’s curious minds and inspired solutions at and on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.


Advanced R&D Professional 1, Textile Division



This position is responsible for inventing, leading, developing/validating, and commercializing new growth products within our innovation process.  This position requires a strong aptitude and desire for experimental work specifically with mechanical engineering and control systems, use of scientific method, and clear communication of results.  The applicant will also be involved across the entire spectrum of new product development: customer contact, ideation, proof of concept, development, validation, regulatory, intellectual property, pilot plant, process development, product support, and technical associate administration.  The position is located at Milliken & Company’s corporate headquarters in Spartanburg, SC and reports through the Textile Division Research organization.  Occasional to frequent visits to external customers, production facilities, and conferences are expected. 



  • Invent, protect, contribute, and/or implement key growth projects.
  • Manage projects with cross-functional teams (from invention to commercialization)
  • Become technology leader in key areas such as control systems, machine design, and automation. 
  • Conceptualize, develop, and implement control systems, incorporating elements like PLCs, motors, drives, and feedback mechanisms for both existing and new machinery.
  • Manage laboratory, laboratory safety, equipment, and technical associate
  • Enhance product quality, streamline manufacturing processes, and optimize costs.
  • Preserve existing business, while also securing new opportunities through problem-solving, fresh ideas, product development, competitive analysis, and application value assessment
  • Adapt and apply novel applications, technologies, and methodologies
  • Independently spearhead projects and laboratory experiments
  • Provide long-lasting solutions by securing intellectual property rights



  • 5+ years of experience with a BS or 2+ years with a BS & MS
  • Experience with control systems and automation encouraged
  • Proficient in experimental design and analysis
  • A track record of resolving issues independently
  • Exceptional communication and presentation skills with the ability to convey value and implications effectively.
  • Demonstrated history of teamwork, leadership, critical thinking, and organizational abilities. 



Milliken is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to actual or perceived race, color, creed, religion, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition, including but not limited to lactation), sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression (including transgender status), ancestry, national origin, citizenship, age physical or mental disability, genetic information, marital status, veteran or military status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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