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14 Dezembro 2018
Weert, The Netherlands

Trespa (NL) and Arpa (IT) produce and sell composite panels, Trespa for façade cladding and scientific furniture, Arpa for a variety of interior surfaces such as kitchens and retail furniture. Based on a similar technology, Westag & Getalit (GE) manufactures worktops, doors and frames as well as wood-based panels.

R&D for these companies is centralized and is located in Weert (around 30 km from Eindhoven, The Netherlands). For this R&D department we are looking for a Senior R&D Engineer, who will be working as a Project Leader in the area of Cellulose-Resin Composite Technologies. These projects are typically related to thermosetting resins, paper impregnation, dry-forming (modified MDF) and laminate pressing processes.

The job requires that one is capable to lead projects, test new ideas out on lab and pilot scale and eventually implement new processes and recipes (bill of materials) in production.

The candidate should be able to analyse commercially available solutions (resins, additives and papers) or develop new solutions. He or she has to propose projects aiming to improve sustainability, enabling new features for our products and deliver cost optimizations in terms of raw material and production costs.

We expect that you are a creative person with a hands-on approach towards your work. Testing new ideas on lab and pilot scale is something what you enjoy. The position offers excellent possibilities to further develop your professional skills especially related to product development.

Your educational background should be related to chemical engineering or organic chemistry. Regardless whether your educational background is more related to manufacturing processes or resins and polymers, we expect that you are willing to get acquainted with new areas of technology.

You will be working together with chemists and in some of your projects you will formulate new recipes, test those at the laboratory, carry-out laboratory and pilot scale resin synthesis and coordinate testing on pilot and industrial scale until the new product is fully introduced into the market.

The person we are looking for has at least 5 years of relevant experience working in an industrial R&D environment and has successfully managed and executed R & D projects in an international environment. Most ideally the person has gained R & D experience in the field of phenol formaldehyde and/or melamine formaldehyde resin systems or is willing to work himself/herself fast into this topic. It is an added value if the candidate has knowledge about polymers from biomass like lignin. Moreover, experience in (paper) impregnation and / or MDF processes is a pre.

Integrity, organizational commitment and the ability to make fact-based decisions is essential. You are experienced in leading through influence, where the collaboration, communication and support of operations is the key to success. You are a self-motivated professional, with a straightforward approach to problem solving.

You are fluent in English - other languages like Italian, Dutch and German are considered to be an asset.

The location of the position will be at the Trespa International offices in Weert, The Netherlands, but will involve up to 30 % travel.

Further info: Annelies Walta, HR Business Partner,

Atte Virtanen, Senior Technology Manager,

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