Lead Scientist - Product at Kimberly-Clark Corporation

Posted in General Business 11 days ago.

Type: Full-Time
Location: neenah, Wisconsin

Job Description:

Lead Scientist - Product

Job Description


The incumbent lead product scientist will work on a Product and Material Optimization team to identify and commercialize product and material optimization projects to meet consumer and business needs within the Family Care business.  The incumbent will provide leadership within a team environment to drive quality, cost savings, design to value, and other optimization initiatives to support the Hands and Face business.  The incumbent will collaborate broadly inside the corporation with R&E, pilot plant, mill operations and with cross functional disciplines.  The incumbent will report to the R&E Senior Manager within Family Care Research and Engineering.  


Provide leadership by example in safety, ethics, quality, regulatory, and sustainability, and ensure that all elements of the corporate Human Resources Development and Diversity policy are fully supported. Manage self in accordance with expected One KC Behaviors.  Coach and mentor team members to increase technical understanding and ability to execute programs to improve Family Care’s business results. Conceive, develop, validate, and share ideas leading to new or improved products, processes, materials, systems or scientific knowledge aligned with business unit objectives. Maintain technical and scientific expertise in an area of technology and communicate impact of developments on Kimberly-Clark. Prepare and implement unit budgets and schedules.  Implement appropriate internal controls and standards to ensure compliance with applicable policies, laws and regulations. Drive a culture of protected and documented innovation to protect and defend K-C proprietary technology, products, and business processes through appropriate use of patents and trade secrets. Communicate appropriately and effectively with all customers, internal and external, conducting all communications and transactions with the utmost integrity and honesty so as to build an unimpeachable business reputation.

Education/Qualifications/Experience & Critical Skills Required:

Requires a Bachelor’s or advanced engineering or relevant scientific discipline degree and 4 -7 plus years relevant product and/or engineering experience in a variety of assignments.  The preferred candidate will have a track record of research and engineering product leadership and success, as well as a strong fundamental understanding of product and consumer test methods to help drive product development to solve business challenges.   

Preferred Experience/Qualifications:

  • Experience in product development, tissue processes, design of experiments, data analysis and safe operation of high-speed manufacturing and/or converting equipment and processes. The focus of this role will be supporting the Hands and Face business, leading product and material optimization projects and initiatives. 

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently or to lead small teams to complete assignments and related activities in an acceptable manner. 

  • Effective communication skills with the ability to discuss technical issues in a business environment (mill technical, operations resources, suppliers, management, etc.). 

  • Demonstrated ability to be coached and help in coaching less-experienced engineers.

  • Displayed strength of building relationships and build trust characteristics when working with mill partners and outside vendors.

  • Strong analytical skills and ability to mine process data from PIMS and provide clear direction as to opportunity areas for improvement.

  • Desire and awareness to seek and understand competitive technologies and innovation

Kimberly-Clark makes the essentials for a better life with well-known brands that matter every day – at home, school, work and on the go. Throughout our 148 years, we have challenged conventional wisdom to innovate products that better meet the needs of consumers. We have created new categories with top brands like Kleenex®, and redefined categories with Huggies® and U by Kotex®. While growing our $18+ billion global business, we help build careers through collaborative teams that push boundaries and endless opportunities to work with some of the world’s most recognized brands. Our 43,000 employees are changing the world for the better, too, generously giving back to communities and causes around the globe. The statements above are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this classification. Statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities and skills required for this position. For Kimberly-Clark to grow and prosper, we must be an inclusive organization that applies the diverse experiences and passions of its team members to brands that make life better for people all around the world. We actively seek to build a workforce that reflects the experiences of our consumers. When you bring your original thinking to Kimberly-Clark, you fuel the continued success of our enterprise. We are a committed equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, pregnancy, genetic information, citizenship status, or any other characteristic protected by law. With an inclusive culture, our employees – and the original thinking they bring to Kimberly-Clark – make us stronger. EOE disability/vet. K-C requires that an employee have authorization to work in the country in which the role is based. In the event an applicant does not have current work authorization, K-C will determine, in its sole discretion, whether to sponsor an individual for work authorization. However, based on immigration requirements, not all roles are suitable for sponsorship.

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Salary: $9,700.00

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