Lead - Senior Composites Engineer Job


King of Prussia, PA, United States

Employment Type:  Regular
Category:  Research and Development
Posting Date:  May 29, 2023

JOB TITLE: Lead/Senior Composites Engineer

This position is responsible for technical efforts supporting the growth of the Elium® liquid thermoplastic composites business in the US, Canada, and Mexico through customer technical support, application development, and innovative product development. 



  • Guides customers in how to manipulate the Elium resin materials and successfully fabricate composite parts. 
  • Suggest and demonstrate the best ways for customers to use the product(s) in their equipment. 
  • Adapt small scale developed recommendations to account for different customer approaches for their applications. 
  • Leads or collaborates on technical application developments at customers, including understanding application specifications, identifying and confirming the adequacy of Elium materials performance properties, running trials together with customers and in concert with business team. 
  • Partners with the R&D team to verify results, and suggests compositional and processing improvements to meet customer requirements.  Develops new test methods as needed to simulate customer testing.  Collects and analyzes data to drive decisions on new formulations and subsequent experiments. 
  • Promotes Elium® Products at customers. Provides internal/external documentation support as needed. Troubleshoots the customers’ processes and adjusts them to use Arkema’s product offerings. Exchanges information with the global team, and represent Arkema at trade shows.  
  • Travel – up to 60%
  • Regular working visits to Arkema’s King of Prussia R&D center – 15%  




  • Bachelor’s degree with > 10 years experience or Master’s degree with > 8y experience in composite manufacturing, including various processes, such as Infusion, L-RTM, Pultrusion, Filament Winding, etc.  
  • Requires experience with composite part fabrication; e.g., prepreg layup, vacuum bagging, trimming, drilling, surface preparation, structural bonding, and/or ATP/AFP, etc.  
  • Experience in application development; e.g., composite part design, dimensioning, and test proofing appreciated
  • Expertise in chemistry, polymer, or composites materials chemistry, characterization, applications, testing, and/or processing, is a plus.


  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Track record of working with customers
  • Demonstrated ability to lead projects and act as a player-coach
  • Record of working safely and promoting safety enhancements, including proficient and safe use of hand and shop tools
  • Understanding of structure/property relationships
  • Ability to identify opportunities for IP and follow through with patent filings
  • Strong customer focus approach, track record of working with customers
  • Cross functional and regional/global effectiveness capabilities
  • Strong influencing skills
  • Demonstrated ability to self-prioritize and work on multiple tasks
  • Excellent presentation, verbal and written communication skills
  • Self-motivated with strong work ethic, positive attitude, and committed to delivering results
  • Strong Presentation skills and ability to generate short presentations that quickly make a point
  • Active in professional and technical organizations

Building on its unique set of expertise in materials science, Arkema offers a portfolio of first-class technologies to address ever-growing demand for new and sustainable materials. With the ambition to become in 2024 a pure player in Specialty Materials, the Group is structured into three complementary, resilient and highly innovative segments dedicated to Specialty Materials - Adhesive Solutions, Advanced Materials, and Coating Solutions - accounting for some 80% of Group sales, and a well-positioned and competitive Intermediates segment. Arkema offers cutting-edge technological solutions to meet the challenges of, among other things, new energies, access to water, recycling, urbanization and mobility, and fosters a permanent dialogue with all its stakeholders. The Group reported sales of €9.5 billion ($10.6 billion) in 2021, and operates in 55 countries with 20,500 employees worldwide.

The diversity of its employees is an asset that the Arkema group wants to preserve. Its non-discrimination policy applies to recruitment, salary levels and career management. The Arkema group is committed to ensuring diversity among its employees.

Arkema Inc. provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Arkema Inc. complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence.

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