Product Development Specialist

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Thursday, 8 February, 2024 - 09:49 to Saturday, 9 March, 2024 - 23:59

Due to the continued success in the performance plastics industry our well-established client based in Kilrush, Co. Clare, has a brilliant opportunity for a Product Development Specialist. The successful candidate will report directly to the Marketing Director and will be expected to coordinate R&D projects through effective collaboration with operations, commercial team members, external customers, and external suppliers.



  • Thoroughly utilise project experiences, expertise in materials, processes, techniques, and products to enhance or develop products, improve performance, and/or reduce costs to generate new sales, increase production efficiency, and/or support fundamental research within a major product or technology area.
  • Conduct prototypes on prototyping, operational equipment, and in the laboratory.
  • Utilise the R&D lab equipment to analyse materials and make informed decisions in product design.
  • Manage multiple projects simultaneously, ensuring they are completed on time, within budget, and with clear documentation to meet business and customer objectives.
  • Facilitate technology and knowledge transfer from other entities.
  • Identify or develop test protocols to characterise the application performance of new or existing products.
  • Demonstrate an open and collaborative approach in all areas of responsibility.
  • Communicate technically with internal and external collaborators through clear verbal updates, written updates, presentations, and technical reports.
  • Continuously and reliably bring projects to completion with little assistance from a supervisor.
  • Utilise knowledge to advance projects and identify productive synergies.
  • Keep project teams on track with project timelines and budgets.
  • Utilise Gate Process, DOE, and Change Control methodologies in research projects.
  • Stay aware of new technology applications and competing solutions in target markets.


Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications and Experience Required:

  • Self-starter with a strong technical background. Curious and results-driven.
  • Strong organisational skills to manage projects and enjoy the hands-on experience of seeing development projects from start to completion.
  • Able to communicate internally and externally, understanding new concepts and technologies and applying them quickly.
  • Efficiently work with multiple stakeholders in the organisation, being able to identify user needs and understand how to meet those needs through online content.
  • A Bachelor's degree with a minimum of 4+ years of experience, or a Master's degree with 2+ years of experience, or an entry-level PhD degree in Materials Science, Polymer Science, Polymer Chemistry, Plastics Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or other related disciplines.
  • Demonstrate experience in a body of technical work, including but not limited to: examples of experimental and/or test design, demonstration of familiarity with data analysis, interpretation of and drawing conclusions from a collection of basic data, and technical documents and/or patents.
  • Demonstrated and proven end-to-end project management with the ability to organise, prioritise and manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment.
  • Oral, written, and visual communication skills.
  • Curious and progress/results-driven.
  • Confident, independently motivated self-starter.
  • Ability to network/communicate within the group, outside the group, and across disciplines.
  • Demonstrated aptitude to understand new concepts and technologies and apply them quickly.
  • Demonstrate adequate knowledge of Health, Safety, and Environment protocols.
  • Ability to communicate respectfully and collaborate in a team environment.
  • High degree of professionalism and flexibility - equally comfortable working independently and as a team.
  • Attention to detail.


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Product Manager