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Scientist - New Product Development Job

DATE: Feb 14, 2021

LOCATION: Lancaster, Pennsylvania, US, 17603

Company: Armstrong World Industries

Job: Innovation/Prod Design/NPD 

Primary location: LancasterPennsylvania 

Relocation offered: Yes 

Employment status: Full-Time 

Travel: 25%  

Pay grade: 9/10/11 


As our new Scientist, New Product Development (NPD), you will primarily work on approved NPD projects and will be involved in all aspects of the new product development process, from concept development through to and including commercialization.


In addition, you will be responsible for identifying technical options, planning, and executing lab/factory tests, and resolving issues associated with production scale up in order to ensure that the assigned new product development projects meet their cost, schedule, and performance targets.



What you'll be doing

  • Providing support to NPD teams for sourced and internal new product development projects
  • Leading technical NPD projects in a way that meets cost, schedule, and performance targets
  • Completing feasibility and development studies accurately with sound data analysis principles
  • Providing technical assistance relating to new product introductions
  • Planning, arranging, and conducting factory qualification tests and contribute to evaluation of results and subsequent recommendations
  • Conducting and supporting the manufacturing process qualification at vendor locations
  • Working to mitigate product performance gaps by applying knowledge of product line
  • Initiating investigations, identifying opportunities, recommending and approving alternate material substitutions and new chemistries in support of new products, quality improvement, performance enhancements, and best cost
  • Recommending and implementing process changes aimed to optimize product results
  • Collaborate with customers, colleagues, and management to determine approaches to problems, new business requirements, and application of new concepts and technology
  • Taking initiative to achieve exposure to key customer groups to understand market drivers
  • Working with corporate environmental and legal disciplines concerning PSDR issues
  • Providing technical support to Armstrong Ceilings manufacturing plants for new products
  • Providing an in-depth knowledge of the behavior and performance of raw materials and product formulations
  • Collaborating heavily with suppliers to ensure AWI's performance criteria is achieved
  • Transferring technical knowledge to key stakeholders based by business need
  • Managing risks to bring projects to closure
  • Providing training to other scientists and associates on project learnings
  • Providing ongoing and effective communications of activities to all key business stakeholders
  • Networking with other Scientists to ensure best practice is shared
  • Using LEAN principles to improve the overall effectiveness of assigned activities


What will make you successful

  • Ability to gain an understanding strengths & weaknesses of Armstrong’s product line vs. competition regarding performance and quality attributes
  • Deep understanding of process limitations and process variation
  • Ability to apply material and process knowledge to project work


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, or related
  • 3+ years of business experience
  • Proven experience in new product development, project implementation, laboratory, and manufacturing environments with 1+ years in a lead technical role(s)
  • Results-oriented professional who can work across organizational / functional lines and at multiple levels within the organization to achieve targeted business objectives
  • Strong reasoning, problem solving, and logic skills
  • Experience with performing predictive analysis and modeling



Armstrong World Industries (AWI) is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and we value diversity at our company. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.


Accommodation statement: If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please contact us by email at AWI talent acquisition and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information. Requests for accommodation will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Please note that only inquiries concerning a request for reasonable accommodation will be responded to from this email address.


Come and build your future with us and apply today!

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