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Sr. Research Scientist Job

DATE: Jun 5, 2021

LOCATION: Lancaster, Pennsylvania, US, 17603

Company: Armstrong World Industries

Job: Innovation/Prod Design/NPD 

Primary location: LancasterPennsylvania 

Relocation offered: No 

Employment status: Full-Time 

Travel: 10%  



Location: Lancaster, PA. A great central location in South Central Pennsylvania, Lancaster is ideally situated for easy access to major metropolitan cities such as Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC, and New York City. Lancaster offers a vibrant arts and entertainment community with wonderful historic sites, B&Bs, museums, great shopping, entertainment venues and restaurants.



As our Sr. Research Scientist, you will be involved in all aspects of the innovation projects / programs including proposing ideas, assessing ideas, preparing preliminary business cases, and de-risking technical capabilities for commercialization. You also will routinely interact with new product development (NPD), marketing, sales, vendors, and manufacturing to identify and provide innovative technical solutions for the business needs related to mineral product, nonwoven, wood, metal, or composite / translucent product / materials. 


Why should you join Armstrong World Industries?


Armstrong World Industries (AWI) is a leader in the design and manufacture of innovative commercial and residential ceiling, wall and suspension system solutions in the Americas. With approximately $1B in revenue, AWI has about 2,500 employees and a manufacturing network of twelve facilities.


At home, at work, in healthcare facilities, classrooms, stores, or restaurants, we offer interior solutions that help to enhance comfort, save time, improve building efficiency and overall performance, and create beautiful spaces.


For more than 150 years, we have built our business on trust and integrity. It set us apart then, and it sets us apart now, along with our ability to collaborate with and innovate for the people we're here to serve - our customers, our shareholders, our communities and our employees.


We are committed to developing new and sustainable ceiling solutions, with design and performance possibilities that make a positive difference in spaces where we live, work, learn, heal and play. It's an exciting, rewarding business to be in, and we're committed to continue to grow and prosper for the benefit of all of our stakeholders. We hope you join us.



What does it mean to work at Armstrong?


It means being immersed in a supportive culture that recognizes you as a key player in Armstrong's future. We are a large company with a local feel, where you will get to know and collaborate with leadership and your colleagues across the company.



By joining us, you'll have the opportunity to make the most of your potential. Alongside a competitive remuneration package, you will receive:

  • A benefits package including: medical, dental, prescription drug, life insurance, 401k match, long-term disability coverage, vacation and sick time, product discount programs and many more.
  • Personal development to grow your career with us based on your strengths and interests.
  • A casual work environment where we have a recognition program for our team, and service awards. You will also be able to make the most of our fitness center and lunchtime cafe. 
  • A working culture that balances individual achievement with teamwork and collaboration. We draw on each other's strengths and allow for different work styles to build engagement and satisfaction to deliver results. 



What you’ll be doing:

  • Effectively identify / create / develop innovative ideas which fit into business strategy, customer needs, and potentially lead to high business value.
  • Work with others to estimate potential market size with the proposed idea.
  • Design / plan / develop technical solutions, analyze data, recommend viable solutions, interpret and report results.
  • Rapidly determine innovative solution / approach to address business needs.
  • Proactively interact and collaborate with co-workers, manufacturing plants, and the business, as necessary, for the duty of the responsibilities to ensure high-quality transfer of technology for execution
  • Support execution phase work as needed to ensure capability of new product or process
  • Provide coaching on technical knowledge or technical issues to both peers and associate investigators.
  • Develop intellectual property for key innovations.
  • Effectively build networks with external groups—companies, universities, consortiums, etc--to understand business relevant new technologies.
  • Participate in pertinent technical conferences, identify business opportunities, and share key learnings with the organization as required by business needs.
  • Adhere to AWI standard work processes including safety, stage-gates, executive and senior leader updates, as well as provide data to track innovation generation/output


What will make you successful:

  • Bachelor's in Material Chemistry or Chemical Engineering.
  • 5+ years industrial work experience.
  • Demonstrated leadership and ability to work in a team environment.
  • Rich experience in project management including traditional and preferable Agile methodology.
  • Self-starter / motivated, action / result oriented, and ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Excellence in creativity, business acumen, and collaboration.
  • Knowledge or experience in nonwoven, wood, metal, composite / translucent material / product or lamination is a plus.
  • Proficient in Microsoft tool suite & other relevant digital tools.


Desired Qualifications:

  • Master's or PhD in Material Chemistry or Chemical Engineering.



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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