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Chemical Engineer II

Busan, South Korea, South Korea

The nature of the work is focused on research and development of products from conception to retail to meet the needs of accounts and consumers. Performs scientific and technological investigation directed toward the acquisition of new knowledge. Research encompasses such endeavors as enlarging and systematizing the organizations knowledge base; understanding the limitations of technology and how to apply its capabilities; developing proof-of-concept prototypes; devising methods and tools for modeling, analyzing and developing products and services. Utilizes engineering knowledge and applies research towards the development and design of new products and processes

Core Accountabilities


Product Development/ Commercialization/ Production:  60%

-Act as irreplaceable supporting technical resource within the category team during the Asian development phase to identify and solve potential manufacturing, efficiency or costing concerns.

-Responsible for design for manufacturing to a level of proven and tested at the time of sample confirmation with accountability to a confirmed Process Flow Chart for the sample size at RFC.

-Support commercialization and initial production of category products working closely with offshore Mfg. Teams to insure product meets consumer expectations.

-Ensure consistency in chemical materials, construction and production techniques that will provide superior fit and product integrity across the manufacturing bases.

-Responsible for accurately filling out relevant areas of the Process Flow Chart for the full size run prior to production startup and transfer to second source on every project.

-Attend category teardowns, production trials and follow key projects into production starts- up as needed.

-Lead Category initiatives in working with Category Director

-Participate regular line walk-through to ensure proper process/ product quality is on the product.

-Participate in regular product related conference calls between WHQ and production source country Mfg. teams.

Production Process:  20%

-Lead assigned chemical projects and have accomplishment punctuality.

-Work closely and communicate often with engineers in other countries to obtain consistency in technical, development and production across respective category.

-Understanding the mechanism of chemical process, working within and refining best practice guidelines.

-Have regular process related survey, data collecting.

-Use statistical data analysis tools and DOE (design of experiment) to optimize the chemical process.

Support chemical vendor supplier governance, handling vendor issue.


Communication: 10%

-Draft reports in high or technical level.

-Participate in regular product related conference calls between WHQ and production source country Mfg. teams.

-Join / conduct monthly CE meeting to communicate with other CEs and experience / information sharing.

Mentoring/Leadership: 10%

-Act as mentor to Engineer 1 and the new hires.

-Conduct various technical training programs through using in-house capabilities and leveraging the vendors' capabilities.

-Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, polymer science or other chemical related discipline

-5+ years directly relevant work experience 

-Experience in apparel/textile/footwear a plus

-Fluent in written and verbal English and Korean

-Skillful in Excel, PowerPoint, Mini-tab

-Must be self-driven, motivated and able to work independently

-Ability to design and conduct research and development experiments

-Ability to be the leader or member of complex initiatives and projects

-Proven skills as a creative problem solver and innovator

-Good communication, influence skills and teamwork

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