Director of R&D - rPET


Polyethylene Terephthalate

  • PET is a versatile material, superior for package design and peformance.
  • Known for clarity, light-weight, oxygen barrier qualities and as an unbreakable competitor to glass and other plastics.
  • Nearly 2 Billion pounds of PET is recycled each year in North America and reprocessed as rPET into new products including:
  • Packaging
  • Bottles
  • Clothing
  • Carpet
  • rPET is now one of the most widely sought-after materials for packaging by major companies in Food & Beverage and Consumer Packaged Goods. Verdeco Recycling is well positioned as a leading innovator in rPET solutions for high demand applications.

The Process

  • 1) The process begins with clean, hot-washed PET flake, from reliable suppliers.
  • 2) The material goes through a process of crystallization, melt extrusion, decontamination and pelletized into FDA approved rPET pellets.
  • 3) Through innovative processing and material formulations, the rPET is well matched for high-value applications within consumer, food & beverage packaging where clarity & quality are key.
  • 4) Focusing on customer specifications and solving complex formulation challenges, means the ability to deliver consistent, high-quality products.

Rinse & Repeat!

About The Position

The Research & Development Director is responsible for developing and commercializing custom polymer formulations and driving innovation within Verdeco’s growing line of rPET material solutions. This critical role will lead the R&D and Quality Labs at the manufacturing facilities and play an active role in the future development of a corporate innovation center.

This position will play a critical role in the development of custom rPET products for packaging and other high value applications.

Working alongside customers, you will provide hands-on formulations of next generation solutions for market challenges and position the organization as a leader in this emerging technology. You will be seen as the Subject Matter Expert internally & externally and expected to stay informed of related industry advancements.

Primary Responsibilities- Hands on formulations to meet market demands and to solve challenges presented by specific applications.
- Identify opportunities and develop new products to pro-actively commercialize and take to market.
- Work with customers on specific applications and create custom rPET formulations to meet product demands.
- Manage R&D and Quality Labs and team members.
- Work with senior leadership and sales & marketing to identify opportunities for innovation.
- Travel as needed to company facilities and customers.
- Work with customers to resolve and prevent quality issues.

Preferred Qualifications- Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry (or similar) is required and an advanced technical degree is desired.
- Experience in custom polymer formulations of thermoplastic materials. rPET, PET, PE experience helpful, as is experience working with packaging applications.
- Experience working with customers, vendors and internal commercial team.
- Ability to drive innovation and assume role as an SME.
- Experience in hiring, developing, training and managing R&D personnel.