Senior Materials Engineer, Polymers

Southern California, CA | Direct Hire

Post Date: 08/19/2015 Job ID: 5022 Industry: Consumer Electronics


Be part of a revolution! Our company is redefining the listening experience for music. The Mechanical Analysis and Technology Team at our company is at the center of solving thermal, structural and materials related challenges in support of product design teams. We are seeking individuals that have a crazy attention to detail, excited about clever engineering designs, curious about why things work (or don’t) and want to make insanely great products. Have fun every day on this fast paced, creative team and help take our company to explore new places in this space. If you love music, solving challenging problems and doing things the right way every time, we’d like to talk to you!


  • Collaborate with product and industrial designers on material selection, design feasibility and aesthetics of new plastic part designs.

  • Establish and manage relationships with material suppliers to identify emerging technologies and collaborate on new material development to meet our needs.

  • Own and advance in-house material testing capabilities using tensile/compression testing; identify and acquire other equipment deemed necessary to characterize product materials. Write and maintain processes for performing in-house tests.

  • Lead material testing efforts either in-house or outside labs to support early evaluation using finite element analyses

  • Create material performance specifications for new material development efforts and selection based on end application requirements.

  • Be the technical librarian of all material properties data at our company.

  • Work with injection molding vendors and our SBEs (Supplier Based Engineers) to troubleshoot manufacturing issues, optimize processes and implement processing parameter control to maintain high yield and quality.

  • Aside from plastics, push the technology on structural adhesives, rubbers, and foams used in our products.


  • A minimum of a BS degree in Polymers Engineering, Materials Engineering, Materials Science, Chemistry (or other materials related field with a polymers focus).

  • 10+ years work experience in a materials engineering and polymers in consumer electronics industry.

  • Experience developing Design of Experiments to evaluate and determine design directions.

  • Ability to multi-task, work quickly, accurately and communicate effectively with team members.

  • Work independently and as part of a team.

  • Fluency in both written and oral English.

  • Ability to prepare clear and concise written reports and presentations.

  • Able to lead reviews and technical discussions

  • Ability to travel approximately 25% annually (sometimes with little notice)

  • Manufacturing experience in volume production including familiarity with statistical process control

  • People management experience


  • Familiarity with Acoustic design practices.

  • Experience and capability in structural FEA methods and tools

  • Fluency in Mandarin Chinese a plus



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