Job description


Engineering Project Manager (0910)

Group Company:
  • Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials

Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials is a leading global manufacturer of high-performance thermoplastic materials in the form of semi-finished products and finished parts. The company has locations in 20 countries and more than 2,800 employees. Its specialty engineering thermoplastics and composites are superior in performance to metals and other materials and are used in a wide range of applications, primarily in the capital goods industry. The company is continuously developing new areas of applications in close cooperation with industry leaders in a broad variety of customer markets. The Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials Group is well prepared to further expand its market leadership position.

Supporting the vision of our holding company, Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation (MCHC), Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials is committed to the realization of KAITEKI, “a sustainable condition which is comfortable for people, society and the Earth”. To realize this vision, the MCHC Group engages in corporate activities that provide products, technologies and services based on the comprehensive capabilities of the Group in the Performance Products Domain, Industrial Materials Domain and Health Care Domain, with chemistry as the basis of our activities. We jointly express and promote our commitment under the corporate brand THE KAITEKI COMPANY.

Job Purpose

The Mitsubishi Chemical America Marketing Technical Center (MTC) seeks a dedicated Engineering Project Manager for a portfolio of projects conducted in collaboration with participating Mitsubishi group companies across North America.  The Engineer will be based at the MTC Plastics & Composites Processing Center of Excellence in Mesa Arizona. The Engineer will engage with cross functional project teams to manage work plans, budgets, schedules, resource requirements, technical reports and stage gate communications.  Executing projects on time and on budget will require the engineer to creatively design project plans and experiments which may utilize local, remote, and 3rd party equipment and resources. The successful candidate will exhibit:

  • Ability to advocate for new ways of doing things
  • Entrepreneurial creativity and a drive for problem solving
  • Intellectual curiosity to learn a broad range of technologies
  • Creative design vision for prototyping
  • Comfort with the ambiguity of a new organization still developing business processes
  • A strong bias for action
Principal Accountabilities

The key deliverable for this position is completing projects on time and on budget.  The MTC is a new organization with new business processes still under development.  There will be opportunities for clearly defined quick win projects, and challenges with complex multi-material innovations.  The detailed responsibilities include:

Planning: Create project budgets, work breakdown structures, resource plans, rough order estimates, task prioritization, and monitoring and integration plans for multiple technical engineering projects

  • Interview principle investigators, resource managers, project engineers, technicians, and management to analyze the needs, define requirements, and outline the technical approach
  • Assess competencies, capabilities, resources, and financials required for the projects
  • Choose course of action which best balances project requirements, scope, technical and cost risks, schedules, and stakeholder expectations
  • Analyze and recommend materials, equipment, and best practices
  • Design projects for compliance with company polices, best practices, and industry standards and specifications

Execution: Schedule, coordinate, and supervise experiments, modeling, analysis, and production trials according to project plan

  • Interface with project submitters and suppliers to develop and procure raw materials
  • Design experiments to test critical project hypotheses efficiently
  • Coordinate with Engineering and Operations to complete experiments safely and on schedule
  • Facilitate analytical testing through internal QC and 3rd party labs with advice from R&D and application experts


  • Prepare periodic progress and cost reports and/or other program documentation for management and the Steering Committee
  • Work closely with management of the R&D, Engineering, Operations and Quality departments to maintain alignment on project plans and needed resources
  • Serve as a liaison across external suppliers, research partners, and internal company stakeholders
  • Analyze results and extract concise insights from data for non-specialist audience
Knowledge / Skills / Experience
  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (Mechanical, Industrial, Materials Science, Manufacturing Engineering) or other related engineering discipline and 5 years of industry experience
  • Project Management experience
  • Experienced in Stage-gate Product Development processes
  • Experienced in Design of Experiments, planning, and reporting processes
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and proficient in MS Office Suite
  • Critical thinking and strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Self-starter and capable of working autonomously
  • Independent time management skills and proven ability to meet deadlines
  • Experience with engineering estimating and proposal development
  • Substantial knowledge of polymer and composite materials, processing and applications


  • Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) or Project Management Professional (PMP) certification
  • Experience with solid modeling in CAD such as Solidworks, Dassault CATIA, Siemens NX
  • Exposure or experience with polymer and composite material modeling and simulation and FEA analysis
  • Proficient with statistical analysis and use of statistical tools such as Design for Six Sigma to design R&D experiments
  • Experience with materials testing and characterization
  • Experience in collaborating with academic institutions, government laboratories, and industrial research consortiums
  • Personal network of analytical, prototype, and design experts – academic or professional
  • Exposure to the automotive/transportation industry and certification protocols such as the Production Part Approval Process (PPAP)
  • Knowledge of defect and failure analysis methods and technologies
  • Knowledge of ITAR Requirements


EEO Statement

Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation values diversity in the workplace, is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity and will not discriminate against an applicant or employee on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other legally recognized protected basis under applicable law.
Applicants with disabilities may be entitled to a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act and/or other applicable laws. If you require accommodation due to a disability at any time during the recruitment and/or assessment process, please contact Talent Acquisition.

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