Asahi Kasei
  • APNA Technology
  • Fowlerville, MI, USA
  • Full Time

Applications Development Engineer


Department: Technology                                           

Exempt Status: Exempt                                             

Job level: Professional/Technical


Job Purpose Summary:


The Application Development Engineer position is responsible for translating the needs of customers into viable thermoplastic compounds by advancing the product and application development efforts of APNA. The applicant must understand the fundamentals of polymer properties, compounding, molding and material selection as well as mechanical, thermal, and chemical properties of thermoplastics along with the associated test methodology.


Key Responsibilities: (8-15)

  1. Assess customer needs and select materials from current portfolio to align the right polymer compound for optimal application performance
  2. Develop and validate new products to meet specific performance requirements (fit, form, function)
  3. Be responsible for supporting the assigned commercial & customer accounts with efficient project management and communication
  4. Develop a thorough knowledge of product portfolio and participate in technical marketing activities as required
  5. Understanding of new raw materials and additives for use in current and developmental compounds
  6. Design experiments understanding to qualify new concepts and prove theories
  7. Work with internal and external resources to generate, organize, and assemble test data to meet customer requirements and promote APNA's technologies
  8. Apply reporting and presentation skills to effectively relay pertinent technical and developmental information to management and customers
  9. Utilize a fundamental understanding of the compounding process, along with plastic fabrication processes including injection molding, thermoforming, and extrusion
  10. Ability to travel as required for customer trials and meetings
  11. Exhibit alignment with company's core values Challenge, Sincerity, Creativity

Other Responsibilities

  • Promotes a safe work environment for self and others
  • Takes the initiative to resolve issues before they become problems
  • Seeks continuous improvement through periodic assessments


Key Success Measures (Metrics):

  • Relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals
  • High energy individual with outstanding people skills, organizational and time management skills.


Qualifications (Education, Experience, Licensures and Certifications):


  • Education: Polymer, Material Science or Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, or other relevant plastics-focused degree; 3-5 yrs.+ related industrial experience preferred, most preferably in automotive plastics
  • Preferred: Industry experience in Compounding, Automotive, or Industrial Plastics Fields; Plastic Part Design and Failure Analysis background; Second language skills (Spanish, Japanese, Chinese)
  • Experience with MS Office software



  • Personifies high standards of honesty, integrity, trust, openness, fairness and compassion.


  • Has a vision of what is possible and shares it with others
  • Communicates in a way that inspires others to act


  • Shows good judgment and decision making
  • Is self-motivated, professional, and results-oriented

Communication and Influence:

  • Speaks effectively before an audience
  • Promotes the expression of diverse opinions and perspectives
  • Maintain documentation during the development process and provide for future learning

Performance Management:

  • Motivates others to achieve desired outcomes by directing, coaching and delegating as the situation requires
  • Encourages excellence in others

Teamwork & Interpersonal Skills

  • Gains cooperation and commitment from others
  • Confronts conflict constructively to minimize impact to self, others, and the organization

Analysis and Problem Solving

  • Analyzes problems, develops alternatives for solving and initiates corrective action
  • Works and communicates with vendors/customers to define and meet expectations

Working Conditions:

Sits, walks, stands sometimes. Lift occasionally.



Note: Nothing in this job description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

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