Textile Development Engineer

Engineering Broomfield, Colorado


Position at Hunter Douglas Inc.

The Role

In this role, you will be working in product development at a manufacturing division. You will be supporting 1 or 2 product lines. You will work with various fabrics (40% conventional and 60% films/non-wovens) and materials on a small and seasoned team of Textile Engineers. This team fosters an open culture that encourages thinking outside the norm and innovation in regard to finding ways to enhance the performance of our textiles. You will also work closely with a design team to ensure aesthetic goals are met and will work with various cross-functional process engineering and product management groups to help transition work from R&D to production. This opportunity offers the ability to be involved with a variety of projects and a wide scope of responsibilities and an outstanding team that will support you along the way.

About You

  • You enjoy working in a team environment with autonomy of work
  • You are resourceful and enjoy researching answers
  • You continually think about the customer experience when engineering new textiles
  • You are open, receptive to feedback and new ideas, committed, and take pride in your work

Acceptable Training and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Textile engineering or related field
  • Advanced degree a plus
  • At least 2 years’ experience working in a textile engineering (or similar) role.
  • Leadership experience is a plus.

Qualifications and KSA’s:

Solid knowledge of films and non-wovens.  This includes films and non-wovens of a variety of material and production types.  The candidate must have a deep understanding of these materials and the effect that production processes may have on their physical properties.

Solid knowledge of conventional textiles, including wovens and knits, and the effect that production processes may have on the physical properties of the fabric.

Solid knowledge of the production and manufacture of textiles.

Solid knowledge of production equipment capabilities and production processes to produce window fashions.

Solid knowledge of the principles of chemistry to analyze and interpret data obtained from laboratory tests to determine color fastness, glue strengths, flammability, toxicity and gas emissions.

Solid knowledge of the principles of statistical analysis and design of experiment.  Six Sigma certification is a plus, though not required.

Solid knowledge of working with the import and export industry. In addition, to cultural diplomacy in conducting business internationally.

Ability to supervise, coach and guide the laboratory work performed by R&D Technicians.

Job Details

Responsible for the development of fabric properties and the engineering of fabrics and fabric processes to meet the specifications suitable for production purposes of new fabrics and improve efficiencies of sustaining fabrics. Conducts and/or directs the laboratory testing to identify those fabrics that meet the specifications for new product development and line extensions. Researches fabric properties suitable for production purposes by the coordination of laboratory analysis. Analyzes and interprets laboratory findings and evaluates fabrics. Works closely with suppliers to engineer new fabrics as well as troubleshoot problems encountered during the testing and development process.

  • Monitors the process performance and yields of fabric currently being used in the production of window fashions.
  • Communicates on a regular basis with fabric suppliers to insure that fabrics being purchased meet all company established standards and specifications necessary for production purposes.
  • Assists representatives of other departments such as, Engineering, Marketing, Purchasing in sourcing fabric suppliers.
  • Develops specifications for performance testing of fabrics to be conducted by R&D Technicians or independent laboratories. Evaluates and reviews laboratory results.
  • Manages the work performed by R&D Technicians and provides direction and guidance during the testing process.
  • Assists representatives of the Marketing and Textile and Material design departments in establishing fabric product specifications based upon product design and makes final fabric selections for new collections.
  • Trouble shoots existing performance problems of fabrics with Production representatives and Equipment Operators.

Our Company:

Hunter Douglas is the world’s leading manufacturer of window coverings. Our strength is our ability to develop innovative, high-quality, proprietary products that can be found in millions of homes and commercial buildings around the globe. Across the board and throughout the world, we have set new standards in research, design and technology. By constantly innovating and pairing our designs with the most elegant performance fabrics, we create long-lasting unique window treatments whose beauty, functionality, durability, and innovation are simply like no other.

Benefits of working for Hunter Douglas Window Fashions include:

  • Generous paid time off that accrues immediately; 11 paid holidays, new parent and family care time off and 12 hours of paid volunteer work.
  • Medical, dental, vision plan, life, STD, LTD, AD&D, dependent life, flexible spending accounts, pre-paid legal, and pet insurance.
  • 401(k) with 6% company match and annual retirement contribution, college investment savings program.
  • Employee development including education tuition assistance, and on-site development through Hunter Douglas University.
  • Robust wellness program; on-site managed fitness center free to employees.
  • Generous discount on window coverings.
  • Charitable contribution match, employee assistance program, adoption assistance, dependent scholarships, on-site physical therapists and more!

Anticipated pay range for this role depending on experience- $90,000- $120,000 with a 10% discretionary bonus.