R&D Innovation Engineer

Technical Services Batavia, Ohio


Build your Career with an Industry Leader 

 Multi-Color Corporation and Fort Dearborn have merged and are now the world’s largest prime label and packaging supplier. Join the new MCC and you will have the opportunity to become part of an organization that has been committed to excellence and industry leadership for over 110 years. 

This position is responsible for supporting projects within the corporate research and development group. Lead and support customer and MCC innovation and product development R&D activities while working in partnership with Strategic Marketing, Sales, and Operations. This includes managing the technical aspects of all projects assigned and seeking out answers by consulting others within the organization as needed. This position will participate with R&D group members to develop and commercialize innovative new opportunities across label technology platforms. This position has direct interactions with the senior leadership team and requires proven communication and influence skills to gain alignment throughout the organization

Why work at MCC: 

  • Generous benefits package including medical, dental, vision, disability, life insurance and 401(k)
  • Paid Holidays: New Years, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, plus two floating holidays


  • Lead product development projects focused on the implementation of innovative premiumization, sustainability, and smart label packaging solutions.
  • Build a reputation for customer-focused creativity by delivering new ideas and decorating solutions
  • Envision, design, and bring to market new customer value propositions to provide competitive advantage
  • Manage and prioritize multiple projects and coordinate resources needed to drive projects forward.
  • Use a StageGate project management approach throughout the new product development life-cycle from idea generation to commercialization
    • Participate in idea generation for new product development, mock-ups
    • With Marketing, conduct market assessment to assess commercial acceptance for new product ideas
    • Investigate new technologies and product concepts as possible solution options
    • Determine and define pilot phase trial order requirements, schedule & conduct internal printing & converting trials, and conduct benchmark laboratory testing
    • Initiate and direct testing and experimentation to verify results and decisions
    • Clarify and revise product specifications to meet customer requirements
    • Conduct scale-up from development to commercialization using a limited launch process
    • Document and communicate project status to ensure alignment and prioritization
  • Stay abreast of packaging trends and developments and drive investigations of new technologies to bring unique product concepts to the company. Interface with ink, adhesive, and material subject matter experts to internally and externally to satisfy specific project requirements.
  • Communicate, coordinate, and collaborate with all affected internal and external departments (customer service, pre-press, sales, and production) as needed.
  • Provide regular project status updates to R&D leaders.
  • Travel to vendors and customers to clarify data in resolution of R&D and manufacturing problems


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  Below are the minimum requirements of the education, experience, knowledge, and skills required to competently perform in this position.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Minimum B.S. Degree required. Area of study requiring use of scientific methods highly desirable, i.e. science/engineering, or technical major.

  • Industry background and/or strong understanding of inks, adhesives, coatings, solvent lamination, gravure and flexography printing, UV curable coatings, converting, die-cutting, film/substrates, labels/packaging and related materials desired.
  • Innovation mindset balanced with strategic and technical understanding of key business conditions.
  • Assertive communicator with keen sense of follow-up/follow through.
  • Ability to lead/manage multiple projects across a small team of technical professionals.
  • Self-starter possessing a strong sense of urgency and ability to prioritize and transition to new tasks
  • When necessary, manage competing priorities while dealing with volatility, uncertainty, and ambiguity.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills. Ability to relay technical information to non-technical industry colleagues both internal and external to the organization 
  • Strong proficiency with MS Office Suite
  • Position requires travel for both internal and customer visits and trials – overall travel will be as much as 30%.

MCC welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. MCC is an equal opportunity employer.