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Apr 15, 2002 12:00 AM

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Avery Dennison, Ft. Wayne, IN

Contact: Steve Melfi by e-mail:

ROLE OBJECTIVE: Initiate and lead new product development projects in the plant. Manage portfolio of projects aimed at the facility. Provide focal point for all activities in the plant and act as a representative at the site. Function as primary Paper Expert for Variable Imprint business.


  • Lead site-specific product development projects that require component/supplier qualifications.

  • Key member of new product and process development teams.

  • Functions as the focal point for the plant for communications.

  • Primary product focus will be Variable Imprint Labels, but will also be the focal point for other product lines.

  • Will follow products through to field trials to develop an excellent understanding of customer needs.

  • Provide paper expertise to Variable Imprint business


  • Ability to translate voice of customer into technical specifications for product and process design.

  • Strong leadership skills with capability to develop into R&D or operations management.

  • Knowledge of statistical tools, including DOE, required with preference given to certified Six Sigma Black Belts.

  • Ability to lead product development projects in a manufacturing environment.

  • B.S or M.S. in chemistry or engineering (paper science) or equivalent.

  • Prefer individuals with a minimum of 5 years industrial experience in paper manufacturing, converting or R&D.

  • Experience in web handling and process development preferred.

  • Experience in adhesives, coatings, liners, converting or pressure-sensitive manufacturing is preferred.

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