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Application Development Engineer, Foam

Job Requisition ID:  42682


Founded in 1920, Eastman is a global specialty materials company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With the purpose of enhancing the quality of life in a material way, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. The company’s innovation-driven growth model takes advantage of world-class technology platforms, deep customer engagement, and differentiated application development to grow its leading positions in attractive end markets such as transportation, building and construction, and consumables. As a globally inclusive and diverse company, Eastman employs approximately 14,000 people around the world and serves customers in more than 100 countries. The company had 2021 revenues of approximately $10.5 billion and is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA. For more information, visit


The Role


This position is for Application Development Representative – Foam. The successful candidate will functionally report to the C&I Group Leader EMEA, but for project work be part of global organization. In this role you will oversee the expandable foam bead extrusion and molding activities in Europe. You will provide technical support at bead development trials and help to translate these learnings to commercial trials at bead producers and users. Your experience in the industry will be key to actively support customers in the region and provide feedback to the business. 




  • Comply with all corporate, division, and group safety requirements and demonstrate commitment to continual safety improvement and model good safety behaviors.
  • Become a core member of thermoplastic foam team (Application Development, Marketing, Sales, Technical Service, Product Management) and participate in, align and influence the strategy.
  • Guide the development of new thermoplastic polymer foam technology. Especially, expanded foam to deliver products that the market needs and that will bring commercial value to Eastman.
  • Have a thorough understanding of extruding polymers and simultaneously injecting blowing agents to the extruder and then utilising under water pelletizers to create beads which have blowing agent (solvent) contained within them.  
  • Assist expandable foam molders in achieving acceptable quality molded articles
  • Utilize technical experience with the manufacturing, formulating, processing and testing of thermoplastic foamed polymers and systems to develop new products
  • Serve as subject matter expert in the market and its application including understanding of foam and non-foam competitive products.
  • Scale up formulations to produce expandable beads that meet quality requirements on commercial lines
  • Documenting and communicating results and conclusions to both technical and non-technical internal and external audiences.
  • Define and oversee internal and 3rd party testing of foam products to industry standards.
  • Identify regulatory compliance requirements and support certifications of products.
  • Promote and lead customer trials and evaluations.
  • Travel to customer to discover needs, match fitness for use characteristics with product offerings, and support the engagements through final commercialization.
  • Attend trade shows/technical conferences to align with market trends and establish/strengthen market connect.
  • Recommend equipment improvements/upgrades for both laboratory and manufacturing.



Required Skills


  • Bachelor’s degree in a scientific discipline in a field related to Chemistry, Polymer Science, Chemical engineering, or equivalent. PhD is preferred.
  • At least 5 years of relevant industrial experience in the thermoplastic foam industry developing expandable thermoplastic foams, including formulating additive packages for thermoplastic foams, knowledge of amorphous polymers, bead extrusion experience and product testing.
  • Knowledge and experience with pre-expanders, shape molders and block molding machines from various manufacturers.
  • Fluent in English both written and spoken and knowledge of other European languages.
  • The candidate is required to travel >20% of their time.




  • European product regulatory expertise regarding certification, microplastics, biodegradability and circular economy.
  • Strong communication & influencing skills, effective with all levels being able to interact with different groups and create strong network relationships including customers.
  • Technical Project leadership experience with a proven track record of commercializing new products is preferred.
  • Demonstrated creativity and a desire to solve challenging and complex problems
  • Dutch and/or German language skills are preferred.
  • Willing to relocate to Ghent, Belgium.
  • Computer skills – MS Office, Experimental design





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