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ECO Chemical Engineer (R&D Engineer)

Location: CA-Pleasanton/East Bay
Job Code: 2675
# of Vacancies: 1


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Job Title: ECO Chemical Engineer

Department/Business Unit: Research & Development

Location: ADC, Pleasanton

Job Summary

R&D is the center of all lens design, material and process development within CVI leading to the creation of new product and process opportunities for the business.

R&D is also involved in the key engineering change orders (ECO’s) for business critical products to ensure that the proposed changes have had significant input from subject matter experts (SME’s) and have been appropriately screened (and if applicable tested) for risk. The purpose of this role is to be part of the ECO team that has input into the change and its due diligence before implementation.

Essential Functions

The primary function of this role will involve working with the manufacturing, QA and R&D functions to assist in the management of the ECO process.


The job holder will be a technical expert in their field and will be recognized throughout the department and beyond as a highly skilled practitioner in their skill.

The job holder will have detailed knowledge of chemical engineering such that they can critically assess and assist in changes to existing processes and raw materials so that the quality and safety of CooperVision’s products are maintained at all times. The job holder will also be well practiced in the use of statistical tools so that the greatest amount of information possible can be yielded from the work carried out.

The role will involve a mixture of both experimental and office based scientific work and the job holder will be expected to work with very little supervision. The job holder will be expected to be an effective communicator to feedback results to the appropriate stakeholders.

The workload will fluctuate between low levels of activity to periods of very high intensity. During periods of low volume the jobholder will be expected to get involved in activities which contribute to R&D department objectives.



  • Expert in chemical engineering
  • Analyze proposed changes and assess risk to process and product
  • Deliver robust experiments to lower risk levels of proposed changes
  • Use statistical techniques to verify results; analyze own and other's results to draw valid conclusions
  • Ensure that their technical knowledge and capability remains at the cutting edge of their discipline
  • Write high quality reports detailing experimental work
  • Present work at meetings both internal and external to the department when required

The job works with a high level of independence. The job holder should be given large or open ended objectives on a project with little or no direction on method that should be used. The job holder should be expected to develop their own strategy for the work. Ensure that Health and Safety requirements are always met and never compromised. Proactively highlight any areas of concern to senior management that could compromise the business performance, compliance to systems, financial security/performance and health and safety.

Business Relationships

  • Establish and maintain relationships with manufacturing, QA, and R&D to provide good understanding of the technical requirements of those departments.
  • To demonstrate technical excellence to other departments and ensure that confidence in robust change control process is maintained.
  • Work with change teams to ensure timely delivery of results
  • Ensure that technical area of responsibility complies with business quality systems
  • Ensure that deployed manufacturing changes and final product quality are fit for purpose and safe
  • Maintain appropriate documentation.


  • Investigating and assessing risk of new changes to the process or materials
  • Communication with stakeholders to ensure product process quality remains high in the face of tight deadlines
  • Ensuring that they are up-to-date with the latest technological solutions and industry/discipline thinking
  • Changes in prioritization of work
  • Multi-tasking - working on a number of tasks and more than one project simultaneously


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • A post graduate degree in chemical engineering or related discipline or graduate degree + minimum 3 years relevant experience
  • Good grounding in polymer/organic chemistry and good practical knowledge of analytical techniques
  • Experience in process modeling and prediction
  • Computer language skill is a plus (Matlab)
  • Excellent experimentalist
  • Practical statistics knowledge (Minitab, JMP)
  • Enthusiasm and drive
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Understanding of project management principles.
  • Understanding of basic contact lens chemistry
  • Understanding of lens manufacturing and 6-sigma
  • Excellent team working skills
  • Works off of own initiative
  • Excellent communication skills – both written and oral

Work Environment:


The job is based at Advanced Development Center (ADC) in Pleasanton, CA. The individual will re required to work in clean rooms, manufacturing areas and laboratories. The job holder may also be required to work at CooperVision Manufacturing sites overseas, and some international travel may be required.

The role will require the individual to come into contact with hazardous materials or working environments. The individual will be required to wear/use the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for the task in hand outlined in SOP’s including items such as lab coat, eye protection and gloves.

The individual must ensure compliance of both themselves and others to company, quality and health and safety procedures where appropriate.




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