Rubber Compounding Specialist

Akron, OH

Posted: 08/09/2023 Industry: Laboratory - Industrial Chemicals Job Number: 247.23TM Experience:

Job Description

Applications Development Specialist

Global manufacturer is seeking a rubber compounding expert with excellent communication skills.  Work is focused on exploring emerging technologies and market trends, and you will be the main point of contact for technical subject matter experts within major customers.  Work is onsite in the greater Akron/Cleveland area and you will interact with team members around the world.


  • Conduct regular in-person visits and maintain contacts with the technical management staff at key customer accounts to track & capture unmet needs & implement co-developed account and product strategies
  • Act as the initial customer contact point on market insight, customer discovery, product stewardship issues seeking support from the global Technical, Product Management and Sales groups as necessary
  • Combine knowledge of market trends, broad market understanding and customer unmet needs to investigate and propose potential new areas of business, either directly in or adjacent to the tire manufacturing space
  • Provide product & application technical information / recommendations about the company’s tire additive products (current and new) to tire compounders and plant engineers
  • Through discovery calls identify customer unmet needs, understand customer requirements and define fitness-for-use criteria for specific tire/rubber applications. Translate the fitness-for-use criteria to fundamental materials/chemicals characteristics, followed by product recommendations using knowledge of structure processing property-performance understandings
  • Lead technical projects through effective design of compounding studies, coordinate activities within technology, marketing and sales for project planning, milestone and deliverables and support the development and presentation of marketing material to customers
  • Lead and/or provide technical support to market research efforts in support of strategic initiatives
  • Seek, gather & distribute market intelligence, contribute to the global technical knowledge-base through sharing of relevant learning & experience via Call Reports
  • Monitor and communicate developments relating to our existing & potential customer base and competitive landscape
  • Keep abreast of regulatory charges & their impact on relevant markets
  • Foster dialogue with industry related groups and government organizations

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Tory Mack at

JO:  247.23TM

Job Requirements

Technical Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in materials or polymer science, chemistry, chemical/materials engineering, rubber technology, or related disciplines required
  • Master’s PhD or MBA preferred
  • Experience in the tire industry is required. Must be able to discover customer needs through discussion with customers technical / manufacturing organizations, clearly recommend/implement technology/product solutions.  5+ years of experience and understanding of stand and evolving/competing raw materials, formulation, compounding, mixing & processing of various rubber/tire compounds preferred
  • Proven project leadership with the ability to influence without authority on cross-functional and cross-regional teams
  • 10-25% travel is required for this position
  • The candidate would ideally be based out of the Akron office, but other locations with the US would be considered
  • Reports into the Application Development and Technical Service Manager for EU, Americas and India
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English, Second Languages: Fluency or conversational skills in Spanish or Portuguese is a plus
  • Culturally aware and comfortable with international travel
  • A team player with initiative, good analytical and trouble shooting skills, able to work under minimum supervision

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Tory Mack at

JO:  247.23TM

Meet Your Recruiter

Tory Mack
Technical Recruiter

What I Do:

I am proud to be part of the CPS flagship division, Industrial Laboratory. Our company started in order to serve the industrial chemicals industry, one of the backbones of the U.S. economy, by bringing together talented technical specialists with the companies that need them. I recruit and place people in the following positions:

  • Formulation/Product Development
  • Organic and Polymer Synthesis
  • Application Chemistry
  • Technical Service
  • Process Chemistry
  • Analytical/Method Development
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Quality Assurance/Quality Control
  • Group Leader/R&D Manager

My Recruiting Philosophy:

When working with you as a candidate I have 3 goals:

Listen and ask questions to find out what the right opportunities look like for you

Connect you with active openings and interested companies based on your criteria

Educate you throughout the interview process to help you become a standout candidate for each individual opportunity

About Me:

I grew up in Southern Indiana and moved to the greater Chicago area 10 years ago. My education is in opera and music, so I enjoy anything and everything related to the arts! I love helping people through recruiting – I believe the right career move is one of the most important decisions a person can make and it is a privilege to be a part of that process.

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