Engineer 4 - Plastics Extrusion

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Date: Jul 23, 2024

Location: Lakewood, CO, US

Company: Terumo BCT, Inc.

Requisition ID:  31876  


At Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies, our 7,000+ global associates proud to come to work each day, knowing that what we do impacts the lives of patients around the world. For Terumo, for Everyone, Everywhere.


We make medical devices and related products that are used to collect, separate, manufacture and process various components of blood and cells. With our innovative technologies and service offerings, we touch a patient’s life every second of every day and are committed to continuing to increase the number of patients we serve. Advancing healthcare with heart.


With some of the best and brightest minds in the industry, an unmatched global footprint, comprehensive benefits and a distinct culture, Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies is a great place to work, grow and be part of a team that is focused on making a difference. Join us and help shape wherever we go next. You create your future and ours.

Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies is seeking a motivated lifelong learner and teacher with experience in the fields of polymer chemistry and plastics extrusion. The successful candidate will join our current staff of 5 as a Subject Matter Expert on the Global Process Development team. In that roll you’ll provide expertise and training to support product/process development teams in Lakewood, CO and to support manufacturing sites across the globe.  Each SME provides critical medical device manufacturing expertise in four key areas.  You will 1) define state of the art manufacturing capability, 2) develop manufacturing processes to support new products, 3) provide a knowledge base to support our manufacturing, quality, and supply chain organizations and 4) provide executive management with guidance on technical aspects of strategic decision making.  As the successful candidate you’ll step into existing projects in flight such as development of plastics formulations to gain competitive product performance advantages, assisting a manufacturing plant to expand its PVC film extrusion processes to open new sales markets, and enhancing the reliability of Terumo’s extruded tubing supply.

As a successful candidate for this position you will:

  • Become the center of expertise in polymer chemistry and plastics extrusion supporting Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies interests worldwide.
  • Develop and define manufacturing processes and the equipment used to execute these processes.
  • Serve collaboratively on cross functional teams to develop manufacturing process innovations concurrently with new product development.
  • Provide design-for-manufacturability input to concurrent engineering (product & process development) teams.
  • Integrate your areas of expertise with those of other SMEs to enable successful manufacturing systems.
  • Guide and assist capital project realization teams to integrate processes into manufacturing systems installed worldwide.
  • Define critical process parameters, monitoring methods and validation methods to ensure successful implementation of processing equipment in manufacturing environments.
  • Serve as subject matter expert to train others in the organization and support manufacturing capability within your competencies.
  • Provide on-site support to manufacturing sites in Costa Rica, India, Vietnam, and Northern Ireland as well as travel internationally to support projects as required.



  • Perform independent evaluation, selection, and application in making adaptations and modifications to projects.
  • Lead portions of major significant projects and hold total management responsibility for smaller projects.
  • Contribute to the functional group’s development, direction, and effectiveness, adhering to organizational policies and processes and supporting overall business and corporate objectives.
  • Implement and understand FDA or regulatory requirements as necessary.
  • Apply technology principles to multiple tasks.
  • Develop working knowledge of cross-functional and related technical areas.
  • Approach and complete tasks, highlighting risks to avoid delays and optimize expenditure of time and resources.
  • Advise team members pro-actively on technical ideas and promote skill development of teamwork.
  • Interact with peers across projects to secure resources and commitments.
  • Handle frequent inter-organizational and outside supplier contacts.
  • Represent the organization in providing solutions to difficult technical issues associated with specific projects.
  • Follow/develop technical specification requirements and provide feedback on various technical processes and procedures.
  • Present effectively complex technical information/analysis and respond to questions from technical staff members and management.
  • Work cooperatively and effectively within a team environment to achieve common goals and results, often influencing the outcome of the team(s).
  • Work direction responsibility may include technicians and junior engineers.
  • May work with manufacturing and other functional groups on manufacturing and regulatory compliance issues.





  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential functions of the job may be considered.
  • Bachelor’s of Science degree or Master of Science degree in Engineering preferred.



  • Minimum 8 years’ experience in related fields.
  • Two years of GMP manufacturing experience required.



  • Requires demonstrated skills in technical innovation, technical leadership, polymer engineering and manufacturing.
  • Strong interactive skills in general communication, cross-functional participation and influence, mentoring and acceptance of guidance, technical leadership, project management, coordination with cross-functional team members, team behavior, and support for subordinates, junior engineers, technicians, and management.
  • Represents the organization as the prime technical contact on projects. Interacts with senior level external personnel on significant technical matters often requiring coordination between organizations.
  • Strong technical problem-solving skills.
  • Mechanical and electronic ability aptitude to assist with equipment troubleshooting.
  • Understanding of and adherence to GMP practices and FDA regulations.
  • Knowledge and ability to implement FDA or regulatory requirements as necessary.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Knowledge and use of relevant PC software applications and skills to use them effectively.



Lakewood, Colorado (onsite)



Equivalent competency level acquired through a variation of these qualifications may be considered.



General Labor Environment requirements include: use of personal protective equipment, reading, speaking, hearing, walking, bending, standing, stretching/reaching, hand/finger dexterity, and occasional lifting up to 50 pounds, or transporting up to 500 pounds via carts or mechanized equipment.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an associate to successfully perform the essential duties of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.


Roll requires up to 30% domestic and international travel based on business needs.


Target Pay Range:  $117,500.00 to $146,900.00  -  Salary to be determined by the education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities of the applicant, internal equity, and alignment with market data
Target Bonus on Base:  10.0%


At Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies, we provide competitive total reward offerings that consist of compensation, benefits, recognition, along with a wealth of other well-being, work-life and recognition programs which support in unlocking the potential for you and your family. Included in our expansive list of benefits offerings are multiple group medical, dental and vision plans, a robust wellness program, life insurance and disability coverages, also a variety of voluntary programs such as group accident, hospital indemnity, critical illness, pet insurance and much more. To help you save for retirement, we offer a 401(k) plan with a matching contribution and for work-life balance we have vacation and sick time programs for associates. For us, it’s about protecting the personal welfare of our associates and their families, helping to achieve personal goals and offering those extra touches for convenience, security and overall peace of mind.


  • Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies is part of Terumo Group, founded in 1921 and headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.
  • In 2019, Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies reached $1 billion in revenue.
  • We employ nearly 7,000 associates globally, with global headquarters in Lakewood, CO, U.S., and regional headquarters in Brussels, Buenos Aires, Singapore and Tokyo.
  • We manufacture devices, disposable sets and solutions at our facilities in Belgium, India, Japan, Northern Ireland, the U.S. and Vietnam. Our global presence enables us to serve customers in more than 130 countries.
  • Our core values help set our direction, guide our actions and keep us true to our corporate mission of contributing to society through healthcare.
    • Respect – Appreciative of others
    • Integrity – Guided by our mission
    • Care – Empathetic to patients
    • Quality – Committed to excellence
    • Creativity – Striving for innovation
  • We contribute to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), raising $1.3 million USD since 2007.


We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer.  All applicants will be afforded equal opportunity without discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, order of protection status, national origin or ancestry, citizenship status, age, physical or mental disability unrelated to ability, military status or an unfavorable discharge from military service.


Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies is committed to providing a safe, healthy and secure working environment. Our Colorado campus locations are tobacco-free workplaces, and we maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing and detailed background verification.

Nearest Major Market: Denver

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