Research Engineer II - CertainTeed Roofing R&D

Position Description

Job Summary

CertainTeed is committed to being the leader in light and sustainable construction. We are looking for talented, and energetic researchers to join our roofing team in conducting hands-on laboratory experiments for key development programs. As a Research Engineer, the candidate will research and develop new technologies to improve processes and products within our business.  Phases of development include pilot, scale-up, and implementation of R&D processes into manufacturing. The candidate will take project objectives and transform them into actionable tasks including research of technologies, design and execution of experimentation, analysis of results, and generation of IP and technical reports.

This position will focus on the process of shingle and related components manufacturing (eg. filler, sand, pallet, etc.). Under the direction of the group leader, the candidate will also design, run experiments, produce lab-scale samples, operate pilot equipment, and analyze the experimental outcomes. In addition to designing experiments for the candidate’s primary projects, the candidate will be expected to conduct experiments to support projects led by others.


  • Ability to work in a production environment, building relationships and establishing support to execute projects in a cross-functional environment.
  • Manages projects at various plants simultaneously, on time, well documented, and within budget to meet business and customer objectives.
  • Leads shingle roofing projects under the supervision of group leader in the 10 shingle roofing plants in parallel.
  • Requires minimal assistance and guidance on administrative and technical aspects of the role.
  • Identifies cost savings opportunities for the business.
  • Identifies opportunities that could impact sustainability with innovative solutions and works with R&D, operations, and technical teams to develop and deploy.
  • Works seamlessly with Saint-Gobain North American Research & Development Center (SGR-NA), CertainTeed Roofing Engineering, and other R&D resources within Saint-Gobain (SG).
  • Defines material properties and critical to quality attributes.
  • Provides technical support and assistance for trials, commissioning and troubleshooting of new technology utilizing World Class Manufacturing (WCM) tools and principles.
  • Manages the Stage Gate process for individual projects including leading the technical components of Gate reviews and ensuring all related documentation is complete.
  • Develops and encourages innovation and Intellectual Property (IP) development and fosters IP development through the patent process with legal support.
  • Continuously evaluates workplace for safety concerns and ensures behavioral safety initiatives are performed to goal levels.

Required Qualifications

  • BS Degree with a minimum of 3+ years’ experience, or entry-level with an MS degree with Thesis in Chemical Engineering, Plastics/Polymer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or Material Science, or other related disciplines.
  • 3+ years of hands-on experience with modeling, prototyping, manufacturing processes and equipment, and scale-up activities in an industrial or research setting.
  • Must possess a body of technical work commensurate with their years of experience including but not limited to: demonstration of familiarity with statistical tools, data analysis, and drawing conclusions based on a collection of basic data and interpretation.
  • Demonstrated good knowledge in HSE.
  • Develop and demonstrate an understanding of company policies and corporate structure.
  • Travel required up to 25%

Company Summary

Through the responsible development of innovative and sustainable building products, CertainTeed, headquartered in Malvern, Pennsylvania, has helped shape the building products industry for more than 110 years. Founded in 1904 as General Roofing Manufacturing Company, the firm's slogan "Quality Made Certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed," inspired the name CertainTeed. Today, CertainTeed is a leading North American brand of exterior and interior building products, including roofing, siding, fence, decking, railing, trim, insulation, drywall and ceilings.

A subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest and oldest building products companies, CertainTeed has more than 6,300 employees and more than 60 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada.

Legal Statement

Saint-Gobain provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. Saint-Gobain is an equal opportunity employer of individuals with disabilities and supports the hiring of veterans.

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Research Engineer II - CertainTeed Roofing R&D

Location: Malvern, Pennsylvania

Posting Date: 09/11/2023

Job Code: USA06930

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