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R&D Product Development Co-Op
Sept 2018-March 2019
Selected Interns will have the unique opportunity to be involved in many aspects of Product Development and product testing that includes current and new Crayola product lines. These include Crayola’s traditional products: crayons, markers, pencils, paints, and modeling compounds. It can also include one or more Crayola Toy products that combine proprietary chemical technology with innovative mechanical design and/or electronics. Initial and ongoing training of product testing procedures and relevant lab tasks (i.e. assembling markers for testing) will be provided by multiple R&D personnel. Interns may be directly involved in the early stage development of Crayola products that are based on different and novel technologies.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
Participate in acquiring and developing new technologies and play-patterns to maintain Crayola’s leadership position in creative media and toys.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS FROM PREVIOUS CRAYOLA CO-OPS IN THIS LAB:
- Contribute in the development of new formulations (lab bench formulation work), new technologies and processes.
- Provide assistance to R&D Scientists with new and current product testing.
- Some testing may include, but is not limited to, leak testing and write-out testing on markers; performance characteristics of marker delivery systems; washability testing on inks, paints and other washable products; oven stability testing on a variety of products along with a variety of other physical and performance testing.
- Document and maintain testing data and observations in lab notebooks.
- Independently set-up and conduct experiments as needed for new product qualification.
- Gathering data from product testing and analyzing results.
- Provide short reports and project summaries to supervisor as needed.
- Interpret and communicate test results verbally, and in Word, Excel and/or PowerPoint documents.
- Collaborate with cross functional teams to identify product development issues and resolve problems.
- May participate in a Technology Sharing event with Marketing and other development groups within Crayola to communicate new ideas, concepts and technologies.
- Navigate the online Crayola Spec system and input or change formulas within this system (training will be provided).
- Received provisional patent, with possible full patent after review
- Developed novel scented marker formulation for new product
- Created new play-pattern for major Holiday toy
- Developed new formulation which reduced cost and improved performance
- Designed Toy and materials for new potential product
- Prepared materials for, and participated in Consumer Testing
- Developed new technologies and presented them to Crayola Leadership Council
- Created series of technical training videos for new employees and Co-Ops
- Ability to excel in a multidisciplinary environment, interacting with numerous scientists within R&D, Production, and Marketing.
- Willing to present new technologies to decisions makers at Crayola
- Must be a creative thinker, with ability to work in a dynamic work environment.
- Ability to work independently after receiving direction from Sr. Scientists and other R&D personnel.
- Must be organized and have the flexibility and willingness to multi-task on various projects simultaneously and change direction quickly from one project to the next as business needs dictate
- Chemistry, Material Science, Chemical Engineering, Biology, or other Science related major.
- Familiarity with lab practices and previous work in a lab environment a plus.
- Must have access to a motor vehicle to drive to and from the R&D facility and to other nearby Crayola facilities as needed (within 10 miles, one way).
- Ability to work independently.
- Must be able to complete the entire six month program for full Co-Op credit
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds. Specific vision abilities
- Kid Inspired Culture
- Casual Dress
- Free Admission to Crayola Experience for Employees
- Community Volunteerism Opportunities
- Annual Bonus Potential For All FT Employees
- Company Matched 401k & Employee Value Sharing Plan
- Comprehensive Healthcare Benefits
- Education Assistance Program
- Wellness Programs
- Employee Resource Groups
- Generous Product Discounts Onsite & Online
- Onsite Cafeteria & Credit Union
- Option to Purchase Additional Vacation
- Company Sponsored Employee Events
- Discounts on a wide variety of products and services – automotive, electronics, fitness, travel and entertainment
Crayola is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, religious creed, color, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disabilities, use of a guide or support animal for a disability, a relationship to a person with a disability, veteran status, having a GED (rather than a high school diploma), or any other legally-protected status.
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