Color, Material, and Finishing Engineer, Consumer Hardware (Sustainability)

Google - Mountain View, CA

Full-time
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Minimum qualifications:
Bachelor's degree in Materials Science, Mechanical/Chemical/Textile/Plastics Engineering or equivalent practical experience.
4 years of experience in materials and manufacturing processes for CMF technologies in consumer products.
Experience in Softgoods and/or Plastics CMF technologies development.
Ability to travel internationally.

Preferred qualifications:
Master's degree or PhD in Materials Science, Mechanical/Chemical Engineering, or equivalent.
Experience with 3D CAD (e.g., Creo, Mold Flow, etc.). Experience with color specifications and tools (e.g., spectrophotometer, gloss meter, Pantone, etc.).
Experience with production process qualification, measurement and statistical analysis.
Knowledge of softgoods materials (e.g., textile, leather) and related finish and assembly technologies. Knowledge of plastic materials, (e.g., injection/insert molding, composite and related finishes technologies).
Ability to work well in a fast-moving industry.
Excellent technical judgment, analytical, and problem-solving skills. Excellent data visualization, presentation, and verbal and written communication skills.
About the job
As a Color, Material, and Finish (CMF) Engineer, you will work directly with international manufacturers and model shops to meet Google’s high-quality design goals. You will demonstrate high attention to detail, making products appealing in the physical world. Additionally, you will work closely with Industrial Designers, CMF Designers, Product Engineers, Operations, and Manufacturing Vendors to develop and implement design goals into mass production products. You will be a bridge between the Industrial Design team and manufacturers and leader contributing to CMF technologies roadmap and milestones of Google’s hardware products.

Google’s hardware products are produced in high volume and reach users worldwide in a fast-paced industry that requires professional and high standards. In this role, you will be on the lookout for new knowledge on materials, manufacturing process, and vendors and shares updated information with the team. You will work with a diverse range of suppliers and methods to achieve the desired quality on specified CMF Technology goals in high- volume production and as part of a cross-functional team. You will be proficient applying industrial design processes and creating compelling design proposals for complex projects in a fast-paced environment. In this role, you will deliver color, materials and finishes technologies from highly sustainable point of view and work with cross-functional teams to solve technical challenges, applying sustainability related technologies for Google’s Hardware products.

Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. Our Hardware team researches, designs, and develops new technologies and hardware to make our user's interaction with computing faster, more powerful, and seamless. Whether finding new ways to capture and sense the world around us, advancing form factors, or improving interaction methods, our Hardware team is making people's lives better through technology.

Responsibilities
Drive end-to-end development of individual sustainability-focused material and finish technologies in collaboration with cross-functional teams. Lead and/or contribute to softgoods and/or bioplastics materials and finishes technologies roadmap.
Contribute to great product design from a Materials and Finishes technology perspective (e.g., material, process, finish selection, etc.) Share latest softgoods and/or bioplastics Materials and Finishes Technologies internally and facilitate design decisions.
Evaluate process challenges, define a plan for prototype creation, and innovate solutions to overcome technical obstacles.
Demonstrate excellent technical judgment while working with suppliers to deliver Google’s design goals during prototype and production builds.
Be creative in applying engineering knowledge to develop new material technology ideas and process flows, recognizing potential patentable aspects.
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