Yarn Development and Quality Associate

Yarn Development and Quality Associate 

Located in Peoria, Illinois, Natural Fiber Welding, Inc. (NFW) produces a scalable and sustainable universe of peerless high-performance materials created from abundant natural resources. NFW is driven by an entrepreneurial spirit and a desire to change the world for the better. Innovative ideas and the drive to commercialize new products is in our DNA. 

Our workforce is comprised of a team of scientists, engineers, and business leaders that are inspired to transition the materials world from being plastic-addicted to plant-powered. We are looking for exceptional talent who can contribute to our exciting, fast paced, venture-based, and rapidly growing organization. 

 This position will support NFW’s textile technology platform, called Clarus. Clarus® develops unique 100% natural yarn products that have outstanding sustainability profiles but deliver a high performing fabric and apparel experience to consumers. Clarus® holds the key to displacing polluting synthetic textiles with recycled and high-performing natural alternatives.

 NFW is seeking curious and detail-oriented individuals to join as an entry-level Yarn Development and Quality Associate. Ideal candidates are self-starters and creative problem solvers with skill sets and experience working with pre-manufacturing equipment and material/chemistry/hospital/pharmacy laboratories. 

This position will work within our Yarn Development team, which is responsible for translating Brand customer demands into Clarus prototypes and pre-commercial yarn products. A Yarn Development and Quality Associate’s role will cover supporting the running of NFW’s development equipment, creation of prototype yarns, and the laboratory characterization (QA/QC) of those yarns.

 NFW is seeking to hire multiple stellar candidates for this role, with at least one position for 2nd shift. a candidate for this position for first or second shift.

You are an ideal candidate for this position if:

  • You have excellent attention to detail and can observe when something changes over time.
  • You take excellent notes and enjoy documentation.
  • You love to learn, can multitask, and embrace new technology
  • You can follow detailed instructions in a consistent and repeatable way.
  • You want to be part of something truly unique and new. You want to help commercialize new technologies that are unproven but have a team dedicated to their success.
  • You thrive in making order and efficiency out of chaos.
  • You are self-starting but can take direction and receive constructive feedback.
  • You are an excellent communicator and team player across multiple disciplines spanning chemical engineers, polymer scientists, and business leaders.
  • You have a background in Pharm-tech, hospital lab tech, or QA positions and want a change to a more dynamic and demanding role
  • You are passionate about environmental stewardship.

Key Responsibilities / What you will do:

  • Set up and operates industry standard test equipment within our QA/QC lab
  • Performs ASTM, AATCC, ISO and various other test standards and procedures
  • Compiles, analyzes, and reports statistical data
  • Manages and keep organized Inventory over multiple prototypes/development yarns to be tested
  • Develops new test methods and writes standard operating procedures, as assigned
  • Proactively flag problems, errors, and potential bugs in NFW’s equipment
  • Work safely and positively contributes to the safe working environment of the team around you
  • Make observations and notes on equipment performance, communicate these observations effectively to maintenance and engineering team members
  • Work effectively across multiple disciplines (chemistry, engineering, business professionals, etc.) and a diverse team
  • Work with production and other team members to schedule time on shared resources
  • Work safely with chemicals and equipment
  • Attend meetings, as necessary and gives project updates internally
  • Perform minor maintenance and custodial duties, such as the lab and test equipment

  • Recent Bachelor’s degrees preferred (but not required) (BS Chemistry, BS Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS/MLT), BS Material Science, other relevant degrees) OR
  • Associate degree plus 6-12 months experience in relevant settings OR
  • 24 months of experience in relevant settings OR
  • 24 months of manufacturing or quality assurance/control experience 
  • Experience in a textile industry is a plus
  • Experience in Pharm-Tech, Hospital Laboratory Tech, or Quality Assurance positions is a plus
  • Experience working with computers and data analysis tools such as Minitab and Excel

Competency Requirements

  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills
  • Excellent communication and documentation skills
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret data
  • Meticulous attention to detail is mandatory
  • Ability to work in a team as well as independently
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to take direction from multiple people

Physical Requirements

  •  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.
  • Frequent talking, hearing and seeing
  • Frequent using of hands to grasp, handle, or feel
  • Regular standing, walking, sitting and reaching
  • Occasional lifting of up to 25 pounds

Vision Requirements

  • Close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less)
  • Distance vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more)
  • Color vision (ability to identify and distinguish colors)
  • Peripheral vision (ability to observe an area that can be seen up and down or to the left and right while eyes are fixed on a given point)
  • Depth perception (three-dimensional vision, ability to judge distances and spatial relationships)
  • Ability to focus (ability to adjust eye to bring an object into sharp focus)

Work Environment

  • Primarily operates in Laboratory and manufacturing environments
  • Some of the work is performed in a shop environment where it may be loud, dusty, hot or cold
  • Routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, photocopiers, filing cabinets
  • Required to use personal protective equipment

NFW is an EOE.