Job Category:  RD Research & Development

Troy, MI, US


Work for the world market leader and TOP 100 automotive supplier HBPO! We are always in front when it comes to the development, construction, assembly and logistics of complex front-end modules. We are also your specialist for other module solutions. At home in one of the most dynamic industries, we guarantee you a diverse range of tasks paired with many professional challenges. We currently have a workforce of more than 2,800 employees worldwide and produce about 5.7 million modules every year.


Materials Innovation Engineer

we are looking for our corporate office in Troy


Essential Functions/Duties

  • Responsible for identifying, organizing, preparing, and execution of projects in pursuit of advanced materials solutions
  • Forward thinker focused on the innovative trends in the industry and must have expertise in lightweighting, cost effective, recyclable and sustainable solutions. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of injection molded plastics, metal stampings and metal-plastic hybrid solutions.
  • Work closely with the Engineering Director and with BD team to identify and align innovative materials initiatives for the identified applications.  Track and monitor the progress and align with customer expectations for the same.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of OEM specifications and approval processes.
  • Partner with supply base and materials providers to seek new solutions to lightweighting, higher stiffness and manufacturing feasible efficient designs.
  • Closely working with other HBPO Engineers and also directly with customer engineering understand the specifications and requirements from the customer on the focused products.
  • Initiate innovation initiatives and bring them to successful completion by utilizing benchmarking, prototyping, and working closely with suppliers and HBPO team
  • Work closely with global subject matter experts, specifically, with engineering team in Germany.
  • Participate in industry seminars and materials conferences to stay abreast of the innovative solutions being developed/offered for automotive applications
  • Must have the ability to multi-task and manage several initiatives with different team members or customers at the same time.
  • Participate in brainstorming sessions with Business Development and cross functional team members to develop concepts into commercially viable product offerings that fit the current and future product portfolio
  • Requires strong communication skills to effectively convey technical information to engineers and non-technical people.
  • Execute assigned R&D and track progress working closely with the Engineering Director
  • Act as a “project manager” for the assigned innovation initiative by keeping timelines and tracking budget for the initiatives (time and cost tracking).
  • Understanding of intellectual property and experience of dealing with patent is a plus. 
  • Required to work with legal staff to pursue applicable intellectual properties and patent applications, as required.
  • Benchmark competitively, and support making and testing prototypes.
  • Interfaces with customers as required in support of new research and development projects as well as new business opportunities.
  • Responsible for transition of technology to the Development Teams
  • Research new materials and technology and uses problem solving methodology during development to screen and prove the business case.
  • Must have a knack to follow industry trends and to understand customer’s advanced development strategies.
  • Must be very familiar with Microsoft office, very familiar with writing reports and creating presentations.
  • Understand and comply with company EHS policy



Related Experience/Specialized Knowledge:

  • 5+ years of experience in materials engineering and at least 3 years of direct automotive specific experience.
  • Material Solutions for light weight applications
  • Unique multi material solutions for automotive underhood structural parts
  • Metal-plastic hybrid structural parts
  • Organo Inlays, glass / carbon fibers matts
  • Injection molding, compression molding
  • Filled/ Unfilled Polypropylene, Nylons, and other Thermoplastic Materials
  • Polymer Supply Base
  • Sustainable / Recycled Materials
  • Adhesives
  • Composite Materials
  • Plastic Additives / Fillers / Fibers
  • Elastomers
  • ASTM / ISO Testing for Plastics
  • Metal Stampings principles
  • Structural Mechanics
  • 2nd language German will be a plus
  • Must be willing to travel
  • Ability to execute independently in research areas is a plus
  • Resourceful, pulls together the necessary tools, equipment and people to get the job done



  • Master’s degree in Mechanical or Materials Engineering or related field; PHD degree is a plus


Mobile working is just as natural for us as working together in a team on site.

We are particularly happy to receive applications from people who contribute to the diversity of our company.

Do you have any questions about the position or your application?

Are you interested and would like to become part of our team? Then apply now here.


HBPO North America, Inc. | Human Resources


700 Tower Dr #250 | Troy | MI 48098 | USA

Phone: 1-248-823-7083 |

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