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NWI Director of Product Development

Job Description

Posting Number


Internal Recruitment


Working Title

NWI Director of Product Development

Anticipated Hiring Range

Commensurate with education and experience

Work Schedule

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday-Friday

Job Location

Raleigh, NC


Nonwovens Institute

About the Department

The Nonwovens Institute (NWI) is the world’s first accredited academic program for the interdisciplinary field of engineered fabrics. Based at the Centennial Campus of North Carolina State University in Raleigh, the NWI is an innovative global partnership between industry, government and academe. Operating on an “Open Innovation” platform, the Nonwovens Institute engages experts from industry and higher education in building next-generation nonwoven applications while also providing training and guidance to the field’s future leaders.

Essential Job Duties

Under the guidance of the Director of the NWI the NWI Product Development Director will be responsible for: 
  • Advocacy: Serve as internal and external advocate for the product developed by NWI, including promoting our service with potential clients, and ensuring a safe workplace. 
  • Project Proposals, Communications, and Trial Plan Management: Prepare timely project proposals, reports, and presentations for sharing with clients, based on thorough understanding of client product development needs and of relevant technologies. 
  • Manage Sponsored Product Development Projects: Lead the management of the sponsored product development projects portfolio. This includes working with members of the industry to understand the market and product requirements, as well as working with clients and multi-department NWI internal resources to execute the project from concept to commercialization stage. 
  • Resource Management: Lead and manage the resources assigned to the Sponsored Projects. This includes the assignment of specific project responsibilities to the product development resources, providing any needed coaching and direction to ensure readiness, and following up to ensure delivery of results. 
  • Trial Plan Management: Manage the trial plans needed for product development, e.g., developing trial plans, aligning details with Lab Managers, ensuring raw material availability, development of sampling and testing plans, and analysis timing.
  • Select Project Hands-on Leadership: Assume full hands-on responsibility to lead and execute select projects in the portfolio as aligned with the NWI Executive Director. 
  • Building NWI Organizational Capability: Support parallel activities within NWI as needed, e.g., planning future assets, teaching short courses.

Other Responsibilities

Examples of other responsibilities can include: participation in NWI Staff Meetings, and attending conferences and exhibitions to represent NWI and to support NWI recruiting efforts, in addition to taking on special assignment projects.

Minimum Education and Experience

Require post-baccalaureate credentials or a bachelor’s degree plus alternative or equivalent professional training and experience may be substituted for the advanced degree on an exceptional basis.

Other Required Qualifications

Familiar with the field of nonwovens and all nonwoven processes, nonwoven product development, intellectual and patent review.

Preferred Qualifications

Engineering degree and work experience. 
Post-baccalaureate degree (MS or PhD) and ten years industrial experience in nonwoven product development.

Required License(s) or Certification(s)


Valid NC Driver's License required


Commercial Driver's License required


Job Open Date


Anticipated Close Date

Open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please attach your CV/resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references along with your online application.

Position Number


Position Type

EHRA Non-Faculty

Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week)



12 Month Recurring

Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather

Mandatory - Adverse Weather

Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events

Mandatory - Fire/Explosions, Mandatory - Medical Emergencies, Mandatory - Hazardous Material Incidents, Mandatory - Transportation Accidents, Mandatory - Evacuations/Natural Hazards, Mandatory - Utilities/Infrastructure Failure, Mandatory - Threats of Violence/Terrorism/Interpersonal Emergencies

Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies?


Department ID

063501 - Nonwovens Institute


NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or workatncstate@ncsu.edu. Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

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