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Engineering Project Manager

Natural Fiber Welding

Natural Fiber Welding

Software Engineering, Operations
Peoria, IL, USA
Posted on Tuesday, April 16, 2024

About NFW

NFW is a circularity platform for plastic-free performance materials. NFW follows three Ground Rules in everything we develop: start well, stay clean, end well. While nearly everything in the built world relies on some type of plastic that began as crude oil and that will become plastic pollution, we are establishing a new material reality. We believe all materials should begin and end as nutrients, ready for the next growth cycle—true circularity.

Our multi-material platform serves a wide range of industries—from fashion and footwear to automotive and upholstery. NFW technology embeds seamlessly into existing supply chains, enabling the world’s most iconic brands to design and scale products with high-performance, plastic-free materials. NFW makes global brands more sustainable, empowering them to create without plastics. Alongside the boldest brands and visionary designers, we are pioneering a naturally circular, post-oil economy.

NFW is a company of trailblazers, innovators, and bold thinkers, committed to reinventing the way things are made. We never stop learning. We are fiercely curious about the world and how to improve it for everyone. We offer competitive salary, paid vacation and sick time, flexible work-life balance, great colleagues and more!

Engineering Project Manager

We are seeking a driven candidate who has excellent interpersonal skills (specifically in communications), is a creative problem solver, and is detail oriented with the ability to work closely with NFW’s operations, facilities, and research teams, as well as outside contractors and vendors to help coordinate the effort of bringing new production lines online. This Project Manager & Engineering role will be key to managing large technical projects utilizing both in-house expertise, outside consultants and contractors through the planning, installation, commissioning, and start-up phases.


  • Manage equipment and engineering related initiatives with OEMs and external partners.
  • Help coordinate timelines and responsibilities with lead engineers on internal projects.
  • Drive accountability across the team and organization.
  • Utilize best practices with PM tools to bring clarity on risks and timelines.
  • Help establish best practices and procedures related to managing projects across the team.
  • Ideate, research, run scenarios to effectively understand project schedules and resources.
  • Provide project cost and labor estimates prior to start of work for project evaluation.
  • Review project timelines with team members.
  • Effectively communicate project schedules, scopes, and resources.
  • Lead design reviews with both internally and externally as needed.
  • Ensure the compliance of the manufacturing lines with all EPA, OSHA, and similar requirements.
  • Seek to understand the complexity and constraints within a highly cross-functional organization.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Management, or a related field.
  • 5+ years of previous experience in manufacturing or project management.
  • PMP certification is preferred, but not required.
  • A background in business skills, management, budgeting, and analysis.
  • Excellent communicator and comfortable managing multiple tasks and projects, be a team player and have a problem-solving aptitude.

Competency Requirements

  • Demonstrated track record in manufacturing or project management.
  • Demonstrated hands-on experience in machining and fabrication is preferred.
  • An inquisitive spirit to seek out improvements to existing concepts.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and to partner with all levels of the organization.
  • Must have a collaborative work ethic, positive attitude, and the ability to give and receive constructive feedback.
  • Ability to work within a highly iterative team environment.
  • Fluent in office productivity tools Microsoft Office, Asana, etc.
  • Prior experience in the rubber, paper, or silicone industry is a plus.
  • Attention to detail.

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.

  • Frequently required to converse with others.
  • Ability to view computer screen or other variously assigned work activities.
  • Frequent use of hands to grasp, handle, twist, hold, or feel.
  • Regular standing, walking, kneeling, crouching, stooping and reaching.
  • Ability to lift 35 pounds, occasionally team lift up to 75 pounds.

Work Environment

  • Primarily operates in office and manufacturing environments.
  • Routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, keyboards, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets.
  • Occasional requirement of tool use - basic measuring tools (measuring tape), hand tools (wrenches, screwdrivers), power tools (drill, impact driver).
  • Regularly required to use personal protective equipment.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The Company is dedicated to building a diverse and inclusive team in which members of all backgrounds can contribute and thrive. In compliance with state and federal law, the Company does not discriminate in employment or administration of its programs and policies on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, ancestry, or military service. Our policy reflects and affirms the Company’s commitment to the principles of fair employment and the elimination of all unlawful discriminatory practices.


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