Materials Engineer, Paints & Topcoats

Phoenix, Arizona


You’re passionate about a zero-emissions future and want to build something special. You want to own your space but work with talented, like-minded people on important projects. The pace doesn’t scare you; it excites you. Quality and integrity matter to you.

We feel exactly the same way.

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We are on the lookout for a 
Materials Engineer, Paints & Topcoats to join our team.


  • Lead development and validation of processes and drive improvement projects
  • Lead development and validation of paints, topcoats, and colors
  • Develop coating technologies to fit individual applications
  • Benchmarking industry standards to develop world-class coating solutions
  • Support preparation, planning and effective execution of major coating R&D projects
  • Develop DoE’s to ensure materials effectively meet industry standards
  • Write or determine material specifications suited for related coating applications
  • Lead in developing color harmonization and measurements
  • Deep understanding of durability and accelerated testing of coatings
  • Work with cross-functional teams to define material specifications & processes, product recommendations, testing parameters, functionality, and aesthetic
  • Build relationship with key suppliers to develop and validate coating solutions and processes
  • Knowledge of pretreatment, electrodeposition, topcoat, paints, and sealers
  • Develop and implement paint DFMEA standards


  • Bachelor’s degree in Material Science, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or equivalent experience (Preferred MS or PhD)
  • 5+ relevant experience in automotive paints and topcoat technologies
  • Product development, manufacturing, or R&D experience is required
  • Expert in automotive coating solutions
  • Knowledge of corrosion protection coatings
  • Knowledge of coatings for metallic and plastic/composite applications
  • Experience with developing, testing, and validating coating solution in automotive environment
  • Ability to work in rapidly changing environment with minimal guidance, self-starter, yet team player
  • Ability to manage one or more projects involving cross-functional teams
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills when working with internal groups and suppliers

This position requires legal authorization to work in the U.S. Visa sponsorship will not be considered for this position.

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