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Development Engineer

Milliken & Company is one of the world's largest privately held textile and chemical manufacturers.
We are widely acknowledged as an international leader in research, technology, innovation and customer service.
By combining science with design and insights, Milliken tackles the issues and concerns of today.
Every day, our community of innovators is invigorated by the challenge of finding creative ways to enhance people’s lives.
We spend our days exploring, discovering, and creating, pushing at what is possible while always considering what is needed.
Milliken associates around the world are working to add real value to people’s lives, to make the world around us easier, safer, more sustainable and more beautiful.

Milliken Textiles is currently looking for a Development Engineer


As a core member of the R&D team you own the development process, initiate collaborative New Product Development (NPD) projects with customers and drive them all the way from ideation through scale up and successful commercialization.
In balancing technical improvements with competitive costin-use, you build solid external and internal credibility. You are a valued thought partner for the commercial team.


  • Own, drive, coordinate and support product development activity within the assigned projects (across internal and external stakeholders).
  • Form a natural tandem with the sales team, including assisting in customer interactions
  • You are in continuous alignment with customer organizations and vendors, as well as with the broader local and global Milliken teams.
  • Document progress towards customers and in internal information systems, with a focus on reducing the number of iterations in any given project and optimizing end-to-end cycle times.
  • Stay up to speed on innovation trends and regulatory changes and translate these successfully into customer solutions to maintain Milliken’s reputation as a strategic partner in NPD.
  • You play a key role in the positioning of Milliken as a premium player in its markets (at times represent Milliken and the business unit, its capabilities and its strategy at industry events, associations or industry bodies) 
  • Work closely with the manufacturing, sourcing and finance teams to identify & advocate investments needed to stimulate business growth and projects to improve cost competitiveness. 


  • Bachelor or master’s degree in textile technology, polymer chemistry or equivalent. 
  • 3-5 years of relevant experience in development. Previous positions with the tire or rubber industry are a plus.
  • Result-oriented, self-starter with experience working in a collaborative network environment. 
  • Accurate, analytical and work with attention to detail. 
  • Able to exhibit good balance between creativity and applied practical execution
  • Strong interpersonal skills and feeling comfortable interacting with a wide variety of technical and non-technical profiles.
  • A good communicator and a customer-oriented attitude.
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to prioritize.
  • Efficient communication skills in English. Dutch, French or other languages are an asset.
  • Good knowledge of MS Office, experience with SAP is a plus.
  • Willing to travel occasionally to customers and industry events (25%).


  • We offer a challenging job within a diverse team, based in the city center of Ghent.
  • You will be part of a leading international organization with strong financial health and a flexible working environment).
  • Besides education and training, we offer a competitive remuneration package, as well as the potential for career growth. 


Are you enthusiastic to join our Textile Reinforcement team as a Development Engineer? We would like to hear from you! 
Please send your resume and motivational letter to JobsHREurope@Milliken.com for the attention of Julie Vandenbroecke 

Milliken Textiles
Ham 24
9000 Gent
Vandenbroecke Julie