O-I Glass Science Engineer Associate/I in Perrysburg, Ohio

Glass Science Engineer Associate/I

  • Job ID #:5409

  • Functional Area:Engineering

  • Position Type:Full-Time Regular

  • Relocation Provided:Yes

  • Location:Global HQ - Perrysburg, OH

  • Department:Research & Development

  • Education Required:Bachelors Degree

  • Experience Required:5 - 7 Years

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Position Description:


Owens-Illinois, Inc. (NYSE: OI) is the world's largest glass container manufacturer and preferred partner for many of the world's leading food and beverage brands. The Company had revenues of $6.9 billion in 2017 and employs more than 26,500 people at 78 plants in 23 countries. With global headquarters in Perrysburg, Ohio, O-I delivers safe, sustainable, pure, iconic, brand-building glass packaging to a growing global marketplace.

We are currently seeking a Glass Science Engineer Associate/I to join our team at our Global Headquarters in Perrysburg, OH.


This position is part of the Glass and Materials Science Discipline within R&D, which is responsible for research, development, engineering, and global operations at O-I. This individual will be responsible for ensuring that O-I produces consistent, high-quality glass across the world by establishing best work practices for glass science and deploying globally. This glass science engineer will also contribute to technical projects that support operations, engineering, research, and development.


(All other duties as assigned)

  • Responsible for ensuring best manufacturing practices for glass science are developed. Leads the creation of procedures, work instructions, scorecards, and training material. Performs regular reviews and edits of these work practices on a yearly basis. Reports progress and audit scores to management.

  • Track deployment and progress of glass science best practices at the plant and regional level.

  • Able to perform in-person audits of plants, if requested.

  • Provide glass science expertise to other disciplines establishing best practices by offering technical guidance and recommendations.

  • Creatively finds new means to ensure best practices are implemented: CapEX opportunities, new procedures, new technologies, etc.

  • Partners with Global and Regional Quality to create or evaluate new procedures, work instructions, equipment, and technology.

  • Recognizes trends in manufacturing across regions/plants and identifies needs areas where investment in new technology and/or work practices would make meaningful improvements.

  • When requested, provides on-site support to regional and plant manufacturing for color changes or production-related issues.

  • Provides technical assistance to regional manufacturing engineers to solve difficult production-related issues. Experienced in problem-solving and root cause analysis of glass-related production issues. Able to step in and provide definitive guidance to manufacturing engineers or plant staff.

  • Responsible for scale-up of new glass compositions from pilot to production.

  • Makes changes to a plant’s glass composition or raw materials, if required.

  • Develop and deliver new technical training material.

  • Perform analysis on glass chemistry and raw materials.

  • Contribute to or lead technical projects within Research & Development or Corporate Engineering & Manufacturing.


The Research and Development Glass Science Engineer will own the creation, tracking, and maintenance of best manufacturing practices in glass science. This person will also provide technical support, specifications, and engineering solutions to ongoing research or engineering projects. They will work independently, often interface with other disciplines, and participate as part of larger teams on complex projects. Projects will include engineering, operations, development, quality, automation, EH&S and others to support business initiatives.


This position will report to the Glass and Materials Science Discipline Leader in R&D. This position has no direct reports.

Position Requirements:


The glass science engineer in this role will be someone who is data-driven, works with a sense of urgency, and has a strong sense of responsibility. Candidates should demonstrate the capability of leading others to consensus, particularly on topics of controversy. The successful candidate will also possess the following characteristics:

  • A self-starter who manages their own timetable and follow-up procedures

  • Have a strong sense of ownership

  • Be a team player who creates positive, collaborative working relationships

  • Holds others accountable without direct authority



  • Bachelor’s degree in Glass Science, Ceramic Engineering, Materials Science, Chemistry, or similar engineering field.

  • 5+ years’ work experience in glass manufacturing

  • Experience working full time at a glass plant

  • Technical expertise in one or more of the following manufacturing operations: batch, furnace, forehearth and quality.

  • English language – fluent

  • MS Office – advanced


  • Familiar with characterization of stone, cord, and related glass defects.

  • Foreign language proficiency a plus


Up to 20% travel, both domestic and international.

Must be able to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodations.

Must be authorized to work in the U.S. on a full-time basis.


  • Opportunity for future growth and advancement

  • Generous, Award-winning 401(k) plan w/ employer contribution & match

  • Comprehensive benefits package

  • Relaxed and contemporary dress code

  • Education Assistance program

  • Adoption Assistance program

  • and much more…

O-I is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class. If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, or in order to perform the essential functions of a position, please contact O-I at corp.comm@o-i.com and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.

O-I is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, or in order to perform the essential functions of a position, please contact O-I at corp.comm@o-i.com and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.