Plastics Material Expert

Plastics Material Expert

  • Operations
  • Industrial
  • Oostrum
  • Published on: 10 June 2024
  • Minimum of 10 years' experience


  • 10+ years’ experience
  • In product or chemical manufacturing environments
  • And operations, innovation or R&D
  • Expert in plastic materials
  • And process modeling and optimization
  • Structured self-starter
  • Visionary

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Cordstrap designs its solutions to safely transport and protect the goods, people handling them, and industrial environments they pass through. The Plastics Material Expert will lead the company’s transition towards more sustainable plastic related production processes, improving and simplifying material usage and increasing efficiencies.

About Cordstrap

Cordstrap is the global market leader in protection engineering. They mitigate risks associated with the movement of goods, and protect products, people, and places. And they work closely with customers to provide tailored advice and solutions for a wide variety of global shipping needs. Their broad product range includes equipment, strapping, lashing, thinning bags, moisture control, and cargo monitoring services. Along with their extensive solutions and services, Cordstrap offers specialized application expertise and local regulatory knowledge to create complete, customized load security solutions for each client. From large project cargo and hazardous chemicals to fragile materials, Cordstrap ensures every kind of cargo is moved safely, worldwide.

With headquarters in The Netherlands and a global presence of sales offices, factories, and distribution partners, Cordstrap has 500 employees in twenty-two countries and serves customers in more than fifty countries. The company provides a unique mixture of global operational reach and multi-national professionalism with an entrepreneurial and agile culture and style oriented towards making an impact. Held by long-term private equity-oriented shareholders, the organization focuses on long-term growth and value creation for shareholders, employees, and customers.

After a decade of entrepreneurial, geographic-led growth, Cordstrap is entering its next expansion phase. In line with market changes and a focus on professionalization, innovation and circularity, they continuously shift gears in all business areas, which are supported by a data-driven approach. The international company is planning its next phase of product, process redesign and innovation, rethinking its key manufacturing processes, and the current raw material utilization and specifications.

Vacancy: Plastics Material Expert

Responsible for developing innovative solutions for Cordstrap’s most important strategic challenges, the Plastics Material Expert will play an integral part in the company’s future success. They will lead the implementation of fundamental shifts in Cordstrap’s approach to plastics utilization methods and materials, aligning the product portfolio with customer needs, improving the product design, as well as sustainability, and driving efficiencies.

The Plastics Material Expert will spearhead initiatives that assess and challenge the stability, output, and cost performance of Cordstrap’s main production assets. An expert in materials science, they will provide insights to Cordstrap’s procurement teams and conduct structured root cause analyzes to identify areas for improvement.

Applying a commercial mindset, the Plastics Material Expert will evaluate and challenge customer application requirements, and continuously innovate and align the products with customer needs. In the short term, this role will focus on improving and simplifying three areas of product design and production. They will identify opportunities for improvement in production processes and equipment design, leveraging alternatives to current materials to optimize total production costs and increase sustainability. This includes incorporating recycled materials into Cordstrap’s products or modifying them to enhance recyclability, and reduce its environmental footprint.

To succeed, this role is proactive, hands-on, and extremely detail oriented. They have extensive knowledge about plastics and the chemicals used to make them and stay on top of market trends and competitor developments. A confident leader and project manager, they are an excellent communicator who collaborates with internal and external stakeholders. Creative and innovative, they know how to foster buy-in when implementing change, and enable smooth transitions when introducing new processes and materials.

“Cordstrap is on an important journey of product and process redesign and innovation. The Plastics Material Expert will lead these efforts. Their ideas and the changes they implement will drive efficiency and sustainability, taking our business to the next level.” – Leandro Gama, Global Product Process and Innovation Leader of Cordstrap 

Cordstrap is a fast-growing organization where creative ideas and initiative is valued and encouraged. This position is based at the company’s headquarters in Venray, The Netherlands and includes occasional international travel and interaction with the company’s plants in Dubai, Istanbul, and Oostrum. It’s a perfect opportunity for an experienced plastics expert looking for a dynamic role with a high level of responsibility and the opportunity to make a direct impact on Cordstrap’s future growth.


Cordstrap is working with Top of Minds to fill this vacancy.
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