Mission: Sunstrand is dedicated to furthering the usage of sustainable materials in new and innovative applications. We are the preeminent supplier of natural fibers reinforcements and fillers for the plastic and polymer composite industries. Our proprietary production processes ensure product consistency and our cutting edge surface functionalization chemistries yield fibers that are compatible with most major resin and manufacturing techniques.

Careers

Description

Sunstrand is currently seeking a multifaceted engineer to plan and maintain projects and see that deliverables are fulfilled when required. We are looking for a candidate who has shown ability to:

  • Develop experimental and production methods that can be scaled up for manufacturing purposes
  • Contribute to the design, development, commercialization of new products and existing product line documentation.
  • Provide direction and motivation to technician team to adhere to project guidelines and see that tasks are done correctly.
  • Work with sensitive lab equipment and just as comfortable in a loud industrial space
  • Minimum physical requirements to perform some duties and responsibilities will be required, willing and able to push a broom when needed.

Required Qualifications

  • B.S. in Materials or Chemical Engineering
  • Experience in project/experiment design, implementation, testing and reporting of material characterization
  • Experience in research work conducting literature reviews to build knowledge base and relay information to a team.
  • Experience with MS Word, Excel, Project, Powerpoint
  • Very organized with an attention to detail, can work with a small team and lead tasks if need be, with minimal supervision
  • Self-motivated, comes to work with a great attitude ready to work

Preferred Qualifications

  • Some experience in composite hardware layup/assembly
  • Basic knowledge in polymer chemistry and subsequent laboratory testing
  • Experience in lab management, understanding of proper safety guidelines

Description

Sunstrand is currently seeking a full-time Lab Technician to implement our daily Quality Control and Quality Analysis programs for our raw materials. This position will work with the production manager and engineering to produce quantitative reporting for production tracking and quality assurance. The daily duties will include, but not limited to: manual and automated material characterization, data collection, inventory management, and documentation/ reporting. The position will report to the engineering.

We are looking for a candidate who has shown ability to:

  • Work in technical environments and communicate accordingly.
  • Adhere to internally developed data tracking and information tracking procedures.
  • Provide consistent detailed reporting to technical teams and/ or production managers.
  • Effectively produce repeated daily as well ad hoc analysis.

Required Qualifications

  • Previous research lab or quality control experience
  • Experience in testing and reporting for material characterization
  • Work with sensitive lab equipment and in a loud industrial space
  • Minimum physical requirements to perform some duties and responsibilities will be required.
  • Experience with MS Word and Excel.
  • Very organized with an attention to detail, can work with a small team.
  • Lead tasks if need be, with minimal supervision.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous experience with natural materials
  • Experience in lab management, understanding of proper safety guidelines
  • Experience in research work including literature reviews to build knowledge base

Job Description

This is a line operator position for first or second shift depending on the company needs. This position will operate various plant equipment to produce finished products. Training will be provided, but any production experience will be an asset. The operator will start-up, monitor, and shut down the line operation. There is bulk and small bag packaging as well as palletizing. There is also product sampling for quality.

Mechanical aptitude will be a benefit in understanding, running, and adjusting the equipment. The ability to keep a neat, clean, and safe work environment is important.

The operator position is a key part of our company success. This position interacts with company operators, managers, and engineers in a very positive and engaging atmosphere.

Position Skills/Experience

  • Some production experience
  • Fork lift/pallet jack experience is a plus
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Ability to lift and palletize 25 lb bags
  • Understanding and use of basic hand tools is an asset
  • Basic writing skills to fill out production logs, inventories, etc.

Other Key Skills/Abilities

  • Good communicator
  • Basic math understanding
  • Mechanical experience a plus
  • Dependable and enjoy a positive work environment
  • Flexible in learning new skills
  • Safety minded

Sunstrand is a sustainable materials business here in Louisville (Clifton area). We specialize in natural materials for use in commercial, industrial, and technical applications. Said simply, we source rapidly renewable crops (bamboo, hemp, flax, kenaf), process them into customer specifications, and leverage these materials for use in plastics, animal bedding, textiles, and more. Advantages of our materials include sustainability/green messaging, light-weighting, reduced density, reduced cost, and improved overall strength.

Our team is actively seeking an intern(s) for our Sales/Marketing team. The Intern will report directly to the VP of Sales and Marketing. Oversight and general direction may be given by other upper level entities, i.e. the CEO, VP Product Development, Consultants and advisors. It is expected that the Intern will work independently and in teams with general and specific direction.

Work packages will have scheduling and deliverable targets defined by the VP of Sales and Marketing. The Intern will be responsible for meeting these targets to the best of his or her ability.

General Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to;

  • Gain an understanding of Sunstrand’s approach to Trade Shows. Coordinate trade show activities (planning, packaging, tracking, etc).
  • Prepare, package and distribute product samples.
  • Learn marketing data management, segmentation, messaging and various technologies (CRM, Automation, Email, etc). Data input of marketing information, including leads, business cards, and other relevant items
  • Market research and outreach in the form of phone calls and internet searches
  • Taking customer calls, describing products – some outbound calling required

Pay is $10/hour.

Please email Adam Block, VP Sales and Marketing, at ablock@sunstrands.com with interest or questions.

Sunstrand is The Sustainable Materials Company. Headquartered in Louisville, KY, we specialize in natural materials for use in commercial, industrial, and technical applications. Said simply, we source rapidly renewable crops (bamboo, hemp, flax, kenaf), process them into customer specifications, and leverage these materials for use in composites, nonwovens, animal bedding, textiles and more. Advantages of our materials include sustainability/green messaging, light-weighting, reduced density, reduced cost, and improved overall strength.

Our team is looking for a Sales Representative to attract new customers and create long-term, trusting relationships. The Sales Rep will source new sales opportunities and close sales to achieve quotas. The successful candidate will play a key role in increasing income and revenue by managing and negotiating with clients, generating leads, qualifying prospects and managing sales of products and services. The Sales Rep will also research sales competition, oversee a portfolio of assigned customers, develop new business from existing clients and actively seek new sales opportunities within this customer territory.

The Sales Representative will report directly to the VP of Sales and Marketing. Oversight and general direction may be given by other upper level entities, i.e. the CEO, VP Product Development, Consultants and Advisors. It is expected that the Sales Representative will work independently and in teams with general and specific direction. Work packages will have scheduling and deliverable targets defined by the VP of Sales and Marketing – the Sales Rep will be responsible for meeting these targets to the best of his or her ability.

General Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Identify potential customers and set approach strategies
  • Develop trusted advisor relationships with key accounts, customer stakeholders and executive sponsors
  • “Get the sale” using various customer sales prospecting methods
  • Negotiate contracts and close agreements
  • Ensure the timely and successful delivery of our solutions according to customer needs and objectives
  • Meet or exceed sales targets
  • Forecast and track key account metrics (e.g. quarterly sales results and annual forecasts)
  • Prepare reports on account status
  • Collaborate with sales team to identify and grow opportunities within territory
  • Resolve issues and handle complaints quickly and effectively
  • Attend internal and customer meetings, trainings, trade shows and other events

Requirements:

  • Proven sales experience
  • Track record of over-achieving quota
  • Demonstrable ability to communicate, present and influence key stakeholders at all levels of an organization, including executive and C-level
  • Solid experience with CRM software (e.g. Salesforce, Zoho CRM or HubSpot) and MS Office (particularly MS Excel)
  • Experience delivering client-focused solutions to customer needs
  • Proven ability to juggle multiple sales (and/or account management) projects at a time, while maintaining sharp attention to detail
  • Excellent listening, negotiation and presentation abilities
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • BA/BS degree or equivalent

Please email Adam Block, VP Sales and Marketing, at ablock@sunstrands.com with interest or questions.

Sunstrand is The Sustainable Materials Company. Headquartered in Louisville, KY, we specialize in natural materials for use in commercial, industrial, and technical applications. Said simply, we source rapidly renewable crops (bamboo, hemp, flax, kenaf), process them into customer specifications, and leverage these materials for use in composites, nonwovens, animal bedding, textiles and more. Advantages of our materials include sustainability/green messaging, light-weighting, reduced density, reduced cost, and improved overall strength.

Our team is looking for a methodical Market Research Analyst to survey customer preferences and statistical data in order to support customers during their decision-making process regarding product development, prices and promotions. The successful market researcher will be able to analyze autonomously qualitative data, trends, strategies and competition aiming at increasing competitiveness.

The Market Research Analyst will report directly to the VP of Sales and Marketing. Oversight and general direction may be given by other upper level entities, i.e. the CEO, VP Product Development, Consultants and Advisors. It is expected that the Market Research Analyst will work independently and in teams with general and specific direction. Work packages will have scheduling and deliverable targets defined by the VP of Sales and Marketing – the Analyst will be responsible for meeting these targets to the best of his or her ability.

Research categories will include, at a minimum the following markets: Environmental Impact & Sustainability, Automotive, Building/Construction, Nonwovens, Composites & Plastics, Functional Additives/Fillers, Dietary Fibers, Animal Bedding & Pet Products, Flax, Hemp, Bamboo, Kenaf, Wood, Manufacturing Processes, and other target markets/industries/categories as necessary.

General Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Collect data on consumers, competitors and market place and consolidate information into actionable items, reports and presentations
  • Understand business objectives and design surveys to discover prospective customers’ preferences
  • Compile and analyze statistical data using modern and traditional methods to collect it
  • Perform valid and reliable market research SWOT analysis
  • Interpret data, formulate reports and make recommendations
  • Use online market research and catalogue findings to database
  • Provide competitive analysis on various companies’ market offerings, identify market trends, pricing/business models, sales and methods of operation
  • Evaluate program methodology and key data to ensure that data on the releases are accurate and the angle of the release is correct
  • Remain fully informed on market trends, other parties researches and implement best practices

Requirements:

  • Passionate and Knowledgeable about Strategic Analysis
  • Proven market research analysis experience
  • Ability to interpret large amounts of data and to multi-task
  • Strong communication and presentation skills
  • Knowledge of statistical packages, databases and MS Office
  • Search engines, web analytics and business research tools acumen
  • Familiarity with CRM programs
  • Adequate knowledge of data collection methods (polls, focus groups, surveys etc)
  • Working knowledge of data warehousing, modeling and mining
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking
  • BS degree in marketing, market research, statistics, computer science, math, social sciences, business administration, or communications.

Please email Adam Block, VP Sales and Marketing, at ablock@sunstrands.com with interest or questions.

Sunstrand is The Sustainable Materials Company. Headquartered in Louisville, KY, we specialize in natural materials for use in commercial, industrial, and technical applications. Said simply, we source rapidly renewable crops (bamboo, hemp, flax, kenaf), process them into customer specifications, and leverage these materials for use in composites, nonwovens, animal bedding, textiles and more. Advantages of our materials include sustainability/green messaging, light-weighting, reduced density, reduced cost, and improved overall strength.

Our team is looking for a Marketing Coordinator with great enthusiasm for all things marketing and knowledge of relevant techniques and principles. The ideal candidate is an excellent communicator and has experience in managing different marketing ventures. Ultimately, you will help us reach our target audience by delivering both useful and appealing online information about our company and products.

The Marketing Coordinator will report directly to the VP of Sales and Marketing. Oversight and general direction may be given by other upper level entities, i.e. the CEO, Consultants and Advisors. It is expected that the Marketing Coordinator will work independently and in teams with general and specific direction. Work packages will have scheduling and deliverable targets defined by the VP of Sales and Marketing – the Marketing Coordinator will be responsible for meeting these targets to the best of his or her ability.

General Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Deploy successful marketing campaigns and own their implementation from ideation to execution. Measure and report performance of marketing campaigns, gain insight and assess against goals.
  • Produce/coordinate valuable and engaging content/video for our website and blog that attracts and converts our target groups. Interview industry professionals and incorporate their views in blog posts. Video scripting/coordination is required.
  • Identify target audience(s) and grow our email list. Design and implement direct email marketing campaigns. Write newsletters including all company updates. Ensure prompt, accurate and consistent communication. Analyze campaign performance and suggest improvements.
  • Monitor online and offline ad campaigns (e.g. on radio, TV, websites and magazines). Optimize advertising strategies for varying audiences and channels. Negotiate with media channels to close competitive deals. Prepare additional promotional projects to support new product launches. Create new campaigns to reach a broader audience.
  • Oversee social media account design – generate, edit, publish and share engaging content (e.g. text, photos, videos and news), communicate with followers, respond to queries in a timely manner and monitor customer reviews, stay up-to-date with current technologies and trends in social media, design tools and applications.
  • Develop and execute successful SEO (search engine optimization) strategies. Conduct keyword research and optimize website content, landing pages and paid search copy. Direct off-page optimization projects (e.g. link-building). Collect data and report on traffic, rankings and other SEO aspects. Keep abreast of SEO and integrated marketing trends.
  • Manage trade show/conference strategy. Work with vendors, e.g. exhibit house, printers, etc., to ensure timely, cost-effective execution. Assist in creation and send of pre-show and post-show communications. Coordinate show logistics and deliverables. Ensure processing of show leads in CRM system and distribution to sales force. Maintain show schedules, project checklist and processes.
  • Oversee, plan and be in charge of marketing budget and allocate/invest funds wisely with guidance of VP Sales & Marketing and executive management.

Requirements:

  • Passionate and Knowledgeable about Marketing
  • Proven experience in identifying target audiences and in creatively devising and leading across channels marketing campaigns that engage, educate and motivate
  • Proven experience in content creation, video scripting/production, brochures/material creation, and social media management
  • Ability to interpret large amounts of data and to multi-task
  • Strong communication and presentation skills
  • Strong analytical and project management skills
  • Solid knowledge of SEO, web analytics and Google Adwords
  • Knowledge of different types of media channels
  • Experience with CRM software and digital marketing tools and techniques
  • Graphic design skills are a plus
  • BS degree in Marketing, Communications or relevant field – or equivalent experience

Please email Adam Block, VP Sales and Marketing, at ablock@sunstrands.com with interest or questions. Proof of experience (videos, content, materials, portfolio or links to published articles) may be required as part of the interview process.

To apply, email your resume to info@sunstrands.com. Please be sure to include your name, phone number, email address, and the name of the position for which you are applying.

About the Company

Sunstrand is on track to become the leading supplier of biomaterials for the technical non-wovens industry, with goals aimed towards creating a more sustainable composites industry. We are proud to be the only operational industrial bast fiber processor in the United States and are excited to expand our portfolio of products and services to provide for this very young industry.

Sunstrand is an Equal Opportunity Employer – All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status.