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Glaze Technician

Location: Aromas, CA

Department: Production

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Experienced

We are here to revolutionize the tile industry. By implementing an innovative online platform paired with unmatched product and customer service, we've made it easier than ever to shop for beautiful, sustainable tile sourced and handcrafted in the USA. Our tireless commitment to innovation, transparency, and sustainability have not gone unrecognized. We've had the honor of making the 2015 and 2016 Inc. 5000 list as one of the fastest growing private companies in the U.S. and are the only tile company recognized as a B Corp for how we use business as a force of good. With an innovative product, an ambitious team, and a simple mission, we're changing the way you think about tile.

We are currently looking for a Ceramic Engineer to lead our Glaze Making Department and our Research and Development efforts. In this role you will work very closely with our Plant Manager and Creative Director. You would manage all aspects of our glaze department, including ordering and purchasing glaze formulations, glaze production and monitoring of first quality glazing. You would also develop new production efficient glazes and work to improve our clay bodies to increase first quality percentages and improve our production. You will work closely with the production and design team to deliver new products in a timely matter.

You will be based out of our Aromas, CA manufacturing plant and report to our Plant Manager. We will provide you with competitive compensation that includes a base salary + bonus, stock options, healthcare benefits (medical HSA), 401(k) matching, life and long-term disability and some other great perks, an awesome company culture, and continued professional development through on-going training, experimenting, and opportunities to grow within the role and organization.

In This Role You Will:
• Lead our ceramic engineering and glaze development efforts
• Manage our glaze team, overseeing materials purchasing and quality, glaze production, application, and maintenance, and glaze color engineering
• Develop new production efficient glazes for roller hearth (fast fire high velocity burners) and periodic kilns
• Clay body development and maintenance
• Support Creative Director and new product development, including everything from ideation to exploration to prototyping and integration of new product into the Fireclay production workflow
• Support Plant Manager with regard to manufacturing equipment selection and maintenance
• Communicate regularly with marketing, sales, and production teams.
• Establish and adhere to clear development timelines.
• Create and maintain an archival system for new, custom and existing products.
• Continued learning through hands on experience

What We’re Looking For:
• Love ceramic arts and color
• Are eager to be part of a growing company
• Have a passion for 2 dimensional or texture and surface based arts
• Have a passion for sustainability and testing new and unconventional materials
• Can take clear design direction and constructive feedback and work well in teams
• Are eager to learn about large scale manufacturing and apply past knowledge
• Enjoy Problem-solving and trouble-shooting skills

You will be a great fit if you:
• BS Degree: ceramics, ceramic engineering, or other related
• 5+ years ceramic engineering experience
• Project Management experience a plus
• Proven ability to lead teams
• Knowledge and appreciation of Lean Manufacturing
• Team player - you will be taking direction from both the marketing and production sides of the business
• Spanish speaking is a plus

Fireclay Tile is an equal opportunity employer. We offer healthcare, vacation, 401(k), paid time off, life insurance and disability, and employee stock options. Plus, we make the best BBQs in the world!

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