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Senior Product Developer (f/m/x)
Hot Melt Adhesives

Full-Time Job Offer
Location: Buchholz in der Nordheide (near Hamburg, DE)
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We are tackling global plastic pollution! Do you want to help us?


Are you an expert in product development for hot melt adhesives? Do you focus on sustainable solutions and strategic partnerships? Are you looking for an opportunity to grow alongside an ambitious start-up and take on responsibility for the expansion of applicability of our production? Then we are looking for you!


About traceless


We are a young company - with a big vision: a future free of pollution and waste! At traceless, we engineer advanced biomaterials that integrate into nature's biological cycle without leaving a trace. Our innovative technology allows us to produce biomaterials from plant residues that are naturally compostable and holistically sustainable. Now we need to expand our application ranges to replace as much plastic and bioplastic as possible with our materials - and that's where you come in!

About the position

As our Senior Product Developer – Hot Melt (f/m/x), you will be responsible for the development of novel traceless hot melt products – from laboratory tests and prototypes creation to scale-up and product launch. In doing so, you will build up a network of cross-functional teams within traceless and external strategic partners with whom we can scale up our hot melts from laboratory prototypes to market products. Your innovative solutions help us to develop traceless into the market leader in the field of compostable biomaterials.

  • You conduct required laboratory work; formulation, coating and testing

  • You develop new sustainable hot melt products

  • You identify opportunities to optimize our material properties while maintaining their unique, holistic sustainability

  • You document lab work in electronic notebook and project reports

  • You meet technical commitments in order to complete project progression dates and milestones

  • You contribute to product scale up and development through reproducibility and validation testing support

  • You interface with customers on new product applications

  • You help us gain an even deeper understanding of our materials as they are used in hot melt applications to understand their potential for optimization


Your qualification

  • You have a degree in chemistry, material science, polymer science or similar; adhesives, formulation, and coating experience preferred

  • You have at least three years of professional experience in hot melt formulation and product development

  • You are able to manage multiple priorities

  • You are able to perform duties independently

  • You are also practically minded and do not shy away from getting your hands dirty

  • You think innovatively & solution-oriented, are a team player and have a sense of humor

  • You are highly proficient in both spoken and written English


What we offer you

At traceless, you get a job with purpose! A team of passionate experts is waiting for you, united by strong company values, a pioneering spirit and the ecological impact we achieve together. Here you get the opportunity to make a real difference with your skills and expertise, driving our mission forward and, beyond that, the green transformation of our economy.

You have the freedom to independently develop solutions, take on responsibility and improve our production. We offer you a unique team spirit and flat hierarchies in which you can grow together with us. You will spend your working days in an innovative work environment with start-up flair at the ISI Zentrum in Buchholz i.d.N., with remote working options.

Don’t meet every single requirement? We would still like to hear from you - you might be just the right person for this or other roles!


We are committed to building a diverse, inclusive and equitable workplace. Therefore, we welcome all applications - regardless of gender, nationality, ethnic and social origin, religion/worldview, disability, age as well as sexual orientation and identity.

To apply, send us your CV to careers(at) and tell us in a form of your choice (e.g. in a short text or video) why you are the right person for our team. We're looking forward to getting to know you!


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