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Far Bank R&D Materials Engineer


Posted by Far Bank Enterprises on 03/14/2024

Job Basics

Industry Sector: Fishing, Lifestyle, Outdoor, WaterSports

Job Categories: Manufacturing, Materials, Product Analyst

Company Type: Apparel/SoftGoods, HardGoods/Equipment

State: WA

City: Bainbridge Island

Country: United States

Required Experience: 3 - 5 years

Job Type: Full Time

Salary: $85k to $110k

Required to Relocate:

Required to Travel:

Employee May Telecommute: No

Job Seeker Must Live Within:

Job Description & Requirements

Far Bank R&D Materials Engineer


Our Search/Position Summary

Far Bank is currently seeking our next great R&D Materials Engineer, a full-time position based in Bainbridge Island, WA and a key member of our Product Development team. 

As the Far Bank Materials Engineers, you lean into your technical skills to develop new materials, layups, and processes that will improve product performance. This role combines time in the office, lab, and manufacturing environments to research, develop, test, and implement new approaches to fabricating state-of-the-art fly fishing equipment. 

The ideal candidate has a deep understanding of composite materials and chemistry, an insatiable curiosity to discover and implement new materials and processes, and a interest and connection to fly fishing. Your primary responsibility is to drive Far Bank product development opportunities, positioning our brands as leaders in the space for product innovation and performance.  

If you enjoy the challenging process of innovation and are looking for a collaborative workplace in a fun, fishy, outdoorsy environment that encourages your curiosity in discovering and implementing innovative materials and manufacturing processes, this may just be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for.  


·        Identify material, layup, process, and coating opportunities for product performance improvements

·         Manage implementation of new materials and processes from concept through production

·         Analyze existing materials and processes and suggest changes to optimize quality, performance, cost, or manufacturability targets

·         Act in a technical support capacity to support Operations and Manufacturing teams with technical skill, experience, and R&D resources

·         Understand and utilize production equipment to build prototypes with new materials and techniques

·         Develop and implement test methods as required to assure product quality, function, and durability

·         Build strong relationships with existing and potential suppliers and industry contacts to work collaboratively on best approaches for product development and opportunities to develop and implement next generation materials and manufacturing capabilities


·         Understanding of and experience with performance composites, polymers, and other materials, especially as it pertains to manufacturing high-end sporting goods equipment

·         Experience with composite manufacturing equipment and operations

·         Solid understanding and application of research and development practices

·         Experience with mechanical testing and shop fabrication tools and equipment

·         Usage and understanding of various types of outdoor equipment and the subtle factors that create exceptionally performing products

·         Analytical and technical competency

·         Excellent oral and written communication skills

·         Highly motivated, flexible, and self-directed

·         Fully proficient with Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Teams)

·         Background and knowledge of MATLAB, FEA, and Instron or other mechanical testing equipment

Education and Experience:

·         BS degree in Engineering or Material Science or 5+ years equivalent work experience in a similar field

·         3+ years of materials research experience

·         Passion for fly fishing is preferred


·         Salary $85,000 to $110,000 annual base

·         Competitive Benefits package with includes Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, 401(k), and individual Vacation and Sick leave accrual banks along with 8 paid holidays.


·         A flexible work environment placing a premium on collaborative interaction in a fun, friendly team atmosphere

·         The occasional destination fly fishing trip to test products

·         Access to “pro” pricing for a broad array of outdoor products


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About Far Bank Enterprises

Far Bank is the world’s authority in fly fishing, comprised of the greatest brands in the industry – Sage, Redington, RIO Products, and Fly Water Travel. Founded in 1980, Sage’s core mission is “perfecting performance” through our Made in the USA fly rods and high-end fly reels. Redington, acquired by Sage in 2003, is the go-to provider of accessible fly-fishing rods, reels, waders, wading boots, and apparel for the value conscious angler. RIO Products joined the family in 2005 and is recognized as the world's leading producer of the highest performance fly lines, leader, tippet, and flies for the specialty fly fishing market. In 2018, Fly Water Travel (FWT) joined the Far Bank family, complementing our industry-leading products with world-class on-the-water experiences. At Far Bank, our core purpose is to inspire the fly angler through outstanding products and extraordinary experiences. Far Bank Enterprises is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Joshua Green Corporation.

 We’re a “work hard/play hard” culture that encourages intra- and inter-department collaboration and camaraderie—whether it’s in the office or on the water. Beyond our internal teamwork, we’re an intimate part of the fly fishing and greater outdoor community, providing our employees unique opportunities to enjoy outdoor gear and experiences.