Growing company in the plastics and polymers industry has an excellent opportunity available for a Director of Technology. This position is the top technical position in the organization. The position will have five direct reports and 15 total reports. This position offers an excellent base salary, bonus and comprehensive benefits.
The Director of Technology will be responsible for all activities of the technology organization including hiring, setting budgets, supervising team leaders and setting policy.
Work to continuously improve the effectiveness (talent and policies) of the technology team.
Ensure the technology team continuously upgrades their skills in such items as Design of Experiments, protecting IP, polymer characterization, compound process ability, etc.
Set budgets and monitor outcome.
Partner cross-functionally to improve internal procedures and project management systems. Set policy and strive to improve New Product Development execution and overall team effectiveness.
Own the quality system and ensure continuous quality improvement within polymers facilities.
Connect across the organization to actively lead a portfolio of development projects, source ideas from their own experience and actively cull ideas from published work, IP and supply chain contacts.
Follow-up and hands-on engagement to ensure practical work is soundly executed.
Drive project meetings and cross-functional review.
Follow projects through their entire lifecycle from idea through verification and validation.
Lead capital projects to upgrade and expand current laboratory facilities.
Actively engage in the polymer, additive and fine chemical supply chain to acquire new ideas, concepts and solutions.
Keep up with current state-of-the-art via reading, industry contacts and industry engagement and “sell” new project concepts to the executive team.
Disseminate project updates and outcomes to executive management.
Travel sites to provide hands-on leadership for the dispersed technical team and represent at the highest level with customers and suppliers.
Additional projects and responsibilities may be necessary from time to time at the direction of Executive Management.
Skills associated with graduate degree (PhD or possibly MS degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Polymer Technology or Polymer Engineering) with a minimum of 15 years’ experience with increasing responsibility. Demonstrated ability in direct leadership and team formulation. For this position, a track record in business development or P&L responsibility is a definite plus.