Process Technology Leader

Location: Colonial Heights, VA, United States
Date Posted: 08-30-2018
Company: Client of The Griffin Groupe Executive Search
Location: Colonial Heights, VA
Job Type: Full Time
Industry: Chemical Manufacturing
Rate: Market

Process Technology Leader
The Griffin Groupe is searching for a Process Technology Leader for a premier client in the chemical manufacturing industry. Our client is a leading manufacturer of performance materials as well as other products used in the electronics, aerospace, apparel, agriculture, food and industrial packaging industries. A career at Our client means opportunity and possibility for people who seek variety, responsibility and hands-on experience in a friendly, dynamic workplace.
As a key member of our client’s Technology team, the Process Technology Leader will provide leadership and technical direction to support the technology and business/operations strategy.  This includes the development of process and performance improvement ideas, right first-time scale-up of new technology and shepherding the projects through our client’s portfolio management process.  The Technology Leader will play a key role in integration and coordination of critical process technology resources in delivering targeted benefits and results by working closely with members of the polyamide and small molecule chemistry groups, application technology, process engineering, production engineering, operations and commercial teams.
  • Develop and grow a capable process technology team who is able to deliver a pipeline of value generation projects
  • Coordinate development of the premise, business cases and execution plan (includes scale-up and pilot plant) for key growth and capacity improvement programs/projects
  • Lead the process technology growth and improvement programs to include execution of defined plans to deliver results 
  • Define process chemistry and unit operations for new processes for new and existing products
  • Develop process data for scale-up and plant design
  • Basic understanding of chemistry and chemical engineering
  • Scope, design and build small scale process equipment in labs and pilot plants
  • Process development and piloting of Chemical Intermediates, Ammonium Sulfate and Resins
  • Responsible for definition of technology (process technology data packages), including preliminary design creation
  • Preliminary process modeling and simulation
  • Pilot plant operations
  • Interacts with polyamide chemistry, small molecule chemistry and applications technology groups
  • Key R&D interface with Engineering & Operations
  • Provides process support and advanced trouble shooting, including root cause analysis for existing and new products
  • Knowledgeable in process economics
  • HSE to ensure inherent safe designs
  • Manage selection, transfer of definition of technology and process optimization at third party toll converters
  • Maintain ownership of process technology projects portfolio from idea generations through validation stages in the Stage-Gate model to ensure that business decisions are being made in a timely manner
  • Maintain and improve the technology development process in an opportunistic environment
  • Lead, mentor and develop process technology team members
  • Develop and implement a multi-year plan that builds high-quality laboratory and pilot plant capabilities which enable value pipeline generation
  • Coordinate technical sessions to generate ideas to address longer-term business and operational needs
  • IP creation and FTP input
  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering
  • 10 + years of chemicals or petro-chemicals R&D experience
  • 5 + years of direct team supervision or R&D administrative project leadership experience
  • Ideal candidate has BS in Chemistry and MS or PhD in Chemical Engineering
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills required
  • Ability to lead and collaborate with cross-functional teams
  • Assertive, results-oriented leader with the ability to collaborate across multi-disciplinary teams in a fast paced, results oriented matrix organization
  • Ability to understand business financials and prioritize technology programs to drive business profitability
  • Ability to gather competitive intelligence especially on competitor’s production process and products
  • Strategic thinker with strong problem-solving skills
  • Ability to integrate and influence across multiple functions within the organization to deliver results
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively lead teams to deliver results via multiple complex technical programs
  • Demonstrated process development experience with design for Six Sigma experience a plus 
Ryan Schortmann
The Griffin Groupe
Director of Recruiting and Technology

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