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PolyOne Corporation (NYSE:POL), is an award-winning workplace because of the value we place on our people and their contributions through, recognition programs, competitive pay, community involvement, and opportunities to grow professionally and personally. We have a proven track record of promoting from within by providing professional development opportunities. 

We are a $3+ billion world-class, global provider of polymer solutions with our materials used in everyday products ranging from sports equipment to medical devices to electronics and more. With approximately 6,000 global associates and 70+ facilities around the world, we collaborate closely with our customers to deliver innovative products and services. If you like to be challenged in a fast-paced, team environment and to work with top, innovative talent, then PolyOne is the ideal company for you to build a career.

Job Summary 

Reporting to Sr. Business Development Manager - Transportation – responsible for identifying market specific growth opportunities and customer targets aligned with those opportunities, building high, wide and deep customer relationships, selling PolyOne value, driving new specifications, managing projects start to finish and ultimately closing new profitable business by focusing on the transportation industry (automotive, aerospace, heavy truck, etc).  Target customer roles include R&D, Engineering, Marketing, Executive Leadership and Sourcing.  BDM is responsible for driving business growth primarily at Tier 1 and OEM level for both Thermoplastic Elastomers and Engineered Thermoplastics


Business Location: US Detroit / Cleveland area is preferred, other geographies considered with right experience and skill-set.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Full time hunter, prospector and rain-maker 

  • Develop account relationships, identify opportunities and capture service opportunities in the respective markets.

  • Identify, drive and close new business targets consistent with short / medium / long-term growth objectives.

  • Drive new material specifications from start to finish working across various roles internally and externally.

  • Develop and implement market and account specific strategies and growth plans; provide feedback on resource needs and emerging opportunities; recommend to Marketing and Product Management changes in PolyOne product / service offerings by evaluating product results and competitive developments; drive market development activities.

  • Approach the sales and development process with a high degree of professionalism and effectiveness by successful utilization of customer centric selling skills.

  • Develop deep understanding of and share knowledge of key markets, players within these markets, target applications, requirements, trends, and needs as well as PolyOne’s potential.

  • Lead cross-functional teams (sales, customer service and technical functions) to accelerate and drive profitable growth through solutions selling to targeted accounts.

  • Establish a linkage between the customer’s business strategy and PolyOne’s capabilities.

  • Manage strategic relationships, cultivate new alliances, and monitor competitive activity.

  • Collaborate cross-regionally and cross-Business unit to achieve win-win growth.

  • Translate customer needs into product solutions activity *LI-CB1

Education and Experience

  • Education: Bachelor or Master Degree ideally in Mechanical, Electrical, Materials or Chemical engineering or related.

  • Minimum 5 years of proven engineering/commercial experience working in the automotive or aerospace market, ideally at Tier 1/2 level as program or project manager, Account manager or in marketing. 

  • Materials related experience is a plus.

  • Highly motivated, self-starter, possessing drive for success.

  • Strong customer centric attitude, business acumen and not afraid of cold calling.

  • Strong analytical thinking, organizational and collaboration skills.

  • Excellent negotiation and persuasion capabilities.

  • Ability to Influence and communicate across all roles and levels both internally and externally.

  • Excellent project management skills.

  • Hands-on attitude and willingness to take on challenges when they arise.


  • Each position at PolyOne focuses on 12 competencies in the areas of Personal and Strategic Skills as well Thought Rigor and demonstrating an Action Bias. Each position ties to specific competencies and levels of proficiency which help individuals excel at their current role as well as chart their growth path with the company through our Career Planning process.

  • The successful candidate will focus on deep technical engagement with a customer, earn the customer’s trust, build a strong working relationship and share ideas and PolyOne solutions to solve customer challenges.

  • The goal of this position is to dive deep into a customer’s world and truly understand their needs and objections.  Based on gathered facts from the customer the ideal candidate will determine a strategic plan to address objections and move potential projects to close. 

We offer a competitive salary, incentive and benefit plan to eligible employees. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, life insurance, disability, spending accounts and 401(k).

PolyOne Corporation is a drug free workplace.  PolyOne is an equal opportunity employer. We maintain a policy of non-discrimination in providing equal employment to all qualified employees and candidates regardless of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, genetic information, protected veteran’s status, or other legally protected classification in accordance with applicable state and local law.

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