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General Summary


The Director of Technology is responsible for the technical competitiveness of the industry. This position is critical to formulating the technical response to new business opportunities, to support profitable growth and to direct the POL phase’s management to support the strategy growth. The Director of Technology partners with the business leaders in order to develop current markets and establish new ones through management of a robust portfolio of existing and potential offerings. Fifteen plus years direct relevant experience with the ability to interact, present and influence cross functionally and globally both internally and externally with customers. Performs independently and effectively coaches others to achieve results in a matrix environment. Demonstrated ability to influence and present effectively at the VP/GM level.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities


* PolyOne’s Research & Development and Technology Team strives to:

** Develop innovative solutions that position PolyOne as the leading specialty solutions provider for customers.

** Partner internally and externally to innovate new technology and penetrate strategic markets to solve customer problems and industry unmet needs.

** Create value for customers through value-added services such as tool design and mold flow analysis and optimization of processes and manufacturability.

* Manage a team of scientists, engineers, and technicians within the scope given below:

* Product Development and New Product Introduction
** Plan, direct, and co-ordinate product development functions independently.

** Modify existing formulation without compromising existing properties.

** Formulate compounds to meet customers’ requirements with respect to mechanical properties, electrical properties, flame resistance, UV stability, flow, surface appearance, shrinkage, etc.

** Coordinate with other PolyOne sites for technology transfers where necessary.

** Maintain and protect all formulations developed, as well as all formulations transferred from other PolyOne sites.

* Process Development

** Coordinate with Process/Product Translation/Production Department for production scale-up.

** Assist the Process/Product Translation/Production Department for process trouble-shooting and process improvements where necessary.

* Raw Materials

** Understand and select appropriate raw materials including base resin, fillers, flame retardants, stabilizers, lubricants, etc. to achieve the required compound properties and applications.

** Source new raw materials for product development purposes.

** Plan raw material cost saving programs through collaboration with Purchasing, Product, Production and Sales Departments where appropriate.

** Partner effectively with product stewardship and testing requirements.

* Leadership

** Advocate a strong safety and performance culture and collaborative attitude within the team.

** Create new and maintain existing reporting on key metrics tracking team performance vs. business and operational goals and objectives.

** Define, approve, and guide R&D projects to drive formulation development of specialty polymer solutions.

** Participate and provide inputs for global budgeting process, and lead execution of capital projects to continuously improve technology development capabilities.

** Sponsor, participate and help implementation of LSS (Lean Six Sigma) projects aimed at driving a culture of continuous improvement in technical development processes; speed, throughput, flexibility to serve etc. 

** Interact globally to facilitate product translation with technical teams in Europe and North America.

** Effectively network with other technical and marketing teams within PolyOne to generate and exploit new ideas and opportunities.

** Lead the team to support marketing & sales through development of product and application data, as well as support manufacturing to establish quality and testing conditions for new materials.

** Establish priorities for research and development projects.

** Lead the development of new product platforms to support PolyOne industry vision.

** Manage Stage and Gate Phased Offering Launch for bringing products from development to commercialization, as well as modifications or design changes in existing product lines.

** Drive and support globalization of specific technology platforms.

** Provide technical support for International, ARS, Color and Producer Services’ related services.

** Manage Intellectual Property Portfolio in order to protect PolyOne development and research.

** Participate in and help shape and drive the development of the marketing strategy.

** Partner with Product Management/Marketing in order to maintain current technology base with highest performance/cost ratio.


PhD-Polymer Engineering or equipment



Experience-Cross Functional

Data Management    10+ Years

Change Management    10+ Years

Budget Management    10+ Years

Strategic Planning    10+ Years

Managing Direct Reports    10+ Years

Leadership Experience    10+ Years


Experience-R&D & Technology

Technology/R&D    10+ Years

Patent Development    10+ Years


Personal Skills

Technical Writing    Expert

Stress Management    Intermediate

Research    Expert

Negotiation Skills    Expert

Influence    Intermediate

Time/Priority Management    Intermediate

Work on a Team    Intermediate

Work Independently    Expert

Training/Mentoring Others    Expert

Self-Motivated    Intermediate

Project Management   Intermediate

Analytical Skills    Expert


Software Skills

Microsoft Word    Intermediate

Microsoft Excel    Intermediate

Microsoft Outlook    Intermediate

Information Technology Training Courses

IT Security Education    Training Complete

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