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Technology Director

Company: Vertellus Specialties
Location: Greensboro
Posted on: June 24, 2022

Job Description:

Job DescriptionCompany OverviewVertellus is a dynamic global organization with more than a century of leadership in manufacturing health, agriculture, and performance chemicals. Our company is also a leading provider in the world of specialty chemicals for agriculture, nutrition, pharmaceutical, fine chemicals, medical, personal care, plastics, coatings, and many other industrial markets. Our products are in the things you use every day – toothpaste, deodorants, vitamins, pharmaceuticals, detergents, plastics, adhesives, inks, tires, and more. Our culture is built on mutual trust and respect for all employees to focus on providing the best products and solutions to our customers.At Vertellus, we hold ourselves and each other Accountable for Delivering Results with a Bias for Action while always acting with the utmost integrity, this is truly what it means to be a Vertellus employee. We take great pride in displaying our Core Values through our work and our teams.Job Summary:The Technology Director, Specialty Solutions leads a global team to develop new products and technology platforms to address business opportunities within our strategic market focus areas (personal care, medical, pharmaceutical/nutraceutical, performance coatings and infrastructure). This role works in close partnership with Marketing, Sales and Operations to deliver EBITDA growth via new product commercialization.We are looking for a professional with experience building a high-performance culture with a passion for technology development and solving customer problems.In addition, this leader is responsible to assess market-driven product needs and develop innovation roadmaps including internal and external options to address any associated technology gaps.This position reports directly to the Vice President of Innovation and is a member of the R&D and Specialty Solutions leadership teams. Responsibilities:

  • Organizational Leadership
    • Coaches team members to achieve their full potential and recruit new talent to support growth plans
    • Builds a high-performance culture with a focus on exceeding growth objectives
    • Exhibits strong scientific fundamentals and brings clarity to complex problems
    • Balances resources to prioritize the growth portfolio while still providing necessary near-term issue support
    • Instills a safety culture across the laboratories and ensures teams are working safely and following Chemical Hygiene Plans
    • Product and Technology Platform Development
      • Develops and prioritizes a portfolio of growth projects using Lean Start-up and Stage Gate approaches.
      • Develops innovation roadmaps to develop new technology platforms to address market-driven needs.
      • Engages external innovators to inflow new technologies in support of the innovation roadmaps.
      • Ensures internal lab capability is able to meet product and technology development needs
      • Drives development of new Intellectual property to support project goalsCustomer Focus
        • Partners with Marketing and Sales to clarify customer problems and develop new offerings and value propositions.
        • Translates customer needs to internal performance targets including the development of application mimics as needed.
        • Supports the development of customer-centric technical documents to enable product commercialization. Compliance:
          • Complies with company Health, Safety, and Environmental policies, procedures and arrangements
          • Reports all Health, Safety and Environmental accidents, incidents and near misses promptly
          • Acts in a safe and responsible manner at all times Problem Solving & Innovation:
            • Active participation in continuous improvement activities
            • Drives problem-solving culture
            • Takes responsibility and ownership for own learning and development in the spirit of continuous improvement of both self and the business
            • Assists in the training, mentoring, and assessment of other team members
            • Exercises autonomy and judgment subject to overall direction or guidanceEducation:
              • Ph.D. in chemistry, chemical engineering, polymer science or related discipline Experience:
                • A minimum of 10 years of experience in technology leadership and/or product development within the chemical industry
                • Demonstrated expertise in identifying customer needs and translating those pain points to viable technology solutions
                • Experience developing new products across some mix of our strategic market focus areas (personal care, medical, pharmaceutical/nutraceutical, performance coatings, and infrastructure)
                • Experience leading cross-functional teams and managing direct reports
                • Experience with external outreach to inflow new intellectual property and technology
                • Experience with lean start-up and staged gate processes Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:
                  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail with the ability to adapt quickly to changing business needs and priorities
                  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to flex own style as needed to influence and drive results
                  • Ability to work within a multi-functional, global organizational structure and exhibits robust interpersonal skills
                  • Self-motivated and able to work within a fast-paced environment
                  • Critical thinking skills and analytical abilities which allow assessments of situations and opportunities
                  • Demonstrated knowledge of Process Hazard Analysis leadership
                  • Excellent proficiency within Microsoft products (Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
                  • Embodies the Vertellus Core Values:
                    • Accountability: Takes ownership and holds themselves and others accountable
                    • Deliver Results: Takes personal responsibility for performance and business results
                    • Bias for Action: Plays to win and gets the job done
                    • Integrity: Acts ethically, with integrity to act and do in the right way If you have the energy, drive, and passion for joining the Vertellus team, we would love to hear from you. Apply today!Vertellus offers competitive total compensation packages, including benefits such as medical, dental, vision, life, 401(k), disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, health savings accounts, paid time off, and paid holidays. Vertellus is a global Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of and will not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, religion, age, veteran status, disability status, genetic information, or any other protected category.

Keywords: Vertellus Specialties, Greensboro , Technology Director, IT / Software / Systems , Greensboro, North Carolina

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