Lubrizol Director of Technology in Rockton, Illinois
Director of Technology
The Lubrizol Corporation, a Berkshire Hathaway company , is a market-driven global company serving customers in more than 100 countries. We own and operate manufacturing facilities in 17 countries, as well as sales and technical offices around the world. Through our global sales and manufacturing networks, we are able to deliver the products and services our customers need, where and when they need them.
At Lubrizol, our mission is straightforward: We improve lives as an essential partner in our customers’ success, delivering efficiency, reliability or wellness to their end users. Read the cover story at https://www.lubrizol.com/-/media/Lubrizol/Our-Company/Documents/Eric-Schnur-Smart-Business-Article.pdf in Smart Business Magazine to learn how Lubrizol plans to advance its growth.
The Director of Technology is responsible for managing the entire technology department which consists of technical support, new product development, testing and R&D. This department supports the greases and fluids businesses at Chemtool. Additionally, setting innovation strategy, establishing an external image that demonstrates Chemtool’s technology leadership, coaching of personnel and management of technical budgets are key responsibilities.
The primary stakeholders are Chemtool customers, VPs of Strategic Marketing, Product Management and Sales for both business segments. The position relies on Sales, Product Managers, Program Managers, Strategic Marketing and Business Development for input in development and prioritization of technical programs. The position reports to the VP of Strategic Marketing.
Essential Job Functions
All the specific responsibilities listed below relate to the core of the position. This listing is representative, but not necessarily all-inclusive.
Ensure the reliability of testing and quality of work as well as reporting of results
Develop patent and innovation strategy for Chemtool
Develop an understanding of OEM approvals and develop strategies to secure OEM approvals
Identify key testing capability gaps and develop capital requests and justification
Keep current with technological developments in the field including safety and global compliance trends as well as looming shortages and develop alternatives in advance
Internal reporting to management teams on strategic technical issues
Act as the lead liaison between Chemtool R&D and Lubrizol R&D
Develop overall strategies for the technical programs
Provide feedback on the technology aspects of any acquisitions being considered for the business
Participate in technical organizations and societies, such as NLGI and ELGI, to provide global recognition for Chemtool technology
Institute a culture of safety and ensure all safety guidelines are followed
Lead Product Development and R&D ideas and work with the stakeholders to develop a product pipeline that covers improvements in existing products as well as new products
Manage priorities and workflow within the team to ensure timely completion of technical projects.
Develop efficient ways of reporting on technical programs
Timely development of new technologies
Develop timely solutions to complex problems from the field
Coach and help staff with prioritization of products and projects
Insure a reputation of quality R & D results delivered on a timely basis
Identify and evaluate synergies between Lubrizol companies and Chemtool.
Develop R & D capabilities – capital budget and staffing plans – and present them in a timely fashion to meet evolving needs of the organization
Grow R & D personnel via ensuring proper training and attendance at technical society meetings and develop external certifications such as certified NLGI chemists.
Engage in customer interactions so that new products are developed which generate increased sales.
Drive new product development and innovation through knowledge of the market and customer interactions, industry contacts, trade journals, patents, competitive products, etc.
Understanding of raw material chemistry and manufacturing processes
Develop specifications and qualify raw materials / suppliers and identify alternative to save on raw materials
Develop lab level processes for new greases for scale-up by pilot plant
Implement re-work strategies for non-working slow moving inventory and bad batches made in manufacturing and report on the time spent on these activities on a monthly basis
Key Performance Metrics
Successful completion of technical projects to meet customer needs
Development of an innovation pipeline
Improve external facing image of Chemtool to demonstrate technology leadership
Manage technical budgets and develop capital requests
Develop a safety culture
- Ph.D. degree in the science or engineering field or B.S. degree with direct and substantial experience in grease and fluids technology programs
Minimum 10 years industry experience in lubrication with strong knowledge of lubricant technology /chemistry
Strong track record in new product development and commercialization
Proven relationship building skills
Proficiency in computer skills (PowerPoint, Excel, etc.)
Must possess solid work ethic (self-starter and highly motivated).
Excellent positive professional demeanor with emphasis on interpersonal skills, written and verbal communication skills.
Strong organizational skills with an ability to prioritize tasks and meet required deadlines.
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
Good leadership qualities, takes initiative and has a “can-do” attitude
Supervisory Responsibility and Reporting
- Manage Chemtool Technology and Research and Development Department
Empowerment and Decision Making
To be a leader in supporting, executing and recommending Research and Development direction, act independently and follow the appropriate certification practices of the Lubrizol Corporation and Chemtool Incorporated.
While headquartered in the United States, Lubrizol is truly a global specialty chemical company. We have a major presence in five global regions and do business in more than 100 countries. Our corporate culture ensures that Lubrizol is one company throughout the world, but you will find each region is a unique place to work, live and play.
Lubrizol is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, color, national origin, citizenship, age, religion, marital status, military service, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, or any other characteristic or trait protected by federal, state, or local law.
Nearest Major Market: Rockford
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