Manager, Process R&D - Process and Operations

at GAF in Dover, Delaware, United States

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Job Description:

Reporting to GAF’s Senior Director of Commercial R&D, We are looking for a Manager of Process R&D to manage multi-plant process development and process improvement initiatives and projects. This role provides technical process services support across multiple sites and works cross functionally on projects to achieve organizational objectives. The projects may be developmental in nature, may include the application of existing technologies and may include capital project engineering and management. Projects are managed from inception through start up and distribution, requiring coordination with multiple business functions.

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

? Manage senior research scientists.

? Create best practices that drive innovation in solutions provided and have them adapted across the company

? Establish pilot processes/capabilities (laminator, extrusion, etc.) that can be expanded and commercialized in our manufacturing sites

? Develop compounding capabilities across the extrusion sites for TPO, PVC and others.

? Drive the evaluation and selection of new equipment or the enhancement of existing equipment.

? Lead and support process innovation efforts and improvements.

? Support definition of emerging technologies with internal and external partners (suppliers, universities, labs, customers, etc.)

? Key on emerging technology and materials and implement advancements wherever applicable

? Supply plant and business support on projects and activities that provide additional operating income through the application of variation reduction techniques, process modification, product modification, product design, new raw materials, improved raw material utilization, more cost effective use of raw materials and improved line speed.

? Lead efforts to design and implement process improvement initiatives and seamlessly manage project details, ensuring safe, timely and high-quality solutions.

? Drive consistency and optimization of finished product properties to assure ASTM, UL, FM, etc compliance and work alongside marketing and customers to achieve them.

? Drive sustainability efforts across plant operations.

? Drive standardization and capture / documentation of best practice procedures.

? Apply standard GAF systems to ensure that project documentation exists to facilitate future application.

? Perform research required to improve and develop processes. Partners with plant personnel to optimize current processes and process knowledge.

? Provide mentorship and guidance to Plant Technical Services Managers and Process Engineers.

? Perform other duties as assigned.

? Develop Organizational Readiness, Depth and Knowledge Transference.

? Support deployment of the 2030 vision in regards to process knowledge.

? Assure Factory of the Future Data Systems are being utilized fully across the plants.

? Provide input into the annual capital development process.

Technical knowledge/skills:

? Demonstrated detailed technical engineering skills in a continuous web manufacturing environment.

? Demonstrated skill in applying Lean Manufacturing concepts, practices & procedures with proven quantifiable results.

? Analytical Troubleshooting Techniques, Statistical analysis – Six Sigma Methodology, Quality Process Improvement principles.

Stakeholder Management

? Partner with internal stakeholders in representing the organization to customers and suppliers, requiring utmost strategic relationship management

? Influence and/or implement communications strategies within the segment team or function

? Ensure continuous feedback loops throughout the organization and industry to continuously improve

? Oversee applicable customer-related challenges, ensure proper data gathering, analysis and communication within the team, business, customer and supplier/vendor as applicable

? Makes recommendations requiring independent and innovative thinking, propelling collaboration across functions aligned to growth

General knowledge/skills:

? Excellent communication skills: written, verbal, and listening.

? Demonstrated advanced proficiency in Google Suite applications.

? Excellent planning and organizational skills, including the ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously and achieve results.

? Demonstrated skill in problem-solving, statistical expertise, and leading problem-solving teams.

? Proven ability to influence decision-making at the plant operations level.

? Ability to make project adjustments and alterations promptly and efficiently and maintain flexibility.

? Results oriented, high energy, credible, honest, self-motivated person.


? Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in Chemical, Mechanical, or Electrical Engineering.

? 10+ years of demonstrated experience in a continuous process manufacturing environment, with at least 5 years in a leadership role.

? Demonstrated safety leadership skills.

? Domestic travel is required (up to 50%).

We are taking a responsible approach to creating environments that allow us to do what we do best – Protect what matters most.

As part of our commitment to health and safety, COVID-19 vaccines are required for all candidates and employees in this position. Proof of vaccination is required. Should you require accommodation for medical or religious needs, GAF will engage in an interactive process with you to determine if a reasonable accommodation can be provided in accordance with applicable state and federal law.

We believe our employees are our greatest resource. We offer competitive salary, benefits, 401k, and vacation packages for all full time permanent positions. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and GAF, Hawk, SGI, and Siplast are proud to be affirmative action employers. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, or Veteran status. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know. If applying for positions in the U.S., must be eligible to work in the U.S. without need for employer sponsored visa (work permit).

With 130+ years in the industry, GAF is the leading roofing manufacturer in North America. As a member of the Standard Industries family of companies, we are also part of the largest roofing and waterproofing business in the world.

Our communities help give our work meaning and the products we manufacture help protect what matters most. The shingles help to shelter the families living in the homes in our towns. The TPO helps protect what is under that hospital’s roof. In addition to quality products, we make sure they are installed by quality craftsmen and women. The full GAF portfolio of solutions is supported by an extensive national network of factory-certified contractors.

GAF continues to be the leader in quality and offers comprehensive warranty protection on its products and systems. Our success is driven by a commitment to empowering our people to deliver advanced quality and purposeful innovation and the desire to protect what matters most. ?

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Job Posting: JC216794121

Posted On: Jun 22, 2022

Updated On: Jul 13, 2022