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Senior Applications Technologist Manager

Company: Daikin America, Inc
Location: Decatur
Posted on: January 15, 2022

Job Description:

Manage and coordinate activities of Daikin's critical projects and products. -This includes managing projects through the design review (stage gate) process, even if resources are not within the person's direct reporting structure. Included in this, is the management and upkeep of our Design Review Process. -This person must also insure we have the proper downstream equipment required for new technologies being considered. - -The position must work seamlessly with both the business and application development team, working together to meet all key milestones and product introduction dates. - -Further, this role will ensure all regulatory aspects are considered and are in place prior to product introduction. -This position will ensure contracts and agreements are in place with key relationships including partners, customers, and universities. - -And will help lead the acquisition of technical talent for new roles within the technical center. -The role will also require management of internal and external technical training, along with mentorship if key personnel. This includes chemists, engineers, and technicians assigned to the area. This role is further responsible for managing efforts of senior level chemists and therefore must be proficient within polymer science (especially in the area of Fluorochemistry). This position will also require knowledge of stage gate and design review utilized for the development of new polymers, compounds, blends, and alloys. This role will also be involved with our manufacturing operations, including optimization of yields, outputs, quality, and efficiency.

The position is designed to bring solutions to customers, including both existing and new products in a timely manner and in line with overall Daikin objectives - including those of an advanced nature, requiring input, work, and direction from Global experts within Daikin
Scientific method will be employed to determine the best path towards customer solutions. This includes Designs of Experiment and Stage Gate processes - and the ability to manage the people within that process
Must be flexible, teamwork oriented, have strong problem-solving skills, have excellent communication skills, have strong interpersonal skills, and be capable of leading projects and people in an effective manner
The ability to work cross functionally both within and outside the technical team in which they have direct authority
Driving projects through the stage gate process
Manage agreements critical to the technical function's success
Work seamlessly with the business team and application development team towards Daikin's customer objectives, including insurance of processes which aid in this effort
Additional assignments as deemed necessary by management

Must have a MS or PhD degree in polymer science and/or engineering and/or chemistry. -Should have at least 10 years' previous experience in research and development work, including managing the R&D function. Background working with fluoropolymers, polymerization, and/or polymer science is strongly preferred. -Must have practical experience in new product development, be knowledgeable of the industry, and possess a strong desire to create new products.
Ability to work cross functionally and cross culturally. Position will require extensive domestic travel.
Experience in obtaining patents, publishing technical papers, and making presentations at technical conferences strongly desirable.
Overall intellectual property experience which includes updating and enhancing processes and training necessary to insure protection of our technical effort and ideas
Must be flexible, teamwork oriented, have strong problem-solving skills, have excellent communication skills, have strong interpersonal skills, and be capable of leading projects and planning for growth.
This position also requires the ability to lead people. Experience managing resources is also strongly desired.
The ability to manage existing and implement new relationships with downstream customers, partners, and universities.
Extensive knowledge of design review processes and project management mechanisms
A broad knowledge of technical competencies which are sufficient to provide mentorship across various projects within our technical organization
Environmental understanding to comply with company objectives in the area of sustainability
An understanding of customer's downstream processes, and the ability to drive new capital procurement when necessary

Keywords: Daikin America, Inc, Decatur , Senior Applications Technologist Manager, Executive , Decatur, Alabama

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