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GAF Pavement Coatings - R&D Manager in Seattle, Washington

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Pavement Coatings Technical Group Lead - Parsippany

Reporting to one of GAF’s R & D Senior Directors, the primary function of this position is to provide leadership to a growing team whose roles are developing new traffic coatings products and making improvements to GAF’s existing traffic coatings product lines.

The successful candidate must be highly collaborative, well organized, driven with a positive attitude and high degree of technical curiosity. In addition to independent projects, the individual will also organize and deploy group resources to meet schedules and goals. The individual will be recognized as a key technical contributor to the area, and provide technical assistance to other functional areas.

Primary responsibilities:

-Drive projects to execution across product development teams–both internal and external, with a focus in these primary development areas:

  • Epoxy, Acrylic, PMMA, Thermoplastics and Hybrid Chemistries for traffic surfaces

  • Asphalt and Concrete applications science

  • Applications engineering including equipment design & development

-Organize and collaborate across functions to develop and manage research programs, customer validation /field trials and support new product releases on projects assigned to the group. Coordinate Technical Field Trials with Marketing, Operations and Technical Services group.

-Provide direction on distribution of projects and initiatives in the pavement coatings pipeline in order to maximize efficiency and drive a balanced portfolio of projects

-Leverage fundamental understanding within the chemistries to develop differentiated product and systems platforms for targeted segments of the traffic surface market. Specific focus on displacement of asphalt based seal coating at competitive life cycle cost.

-Refine and reduce to practice patentable/trade secret ideas and concepts.

-Review and produce project reports, updates, and keep tracking documents/dashboards up to date

-Communicate to internal cross-functional teams and R&D management, as well as make technical presentations to external technical groups and partners.

-Be a strong contributor to technology pipeline, roadmap and exploration area development

Minimum Qualifications:

  • MS or PhD in material science, chemistry or chemical engineering is preferred, but not required.

  • 5+ years experience with project management

  • 5+ years experience in new product development

  • Familiarity with project management techniques.

Preferred Additional Qualifications:

  • Strong knowledge of traffic coatings chemistries, formulation and application

  • Strong understanding of asphalt and concrete chemistry, pavement failure modes and adhesion principles.

Personal Requirements :

  • Provides leadership to focus group on objectives and balance work appropriately.

  • Provides clear and timely updates on project developments.

  • Approaches problems in an analytical way.

  • Able to establish professional working networks both within the company and with outside entities.

  • Ensures the accurate and timely documentation of all work.

  • Communicates clearly to both R&D management and to subordinates.

  • Provides leadership by example regarding safe work practices.

  • Completes assignments in a timely manner

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, Standard Logistics, 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).

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