• Director of Technology

    Job Locations US-WI-Sheboygan
    Posted Date 5 months ago(5 months ago)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Research and Development
  • Overview

    Reporting to the CEO, the person appointed to this key position will take overall responsibility for driving all aspects of SACO-AEI Polymers’ Technological activities. This is a leadership role with critical input on team creation, policy formation, project execution and resource allocation. The individual will partner across the Business, Technology, Sourcing, and Operations organizations in Sheboygan WI, Aurora OH and Sandwich UK to resource and drive projects, provide Technical Service support and improve quality systems. As we grow our product portfolio, this position will have a major role in selecting investment in and deploying new internal laboratory facilities and identifying and resourcing appropriate external partner activities (Universities and laboratories).


    The Director of Technology will be responsible for all activities of the Technology organization including hiring, setting budgets, supervising team leaders and setting policy.  In addition the incumbent will have the following responsibilities:


    • Work to continuously improve the effectiveness (talent and policies) of the SACO-AEI Technology team
    • Ensure the Technology team continuously upgrade their skills in such items as Design of Experiments, protecting IP, polymer characterization, compound process ability etc
    • Set budgets and monitor outcome
    • Partner cross functionally to improve internal procedures and project management systems. Set policy and strive to improve New Product Development execution and overall team effectiveness
    • Own the Quality system and ensure continuous quality improvement within SACO-AEI Polymers facilities
    • Connect across the organization to actively lead a portfolio of development projects, source ideas from their own experience and actively cull ideas from published work, IP and supply chain contacts
    • Follow up and hands on engagement to ensure practical work is soundly executed
    • Drive project meetings and cross functional review
    • Follow projects through their entire lifecycle from idea through verification and validation
    • Lead capital projects to upgrade and expand current laboratory facilities
    • Actively engage in the polymer, additive and fine chemical supply chain to acquire new ideas, concepts and solutions
    • Keep up with the current state of the art via reading, industry contacts and industry engagement and “sell” new project concepts to the Executive team
    • Disseminate project updates and outcomes to Executive Management
    • Travel to SACO-AEI sites to provide Hands-on leadership for the dispersed Technical team and represent SACO-AEI at the highest level with Customers and Suppliers

    Additional projects and responsibilities may be necessary from time to time at the direction of Executive Management.


    Skills associated with graduate degree (PhD or possibly MS Degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Polymer Technology or Polymer Engineering) with a minimum of 15 years’ experience with increasing responsibility. Demonstrated ability in direct leadership and team formation. Working for at least some period in a development position in the wire and cable or compound supply industry is important. For this position, a track record in business development or P&L responsibility is a definite plus.  Additionally the incumbent will have:


    • Proven experience in wire and cable development. Well versed in electrical cable types and specifications
      • Strong experience in compound development in plastic or rubber field
      • A track record of solving practical problems with definite evidence of solutions working in commercial quantities and the entire product life cycle
      • Sound background in electrical, physical and rheological characterization of polymer materials and well versed in the wide variety of cable industry routine and type test specifications
    • Solid exposure to polymer or compound development in other markets; for example Automotive or Building materials
    • Experience in, and more importantly interest in, Intellectual Property creation and protection
    • Experience with best practice in organizational design for Technology activities
    • Committed to utilizing and improving best technical practice
      • Solid understanding of statistical methods and experimental design techniques
      • Enthusiastic promoter of best practice project management tools and techniques
      • A “thought leader” in new test and compound development techniques
    • Professional approach
      • Enthusiastic engagement in industry symposiums, trade shows and customer meetings
      • Excellent oral and written communication skills
      • Proficiency with the MS Office suite of programs

    Personal Qualities


    • Bias for action and high sense of urgency
    • High ability to energize a team
    • Scientific curiosity
    • Capable of focusing on and adding value to multiple projects and initiatives
    • Excellent problem solving and decision making skills
    • Able to partner across the organization at all levels
    • Ability to organize workload by setting priorities, multitasking and  delegating
    • Highest level of communication skills, both oral and written


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