Director Of Technology - Surface Protection

Tredegar Corporation Richmond , VA 23234

Posted 11 months ago

Tredegar Corporation is a global leader in the plastic films and aluminum extrusion industries. Recognized for a wide range of capabilities in polyethylene, polypropylene, elastics and polyester films in addition to custom aluminum extrusions for multiple end-use markets including building and construction, automotive, consumer durables, machinery and equipment and electrical and distribution markets.

With a global footprint and local supply capabilities, we support demand for films applications in diverse end-use markets, including personal care, electronic display, food packaging and lighting. With strategically located global operations and a culture focused on innovative research and development, Tredegar Corporation is well positioned to expand its reach in diverse markets around the world. Headquartered in Richmond, VA, USA, Tredegar Corporation, (NYSE:TG), has 3200+ employees and 13 locations throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and South America.


Manages the global supervision of the technology engineering organization including the continuous development of the organization and skill sets, strategy development, new product pipeline development, technology portfolio management for new and existing products and processes, managing technical customer interfaces and all product, technology development technical services activities for the Surface Protection business unit. Drive development to innovate competitive advantage product and application solutions for all global geographies.

Provide strategic technical leadership for the SP Business Team by participating in business teams, customer meetings, marketing teams and functional activities providing relevant technical input regarding technology trends, product competitiveness, freedom to practice, and other matters of strategic importance. Create an innovative work culture where the speed of innovation is consistent with the market needs, while keeping under control the cost of the structure. Cooperate with U the other business units' technical department and Operations to guarantee information sharing and a homogeneous company development. As a member of the Surface Protection BU Leadership Team, drive the long-term profitability, growth and market leadership of the business.

Responsibilities/Duties include the following:

  • Technical Leadership: Develop a world class technology engineering organization to support the strategic initiatives and long term competitiveness of Surface Protection.

    Develop a robust innovation pipeline and increase the new product vitality for Surface Protection, including new game changing technologies. Develop and manage the technology and IP portfolio. Work closely with the BU to drive down the costs of our products.

    Keep ahead of new technologies, customer needs and competitive activities to proactively stay ahead in the market. Collaborate with Product and Technology Development Groups, Marketing, Sales, Global Commercialization and Engineering, Manufacturing, and the Customer to plan and execute a business prioritized portfolio of product breakthrough products and application technology projects which result in innovative TFP product leadership at the SP Business Unit Un Customer. Manage customer focused joint development or research programs. Build the critical skill sets and technical competencies of the technical engineering functions for the Business Unit.

  • Business Leadership: Create and manage income growth focused business processes for assessment of product and competitive technology trends in business markets, for translation of customer needs to product requirements, for screening ideas for project initiation, and for executing the New Product Development process.

    Manage the Development budget. As a member of the SP leadership team, drive the culture, communications, and processes to ensure SP's leadership in the industry. Break down functional silos and drive 'external/customer forward' approach to the business. Be accountable for meeting the financial commitments of the Business Unit.

  • Organizational Leadership: Staff the Surface Protection Development resources with appropriate, talented, diverse people.

    Build productive capacity of group and create an innovative culture based on truly global mindset. Set as a priority the revision of the Development process in order to drastically increase the speed and to reduce the cost. Encourage external networking for idea generation.

  • Customer and Supplier Relations: Develop excellent, global relationships with customer technology organizations.

    Assist in the generation and following of customer and supplier relationship management strategies. Maintain open communications with customers and suppliers. Build compelling supplier strategies to leverage their strengths and look for improved raw materials.


  • BS or MS degree in Polymer or Material Science, Chemistry or Chemical Engineering.
  • 7-15 years in product research and development with at least 5-7 years in leadership roles. Substantial accomplishment history including achievement of stretch goals.

    Substantial innovation history as demonstrated by patent record. Project Management. Competitive evaluation.

    Ability to translate between business & technology needs. Strong record of customer interfaces or joint developments.

Disclaimer: All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

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Director Of Technology - Surface Protection

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