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Director of Engineering Technology

Company: Georg Fischer Harvel LLC
Location: Little Rock
Posted on: November 22, 2021

Job Description:

About Us:Georg Fischer Harvel, LLC with U.S. corporate headquarters in Little Rock, Arkansas, and plants throughout the U.S. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Georg Fischer AG located in Schaffhausen, Switzerland. Recognized for superior quality and product innovation for nearly 50 years, and backed by an unwavering dedication to innovation and unrivaled technical expertise, GF Harvel provides solutions for industrial piping systems including pressure piping, waste piping, double containment, fittings, joining technologies, and other products mainly for the safe and reliable conveyance of water and corrosive media. GF Harvel services industries such as chemical processing, energy, marine, cooling technology, water treatment, and microelectronics both domestically and around the world.
We are currently looking to add a seasoned Director of Engineering Technology to our team.
Summary of Position: The Director of Engineering and Technology will have the responsibility to drive the innovation, R&D, and project management functions in GF Harvel along with leading projects that support the Global Innovation Team.
Under the guidance of the Managing Director

  • Ensure the innovation funnel is healthy to support the strategic goals of the company.
  • Directs and implements the organization's R&D policies, objects, and initiatives.
  • Ensuring that GF project management processes are followed while keeping projects on track for timelines and budgets. Under the guidance of the Head of Global Innovation
    • Build and lead technology hub for flame retardant solutions including oversight of global project roadmap.
    • An active member of the global innovation management team, driving implementation of goals and values of GF Piping Systems innovation strategy.
    • Dotted line reporting responsibilities according to assigned roles.
      Key Responsibilities:
      • Ensure we are following all GF procedures and directives in the innovation, R&D, and project management processes.
      • Drive the innovation process to develop unique and creative solutions for our customers using innovative materials and the design thinking process.
      • Develop long-term strategic plans for areas of responsibility
      • Create a center of excellence for R&D that can be utilized by other GF companies.
      • Direct group activities to develop and optimize new and existing piping system compounds and components in conjunction with in-house and external R&D partners and laboratories.
      • Coordinate and align global flame retardant and material-related initiatives and projects, own overall development and technology roadmap.
      • Build global core technology and competence team that is closely linked to the relevant market stakeholders and customers' requirements
      • Ensure that projects are tracked per GF guidelines and are executed to hit key milestones and timelines while remaining within budget.
      • Implement safety-related processes, programs, and initiatives to create safe workplaces but most importantly safe people in the area of responsibility
        Job Requirements:
        • Bachelor's degree in a technical field such as Material Science (Preferred), Engineering, or Chemistry from an accredited institution is required. An advanced degree such as MS in an engineering/science discipline or MBA is preferred
        • Must have at least 10 years of professional work experience, including at least 3 years managing, preferably in a manufacturing company or consulting firm
        • Knowledge in plastics, particularly PVC, CPVC, PP. Understanding flame retardant materials is preferred.
        • Strong teamwork and collaboration skills, initiative to create new programs where none exist today and get buy-in from leadership for new programs and projects
        • Detail-oriented and technically strong. Broad understanding of commercial, regulatory, and emerging issues and trends in areas related to chemicals and plastics.
        • Ability to lead via influence, persuasion, negotiation, and effective communications across all levels of the organization, from front-line people to executive leadership.
          Success Factors:
          • Tenacious, but highly collaborative across functions and geographies.
          • Competitive (winning-oriented) and results-driven.
          • Excellent team player, with demonstrated ability to drive action and impact beyond direct lines of authority.
          • Process-driven problem solver. Analytical.
          • Smart, creative, and superior critical thinker. Creates unique insights into health, safety, and environmental
          • Works with quality and pace, simultaneously.
          • Strong and persuasive communicator with a highly professional executive presence.
          • Strong, confident, and engaging with all aspects of the business and at all levels of the organization, internally and externally.
          • Ability to work in an office and to travel to all facilities (as needed)
          • Ability to work in an environmentally controlled office and industrial settings
          • Ability to work in a manufacturing environment with conditions which may include: fumes, orders, gases, chemicals, and dust as well as decibels in the range of 65-100
          • Strength: Ability to exert up to 20 lbs. of force.
            Georg Fischer Harvel, LLC is an EOE employer. Authorization to work in the US is required. Sponsorship for this position is not available. Relocation assistance is not available for this position. No recruiter or 3rd part placement agency solicitations will be accepted.

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