Silicone Technology Platform Leader

Position Description

Job Summary

If you want to reshape the world and discover your greatest potential, Saint-Gobain provides one-of-a-kind opportunities for innovative problem solvers.

We're one of only two companies in the world that is consistently recognized as both a top Global Employer and a Top 100 Global Innovator, but Saint-Gobain's remarkable story and culture of innovation begins with a team of nearly 200,000 creative, diverse and passionate team members collaborating across the globe.  We are committed to our mission to improve lives because, every day, we witness the enormous impact of our efforts on the world around us. 

Saint-Gobain Life Sciences is looking for a Silicone Technology Platform Leader to join our growing team. Saint-Gobain is a world leader in developing innovative, high-performance solutions through our exceptional experience in materials science and processing. We are searching for an experienced, hands-on leader to investigate, research, and develop new silicone formulations and products that strengthen the portfolio in our Medical Components business unit and lead the Silicone Technology Platform at the higher Life Sciences business level. The new team member will have the opportunity to leverage their materials expertise to create these new silicone formulations and lead their projects from the initial stages of conceptualization, prototyping and experimental testing, to the implementation in manufacturing.

As a Silicone Technology Platform Leader, the selected candidate will be expected to lead R&D projects through effective collaboration with R&D colleagues, commercial team members, application engineers, external customers, and external suppliers. The candidate will create and execute project plans, design and conduct experiments, analyze data, and present findings in written and oral formats. Candidate is also expected to utilize one’s experience and technical research to play a role in proposing projects vital to the Life Science’s R&D direction within silicone materials and products.

The main job duties will include:

  • Utilizes strong research and/or project experiences and broad expertise in silicone materials, formulating, and process techniques to improve on/or develop new products in the medical and other life sciences markets.
  • Leads the Silicone Technology Platform to identify and drive silicone material technology initiatives, which impact multiple businesses within Life Sciences, through strong technical knowledge and leadership skills.
  • Manages projects from inception through scale-up.  Manages multiple projects simultaneously, on time, well documented and within budget to meet business and customer objectives.  Is able to balance creativity with process and documentation.
  • Excellent communicator who is able to communicate technically with internal and external collaborators and utilize knowledge to identify solutions, advance projects and identify productive synergies.
  • Maintains open and collaborative approach in all areas of responsibility.  Seeks out others to enhance and streamline development and decision making.
  • Continuously and reliably carries projects through to completion with little assistance from supervisor. 
  • Able to communicate and use business language in an industrial environment and coordinate with plant operations.
  • Understands Gate methodology and change/design control methodology and incorporates it in research projects.
  • The incumbent is familiar with patent activities in his/her area of expertise and develops patentable concepts.
  • Defines the associated tasks and milestones for research and proposes the technical approach, cost estimates, and time schedule.  Upon approval, incumbent is responsible for equipment purchases, prototype development, supervision of project team and compilation of results and recommendations
  • Stays aware of new technology and competitive uses of technology in work with materials, products, and processes. Utilizes this knowledge to play a role in proposing projects and programs vital to the Life Sciences business direction within silicone materials.

Required Qualifications

  • BS Degree with a minimum of 12+ years’ experience, or MS with 7+ years of experience, or PhD with 3+ years in Chemistry, Material Science/Engineering, or other related disciplines plus demonstrated technical judgment/accomplishments.
  • Demonstrated skills/knowledge in silicone polymer chemistry and/or formulation.
  • Confident, independently-motivated self-starter.
  • Demonstrated aptitude to quickly understand new concepts and technology and apply them.
  • Demonstrated project management skills, team collaboration, and oral, written and visual communication skills.
  • Ability to network/communicate within and out of group, as well as across disciplines.
  • Respectful communication and ability to collaborate in a team environment required. 
  • Ability to maintain composure and organize teams in high pressure situations.
  • Must possess a body of technical work commensurate with their years of experience including but not limited to: demonstration of hands-on new product and/or process development, familiarity with statistical tools, data analysis, and drawing conclusions based on a collection of basic data and interpretation.  
  • Demonstrate adequate knowledge in HSE.

Company Summary

Saint-Gobain designs, manufactures and distributes materials and solutions which are key ingredients in the wellbeing of each of us and the future of all. They can be found everywhere in our living places and our daily life: in buildings, transportation, infrastructure and in many industrial applications. They provide comfort, performance and safety while addressing the challenges of sustainable construction, resource efficiency and climate change.

Legal Statement

Saint-Gobain provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. Saint-Gobain is an equal opportunity employer of individuals with disabilities and supports the hiring of veterans.

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Silicone Technology Platform Leader

Location: Northborough, Massachusetts

Posting Date: 10/11/2021

Job Code: 588108

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