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Applications Development Manager (870-3392)

Located in the heart of New York’s Finger Lake region, our Ithaca Research and Development center is the product development and new technology hub for Aramco Performance Materials. The center focuses on developing innovative new materials and chemistries to support the company’s product development and technology strategies.

Basic Function

The Applications Development Manager is responsible for evaluating new, experimental products and developing polyurethane applications for new or existing Converge® products to support the growth of Aramco Performance Materials (APM).

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Perform all supervisory responsibilities common to the Division-level as established by management
  • Develop and implement the required procedures and policies for Applications Development group
  • Initiate and manage multiple application development projects to meet the needs of current and new customers
  • Support the transfer of new applications from one region to another and manage the global application development activities
  • Coordinate and prioritize application development activities in alignment with the business development strategy
  • Responsible for prioritizing department projects, working closely with other APM business teams
  • Develop and employ statistically sound testing criteria and data analysis
  • Continuous scouting of new formulations, catalysts, surfactants, and other additives to assist customer formulation efforts
  • Provide technical leadership and support to Marketing team
  • Assist customers in the qualification of new materials
  • Present findings at industry conferences and associations
  • Participate in all Lab Specific Activities, including EHS
  • Perform other relevant and related duties as assigned

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry or Material Sciences required; advanced degree preferred
  • Minimum fifteen (15) years of polyurethane formulation and/or technical support experience in Foam or CASE application required; global experience in the polyurethane industry preferred
  • Experience in product development and process engineering required; prefer candidates with a broad knowledge of rigid and flexible foam, CASE, applications; candidates with an extensive network in the polyurethanes industry are ideal
  • Must be able to communicate and comprehend accurately in English at a level required to perform the job as outlined; excellent communication skills (written and oral), analytical, and business development skills are essential.
  • Must possess good work habits, a strong work ethic, and be able to adhere to company work hours, policies and standard business etiquette
  • Must have a solid understanding of market/industry performance requirements and the ability to manage multiple projects in parallel and complete complex projects with aggressive timelines
  • Must be able to work in a collaborative environment with multidisciplinary teams.


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