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Avantor, Inc. Director in Carpinteria, California

Job SummaryReports to Vice President, Technology & Innovation. Provides overall group leadership; manages discovery and development of new silicone products, process technology and customer applications.

  • Responsible for overall direction and general management of the Technology and Innovation organization within either the Biomaterials or Advanced Technologies business segment.

  • Ensures employees have a safe environment in which to work and that facilities are functional and adequate to support research and development activities.

  • Develops strategies / plans of action for the organization that supports the overall vision and mission of the enterprise.

  • Leads / drives innovation, technology development and product / process improvements within the enterprise. Owns Technology & Innovation output (new products, new applications, process improvements).

  • Responsible for development of new application technology.

  • Designs and staffs the T&I organization to support execution of the strategy. Assigns leadership of programs and projects.

  • Ensures effective coordination across all functions in the enterprise especially Executive, Sales & Marketing, Operations, Engineering, Finance, Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs.

  • With marketing and sales management, identifies promising areas of research or technology that address unmet needs and have large potential markets.

  • Coordinates with Commercial team to support product pipeline - understand, assess technical merits / feasibility, prioritize and effectively resource projects to support enterprise growth and customer support.

  • Provides technical support for Commercial and Operations teams.

  • Coaches and develops employees to maximize and focus their professional growth and development to support the overall mission of the enterprise.

  • Prepares annual budgets and manages spending to meet budget.

  • Assesses performance of employees and takes action within the organization based upon those assessments.

  • Works with T&I Leadership across other Avantor businesses to develop and execute corporate level T&I strategy, translate high-level corporate needs to specific actions within the local organization.

  • Ensures the effective management of laboratory records/notes and emerging / existing company intellectual property portfolio.

QUALIFICATIONS To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Demonstrated effective leadership skills; ability to motivate and lead cross-functional teams.

  • High level of business acumen. Basic knowledge / understanding of all relevant business functions i.e., Finance, Sales, Marketing, Operations, Legal, Information Systems, Quality, Regulatory, etc.

  • Ability to lead change within the organization. Must be able to energize teams to drive innovation and create a new future for the company.

  • Strong interpersonal skills with colleagues at all levels

  • Must be able to represent Silicones / NuSil capabilities in wide variety of technical and commercial forums within and outside the company. Ability to negotiate with customers and vendors.


Advanced Degree in Chemistry or relevant technical field e.g., engineering, polymer science, materials science, etc.; or ten + years of related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Strong managerial and organizational skills required.


Excellent communication skills with an ability to communicate technical concepts to both technical and non-technical people and groups.

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, budget and financial statements and/or governmental regulations.

Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.


Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited or no precedent exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.


PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. For safety, the use of contact lenses for any reason, cosmetic or corrective, is prohibited on the production floor, in the lab areas, in the engineering shop, or while working on equipment. The company will provide prescription safety glasses with a current (under 12 months) vision corrective prescription provided by the employee.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk and hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

MENTAL DEMANDS: The mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to maintain a pleasant and professional manner with coworkers, customers and visitors. Must have the ability to make high-level management decisions and manage people. Must effectively handle and prioritize multiple tasks, meet deadlines, and work as a team player. The employee must be able to effectively delegate, make decisions on limited information and to communicate and give and receive complex oral and/or written instructions. Work with high level of efficiency and confidentiality.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

DISCLAIMER:The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees assigned to this position.Avantor is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

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