Axalta Coating Systems

Manager, Global Process Development Technology

Job Locations US-PA-Philadelphia
Posted Date 3 months ago(1/12/2021 4:36 PM)
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Axalta Coating Systems Ltd. ("Axalta," or the "Company"), is a leading global manufacturer, marketer and distributor of high performance coatings systems.  With over a 150-year heritage in the coatings industry, Axalta is known for manufacturing high-quality products with well-recognized brands supported by market-leading technology and customer service.

Over the course of the Company's history, Axalta has remained at the forefront of the industry by continually developing innovative coatings technologies designed to enhance the performance and appearance of customer's products, while improving the customer's productivity and profitability. Axalta's diverse global footprint of 50 manufacturing facilities, four technology centers, 47 customer training centers and more than 14,000 team members allows the Company to meet the needs of customers in over 130 countries. Axalta serves its customer base through an extensive sales force and technical support organization, as well as through approximately 4,000 independent, locally-based distributors. The Company's scale and strong local presence are critical to its success, allowing leverage of the technology portfolio and customer relationships globally while meeting customer demands locally.

Axalta operates its business in two operating segments: Performance Coatings and Transportation Coatings, serving four end markets, including:  Refinish, Industrial, Light Vehicle and Commercial Vehicle, across the following four regions: North America, EMEA, Latin America and Asia-Pacific.

For more information please visit our website or follow us on Twitter @axalta and on LinkedIn.

Primary Responsibilities

Responsible for leading a team of highly skilled technical professionals focused on process development for the company. The group is involved in defining next generation technology, optimizing performance of our existing processes, improving fundamental understanding of unit operations involved and supporting scale-up of new and novel products.    


Key Responsibilities:

  • 30% People and Talent Management
    • Plan staffing levels aligned with budget and business needs
    • Interview, select, and hire people managers and key technical talent
    • Provide oversight and direction to the employees within full span of control in accordance with the organizational systems, processes, and procedures.
    • Lead employees using performance management processes and tools to engage and encourage employee contribution including goal setting, ongoing feedback, and annual performance reviews.
    • Effectively manage employee performance through ongoing feedback and recognition, rewards, and when necessary, disciplinary action with the support of HR.
    • Engage employees in career development planning and support growth and development to support functional talent management, including identification and development of a pipeline of future manager talent.
    • Foster a spirit of teamwork and unity among department members that allows for disagreement over ideas, conflict and expeditious conflict resolution, and the appreciation of diversity as well as cohesiveness, supportiveness, and working effectively together to enable each employee and the department to succeed.\
    • Consciously create a team culture consistent that emphasizes Axalta values and behaviors as well as business and functional guiding principles and vision.
    • Maintain employee work schedules including assignments, on the job training, vacation planning, and overtime scheduling.
    • Maintain transparent communication practices by appropriately communicating organization information through department meetings, one-on-one meetings, email, IM, and regular interpersonal communication.
    • Empower employees to take responsibility for their jobs and goals. Delegate responsibility and expect accountability and regular feedback.


  • 30% Team Execution
    • Manager the overall operational, budgetary, and financial responsibilities of the activities of the broader team. Lead employees to meet the organization's expectations for productivity, quality, and goal accomplishment.
    • Lead effective program management that successfully delivers results on time. Plan and implement systems that perform the work and fulfill the mission and the goals of the department efficiently and effectively.
    • Plan and allocate resources to effectively staff and accomplish the work to meet departmental productivity and quality goals. Develop and implement staffing plans, budget proposals, and equipment requirements consistent with anticipated workloads.
    • Make business decisions that are financially responsible, accountable, justifiable, and defensible in accordance with organization policies and procedures.
    • Provide oversight to ensure individual project accomplishments and overall work unit effectiveness is achieved relative to committed objectives. Provide leadership for staff development and hold staff accountable to meet individual and business objectives through establishment and measure of key performance indicators.
    • Plan, evaluate, and improve the efficiency of business processes and procedures to enhance speed, quality, efficiency, and output through Lean Principles and continuous improvement.


  • 30% Portfolio Management
    • Define process technology vision; translate the vision to a 3-5 year development program
    • Participate in defining global process technology strategy and its implementation plan
    • Effectively communicate with Technology Directors, Business management, Operations and customers and exhibit strong customer interface skills and responsiveness to meet customer needs
    • Prepare reports and dashboards for management to track strategic goal accomplishment.
    • Communicate regularly and effectively within matrix organization.


  • 10% Technical Execution
    • Provide management oversight to deliver new technology solutions, improve attributes or quality of existing products, reduce flow-time, and improve productivity.
    • Lead technical teams to deliver on projects that support existing product lines and processes, and to develop new products and processes.
    • Direct technical research that leads to the understanding of coatings technology and processes and the relationships to paint formulation components





Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced degree in Chemical Engineering
  • 10+ years’ progressive work experience in complex, matrix environment
  • 5+ years’ experience in managing technical professionals
  • Strong Process Technology and manufacturing acumen for specialty chemicals
  • Demonstrated ability for improving chemical processes through process development
  • Experience in process modeling and process automation
  • Business acumen and knowledge of basic economics and budgeting
  • Effective written and oral communication skills and organizational management skills
  • Skilled at interpersonal relationship building and employee coaching and development skills




“Please note that Axalta Coating Systems will not accept any candidate profiles sent unrequested and unsolicited by recruiting agencies. Axalta Coating Systems collaborates with preferred providers based on framework agreements and will not pay any fees to recruiting agencies without an agreement. Should Axalta Coating Systems receive a candidate profile form a recruiting agency with which there is no framework agreement, and should the respective candidate be considered or hire, this will not entitle the recruiting agency to claim payment or fees.”



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