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Global R&D Director - Estane

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Date: Sep 15, 2021

Location: Brecksville, OH, US, 44141

Company: Lubrizol Corporation


The Lubrizol Corporation, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is a market-driven global company serving customers in more than 100 countries. We own and operate manufacturing facilities in 17 countries, as well as sales and technical offices around the world. Through our global sales and manufacturing networks, we are able to deliver the products and services our customers need, where and when they need them.

At Lubrizol, our mission is straightforward: We improve lives as an essential partner in our customers’ success, delivering efficiency, reliability or wellness to their end users. Read the cover story in Smart Business Magazine to learn how Lubrizol plans to advance its growth.



The Global Director of Research & Development will lead the technical team for the Estane business to provide exceptional support for existing products, create market-driven new products and establish next generation technology platforms.  The ideal candidate for this role will be a courageous business partner who looks beyond the needs of today to envision the technology, products and services that will be needed to be successful in the future.  This role is also responsible for building the capacity and capability of the technical team and ensuring an agile, creative and results-oriented team focused on helping our customers win. 


Key Responsibilities:

  • Strengthens Lubrizol’s key technology platforms to ensure long-term competitiveness and create the next generation of technology platforms
  • Acts as a strategic partner to enhance our innovation capabilities, increase return on investment and deliver innovative solutions to improve our competitive position
  • Collaborates with the Global Business Team to define their strategic technology needs and coordinates the activities of the technical team with key stakeholders
  • Provides strategic direction regarding the technology and product development programs for the business
  • Leads, manages and coaches the Global Estane Technical organization - creates a vision, sets goals, and defines a strategy for achieving established goals and continuously improves the team’s talent position
  • Ensures safety is core component of the team culture and that behavior of the technical team fully demonstrates Lubrizol’s commitment to zero injuries and incidents
  • Enables global collaboration to leverage the knowledge & skills of the individual manufacturing sites for the benefit of Estane
  • Builds and leverages the Intellectual Property of the Estane business for competitive advantage
  • Partners with customers and supply partners to deliver market winning products, strategic programs and to resolve complex product performance issues.
  • Serves as part of the Estane Leadership team, providing a voice for the Technical organization and input on strategic business issues.
  • Embraces Open Innovation & Technology Scouting to expand our knowledge, provide access to capabilities and to grow our innovation eco-system
  • Keeps current with technology & innovation trends and understands how to prioritize and implement effectively.



  • 10+ years of experience in Technology Management, preferably in Polymers (Synthesis, Applications, or Processing).
  • An established track record of delivering new technology that enables growth.
  • Experience leading a global and diverse technical team, working with and through others to accomplish results
  • Demonstrated project management experience, preferably in a matrixed global organization
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate, communicate and influence effectively to drive improved results
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally as needed
  • BS degree or higher in a scientific discipline considered a plus



While headquartered in the United States, Lubrizol is truly a global specialty chemical company.  We have a major presence in five global regions and do business in more than 100 countries. Our corporate culture ensures that Lubrizol is one company throughout the world, but you will find each region is a unique place to work, live and play.


Lubrizol is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, color, national origin, citizenship, age, religion, marital status, military service, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, or any other characteristic or trait protected by federal, state, or local law.

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