Senior Global Technical Director, Performance Coatings

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Date: Mar 20, 2024

Location: Brecksville, OH, US, 44141

Company: Lubrizol Corporation

Job Location: Brecksville

Job Type: Full-time

Type of role: Hybrid, travel up to 30%


About Lubrizol  
The Lubrizol Corporation, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is a specialty chemical company whose science delivers sustainable solutions to advance mobility, improve wellbeing and enhance modern life. Founded in 1928, Lubrizol owns and operates more than 100 manufacturing facilities, sales, and technical offices around the world and has about 8,000 employees. For more information, visit

We value diversity in professional backgrounds and life experiences. By enabling a consistent, unbiased, and transparent recruitment process, Lubrizol seeks to create a positive experience for candidates so we can get to know them at their best. We recognize unique work and life situations and offer flexibility, ensuring our employees feel engaged and fulfilled in every aspect of life.   

The Performance Coatings Group (PCG)  business at Lubrizol is a leading global supplier and innovator of hyperdispersants, surface modifiers and acrylic and polyurethane dispersions which are used in a wide range of paints and coatings, building and construction, digital printing, color pigment concentrates, and other industrial applications.


What You Will Do:

Reporting to the Vice President of LZAM Technology, Sr. Global Technical Director has the responsibility and accountability for the global technology organization supporting the PCG business. In this role, you will be accountable for driving innovation and the speed to commercialization. Additionally, you will manage the technology budget, stage gate processes, Intellectual Properties, and aim to acheive innovation project portfolio targets. You will also be responsible for alignment of technical projects with the business strategy, and to ensure business needs are prioritized and global platforms are executed effectively. 


As the Sr. Global Technical Director, you will also have dotted line reporting to the Vice President of PCG business and be a member of the PCG Business Leadership team helping to drive alignment in project priorities for the business. You will proactively supporting the commercial teams in identifying new opportunities and expanding our marketing influence and value proposition by engaging industry experts and leading customers.


  • Provides technology strategic direction for the Performance Coatings Group business and ensures high growth regions and key business initiatives are appropriately resourced to win in the future.
  • Establishes strong relationships with industry experts and customers, proactively supporting the commercial team in identifying new opportunities and expanding our value proposition and market influence.
  • Responsible for budgeting, productivity, and efficiency of the global technology teams. Develops annual and multiyear technical and capital budgets and staffing plans.
  • Fosters good communication, teamwork, and strategic alignment while instilling a culture of urgency and accountability for business financial results.
  • Keeps up to date on key market and macro trends - leverages emerging technologies, industry trends, and best practices (AI, automation, digitalization etc.) to create a best-in-class technology organization.
  • Identifies technical needs and solutions through customer and technical professional interfaces and aligns strategic technology priorities with commercial needs and R&D.
  • Ensures alignment with key business stakeholders on all technical initiatives.  
  • Develops strong succession pipelines for key leadership and key impact roles in the global organization.
  • Sets and delivers productivity improvement goals and continually assesses non-value adding activities to reallocate resources to the highest value opportunities.
  • Drives operational excellence and a customer-driven mindset to deliver on aggressive growth goals. Ensures the stage gate process is consistent under the One Lubrizol initiatives.
  • Drives change and challenges the status quo; fosters accountability, prioritization, and agility in the global organization.
  • Ensures the laboratories are safe and compliant with federal, state, and local regulatory agencies.


Skills That Make A Difference:

  • PhD degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and/or Engineering related discipline. Strong Coatings background preferred.
  • 10+ years of prior experiences in leading technology teams.
  • 3+ years of prior experiences of leading a global technology team.
  • Past experiences working in a complex organization and matrixed structure to achieve results through influence, teamwork, agility and working inclusively and collaboratively.
  • Past experiences with digital, AI and automation preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to drive innovations in partnership with the business to deliver superior results.
  • Experiences in building and growing a high-performance technical team with training, mentoring to develop top talents and build succession pipelines.
  • Requires international and domestic travel up to 30% of the time.
  • Preferred location of the role is based in Brecksville, Ohio


Perks and Rewards That Inspire:

  • Competitive salary with performance-based bonus plans
  • 401K Match plus Age Weighted Defined Contribution
  • Competitive medical, dental & vision offerings
  • Health Savings Account
  • Paid Holidays, Vacation, Parental Leave
  • Flexible work environment

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Ready for your next career step? Apply today and let's shape the future together! 

It’s an exciting time to be part of Lubrizol. Lubrizol is not staying put. We are continually learning and evolving. Our passion delivers our success — not only for Lubrizol but for those who count on us every day: our employees, customers, and communities. 

As a diverse, global team, we work together to solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges. We impact everyday lives through science only Lubrizol can deliver, and we never stop pushing to do it better.

One of the founding principles of The Lubrizol Corporation more than 90 years ago was treating every employee with dignity and respect. That same commitment is only stronger today. 

More than that, we are committed to providing an environment where every employee can be the best they can be, no matter their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or protected veteran status, or any other characteristic. 


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