• Coatings Product Specialist

    Job ID
    US-MI-Clinton Township
    Full-Time Regular
    Functional Group
    Business Segment
    Transportation Coatings
  • Overview

    If you want to work with forward thinking people in a fast moving, innovative environment, Axalta offers you the best market-leading career opportunities. We are a unique company. While our name is new, we are backed by a 150-year legacy of providing some of the most advanced coating technologies to customers all over the world. We rank number one or two in all of the major business segments we serve. Our longstanding commitment to progressive research is setting new standards and pointing the way to beautiful and sustainable coating solutions for tomorrow.


    We are looking at to hire a Coatings Product Specialist for our facility in Clinton Township, MI.  This role will work for our Transportation Coatings Divisions.


    Develop and implement tactics in support of Axalta Transportation coatings strategies to increase our market share with automotive customers. Provide technical expertise and leadership to customers in support of our automotive coatings portfolio including the development and application of products, processing techniques, and resolution of complex problems. Establish and lead projects delivering new products to the market. Coordinate the activities of other functions (Technology, Marketing, Sales and Operations) and other business units in support of the product strategies. Implement management of change initiatives relative to product.


    Essential Functions of the Transportation Product Engineer:

    • Develop critical relationships with customer engineering and manufacturing team members within the assigned customer base to support overall growth plan.
    • Serve as technical spokesperson to customer materials engineering and paint manufacturing groups.
    • Manage corrective steps to resolve product performance issues. 
    • Lead product quality investigations with structured problem-solving and report results through SalesForce.
    • Provide a Voice of Customer to the Axalta Sales, Marketing, Technical, and Manufacturing functions.
    • Lead various product initiatives with assigned customer group.
    • Support new product launches and technology transfers in all regions.
    • Contribute technical expertise in translating product data into effective marketing and sales tools.
    • Make written and oral presentations to customers.
    • Manage APQP documentation for new product developments and submissions.
    • Assist the Product Engineering Manager in aligning customer product approvals with Axalta strategies.


    Qualifications of the Transportation Product Engineer:

    • Undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, or other technical field.
    • Must possess at least 3-7 years of relevant automotive and/or coatings industry experience to include a combination of technical, operational, and commercial roles.
    • Adept at working in a multi-cultural environment.
    • Experience working in a global environment a plus.
    • Knowledge of paint formulation and application processes.
    • Experience working in an R&D environment and bringing new products to market is highly preferred.
    • Ability to influence customers and establish strong customer relationships.
    • Capable of managing multiple projects and tasks simultaneously and leading multi-functional teams without direct control.
    • Proven problem-solving and analytical skills with data-based decision making capability.
    • Ability to understand customer needs and translate them into product offerings / solutions. 
    • Strong IT, computer, and data processing skills. Proficiency in MS Office is a must. Experience using SalesForce.com and information databases a plus.
    • Ability to collaborate and build teamwork is essential.
    • Strong advocacy skills.
    • Ability to travel up to 40-50%.



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