• Technology Manager - Powder

    Job ID
    Full-Time Regular
    Functional Group
    Business Segment
    Regional Office – Americas
  • Overview

    About Axalta

    Axalta is a leading global company focused solely on coatings and providing customers with innovative, colorful, beautiful and sustainable solutions.  From light OEM vehicles, commercial vehicles and refinish applications to electric motors, buildings and pipelines, our coatings are designed to prevent corrosion, increase productivity and enable the materials we coat to last longer.  With more than 150 years of experience in the coatings industry, the approximately 14,000 people of Axalta continue to find ways to serve our more than 100,000 customers in 130 countries better every day with the finest coatings, application systems and technology. For more information visit axalta.com and follow us @Axalta on Twitter and on LinkedIn


    See link:  http://www.axaltacs.com/content/dam/Corporate/Documents/About%20Axalta/Axalta%20Brochure%202018.pdf


    Position Summary:


    Responsible for leading a team of Team Managers/Supervisors and highly skilled technical professionals by planning, organizing, and managing the overall activities of the America’s Powder technology team to enable optimum team performance to deliver desired business results.   


    Key Responsibilities:

    • 30% People and Talent Management
      • Plan staffing levels aligned with budget and America’s Powder 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 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, 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 Powder technology 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 America’s Powder technology 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
      • Effectively communicate with Technology Directors, Business management, Operations and customers and exhibit strong customer interface skills and responsiveness
      • Lead the technology portfolio strategy for the America’s Powder business
      • Prepares reports and dashboards for management to track strategic goal accomplishment.
      • Leverage and provide direction for Process Technology, Axalta Research & Development, and Raw Material Technology teams to enable key Powder technology programs
      • 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 cycle-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 Powder coatings technology and processes and the relationships to paint formulation components


    • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, advanced degree desirable.
    • Minimum 10+ years’ experience in progressive work experience in complex, matrix environment.
    • Minimum 5+ years’ experience managing technical professionals.
    • Technical knowledge and experience in managing new product development and product support programs.
    • 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.
    • Ability to serve as a knowledgeable resource to the America’s Powder management team that provides leadership and direction.
    • General knowledge of various country employment laws and practices and employee relations.
    • Ability to practice a high level of confidentiality.
    • Knowledge of Powder coatings formulations and technology desired. 
    • Experience with Powder coatings application techniques desired. 
    • Knowledge of Powder coatings customers and/or markets desired. 



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