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Chief Technology Officer

Title: Chief Technology Officer

Location: Mt. Vernon, IN


Chemistry that Matters™

A career at SABIC provides you with an opportunity to leave a lasting positive impact to the world and yourself. From excellent health and well-being benefits to our comprehensive learning programs. We offer a wide range of benefits and offerings that recognize that our people have unique motivations and ambitions. It’s all about matching what matters to you with what matters to us. Let’s explore what matters!


As one of the world’s largest diversified chemical companies, we activate the power of human capital to address society’s future challenges. Through partnerships, we enable life-saving medical innovations and help fight world hunger. We are driving the circular economy for the benefit of communities and our planet through sustainability initiatives, such as our TRUCIRCLE™ portfolio.  Our success is built upon the collective excellence of our 32,000 employees in 50+ countries.  Our values – Inspire, Engage, Create, and Deliver – are the foundation of our success. To learn more about these and how we strive to Be the Impact, click here.


Our purpose is "Chemistry that Matters". This is what drives us to do what we do. "Chemistry" goes beyond applying science and technology to enhance the supply of essential materials to the world. It is how we work, to build long-lasting relationships of trust. “What Matters” is making a meaningful impact for the world – through the customers and communities we collaborate with, so that we succeed and grow together.


It is all about matching what matters to you with what matters to us. We are mindful about the importance of the team we are building and how our team members impact to our culture.   We believe that good ideas come from anywhere, being inclusive to diverse perspectives is stimulating, encourages innovation and is critical to our mission. Let us explore this together!


For an overview of our work culture and benefits, click here. 


Job Summary


Commercializing new technology is core to supporting Functional Form’s growth strategy. The Global T&L Leader will have responsibility for technology, innovation, research, development efforts and technical resource management. He/She will ensure that these efforts are aligned with business unit and financial, strategic, organization and performance goals. 


How you can Be the Impact


As a key member of the Functional Forms business team, The T&I leader is responsible for the ongoing development and implementation of the strategic technology plan for film and sheet based materials in application spaces that go into B&C, Mass Transportation, Specialty Glazing and Electrical and Electronics markets. The T&I leader is also accountable for managing a $7-8MM Operating Budget with excellent controllership and judgment.


He/She will help make the T&I function in the FF business to be a leading function by effectively influencing senior leaders with technology plans that enable near term results while paving path for sustained, long-term business growth


The T&L Leader must bring a strong external commercialization focus and proven record for streamlining processes, while developing key performance indicators, in order to make technical success synonymous with business success


He/She will lead and Inspire a technology organization of 30+ global resources to deliver extraordinary results.  He/She must be market oriented and bring an outward focus to the organization and develop/mentor/rebuild the technology team globally.


He/She will enable an appropriate and balanced portfolio of programs with specific objectives to:


Growth Focus

  • Exhibit strong business acumen with an understanding of the financial and market implications of new technology development processes
  • Define and execute key FF Technology platforms (includes film, sheet and coatings products & process) and the supporting NPI programs. Work towards importing the business ROI on Innovation in FF though collaborative efforts.
  • Drive new product development to commercialize the next generation of product, system, platform and technical solutions
  • Ensure that Functional Forms has access to new technology and products which can grow the business
  • In a resin agnostic approach and through pipe-line development activities help steer the business into higher margin spaces and polymers.
    People/Process Development
  • Build and lead a high performance global research and development team
  • Leads  team to effectively execute and balance accretive and technical service requests to manage business erosion while driving growth.
  • With a sense of market focus and urgency, develop processes that visibly measure and hold people accountable for the completion of projects that drive market and business opportunities for Functional Forms.
  • Ensure that a high level of regional technical and application support is available to support both the business and customers
  • Develop a culture of open innovation to maximize technology capability including leveraging universities, research institutes, and start-up companies
  • Oversee a strategy and program for protecting the company’s intellectual property
    Stakeholder Influence
  • Strengthen commercial team partnerships and drive commercial pull through to the market, demanding rigorous customer value propositions and commercialization of existing NPI’s/Platforms
  • Help build an innovative culture in the entire business that encourages and rewards new ideas and ways of thinking
  •   Work with the PM/MarCom teams in an effort to have Functional Forms be recognized as the most innovation extrusion company in the world.

Success in the first year includes:

    • Establishing technical credibility by meeting critical technology, platform and new product launch milestones
    • Personal credibility with business team from both a technical and leadership perspective
    • Business performance metrics are reached/exceeded including
      • On Time and on Budget Launches
      • Incremental sales from products launched in the last three years
      • Customer support for activities requiring technical support to stem erosion
      • Business continuity efforts especially in developing a resin strategy for our business

What matters to SABIC


  • The successful candidate will have 15 plus years of applicable experience in a research and development environment and at least 10 years management experience leading professionals.  A strong background in innovation, commercialization, research, process development, new product development, applications development, customer support and marketing is a must.


  • Advanced degree in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Polymer Physics, or similar.  PhD preferred
  • The successful candidate will have a track record of strategic technology development, utilizing people effectively and managing tightly against performance metrics that are highly visible.  Most importantly, he/she must have a track record of getting technology from concept through development and production, and into the market in a strategic, economical, timely and predictable manner.


  • The Technology leader should be globally and culturally savvy, resourceful, possess a strong work ethic, be innovative, comfortable working in a Business setting with stakeholders from finance, manufacturing, product management, HR and commercial. He/She must be decisive and possess the ability to create a sense of mission and attentiveness to current and future stakeholder requirements in the T&I organization. 


      • Advanced degree in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Polymer Physics, or similar.  PhD preferred.
      • Experience with process, platform, and product programs
      • Understanding of six sigma and use of tools.
      • Strong communication skills, written and verbal
      • Strong project management skills
      • Strong influencing skills.
      • Familiarity with marketing and commercial skills and ability to interface with customers.
      • Managed an organization involving the staffing, mentoring and development of its personnel
      • Demonstrated strong business acumen with an understanding of the financial implications of new product development processes
      • Leveraged the use of technology as a competitive differentiator in both emerging and mature markets


Eligibility Requirements

  • You must submit your application for employment online to be considered. Please submit your resume using the “Apply Now/Apply” option on this page.
  • You must be 18 years or older
  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work for SABIC in the United States on a full-time basis.



Work Availability

Regular, predictable attendance is an essential function of this position. Applicants must be regularly available and willing to work. Monday – Friday during assigned hours of operation and such other hours as the company determines are necessary or desirable to meet business needs


We are proud to be a diverse and an equal opportunity employer .We are fully committed to a culture of respect and inclusion.