Job Title: Technical Manager
Location: Dayton, OH
Position ID: 5891


Job Description:

They are a diversified North American manufacturer of functional coatings, pressure sensitive adhesives, custom release liners, and converted parts. With Headquarters in Chicago, IL, their Specialty Materials consists of 5 manufacturing companies and has manufacturing sites in IL, MA, MN, and OH with advance warehouses in CA and Canada. They focus on high-value end markets that require unique solutions, rapid turnaround, and demonstrated needs for quality manufacture and ongoing innovation including, but not limited to, POP/Retail, Flexible Packaging, Specialty Industrial, E-commerce Packaging, Appliance, and Decorative/DIY.

Their company delivers value to our customers through our integrated turnkey capabilities, rapid turnaround, and innovative and custom product designs.

Our Specialty Films and Labels is focused on high-value, custom functional coatings, materials, and label solutions for a broad group of customers in Flexible Packaging, Automotive, Construction, Heavy Industrial, Medical, and Graphics markets.

This job description outlines the responsibilities and expectations of a Technical Manager for their Films and Specialty Labels business.


  • Meet – and then exceed – revenue and profitability targets.
  • Oversee and execute Development support of Specialty Films and Labels NPD pipeline, with the ability to deliver at least 10+ launches per annum.
  • Provide leadership in formulation development, materials design, process optimization, and testing that aligns with Specialty Film and Labels site capabilities and strategic initiatives.
  • Manage and develop the technical team, including establishing clear development plans and training tracks.
  • Collaborate with Marketing, Sales, and the Customer to identify key product opportunities, appropriately prioritize initiatives, and align messaging.
  • Collaborate with relevant functions to ensure efficient product development and optimization.
  • Provide technical leadership in support of cost-savings initiatives including, but not limited to, alternate material identification, insource/outsource decisions, and formulation enhancements for increased throughput and efficiencies.
  • Provide timely reporting, including KPI performance.
  • Proactively identify and implement best practices that accelerate growth within the function; enhancing NPD and Project Management processes and establishing improved IP protection practices.
  • Engage in and support direct communication efforts with Customers and Suppliers that advance revenue generation and profitability opportunities.
  • Establish and comply with the annual operating and capital budgets for the function and lab assets.
  • Lead and deliver Integration efforts as defined by the Technical Director.
  • Ensure that the entire team works in a safe and compliant manner.


Personal Attributes:
  • Results driven
  • Demonstrated results in formulation development, product launch, and material qualifications
  • Able to focus and prioritize individual and team activities
  • Curious, learning-driven – enjoys leveraging new knowledge to enhance current chemistries, constructions, and products
  • Experience in assessing, developing, and growing a team
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong reasoning and analytical ability
  • Comfortable navigating changing priorities
  • Ability to assess and develop best-in-class processes for efficient product development and launch, IP protection, and technically-based due diligence assessments
  • Effective in engaging and motivating both direct and cross-functional colleagues
  • Outstanding personal integrity and ethics
  • Understands and easily connects products, technologies, and capabilities across a diverse portfolio of customers and markets
  • Demonstrated ability to work across different systems and adapt to new processes
  • Comfortable constructively leading through stressful situations and management of change
  • Enjoys working with a diverse group of individuals internally and externally
  • Solid understanding of general business concepts
  • Strong planning and organizational skills


  • BS in a Technical field; preferably Chemistry, Polymer Science, or Chemical Engineering
  • MA in related field highly desired
  • 7+ years of technical experience in PSA and other technical coatings for web-based processes
  • 5+ years of technical team management experience
  • Track record of developing and commercializing new products on time and within budget.
  • Experience with the use of new product development methodologies including project management, stage-gate, ideation, Design of Experiments (DOE), and IP management, literature and patent research
  • Detailed knowledge of additives, formulation processing, applications, and analytical test methods
  • Experience in web handling highly preferred
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office products with advanced experience in Excel and analytics programs (e.g. Minitab, JMP, etc.)


Watch the following video for further details:

Technical Manager – Pressure Sensitive products – Dayton, Ohio – YouTube


If you are interested in this position, please send your resume to angelo@centraljobs.com or call him directly at (440) 772-1015.

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