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Senior Manager, Research & Development

Company: ATI Metals
Location: Albany
Posted on: November 2, 2019

Job Description:

Creating Long-Term Value Thru Relentless Innovation®

ATI is a global manufacturer of technically advanced specialty materials and complex components. Our products support diverse markets and industries such as aerospace and defense, oil & gas, electrical energy, medical, automotive, and other industrial markets.

ATI Millersburg is seeking a Senior Manager to join our Research & Development team. Our organization has a distinguished history of producing refractory metal alloys of zirconium, niobium, and hafnium for a variety of high-performance applications. We are looking for someone to lead our Research & Development efforts as we build on our legacy of alloy production and develop our future materials and products. If you are looking for an opportunity to support a growing, world-class manufacturing company with multiple manufacturing operations, then this position is for you!


The Senior Manager of Research & Development (R&D) occupies a central role in the deployment of materials science technology into innovative products and processes. The twofold purpose of the role is to drive the development of new and improved products for ATI, and to lead the revolutionary technology advances for process improvement. These are accomplished through focused research and the creation of a portfolio of profitable, new technology-driven ventures that take advantage of ATI's technical and manufacturing capabilities and emerging technologies as sources of insight into promising opportunities.

The Senior Manager of R&D is responsible for leading a team of research engineers and technicians to identify the materials science challenges of ATI and of our customers; for scoping, prioritizing, and executing the projects that will resolve those problems; and for developing, articulating, and supporting the long-term technology strategy that will generate new products for ATI's customers and continuously improve manufacturing processes within ATI.

Essential Functions:

* Lead a team of -10 research engineers and technicians, facilitating mentorship and training. Ensure the success of direct reports by supporting their career planning and development.
* Lead the development of new or refined products, materials, and processes that solve problems for internal and/or external customers.

* In alignment with Business Development, identify, analyze and select emerging technology areas that best leverage ATI's manufacturing leadership and capabilities including current and future market advantages; maintain a continuous funnel of projects with focus on creation and rapid prototyping of new scalable solutions.
* Articulate the vision for front-end innovation and execute the processes from idea generation and business case development through identification of landing entities (e.g. business units or external parties), leveraging the standardization efforts of the ATI Technology Council and driving improvements back to the team.
* Utilize Plan-Do-Check-Act to manage the innovation portfolio and drive process-focused, results-driven thinking in achievement of revenue targets. Pursue the effective transfer of developments into the Company or customer operations.
* Create and maintain an environment in which open innovation partnerships and an entrepreneurial mindset are promoted and new business opportunities are incubated.

* Support engineers in monitoring the business and technical environment to anticipate technology opportunities. Initiate, define, and lead technical projects to address these opportunities.
* Collaborate and partner with Value Stream Teams to support continuous improvement and innovation of existing products by filling in metallurgical knowledge gaps.
* Build and cultivate relationships with partners in other ATI Business Units to foster collaboration on new business opportunities. Participate in ATI's Technology Council to share technical ideas, solve common problems, and exchange best practices.
* Administer the overall budget for R&D projects at the Specialty Alloys & Components Business Unit.
* Provide periodic updates on R&D efforts to executive leadership.
* Provide general guidance to the R&D facility coordinator to sustain operation of R&D equipment.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:

* Technical concepts in the areas of materials, properties, processes, products, and applications
* Project management
* Confidentiality mechanisms, handling of sensitive information and export control requirements

Skilled in:

* Interpersonal communication, both written and verbal
* Negotiation, conflict resolution, and generating consensus among stakeholders
* Interpretation and application of data toward problem solving

Ability to:

* Analyze and resolve difficult problems effectively through critical thinking, with timely implementation of long-term solutions
* Engage with the R&D team members regarding their daily needs and activities, while maintaining the big picture of R&D objectives
* Quickly grasp the essence of new processes, concepts and technologies
* Facilitate the formulation of the long-term technology strategy for the business, by thinking 3 to 10 years ahead

*It is ATI's policy to not provide immigration sponsorship for any of the company's positions.

Due to the nature of its operations, including certain federal government contracts, ATI Specialty Alloys & Components must track -- and in some cases limit employment opportunity based on -- citizenship or immigration status. This particular position requires US Citizenship.

ATI and its subsidiary companies will provide equal employment opportunities to all applicants without regard to applicant's race, color, religion, sex, gender, genetic information, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, or any other status protected be federal or state law. The company will provide reasonable accommodations to allow an applicant to participate in the hiring process if so requested.


* Minimum 7 years in a Senior Engineer role
* Master's Degree in Material Science or related field
* 3-5 years' of management/leadership experience, preferably in a technical setting
* Ability to obtain a DOE security clearance with US citizenship


* 3-5 years' of experience with refractory alloys (hafnium, zirconium, etc.)
* Must have the ability to communicate to a broad audience
* Must have exceptional interpersonal skills to work successfully with cross functional teams

Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Protected Veterans/Disabled.

Keywords: ATI Metals, Albany , Senior Manager, Research & Development, Executive , Albany, Oregon

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