• Technical Team Leader, Industrial Specialties

    Job Locations US-SC-North Charleston
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  • Overview

    At Ingevity, our origins are deeply rooted in the pine tree.  In our Industrial Specialties business, our starting materials of crude tall oil and lignin are derived from the pine tree.  We transform these materials into a variety of specialty chemicals for a multitude of different markets, including adhesives, publication inks, rubber, pulp & paper, lubricants, coatings, soaps & detergents, polyamides, mining, textiles, agrichemicals, and biofuels.  Although we’ve been at this for decades, our journey is just beginning…  


    We have a vision of bold growth through the creation of innovative product offerings for the customers and markets we serve.  We are investing heavily in our global operations, supply chain, and commercial & technical talent.  The right people are critical to making this vision a reality and we are committed to our people serving as our strongest competitive advantage.  We are looking for an accomplished Technical Team Leader to lead our technical support and product development efforts to create & deliver value to the growing markets we serve.    


    The ideal candidate is a bold creative thinker, experienced team leader, and has a track record of successfully leading technical team to develop & commercialize innovation.

    How you will impact Ingevity

    • Skilled developer of effective & cohesive teams and team leaders - we strive to be viewed as a market leading technical & innovation organization in the markets we serve.
    • Serves as thought leader for innovation & technology integration into the business strategy – this is a critical foundation for our future success. Establishes goals for the technical team that are supportive and aligned with business unit strategies.
    • Proven experience in leading teams to create differentiated products to solve or advance our customers’ business through the focus on customers & markets. Successfully executes and oversees our innovation pipeline process.
    • Participates in alliance and development activities with key business partners. Understands value generation through problem solving using innovation & technology.
    • Unwavering steward of our commitment to Responsible Care, regulatory, safety, and overall product stewardship. Maintains close working relationship with manufacturing and sales & operations planning to uphold and improve the quality of our products.
    • Strongly networked and well-informed about the chemical industry – well versed on what companies produce which materials and follows emerging trends in products and functionality.
    • Knowledge in molecular structure – properties relationships in order to build in desired traits through chemical synthesis. Work with synthesis chemist to develop new chemicals using TOFA & Rosin backbones, as well as integration of new starting materials to product portfolio.
    • Asks ‘Why not?’ instead of ‘Why?’ Embodies a can-do attitude.
    • Challenges business & technical groups to think bigger and faster.

    What you need to succeed

    • MS/Ph.D. in one of the following disciplines: organic chemistry, polymer chemistry.
    • 3-5 years post-degree industrial new product development and technical service experience in at least one of the following application areas: inks, coatings, adhesives, lubricants, and agricultural chemicals. Organic/polymer synthesis and characterization experience is a plus.
    • Broad knowledge of the Specialty Chemical Industry, demonstrated deep technical understanding in one or more of the following: inks, adhesives, coatings, lubricants, and agricultural chemicals including chemistry and customer applications of products
      • Ability to translate the performance of Ingevity products into customer valued benefits
      • Ability to translate customer unmet needs into product development projects for our businesses through structure-properties relationship interpretations
    • 3 plus years of direct technical team supervisory experience; demonstrated past success in indirectly leading a diverse team of chemists and engineers to achieve commercial success of innovative products.
    • Strong commitment to and knowledge of safety and Responsible Care
    • Ability to work closely with our manufacturing plants to: introduce new products and processes, improve and troubleshoot existing products and processes
    • Demonstrated history of patent and IP protection
    • 15% Travel Required (domestic and global)

    About us

    Ingevity provides specialty chemicals and high-performance carbon materials and technologies that help customers solve complex problems. These products are used in a variety of demanding applications, including asphalt paving, oil exploration and production, agrochemicals, adhesives, lubricants, publication inks and automotive components that reduce gasoline vapor emissions. Through a team of experienced people, Ingevity develops, manufactures and brings to market products and processes that purify, protect and enhance the world around us.
    With about 1,500 employees worldwide, we operate in 13 countries and serve customers in more than 100 nations. But no matter where we’re doing business, we do things the right way – with a focus on integrity, sustainability, and positively contributing to the communities in which our employees live and work.
    Ingevity is an Equal Opportunity Employer, Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled.


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