Director of Innovation and Sustainability Platforms

TC Transcontinental - Menasha, WI3.9

Full-timeEstimated: $120,000 - $160,000 a year
Do you have a drive to take existing processes to the next level? Do you consider yourself a high performer? Are you someone who shows initiative and isn't afraid to venture into new areas? If so, we’re looking for you!

About Us
TC Transcontinental Packaging is a leader in flexible packaging with operations across United States, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Ecuador and New Zealand. The sector has over 4,000 employees and 29 production facilities worldwide. We specialize in extrusion, lamination, flexographic printing and converting of plastic and paper products. You will join a team that is passionate about creating the perfect package, no matter what industry.

TC Transcontinental has more than 9,000 employees, the majority of which are based in Canada, the United States and Latin America. With our 3 business segments in Packaging, Print and Media, we continue to optimize, transform and grow while making impressions that count! For over 40 years, TC Transcontinental’s story has been one of innovation and transformation to meet our customers’ evolving needs. Our strong family values, entrepreneurial spirit and long-term vision have always been at the heart of our success.

About this opportunity
The Innovation and Sustainability Platform Director is responsible for all mid to long term research and development activities across the packaging sector, with a focus on sustainable packaging, as well as for leading the development of extruded film platforms. This position is responsible for implementation of necessary actions to deliver on committed growth through the development and successful commercialization of platform technologies, management of the team’s project portfolio, talent management of the team, and coordination of activities with the other R&D leaders and business unit stakeholders. This position will contribute to overall business strategy, innovation management systems, key account growth roadmaps, department budget/spending, and communications to internal and external groups including suppliers & customers.

What you will do

A member of the Innovation Lead Team
Overall responsibility to manage the team of research, film extrusion, and sustainability engineers
Overall responsibility for departmental, project, and capital budgeting/spending within the direct team’s scope
Overall responsibility for technology scouting programs, and internal request/approval process and project prioritization
Lead the creation, management, delivery, and communication of sustainability related projects and roadmaps
Overall responsibility for the completion of developments, for team milestones being met and communications to be distributed. Ensuring effective transition of new developments to manufacturing/R&D
Work to ensure communication and technology exchanges occur across Business Units and ensure goals are aligned with Marketing and Sales
Responsible for management of employees and all related talent management processes
Support special initiatives with Marketing, Sales, Operations, and Procurement, as required to ensure overall packaging objectives are met
Ensuring effective management and industrialization of strategic platform technologies
Manage the platform inno team, while working with various stakeholders, to drive high risk / high reward innovation programs targeted at growth across multiple segments
Sustainability platform developments; Work with marketing and R&D leads to ensure a robust pipeline of sustainable packaging. Create and maintain technology roadmaps
Technology Scouting and concept development; Identify emerging technology, screen applicability for our business, and drive projects to support industrializing these technologies
Partner Innovation; Develop and cultivate strategic relationships with raw material and filling machinery suppliers. Capture needs of markets and internal R&D colleagues, develop research and development initiatives, and drive related projects to industrialization
Project Portfolio make-up, Project Prioritization, and Spending; Work with Marketing and Innovation Lead Team to ensure we have the right project portfolio and priorities. Manage spend budget
Manage technology transfers; Coordinate efforts with other R&D Directors and their teams to transition platform technologies into customer specific projects. Ongoing support for platform technology development
Talent Management; Ensure all team members have strong development plans. Drive activities to strengthen engagement. Raise the bar on expectations and delivery

What you have to offer

4-year degree required minimum; Graduate degree is a bonus
15+ years of related experience in Flexible Packaging
Excellent knowledge of raw materials and processes related to flexible packaging
Management experience and proven leadership roles
Excellent interpersonal and presentation skills
Strong business acumen, technical aptitude, and strategic mindset

What we have to offer

Opportunity to be part of a dynamic and highly motivating work environment where you can develop your potential and launch an exciting career;
Development opportunities where your input makes a difference. A competitive compensation package, 401K plan and flexible benefits that are customizable to you and your family needs];
Employee perks such as discounts from suppliers on various products and services such as insurance, wireless bundles, travel, and much more.

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