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Applications Manager, Innovation & Development (NON-IT)

LOCATION: 

Charlotte, NC, US

REQ ID:  29346

Sealed Air is in business to protect, to solve critical packaging challenges and to leave our world better than we found it. Our portfolio of leading packaging solutions includes CRYOVAC® brand food packaging, SEALED AIR® brand protective packaging and BUBBLE WRAP® brand packaging, which collectively enable a safer, more efficient food supply chain and protect valuable goods shipped around the world. Sealed Air generated $4.8 billion in sales in 2019 and has approximately 16,500 employees who serve customers in 124 countries. To learn more, visit www.sealedair.com.

Summary

Sealed Air is seeking a driven leader to lead an Applications Engineering Team focused on developing new products for the packaging industry with the ability to understand packaging materials’ interaction with the customer’s packaging equipment and the packaged product. In addition to the development of new product solutions, this role is tasked with supporting our base of business by training, trouble-shooting, and communicating the performance of our solutions to both internal stakeholders and our customers. The qualified candidate will develop and implement a strategy for analytical excellence, fitness-for-use testing, and communicating and influencing the direction of innovation projects by providing strategic direction for the Applications Engineering/Expert Team.  This individual will manage direct reports, develop improved processes, and oversee the execution of many customer-facing initiatives.  

Responsibilities

•    Develop employee’s technical and professional skills in the areas of packaging materials (plastic films, urethane foams, low density polyethylene foams, paper, etc.), food science, packaging engineering, and packaging equipment.
•    Develop employee’s customer intimacy skills focused on various soft skills, sales skills, and influencing techniques to drive collaboration that speeds up the implementation and growth of Sealed Air’s solutions.
•    Lead teams to provide technical solutions to customers, external vendors, field representatives, and the broader Innovation & Development organization through on-site customer support and visits to other Sealed Air facilities.
•    Serve as a strategic partner to the teams of Sales, Marketing & Portfolio, Finance, Manufacturing, and Purchasing to both develop and deliver the entire strategy that is required to support the totality of the business.
•    Implement strategy to develop, design, and run trials that validate the reliability of the equipment, materials, and their interactions in order to provide the most robust solution to our customers.
•    Lead the creation of value-propositions and competitive intelligence for Sealed Air’s developmental solutions driving credible project definition and scoping documents.
•    Develop and lead front end intelligence gathering on the customer’s floor driving the next innovations for Sealed Air.
•    Provide strategic ideas that drive the enhancement of current product lines or the development of new product lines to expedite increased profitability.
•    Partner with the Materials & Process Engineering Team, the Sustainability Team, the Equipment Teams, and Supply Chain to transfer technologies regionally and globally once developed. 
•    Provide thought leadership as leader focused on innovative solutions that allow Sealed Air to come up with the next break through innovations in packaging.
•    Prioritize tasks and motivate employees to accomplish objectives timely with high quality.
•    Interview, hire, coach, and develop direct reports.
•    Work effectively within a matrix managed organization.
 

Qualifications

•    Bachelor of Science Degree in a science, engineering or packaging discipline
•    Master’s degree in a technical disciple is preferred
•    Minimum of five years professional experience
•    Flexible travel domestically and internationally, at least 30%
•    Excellent people management/development skills
•    Excellent written and verbal communication skills
•    Experience creating data-driven reports to communicate technical ideas 
•    Ability to effectively present concepts and ideas
•    Experience managing multiple tasks, often with competing deadlines
•    Professional, highly-motivated, reliable, and solutions-orientated
•    Must possess strong interpersonal skills and a work ethic that corresponds with Sealed Air’s core values
•    Proven track record of opportunity identification and translating ideas into significant commercial success
•    Proven business acumen facilitating collaboration across functions, regions, and business segments
 

Requisition id: 29346 

Relocation: Yes  

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or protected veteran status. Sealed Air participates in the E-Verify Program (US sites only).

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WHY WORK AT SEALED AIR?

It is our responsibility to leverage what we have to affect positive and meaningful change for our communities and planet using Sealed Air’s global resources and expertise.

  • Corporate sustainability. It’s about improving the lives of people around the world by addressing pressing needs in the communities where we and our customers operate.
  • Customer Success. Meeting our customers' needs. At Sealed Air it’s more than a goal, it’s an integral part of our business practices, our innovative solutions, and our values.
  • Leaving our communities better than we found them through dedication of time, talent and resources.