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Technical Manager - Decorative Coatings

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Date: Apr 9, 2021

Location: Adrian, MI, US

Company: Wacker Chemie AG


Our world needs ideas! As one of the world’s most research-intensive chemical companies, we have been developing leading solutions for numerous sectors – from construction to photovoltaics and cosmetics to rubber – for over 100 years. We have a global presence with production sites on three continents and 14,600 employees from 70 nations.


WACKER SILICONES is one of the world’s biggest silicone manufacturers with silicone-based system solutions and over 3,000 different products. At our Adrian site, we are currently looking for a ​Technical Manager - Decorative Coatings​ to join our growing team.


Job Responsibilities

This position is responsible to lead and develop a team of technical members to develop solutions and support  customer product development, technical service collaboration with sales and marketing teams to achieve business team objectives for Decorative Coatings market segment.

  • Evaluates and resolves technical topics from design and planning to production and quality initiatives. 
  • Manages projects plans, budgets, reports and contributes to white papers and makes internal and external presentations. 
  • Accountable for all aspects of safely operating a technical area.
  • Gathers and analyzes relevant performance data of own and competitive products. 
  • May act as Project Leader for Global Development Projects.
  • Maintain Chemist of Record responsibilities for a portfolio of products.    
  • Responsible to lead and manage all aspects of a small group of technical employees including hiring, performance reviews, training, developing, mentoring, etc. through a professional presence and high employee engagement.
  • By using a broad degree of creativity, support the implementation of product and marketing strategies for the business team that will lead to new product developments and applications. 
  • Drive development of technology roadmaps and product portfolios that positions Wacker to be a leading player in the Decorative Coatings market segment.
  • Visit customers regularly to support sales with discovery process and presenting results. Actively lead customer needs and innovation meetings as well as researching the industry developments to identify new opportunities. 
  • Develop and manage Wacker Academy events particularly for the Decorative Coatings Market
  • Manage the exchange of information and activities using best practice which includes but not limited to Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN), SAP, Excel, PPT, and Word).
  • Document activities using Product Modification Activity (PMA), Project System Innovation (PSI) Charter Forms (PCF; ICF) and Opportunity Management with customer relationship tool (like SalesForce).
  • Develop intellectual property related to new products and / or applications, drive for related patent filings





  • Master’s degree in Chemistry, Polymer Science or closely related field required.
  • Minimum 5 years  of experience in a similar role required.
  • Minimum 2 years of experience as a Supervisor required.
  • High understanding and implementation of all safety requirements and lab organization in a formulating chemistry and application testing laboratory setting.
  • Supervisory and team leadership experience with lab personnel
  • Formulating and application development within Coatings Industry (silicone coatings preferred)
  • Diligence in Project Management
  • Technical Service experience at customers
  • Experience / proven successes with product development and project management, showing leadership in proposing and develop ideas / solutions to expand our business
  • High level communication skills (verbal and written) - written skills demonstrated by technical publications, industry presentations and patents
  • Ability to support value propositions with supporting technical data
  • Ability to work carefully within the requirements of an Integrated Management System
  • Understanding of how to transfer products from lab to production equipment


WACKER, as an innovative chemical company, makes a vital contribution toward improving the quality of life around the world by developing intelligent solutions for sustainable growth. Our culture focuses on building and retaining diverse and inclusive teams. WACKER offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, competitive benefit offerings and beyond through giving back to our communities.


Be part of our WACKER family, across all nations!


We are looking forward to your online application at www.wacker.com.
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The information contained herein is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of the job, nor are they intended to be an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to do the job. A minimum requirement for this US-based position is the ability to work legally in the United States on a permanent unrestricted basis.  Visa sponsorship is not available for this position, including for any type of US permanent residency (e.g., for a Green card).


WACKER is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class.

Nearest Major Market: Adrian
Nearest Secondary Market: Ann Arbor