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GAF Manager TPO/PVC Technologies in Parsippany, New Jersey

Come Build Your Career Under OUR Roof

Job Description:

Here at GAF we’re a company of firsts: first colored granule in roofing, first interlocking asphalt shingle, first lifetime warranty shingle, first energy-efficient shingle in color. The innovative minds of our world class Research & Development group are behind these new technologies & products, and now YOU can be a part of this ground breaking team!

GAF is looking for a Manager of TPO/PVC. The successful candidate will report to the Senior Director, and enable our important work of product development and improvements.

This individual will lead all technical activities within his or her area of responsibility. This will include receiving assignments in the form of objectives and determining how to use the group resources to meet schedules and goals. The individual will be recognized as a key technical contributor to the area, and provide technical assistance to other functional areas. The individual will be expected to manage his or her resources, particularly the people resources in a manner that will result in maximum productivity while maintaining high morale resulting in a safe working environment.

To accomplish the above the successful candidate:

  • Will foster creativity and support an environment of innovation.

  • Will understand the basic technology involved in the product platform and contribute to its improvement.

  • Will participate in providing sound recommendations, innovative solutions, and technical guidance resulting in a business advantage in their area.

  • Will be a member of project teams led by other functional areas bringing specific expertise and work product to that effort.

  • Will provide guidance to subordinates within the latitude of established company policies and recommend changes to policies as appropriate.

  • Will be expected to provide evolutionary solutions and change to existing practices/products/formulations/processes and develop alternative approaches.

  • Will be expected to refine and reduce to practice patentable/trade secret ideas and concepts.

  • Will network with internal customers and partners, mainly within technical functions and product management, to acquire information for projects.

  • Will be a good communicator in reporting results, conclusions, and future direction for the group to R&D Management, other technical functions, and product management.

  • Will be expected to make technical presentations to outside technical groups and business partners.

  • Will utilize Stage-Gate type process to manage R&D portfolio in the area, and ensure that technical schedule is updated and communicated to all team members and R&D management.

  • Will provide technical direction for several smaller projects and provide technical service for key product lines.

  • Will support the development of a Technology Roadmap for the laboratory.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • MS or PhD in material science, chemistry or chemical engineering.

  • 5+ years experience with project management

  • 5+ years experience in new product development

Additional Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with project management techniques.

  • Ability to build and lead technical and cross functional teams.

  • Motivation to coach/train direct and indirect reports to maximize their capabilities

  • Budgetary awareness to support the spending plan for the group.

  • Uses DOE to set up and analyze experiments. Able to use SPC data to determine next steps in process trouble shooting.

  • Knowledge in product quality tests and understands product requirements versus specifications.

  • Has knowledge or and understands the RCN system.

  • Understands broader business strategy, and aligns objectives of the group to deliver what is needed from R&D to succeed.

  • Experience leading product development in the building product arena.

  • Knowledge of the development of roofing products.

  • Knowledge of project road mapping.


  • Provides leadership to focus group on objectives and balance work appropriately.

  • Provides clear and timely updates on project developments.

  • Approaches problems in an analytical way.

  • Works well with others – utilizes all resources available to the fullest.

  • Able to establish professional working networks both within the company and with outside entities.

  • Ensures the accurate and timely documentation of all work.

  • Communicates clearly to both R&D management and to subordinates.

  • Provides leadership by example regarding safe work practices.

  • Completes assignments in a timely manner

We are taking a responsible approach to creating environments that allow us to do what we do best – Protect what matters most.

As part of our commitment to health and safety, COVID-19 vaccines are required for all candidates and employees in this position. Proof of vaccination is required. Should you require accommodation for medical or religious needs, GAF will engage in an interactive process with you to determine if a reasonable accommodation can be provided in accordance with applicable state and federal law.

We believe our employees are our greatest resource. We offer competitive salary, benefits, 401k, and vacation packages for all full time permanent positions. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and GAF, SGI, and Siplast are proud to be affirmative action employers. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, or Veteran status. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know. If applying for positions in the U.S., must be eligible to work in the U.S. without need for employer sponsored visa (work permit).

With 130+ years in the industry, GAF is the leading roofing manufacturer in North America. As a member of the Standard Industries family of companies, we are also part of the largest roofing and waterproofing business in the world.

Our communities help give our work meaning and the products we manufacture help protect what matters most. The shingles help to shelter the families living in the homes in our towns. The TPO helps protect what is under that hospital’s roof. In addition to quality products, we make sure they are installed by quality craftsmen and women. The full GAF portfolio of solutions is supported by an extensive national network of factory-certified contractors.

GAF continues to be the leader in quality and offers comprehensive warranty protection on its products and systems. Our success is driven by a commitment to empowering our people to deliver advanced quality and purposeful innovation and the desire to protect what matters most. ​