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GAF Process Research & Development Director in Parsippany, New Jersey

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Job Description:


Reporting to GAF’s VP of Residential R&D, the Process Research & Development Leader for the Residential R&D business unit is a hands-on management role responsible for the development and improvement of manufacturing processes across multiple product lines. As such, s/he will provide the strategic and operational insight to ensure GAF is using the most efficient, effective, and value-added processes appropriate for our business lines. The Process Research & Development Leader is expected to assess and upgrade, as appropriate, the design and operation of the residential manufacturing organizations to reflect the future needs of our customers and our business.


P&L Management & Business Growth

  • Work with executive and senior management partners to refine the vision for the Residential R&D organization and define the overall product strategy from concept to development to manufacturing handoff

  • Drive day-to-day operations and align resources to achieve key business priorities

  • Own, oversee, and participate in, innovative product manufacturing process identification, new technology/approach research, and manufacturing process improvement within the residential sector while collaborating and seeking efficiencies with peers in the commercial sector R&D organization

Business Development & Growth Innovation

  • Develop analyses and materials to support the VP’s efforts to evangelize key principles and strategic themes to guide strategic initiatives, including organic/inorganic growth, annual investment plans, and new manufacturing process approach/technology family directions

  • Indirectly drive positive sales results through direct- and indirect authority over which manufacturing processes are used, and how, and at what level of investment and quality output

Continuous Disruption & Innovation

  • Continue to support the development of the business model ahead of the market

  • Provide expert guidance to all residential functional areas to ensure the appropriate resources are allocated to the improvement of existing manufacturing processes and the development of new processes as needed

  • Support the development of innovative manufacturing approaches using deep technology background to deliver on key product differentiators in the market

  • Refine and maintain efficient and effective manufacturing processes across multiple facilities

Stakeholder Management

  • Regularly report updates to the VP regarding progress on strategic priorities, and drive collaboration where necessary to accelerate progress

  • Inspire with Meaning & Purpose

  • Support the VP’s external efforts as the spokesperson and champion for the residential R&D organization’s priorities

Organizational Transformation & Leadership

  • Attract, retain & develop world-class talent, including making recruitment decisions of a cross-functional team

  • Cultivate a high-performing, agile, one-team culture that is driven by relentless innovation

  • Operate as a “player-coach” to both manage and develop a deep organization talent pool


  • LEADERSHIP in building and growing an organization that supports new business lines

  • PASSION for growing a new company or business line

  • INNOVATION in differentiating product/process offerings

  • EXPERIENCE as a senior leader with broad process development and improvement responsibilities

  • GRIT as a self-motivated and hands-on player, coach, and business operator

  • ACCOUNTABILITY for breakthrough business results

  • COMMUNICATION & COLLABORATION in customer (internal and external) partnerships

  • INFLUENCE with cross-functional teams with, or without, direct authority

  • DILIGENCE in analysis related to manufacturing processes, including technology; market needs; financial analysis; and cost management

  • BREADTH in process innovation and strategy


Required Qualifications

  • Demonstrated ability to manage or contribute to a manufacturing process design/development team

  • Minimum of 5 years as a manufacturing process engineer or manager

  • Has led or supported the hiring of technologists, engineers, and other manufacturing process professionals in narrowly-defined labor markets

  • Demonstrated ability to set and achieve process development, deployment, and improvement goals

  • Expertise in modern durable goods manufacturing processes

  • Proficiency in the use of project and process management tools and systems, particularly those used in large and complex organizations with multiple formal functional areas

  • Demonstrated ability to implement and improve manufacturing processes (polymer-based)

  • Proven ability to define investment, timing, and deliverable requirements

  • Proven ability to set standards for team

  • Proven ability to create or leverage necessary training materials and tools

  • Able to efficiently and effectively leverage available technologies

  • Experience in the residential building supplies industry or a related industry

  • Experience with polymer manufacturing processes

  • Proven track record of running successful projects at scale and/or enhancing the performance and unit cohesion of existing teams of highly skilled employees (as a manager or team leader)

  • Experience in managing corporate stakeholders to keep regular updates on process improvements

  • Ability to develop, communicate, and persuade stakeholders even in the face of extreme skepticism, risk, and uncertainty


No of direct reports: 2-3 initially

No of indirect reports: None initially

Budget Responsibility: <$10M

Travel Requirements: 30%, national within the US

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.