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GAF Senior Research Scientist in Parsippany, New Jersey

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Job Description:

The R&D technology plan for PolyIso development focuses on chemistry and additive technology, structure-property relationships, and assessing improvements/changes to the ISO panel construction that benefits roofing system performance. This position will focus on leading product and technology development in these and future areas, lead transition of products/technology to manufacturing, provide technical direction and strategies for advancing ISO product, process, and technology.

The key focal areas will be:

● Lead new product development for polyiso, including facers, boards, and systems using NPD process

● Fully develop and manage technical schedule for entire project from ideation through scale up to launch, including key tactical items for other functional areas

● Lead major technical initiatives and identify opportunities for developing new products, new process, new technology by working with functional teams to determine strategies

for significant business impact and growth short term and long term

● Self-directed within broad parameters; initiates projects within area of expertise, with approvals from other functional areas

The specific job description/responsibility/requirements are listed as follows.


● Must champion safety

● Lead the organizations’ development of ISO products to provide for long term business

impact and growth

● Identify and take initiative to lead continuous improvement efforts and add new product

lines to existing platforms by working closely with partner companies and key raw material suppliers

● Provide strategic technical direction for major ISO projects, lead major technical

initiatives in collaboration with Operations, Marketing, Purchasing, and Technical Services.

● Use advanced material characterization techniques to establish structure property relationships of materials and final product performance.

● Manage technical business support for current products including raw material

qualification, benchmarking of competitive materials and product/ system testing at external laboratories.

● Develop technical strategies to improve foam performance through the use of innovative chemistry/process

● Publish technical reports and conduct presentations at regular intervals on key projects

● Supervise lab tech for R&D projects

● Provides technical direction for major projects and programs that impact a key product area and technology advancement.

● Required to work with key operations and marketing people to determine tactical objectives.

● Self-directed within broad parameters; initiates projects within area of expertise, with approvals from other functional areas

● Required to fully develop and manage technical schedule for entire project from ideation through scale up to launch, including key tactical items for other functional areas


Level Based Competencies are to be designated based on job level and content.

● Adaptability

● Building Strategic Working Relationships

● Technical/Professional Knowledge & Skills

● Business Acumen

● Planning and Organizing

● Strategic Decision Making

● Communication

Technical knowledge/skills:

Broad based knowledge of industry/market for polyiso roofing products and is regarded as an expert

on trends and technology in that area.

● Knows the use of project planning and product development tools such as stage gate or other planning tools, and defines success criteria.

● Proven experience taking products from the lab, through manufacturing, to commercialization

● Proficient in intellectual property process. Consistently generates Invention Disclosures and is effective at editing patent applications.

● Fosters and supports good research practice amongst.

General knowledge/skills (entry, intermediate, advanced):

● Excellent verbal and written communication skills with strong customer focus

● Excellent organizational and follow up skills with strong attention to detail

● Ability to meet time sensitive deadlines

● Ability to adapt to a changing environment

● Knowledge of company products

● Strong analytical and problem solving skills

● Excellent time management skills

● Strong project management and vendor management skills

● Highly motivated with the ability to work independently

● Demonstrable ability to use advanced statistical tools and design of experiments


● 5+ years technical experience and an MS in a physical science

○ or

● 10+ years relevant experience with a BS in a physical science

○ or

● PhD in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering with minimum 2 years industrial working


Travel Requirements: 20-25%

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. ​