Granville, Ohio, United States

R&D Director

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Job ID 54038


The Director of Advanced Technologies is accountable for the next generation technology strategy for manufacturing and a roadmap of innovations activities that will deliver technical solutions to support the growth and productivity agenda of Owens Corning’s core business franchises. This position identifies and ensures that we are building the technical competencies needed to achieve a sustainable competitive advantage and meet the needs of our customers and drive productivity in our operations.

The position is also accountable to drive Owens Corning’s strategy, solutions and technology architectures in our Industry 4.0 evolution.  This will include core technologies in measurement & controls, automation & robotics, analytics, reliability, and product portfolios in digital quality, traceability, and asset performance management.  He or she will also work cross functionally across Owens Corning to ensure proper hand-offs between S&T, GIS, business leadership and our plants for the effective deployment of capital and innovative technologies in our operations.  This position will also work with capital delivery and capital sourcing peers in establishing critical technology standards and strategic supplier partnerships to deliver advanced technologies and methods to manufacturing.

Finally, this position is also accountable for utilizing product, process, application, and technical expertise to represent Owens Corning externally at trade and industry associations and regulatory forums to influence the progress of industry codes and standards, customer excitement and interest, and market trends that will affect that business segments’ future.

The position reports to the Vice President of Advanced Manufacturing.


  1. Knowing Our Products and Processes
    • Builds an understanding of the positioning of our products in the marketplace.
    • Understands industry trends and how changes influence new technology demands.
    • Partners with customers and stakeholders to scope new solutions and to translate needs into innovation opportunities.
    • Leverages technology and intellectual property as a competitive weapon for profitability and growth.
    • Provides personal leadership in external forums where business interests are being deliberated and driven.
    • Utilizes ethnographic research tools and rapid prototyping processes (e.g., Lean Startup, Human-Centered Design, and TPM) to identify and understand customer need.

  1. Developing and Executing Technology Strategy
    • Develops a meaningful, actionable, accountable and resilient innovation and growth strategy in alignment with the business strategy.
    • TPM Execution – works with our directors of capital delivery and Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) to lead the deployment of TPM principles globally across OC, including establishing baseline metrics and focused improvement plans as well as a robust Project Retrospective process that integrates our learnings and best practices across all future projects.
    • Automation and Robotics Technologies – builds the team and capability for automation and robotics for the company and establish laboratory examples of robotics that can be scaled to OC operations.
    • Digital Technologies – builds strategies, capabilities and talent to deliver on Industry 4.0 initiatives across the global manufacturing platform, focusing on the technology pillars in measurement & controls, asset performance maintenance, quality, traceability, and complex analytics for manufacturing.
    • Provides technology leadership and direction for the portfolio and develop a point of view on how we leverage assets to support growth in established industries / markets
    • Builds rapport and develops partnerships to work effectively with all levels across the organization including Science & Technology, IT, Operations, and Sustainability.
    • Analyzes external and execution risks and their potential impact on the strategy and business results, and develops a mitigation plan, which addresses the risks with identified actions.
    • Resources and actively manages the innovation pipeline to deliver business results – both top-line and bottom-line.
    • Resources to drive competitive advantage and growth while maintaining a lean cost structure at all levels.
    • Continuously improves and inspires the organization to deliver the strategic objectives and supporting goals.

  1. Process Innovation & New Product Industrialization
    • Leverages Open Innovation and Lean Startup methodologies as a competitive weapon and establishes OC in the market as a preferred partner for technology commercialization.
    • Executes business development initiatives (acquisition, external partnership, intellectual property) to accelerate plan achievement.
    • Develops processes for new products with a focus on automation, mechatronics and digital technologies to advance our capabilities at a rapid MVP (minimum viable product) rate.
    • Establishes clear and appropriate operating authority on critical performance drivers (e.g., joint developments, technology licenses, potential Open Innovation collaborations).

  1. Growing Our People
    • Establishes Lean Startup and TPM methodologies as our culture for doing rapid innovation and early management as a core competency of the organization.
    • Develops and attracts the people required to execute the innovation and growth strategy.
    • Creates an environment that is inclusive and leverages diversity to generate innovative ideas, perspectives and opportunities through the talent of our people.
    • Designs the organization to create strong accountability and development opportunities.
    • Creates an environment where talent is developed through effective performance management and talent evaluation.
    • Effectively creates and fills openings with the appropriate mix of internal promotions and external recruitment to satisfy near-term performance, longer-term succession needs and to ensure the organization has the necessary outstanding talent.
    • Invests in growth and development of direct reports and other identified talent in their organization. Engaged in personal development.
    • Resources to drive competitive advantage and lean cost structure at all levels.  Utilizes “team of teams” concepts to build robust programs with rapid innovation cycles.
    • Moves talent cross functionally as part of committed talent plans.
    • Develops talent through effective performance management, talent evaluation systems, utilization of people, and cross organizational / functional moves.


Experience and Knowledge Requirements:

    • Advanced degree (Master’s or Ph.D.) in science or engineering or is preferred.  A B.S. degree in engineering is required.
    • A strong background in manufacturing processes, technologies, principles and practices is required.
    • Minimum of 10 years of progressive leadership in project implementation, leading teams, and/or implementing technology in a manufacturing environment.
    • Knows industry trends, direction and standards that guide innovative technology offerings, and uses technology and market intelligence to provide strategic recommendations on initiatives to achieve business objectives.
    • Experience in automation, robotics and advanced manufacturing methods and digital technologies (process controls, MES, analytics, and APM)
    • Experience in implementing, driving culture and metrics and coaching teams on the principles of TPM, Lean, and/or Six Sigma
    • Experience in manufacturing operations and management, capital implementation and startup highly desired

About Owens Corning  

Owens Corning is a global leader in insulation, roofing, and fiberglass composite materials. Its insulation products conserve energy and improve acoustics, fire resistance, and air quality in the spaces where people live, work, and play. Its roofing products and systems enhance curb appeal and protect homes and commercial buildings alike. Its fiberglass composites make thousands of products lighter, stronger, and more durable. Owens Corning provides innovative products and solutions that deliver a material difference to its customers and, ultimately, make the world a better place. The business is global in scope, with operations in 33 countries. It is also human in scale, with approximately 20,000 employees cultivating local and longstanding relationships with customers. Based in Toledo, Ohio, USA, the company posted 2018 sales of $7.1 billion. Founded in 1938, it has been a Fortune 500® company for 64 consecutive years. For more information, please visit

A career at Owens Corning offers the ability to enhance your expertise and achieve your personal and professional aspirations. Through it all, we’ll empower you with an environment that encourages open communication and big ideas, competitive pay for your performance, comprehensive benefits, and more opportunities to make your impact.

Owens Corning is an equal opportunity employer.

Please note:Applications must be filled out completely—incomplete applications will not be considered. Resumes are welcome, but are not a substitute for completing the application.

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