Director Technology and Innovation

GAF   •  

Parsippany, NJ

Industry: Manufacturing


15+ years

Posted 185 days ago

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The R&D group is responsible for identifying and developing technologies that will enable GAF to lead the roofing industry and create a sustainable advantage for the company. The GAF Director of Technology & Innovation role aides that goal by advocating, along with R&D leadership, the identification of technology trends that may impact our industry, and defines and executes a program to bring technologies/partners to GAF to technology/product screening. This position will focus on the leading and development of platform and technology demonstration in targeted areas and deciding go/no go on starting systematic development. This focus on the front end of technology development will include these key focal areas:

  • Lead Open Innovation in areas/technologies that support GAF’s mission
  • Using the front end of innovation process to identify, screen, and reach decisions on opportunities
  • Lead assessment of candidates – technologies and partners – to identify the opportunity, develop a proposal for impact to GAF, and reach a recommendation for a path forward.
  • Spearhead the strategic mapping of core competency for the key product/business areas, or the results of these efforts, and advocate R&D opportunities.
  • Strategic collaboration with the R&D team to identify potential platform technologies and develop the business case.
  • Work with GAF Leadership to develop strategies on how to proceed.
  • Supports technology development for long term sustainable advantage in our selected markets.
  • Become the expert “connector”/networker in R&D
  • The specific job description/responsibility/requirements are listed as follows.


  • Ensure the implement the front end of innovation process to identify and reach decisions on candidate platform and transformation technologies/partners
  • Champion and achieve buy in from R&D leadership for targeted focus areas for scouting and platform technologies.
  • Use the Core Competency approach to map GAF technical strengths (R&D, Manufacturing, Process/Engineering) and share these with the organization.
  • Works on complex goals that require effort to define and organize. Responsible for defining and leading the project to deliver the solution.
  • Effective business acumen. Translates business needs to R&D projects and staff effectively. Can communicate the impact of R&D projects and tools effective to peers in other functional areas. Develop and maintain a network of technology thought leaders and facilitate discussions of GAF staff with this network.
  • Provide regular updates on activities and learnings across the R&D, Operations, and Marketing teams at a schedule agreed upon with R&D leadership
  • Identify and champion opportunities for Open Innovation by providing a concise technical and business overview with potential impacts to the GAF business.
  • StageGate: effectively uses to maximize return of R&D efforts.
  • Business acumen: contributes to tactical discussions in a product area
  • Be the primary interface at Universities with the goal of identifying leading institutions in targeted fields and commissioning specific Research for R&D or evaluating their potential offerings; specifically leading scope definition, budgets, timelines, and IP conditions with the rest of GAF.
  • Champion opportunities for new platform technology development by providing a concise technical and business overview with potential impacts to the GAF business.
  • Prepare invention disclosures.
  • Must champion safety


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
  • Innovation
  • Communication

Technical knowledge/skills

  • Strong business and technical acumen
  • Knowledge of front end of innovation tools and processes
  • Demonstrated success with creating a technology platform or new business development.
  • Demonstrated success in more than one industry. No roofing industry experience strongly preferred.

General knowledge/skills

  • 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
  • Strong innovation and/or networking skills
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Highly motivated with the ability to work independently
  • Strong business acumen and ability to translate technology to potential business impacts
  • Exhibits a curious mind
  • Demonstrated ability to get to the essence of a new concept quickly
  • Demonstrated ability to make things happen—this is an important characteristic
  • Would prefer candidate to be multilingual—not a must


  • 15+ years industrial experience with a Masters in chemistry, chemical engineering, or material science and engineering. Advanced technical degree or PhD strongly preferred.