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Director Chemical Engineering

Busan, South Korea, South Korea

As our Director of Chemical Engineering, you will manage a team of chemical engineers and set team/individual goals that are aligned with department, country, regional, and functional objectives. You will coach and mentor staff as well as plan and collaborate with HR for their individual development. You will make hiring decisions, drive performance management, advise and drive global strategic direction, execute recognition and rewards. You will develop a team structure that facilitates and maximizes individual and team performance. You will lead and inspire the team to develop, innovate and implement progressive chemical initiatives, processes, and standards. 

You will implement defined functional standard protocol and lead chemical engineering work in product creation that will help to elevate product through the use of new chemical technologies and processes. You will oversee assigned chemical engineering related project work to completion, keeping a high level of focus on work which will be applicable and impactful to future commercialization efforts. In collaboration with category development teams, product creation centers, functional technical divisions, and offshore manufacture teams, you will ensure that new product introductions meet schedule with no chemical related issues. You will be an active member of the functional management team working closely with the Partner Manufacturing Engineering Director and the Global Chemical Engineering Director to develop a short and long term agenda for the chemical engineering function in Korea. You will champion new chemical engineering technologies both internally and externally. 

In addition, you will work with Korea development team, regional product team, Nike innovation, and Nike modernization in the development of best practices and implementation of new technologies. You will also lead many chemical initiatives in our effort to modernize factories and make our production more efficient. Nike being a matrix organization, you will collaborate with multiple groups to help execute your objectives. 
Job Requirements
  • Bachelors or Masters in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Polymers, or other related sub-specialty field and minimum of 8-10 years directly relevant work experience
  • Proven experience in strategic planning and application of business initiatives in a technical environment 
  • Footwear experience preferred. Experience in other related industries such as tires, polyurethane, plastics manufacturing, etc. may also be considered. 
  • Strong motivational leadership and team building qualities, preferably in product creation/development and manufacturing environment
  • Possess strong understanding in all facets of product creation to include innovation, design, development, research, engineering, materials, and manufacturing
  • Proficient problem solver with an innate ability to deal with ambiguity 
  • Ability to lead multiple complex projects and prioritize work according to potential impact 
  • Demonstrated skills at leading global teams of highly qualified and specialized individuals with a diverse expertise 
  • Must have strong customer focused, collaborative approach to work and give clear direction to team members and factory partners
  • Effective project and resource management experience with a proactive approach to team specific issues
  • Fast learner and possess a strong work ethic 
  • Ability to travel internationally up to 20% of the time


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