Manage compound development strategy and employ activities for continuous improvements and cost optimization.
Manage compound development projects, cross functional, to fulfill the need of new compounds requirements for OE business.
Manage and coach compound and material specialists, to develop them for future challenges.
Interact with internal and external stakeholders to align consumer needs and Apollo’s resources for compound development.
Translate the demands of product line development into compound development.
Providing support to Product Industrialization/ Plant Technology for process improving and trial of new compounds.
Support Marketing Sales on customer events.
Analyses of material specifications, recipes, patent literature, benchmarking data and other engineering data to develop new compounds.
Analyses of existing mixing and extrusion processes and develop improvements to working methods or operations that will minimize mixing process cycles time, risks, costs and wastage; increase yields and productivity and improve the quality of tire compounds.
Delivers input to the R&D organization on introducing new compounds, adjusting existing mixing processes.
Starts, supports and finishes tire compound improvement initiatives;
Analyses benchmarking results and translates this into detailed compound formulations;
Specifies the input for mixing of trial compounds;
Approves final production compound specifications;
Supervises and validates compound properties design of the first plant trial to the final production.
Master degree or PhD in Chemical Engineering or comparable.
Minimum of 8 years of experience in (OE) compound development and project management.
Strong communication skills.
Fluent in English and preferable in German.