Director of New Products & Innovation

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  • As a leader of New Products and Research & Development team, the Director New Products & Innovation will manage the technical members while facilitating the successful delivery of new product development projects from concept to commercial launch
  • This role reports to the President
  • Working with Sales, Marketing, Manufacturing, Quality & Process Improvement teams to optimize time to market

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide technical direction to the business, R&D and operation partners on concept feasibilities
  • Plan, organize and support production trials
  • Provide directions to optimize formulations, process and specifications to meet process capability, products specifications and environmental strategies
  • Develop specifications for new products for suitability with existing manufacturing systems
  • Maintain ownership and leadership of post-commercialization process through the hand-off process with Quality Assurance and Manufacturing
  • Provide technical guidance to the R&D and operations team on optimizing processing operating guidelines for existing products
  • Provide leadership on cost saving initiatives and raw material selection
  • Provide technical direction for the selection/qualification of alternate raw materials
  • Provide leadership in developing and qualifying new products from overseas manufacturing partners (India, China, Europe)
  • Manage, mentor, and provide career coaching to direct reports and team members
  • This position will require periodic travel in Canada, the USA and Europe

Education and Experience:

  • MSc. /BSc. Chemical Engineering, Process Engineering, Chemistry, or related discipline
  • 10 years of experience in the Coated Fabric industry with previous experience managing technical team
  • 5 years experience leading product development for Automotive OEM’s
  • Working experience with Automotive Quality Management Standard IATF 16949 and ISO 9001
  • Solid knowledge and understanding of polymer science principles in the development of innovative new products
  • Proven knowledge of processing equipment, ingredients process interactions, scale-up and statistical/analytical techniques
  • Proven ability to meet deadlines and operate under tight time constraints with a strong sense of urgency

Key Skills and Competencies:

  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to teach, train, and mentor all staff in an inclusive and constructive manner
  • Maintaining a positive, empathetic, and professional attitude at all times
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize and manage time effectively
  • Demonstrated ability to apply project management fundamentals and tools
  • Strong planning, organizational and analytical skills
  • Proven ability to troubleshoot with successful solutions to fit manufacturing capabilities
  • Strong written and verbal communication, and presentation skills
  • Works well in a team environment, with the ability to build strong relationships across departments
  • Ability to empower and drive diverse teams with critical attention to detail, deadlines, and reporting
  • An entrepreneurial mindset with a desire to support business growth
  • Able to present and communicate effectively with cross-functional peers, senior leaders, and non-product experts on technical and product related topics
  • Have a strategic and innovative mindset and ability to plan and deliver to future product growth roadmaps
  • Leads by example and easily able to collaborate with peers


  • Casual dress
  • Dental care
  • Disability insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Extended health care
  • Life insurance
  • On-site parking
  • Vision care

All Candidates must be able to provide work related references.

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