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GAF Senior Process R&D Engineer - Asphalt in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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Job Description:

As North America’s largest roofing manufacturer, we’re always seeking new talent that can help drive innovation, inspire collaboration, and spur creativity. And we can’t do it without people like you! Join us as we aspire to new heights and build out a world-class R&D organization for our Residential Roofing division.

We are investing in the future with ambitious plans for growth, and as always, GAF will invest in your future too. No one else can bring to the table (or roof!) exactly what you can, so we invest in our employees with competitive benefits, career development opportunities, and recognition programs so that our people thrive in the same way our business does.


Reporting to the Sr. Director of Process Research and Development, the Senior Process R&D Engineer will be responsible for developing and delivering process technology innovations to meet our sustainability and profitability goals. This individual will lead and support scouting, scale-up and commercialization of new products, new processes, and new technologies. Working with internal and external partners, s/he will help build the innovation pipeline and develop next generation products and processes to drive profitable growth.

This position is a hands-on individual contributor, who will collaborate with multidisciplinary project teams to drive R&D programs working closely with new product development scientists, business representatives, process services engineers and operations teams.

The successful candidate will also be responsible for contributing to the culture and growth of the organization through mentorship and strategic input to the organizational design.

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Lead and support project teams in process development from scouting to scale-up to commercial scale. accelerating growth and sustainability initiatives within GAF

  • Identify opportunities and gaps in existing manufacturing processes and generate ideas to enhance the portfolio of enabling technologies

  • Develop project proposals and present to leadership for approval to obtain resources (internal, external, equipment, plant trial time, etc.) to drive progress and success for development programs

  • Balance multiple priorities to deliver maximum results

  • Design and perform experiments

  • Lead trials with internal and external partners

  • Document and communicate learnings and best practices to internal and external partners

  • Support safe operating practices

  • Collaborate with peers in the commercial R&D organization to leverage technologies and best practices for process and product development

  • Drive day-to-day execution of programs and align resources to achieve key business priorities

  • Observe and evaluate technology trends and build up an excellent network internally and externally

  • Explore external innovation (academia, start-ups, etc.) and scout new disruptive technologies

  • Contribute to a thriving organization through mentoring, coaching and collaboration

  • Support a healthy organizational renewal process by participating in recruitment

  • Lead teams and influence the organization with passion for the mission and vision of GAF

  • Be a champion for the GAF culture.


  • Leadership of teams and projects through influence, mentoring and collaboration

  • Passion for new products, new technology and new business

  • Creative mindset championing the new and disruptive ideas

  • Results Orientation

  • Risk Taking

  • Analytical Thinking and Decision-Making

  • Technical Expertise

  • Agile and Adaptable

  • Customer / Market Focus


Required Qualifications

  • Minimum BS in Engineering (Mechanical or Chemical Engineering Preferred) or PhD in Material Science with 5 or more years experience in process research and development or process design

  • 5+ years of hands-on experience in Manufacturing, Process R&D, or Product Development R&D, preferably in a high volume, continuous manufacturing environment

  • 3+ years’ experience in project management and leadership of diverse project teams

  • Strong oral and written communication and presentation skills are required

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong process engineering background preferably in asphalt shingle manufacturing, large scale coating operations, nonwovens or films processing or alternatively in a closely related industry

  • Experience in the residential building supplies industry or a related industry

  • Experience with liquid and solids material handling equipment

  • Demonstrated ability to implement and improve manufacturing processes

  • Proven ability to define investment, timing, and deliverable requirements

  • Proven ability to set standards for team

  • Able to efficiently and effectively leverage available technologies

  • Familiarity with sensors, instrumentation and controls used in the process industry

  • Experience with material properties, analytical techniques to measure properties, critical process parameters affecting microstructure and performance

  • Demonstrated experience in process optimization, lean manufacturing and/or in structured problem-solving techniques to include Agile and Scrum methodologies

  • Strong background in statistical methods and control charts

  • Experience with data analysis to include the ability to manipulate data using statistical, excel, or other software to extract meaningful information from data and to translate technical data into a format to be communicated and used by a broad employee population

  • Strong working knowledge of project management processes and systems

  • Experience in managing outside contractors to safely and efficiently implement projects

  • CAD experience

  • Proficiency in mechanical, electrical or pneumatic systems

  • Experience with process hazard analysis


No of direct reports: None

No of indirect reports: Shared responsibility for defined project team performance

Budget Responsibility: TBD

Travel Requirements: 30%, national within US

We believe our employees are our greatest resource. We offer competitive salary, benefits, 401k, and vacation packages for all full time permanent positions. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and GAF, Standard Logistics, SGI, and Siplast are proud to be affirmative action employers. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, or Veteran status. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know. If applying for positions in the U.S., must be eligible to work in the U.S. without need for employer sponsored visa (work permit).

With 130+ years in the industry, GAF is the leading roofing manufacturer in North America. As a member of the Standard Industries family of companies, we are also part of the largest roofing and waterproofing business in the world.

Our communities help give our work meaning and the products we manufacture help protect what matters most. The shingles help to shelter the families living in the homes in our towns. The TPO helps protect what is under that hospital’s roof. In addition to quality products, we make sure they are installed by quality craftsmen and women. The full GAF portfolio of solutions is supported by an extensive national network of factory-certified contractors.

GAF continues to be the leader in quality and offers comprehensive warranty protection on its products and systems. Our success is driven by a commitment to empowering our people to deliver advanced quality and purposeful innovation and the desire to protect what matters most. ​