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Research & Turf Innovation Director

Company: Shaw Industries Group, Inc.
Location: Calhoun
Posted on: February 25, 2021

Job Description:

Shaw Plant DY, 185 South Industrial Blvd, Calhoun, GA 30701 USA Job TitleResearch & Turf Innovation Director Position Overview Lead innovation and market-focused Research & Development efforts on all turf products and systems, with emphasis on, but not exclusive to, athletic turf. Lead all product innovation initiatives and technical platform development for the Turf Business. Successfully execute the commercialization of new products with a focus on turf systems. Maintain broad knowledge of emerging product trends and customer requirements. Provide technical support to the turf sales, marketing, operations and manufacturing teams. Serve as the corporate technical expert regarding the design, performance and manufacturing of turf systems.
-- Responsibilities: Lead the technical development of turf systems for sports, golf, landscape, and other
applications with clear business objectives Initiate, plan, coordinate, and expedite turf surface research: Define research priorities in alignment with the business' vision and plan; --Assess internal expertise and infrastructure for research completion; Leverage internal and external collaboration, support, and partnerships to accomplish research goals. Understanding the impact of biomechanics and kinesiology on the athlete and surface interaction. Drive turf development projects from concept to completion. Develop and manage new products and product concepts using existing and emerging technologies. Utilize internal manufacturing capabilities and/or external partnerships as needed Advise Shaw legal department regarding product features and manufacturing processes, as well as, technical assistance with strategic agreements. Use Intellectual Property (IP) as a strategic advantage for Shaw. Research patents for
workarounds, potential licensing or new business opportunities. Prepare and review information for patent applications. Partner with Legal to drive a culture that seeks to use patents as protection for the company. Gather technical knowledge on turf systems, materials, and manufacturing processes related to turf. Collaborate with the appropriate groups (Manufacturing, CIM, Fibers, and others) to advance product offerings in alignment with business' vision and priorities, including field research, market analysis, technical development and quality assurance; Serve as liaison between Shaw and external groups such as the NFL, FIFA, ASTM, STC, A&E community, and others to advance the industry while protecting Shaw's best interests. Coordinate research activities and collaborate with external groups such as NFL, MBL, FIFA, NCAA to improve the overall platform performance while protecting Shaw's IP. Participate and assist Shaw's legal department with technical assistance as needed Collaborate with the industry to develop and validate relevant testing protocols to the
appropriate turf segment. Develop and maintain working relationships with appropriate universities and external entities. Utilize their available resources when advantageous to Shaw. Reasoning or analytical ability, changing tasks, prioritizing, writing/reading, decision making ability, ability to distinguish colors, technical writing, public speaking, good judgment in sharing sensitive information. --Support the sales, operations and marketing teams with technical assistance as needed. Work collaboratively with Corporate Sourcing to ensure raw materials supply is adequate and vendor relationships remain viable for Shaw. Maintain qualified second source suppliers to provide flexibility during supply contract negotiations. Ability to exercise good judgment by keeping confidential information confidential. Lead the turf technical managers and broader technical team, generating a strategy for the turf innovation pipeline, and support plan for marketing, operations, and sales; Provide technical leadership for other employees/teams outside of Technical Development to complete projects and initiatives. Provide development project updates on a weekly/monthly or as needed basis. Prepare and deliver presentations for senior management on projects both new development and capital project requests. Assist sales/marketing groups by teaching technical classes at various markets/sales meetings when necessary. Direct the drafting of legal agreements between Shaw and outside vendors, new patent applications, and needed trademarks for marketing purposes. Attend events, including but not exclusive to athletic turf symposiums and conferences, manufacturing and materials' meetings, Vendor/Supplier meetings and tours, and others to foster business growth and innovation; Assist sales and marketing groups to develop marketing plans and advertising for new feature launches and maintenance for life of feature. Assist or lead facility tours to promote Shaw to customers, employees, and vendors Demonstrate Strategic Influence Drive Results Lead Change Coach and Develop Others Exercise Business Acumen Demonstrate Customer Orientation Requirements: B.S. Degree in a technical field is required, with a Ph.D. degree preferred plus minimum 5 years of experience in the sports turf industry - Landscape, golf, and sports turf experience required; Ability to use and demonstrate strong business acumen; Strong background in cross-functional collaborative work Knowledge of computer software including but not limited to Word Processing, spreadsheets, statistical and graphics packages Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of personnel in a large variety of disciplines both inside and outside Shaw Must be able to walk through manufacturing facilities and on fields Must be able to lift and carry samples weighing up to 30 lbs from location to location Must be able to travel as needed both domestic and international Climb stairs needed to observe manufacturing and installation trials Work Shift Shaw is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to providing a workplace free of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. It is our policy to recruit, hire, train, and promote individuals in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status, gender identity, or any other legally protected status. Posted 5 Days Ago Full time R-059716 About Us As we continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), we might determine the need to postpone in-person interviews to ensure the health and safety of our associates, candidates, and the community. In this case, we can accommodate with a phone or video interview, and will schedule an in-person interview for a later date. The method by which you interview does not impact your standing as a candidate for this position. Shaw Industries Group, Inc. is more than a flooring company - we are 22,000 people united in our vision of creating a better future for our customers, for our people, for our community and for our company. We provide carpet, resilient, hardwood, tile & stone, laminate, synthetic turf and other specialty items for residential and commercial markets worldwide. We meet diverse customer needs through an expansive portfolio of brands, including: Anderson Tuftex , COREtec , Patcraft , Philadelphia Commercial, Shaw Contract, Shaw Floors, Shaw Hospitality, Shaw Sports Turf, Southwest Greens, USFloors and more.
Headquartered in Dalton, Georgia, Shaw is a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway with nearly $6 billion in annual revenue and representation throughout the U.S., as well as in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, France, Great Britain, India, Mexico, Scotland, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates. For more information about our company brands, operations and community involvement, visit-- . If you need any additional assistance or accommodation or have questions, please contact us at--

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