Director Research and DevelopmentTechnical Services Our direct client located in Oklahoma City, OK has an exciting new position for a Director of Research and Development and Technical Service as a result of growth within the Company. The Director of RD is responsible in the Americas region for the portfolio management of research projects and for Technical Service activities. This position reports to the VP, RD and Technical Service and has reporting responsibilities for employees in the RD division based in the Americas and for this divisionrsquos activities in the laboratories at Oklahoma. The incumbent is responsible for planning and directing all personnel in the Americas, and works with the VP, RD and Technical Service on all aspects of project proposals, strategies, and goals. The incumbent enables and supports close collaboration between the RD and Technical Service group in the Americas with the groups in the rest of the world. This position communicates with plant managers, vice president of sales, marketing, technology managers, operations managers, and external customers on a continual basis. This is a critical role in building positive relationships with each business partner. This position serves as the technical leader to drive the companyrsquos long-term vision to all employees within this division and to the entire organization. Although, this role has direct reports in the Americas region, it is responsible for collaborating with the RD and Technical Service throughout the world to achieve our companyrsquos objectives. Typical job accountabilities List the typical work functions of the job approximately 5 to 8 job accountabilities. (Example Analyzes and evaluates financial performance measures to identify deficiencies between forecasts and actual performance.) bull Demonstrates Visual Felt Leadership in all areas of safety and environmental stewardship. bull Sets strategic direction for the project portfolio, agreeing gate execution targets, resource and budget allocations with Senior Management, Marketing, IBP, and TI. bull Ensures that approved product development projects are progressed efficiently through to full commercialization and that project gates occur on schedule and within scope. bull Maintains and improves RD work processes, promoting a culture of high standards and continuous improvement across Product RD, Applications and Analytical Testing, and Technical Service. bull Identifies new product technology and applications opportunities prepares and defends patents Provides input on intellectual property strategy and on tactical decisions on the management of specific innovations. The realization of this is through the Intellectual Property Committee. bull Develops the technical knowledge base and projectprogram management skills in the RD group through leadership and coaching bull Manages departmental budget and creatively utilizes available resources to ensure completion of the project portfolio. bull Manages approved key academic and technical collaborations with third party institutions and organizations in the Americas that are strategic to RD success. bull Works with Technical Service Managers, Sales, and Marketing to develop technical service strategies for Tronoxrsquos customer base in the Americas. bull Manages the department to collaborate with Sales and Marketing to realize tactical sales needs, through product approvals, product performance communications, and other product related issues. bull Manages the department to collaborate with Manufacturing and Technology Improvement to realize process and product improvements. bull Collaborates with Manufacturing, Marketing, Sales, and SHEQ to establish appropriate product specifications, assist in quality improvement activities, and to address customer complaints that relate to product performance. bull Ensures that Technical Service collaborates with Sales, Customer Service, and Supply Chain, to facilitate the assignment of product batches to sales orders and to control the accumulation of slow moving stock.