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Global Technology Director (m/f/d)


The company is one of the world's leading system suppliers of carton packaging
and filling machines for beverages and food.
The company supplies complete systems including both the packaging materials
and the corresponding filling machines.

The company provides general management services tothe group companies.
In 2012 they achieved a turnover of 1,620 million Euro
with more than 4,950 employees in more than 40 countries.

Job description

Reason for the vacancy
  • Internal restructuring

Objectives of the job 
  • The GT Director is responsible for all research, development
    and serial construction activities at currently 4 locations worldwide.

Main tasks 
  • The primary responsibility is to provide leadership within the GT function. 
  • He/she has to ensure that the worldwide R&D and Serial Construction
    activities and projects are aligned with the overall strategy. 
  • The job holder has the responsibility about the complete innovation pipeline -
    meaning milestone achievements, development cost and time to market. 
  • Managing an annual budget of ca. € 46 Mio. In the role of
    Head of Technology Management Team (TMT), he/she steers all Basic Research
    & Platform Development activities, all Innovation & Application Development activities,
    all System Maintenance activities and all Cost Optimization activities that involve
    R&D resources within the company. 

    Especially in role of Head TMT:
  • Integrate, optimize and develop the TMT
  • Ensure that technological developments are anticipated where possible,
    identified, understood and adopted 
  • Take ultimate responsibility for all internal research projects 
  • Ensure that research projects undertaken on behalf of third parties are identified,
    secured, appropriately funded and carried out to the satisfaction of the principals 
  • Ensure that the organization is provided with a high quality intellectual property service 
  • Oversee the inception, production and publication of technical papers etc.
    to support our clients’ positioning as industry experts 
  • Steering applications for public funding of research projects 
  • Broaden and maintain contacts into the academic scientific community
    (including universities, institutes etc.)

Position within the company 
  • Reporting to the Chief Markets and Technology Officer

  • The GT Director has 8 employees reporting directly to him/her and is responsible
    for a team of approx. 200 employees worldwide including a major R&D hub
    (approx. 150 employees) based near Düsseldorf/Germany.
  • Additionally he/she is heading up the Technology Management Team (TMT) which is a crossfunctionally staffed steering and decision platform for all R&D,
    System Maintenance and Cost Optimization projects.
    6 additional employees are reporting functionally to the GT Director.

  • Given, one of the 8 persons reporting directly to him/her

  • Occasionally

Requirements profile

  • University degree in engineering supplemented by advanced professional
    and further educational qualifications.

Professional experiences 
  • The required candidate will be a commercially aware,
    highly technically knowledgeable, people centric manager working within a research
    or advanced engineering function within the broader industrial environment.
  • A special knowledge in material processing industries would be an additional asset.

Special / personal skills 
  • In particular the ideal candidate should bring the following to the position:
  • The ideal candidate will have been “fast-tracked” to a position of authority 
  • He/she will have a track record of driving significant engineering and
    technology innovation and design, including involvement with intellectual property
    and resulting in significant “public stage” appearance 
  • He/she must be able to directly manage an advanced technology team as well as
    influencing and motivating teams via leadership skills 
  • Dynamic, energetic, enthusiastic, motivated
  • Commercially aware: understands the cost structure of customer’s industry
    and is able to react to challenges presented by competitive and alternative products
    with an ability to create a leading edge feature in the products developed. 
  • Ability to build relationships with third parties - customers, research bodies,
    universities, regulatory authorities 
  • Strong leadership skills, able to command respect, communicate vision,
    control, delegate and manage 
  • Internationally minded and aware 
  • Open-minded, creative and imaginative.
    Prepared to think outside the box and challenge the status quo 
  • Persistent, patient and committed. Able to drive a project through to its conclusion

  • German business fluent
  • Englisch business fluent