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GAF Oxidation Process Excellence Manager in Naperville, Illinois

Job Description:


At GAF, we cover more than just buildings. We cover each other. Under this roof, you will have the tools and resources you need to grow and develop in your career. You will experience our incredible culture and will be empowered to support your teammates, your customers, and especially your community. Under this roof, we define the future while leading the present through our deep well of experience and our responsibility to the future to drive improvements and innovation in our products. We are GAF. And under this roof, we protect what matters most.

Team or Function Overview

Asphalt Operations produces one of the most critical components that allows our Residential Roofing partners to manufacture the highest quality shingles in the industry, oxidized coating. We are committed to combining best-in-class Materials, Equipment, Processes and Talent to deliver a competitive advantage for GAF Asphalt Coating Supply. Our unwavering goal is to sustain market leading capabilities to produce asphalt coating that meets the ever changing needs of our customers.


The Oxidation Process Excellence Manager provides technical leadership and support to key stakeholders within the asphalt operations, manufacturing and supply chain organizations to improve safety, quality, productivity and reliability of our internal oxidation operations. They will lead and participate on cross-functional teams to develop and achieve strategic business objectives. These initiatives are essential to support both top-line and bottom-line company growth. This person will be responsible for the identification and deployment of improvement opportunities across asphalt operations as well as ensuring the continued safe and reliable operation of our oxidation assets. The successful candidate will be the subject matter expert (SME) for our oxidation processes and will provide direction, coaching, leadership, and mentoring to our engineers and other support disciplines.

Essential Duties

  • Makerecommendationsforprocessandequipmentchanges,includingprocess redesign and business case development as needed.

  • Work with key stakeholders to solve operational problems and improve consistency of operations across asphalt oxidation plants.

  • Utilize analytical tools (Wonderware, Braincube, etc.) to analyze operations inputs and identify opportunities for improvement (quality, efficiency, reliability, cost, etc.)..

  • Monitor and analyze asphalt data by operating site to help improve downstream shingle quality.

  • Work with the asphalt operations team and plants to develop, adopt and implement best practices across all Asphalt Oxidation Plants to improve safety, quality, productivity and flexibility.

  • Drive consistency and optimization of finished coating properties through the deployment of equipment and process improvements.

  • Benchmark industry leading process and equipment standards and deploy across the network.

  • Primary technical resource for process technical knowledge. Participate in plant problem solving and debottlenecking efforts. Provide technical and operations support (remote or on site) for the oxidation plants as needed.

  • Participate in HAZOP analysis and lead required process changes and new equipment introductions resulting from this analysis.

  • Support capital project process design, scope development, justification and cost estimating for strategic asphalt projects. Provide input into the development of project scope and design.

  • Recommend capital projects in an effort to systematically improve the performance of the manufacturing process with new or modified equipment which will improve cost and quality. Assist with project justification and implementation as needed; track performance.

Physical Demands

  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Frequent sitting, walking and standing; occasional climbing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling and balancing.

  • Oral and auditory capacity enabling interpersonal communication as well as communication through automated devices such as the telephone.

  • Required to sit, stand, walk and use hands to grasp, handle or feel objects, tools and product samples.

  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

  • Must have the ability to differentiate colors precisely.

  • Required to reach with hands and arms and stoop, kneel or crouch.

  • Ability to perform detailed testing processes in various process conditions.

  • Frequent use of eye, hand and finger coordination enabling the use of manufacturing equipment and machinery.

  • Abilitytoreadandconcentrateviacomputerdataentrytypingandproofreading.

  • Ability to lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally up to 50 pounds.

Under This Roof, We Require

  • A BS Engineering (Mechanical, Electrical, or Chemical with Mechanical preferred)

  • Minimum of 10 years of demonstrated detailed technical and operations skills in refinery or chemical processing manufacturing

  • Demonstrated ability in applying Lean Manufacturing concepts, practices & procedures with proven quantifiable results.

  • Analytical Troubleshooting Techniques, Statistical analysis – Six Sigma Methodology, Quality Process Improvement principles

  • Demonstrated ability to work with and provide expertise in maintenance, operations, and process.

  • Demonstrated safety leadership skills.

  • Must be legally authorized to work in the U.S., without current or future requirement for sponsorship of an employment-based visa status

  • Minimum travel requirement of 50%-60%

Under This Roof, We Also Value

  • Excellentcommunicationskills:written,verbal,andlistening.

  • Demonstrated advanced proficiency in Google Suite applications.

  • Excellent planning and organizational skills including the ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously and achieve results.

  • Demonstrated skill in problem-solving, statistical expertise, and leading problem-solving teams.

  • Proven ability to influence network-wide decision-making at the plant operations level.

  • Ability to make project adjustments and alterations promptly and efficiently and maintain flexibility.

  • Results-oriented,high energy, credible, honest, self-motivated person.

How We Protect What Matters Most

  • Weofferawiderangeofhealthinsuranceoptionsthatincludemedical,dental,and vision for you and your family.

  • Our Family-Building benefits support the many different journeys to fertility and parenthood.

  • Our robust 401K plan includes an employer match contribution with your pre-tax and/or Roth contributions.

  • Other exciting programs and perks are available to help employees achieve work-life balance, including (but not limited to) a wellness program, free financial coaching, a referral program, and product rebates when purchased for an employee’s primary residence.

  • Professional growth and development are very important to us! We offer internal training programs and courses, as well as a generous tuition reimbursement program.

  • We put diversity and inclusion into action with our Employee Resource Groups, which unite employees based on common perspectives, identities, demographic factors, or out of a desire to be an ally.

GAF complies with federal, state, and local disability laws and makes reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities. If a reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact HR Services at 833-HR-XPERT.

  • TravelRequirements:50-60%**

    • Candidate must live within commuting distance of the following locations: Tampa, FL, Savannah, GA, Dallas, TX, Minneapolis, MN, Michigan City, IN, or Mount Vernon, IN.

Consideration will be given based on geography, candidate experience, and qualifications.

Annual Salary Range: 117,000-149,500

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).

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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. ​