Director, Global Smelting Technology Location Flexible

  • 8-10 Year
  • Portneuf
  •   Posted On: October 16, 2018
  •   Skills:  Analytical Ability, Communication, Decision Making, Turbo Machinery CFD

Job Overview

Roles & Responsibilities

Major activities:

Maintain an evergreen view of relevant macro-economic trends, technological and manufacturing advancements, and operational headwinds. 

Benchmark Alcoa’s competition.

Develop and maintain an innovation pipeline of projects to most effectively address opportunities and headwinds.

Champion standardized process for innovation management (stage gate).

Structure R&D work and resources to meet KPI’s and business targets.

Build and maintain governance models with key stakeholders to ensure sponsorship and alignment of resources and portfolio direction.

Develop talent in the R&D team to ensure robust pipeline of experts in Alcoa’s smelting core competencies.

Develop and maintain relationships with leadership at Alcoa smelting facilities.

Develop and maintain relationships with external innovation sources (universities, government labs) to extend Alcoa’s innovation capabilities.

Pursue continuous learning consistent with the movement of the job requirements and technology changes.


Master’s Degree in engineering, or metallurgy (Ph.D. preferred) 

MBA desirable

Must have practical experience of a minimum of 8-10 years

Must have demonstrated management experience of at least 5 years.

Preferred Qualifications:

Functional knowledge in at least one of the key technical areas in smelting (carbon materials, CFD modeling, electrochemistry, process controls) 

Strategic orientation

Customer/stakeholder focused

Strong relationship builder; collaborative including working in cross functional and virtual teams

Engages and inspires while embracing diversity of thinking and broad global perspectives.

Embraces and preservers through ambiguity and change

Advocates for end-to-end experiences, data-motivated decision-making and improvements that help us evolve our work process

Strong analytical skills with the ability to collect, organize, evaluate, and disseminate significant amounts of information with attention to detail and accuracy

Strong communication skills

Travel requirements: Expect to travel around 40% of time.

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