Posted: 12/12/2018 Category: RG Executive Search Assignment
MARION, NORTH CAROLINA, DECEMBER 12, 2018 – The Ropella Group, the leading Executive Search firm specializing in the chemical, consumer products and technology industries, has launched two new searches on behalf of Coats – North America, who is looking for a Research & Development Engineer and a Product Development Research Scientist to support the company in the growth and development of high-performance products to solve customers’ needs.
Coats is the world’s leading industrial thread manufacturer and a major player in the Americas textiles and craft market. Coats products are part of the fabric of everyday life: from clothing, accessories and furniture to fiber optics. The company aims to deliver innovation, digital solutions and sustainable value to all stakeholders.
In October 2018, Coats opened its first Innovation Hub in Marion, North Carolina. This hub will serve as one of three centers around the world used for collaboration with a range of partners including customers, suppliers, universities and start-ups. The Innovation Hubs will develop pioneering new products and processes in apparel, footwear and performance materials, which encompasses hi-tech products for end uses in automotive, oil and gas, protective wear and telecom.
The Research & Development Engineer and the Product Development Research Scientist will be responsible for the development of new products and associated processes with a primary focus on technologies that are new to Coats.
Research & Development Engineer – This role will be working in the Coats Innovation Hub – America and reporting to the Innovation Director. The R&D Engineer will be an integral team member in the growth and innovation efforts of the North American Cluster. They will be responsible for the development of new products and associated processes or modification of existing products in the Performance Materials and Apparel & Footwear portfolio to meet market and specific customer needs. They will also be responsible for analyzing samples and determining construction and yarn content and translating information into product specifications.
Coats is looking for qualified individuals with 3 to 5 years of relevant work experience, as well a Master’s degree in Material Science or a related field. They will need to demonstrate familiarity with state-of-the-art technologies in textile engineering and manufacturing, yarns and common post-production techniques, such as dyeing and finishing. The R&D Engineer must be able to inform and drive prototype creation on lab-scale / pilot machines in the Innovation Hub, as well as being a highly motivated, self-driven and open-minded individual who is capable of accomplishing tasks and projects in a limited supervision environment.
Product Development Research Scientist – This role will be working in the Coats Innovation Hub – Americas and reporting to the Innovation Director. The Product Development Research Scientist will be an integral team member in the growth and innovation efforts of the North American Cluster. They will be responsible for assisting the Sales team with the review and development of new products including solutions to previously untapped areas, as well as liaising with Manufacturing and Sales/Marketing personnel to ensure that product and process developments progress to successful commercial practice.
Coats is looking for qualified individuals with a Bachelor’s degree in Polymer Science, Material Science, Textile Chemistry or a related field. They will need to demonstrate direct, hands-on experience developing innovative solutions for industry applications using polymer chemistry and surface science. The Product Development Research Scientist must also have experience leading new product development projects of engineered yarns and fabrics, using textile fibers and coatings.
Posted: 11/30/2018 Category: RG Company NewsMiscellaneousRG Public Relation
As a Christian-based company, the Ropella Team is always looking for opportunities to give back to the community. Patrick Ropella, CEO of the Ropella Group, decided to be generally charitable by sponsoring the U12 Knights soccer team through the Gospel Projects Youth Athletic Club (YAC) here in Milton. The Gospel Projects YAC is a Christian organization that receives no local, state, or government financial aid and relies on sponsorships from local businesses.
Throughout the 20-game season, the U12 Knights displayed good sportsmanship and discipline and fought hard to win the title. Mr. Ropella was not the only member of the Ropella Team that decided that they wanted to be apart of the Knights soccer season; James Raffield stepped in as the team’s Head Coach and Scott Schmieder stepped in as one of the two Assistant Coaches. Mr. Ropella and the boys and girls of the U12 Knights excitedly look forward to the next time they are able to work together as a team.
Posted: 11/26/2018 Category: RG Executive Search Assignment
ORLANDO, FLORIDA, November 26, 2018 – The Ropella Group, the leading Executive Search firm specializing in the chemical, consumer products and technology industries, has launched a new search on behalf of Trenchless Crossings, Inc., who is looking for a Business Development Manager who will boost operational capabilities to support growth.
Trenchless Crossings, Inc., a subsidiary of Conor Pacific, provides utility related, guided boring services for Communications, Power and Water/Sewer/Wastewater applications. Trenchless Crossings ensures achievement of objectives through a commitment to on-going education and training and the use of systems designed to produce uniform and superior results.
The Business Development Manager is a key leadership position which will be integral in expanding Trenchless Crossings’ market position by establishing, directing and coordinating both operational and commercial growth activities. They will focus on hunting for new customers to expand the company’s market share, pursuing new underground technologies to expand the application portfolio, boosting operational capabilities to support significant marketplace growth and identifying acquisition opportunities.
Trenchless Crossings is looking for someone who possesses strong technical acumen within the underground infrastructure industry, supported by an understanding of construction and underground risk, operations, and an array of relevant underground technology. The Business Development Manager must have leadership experience and have the ability to dictate their own day-to-day responsibilities in pursuit of broader organizational goals.
Posted: 11/19/2018 Category: RG Executive Search Assignment
LINCOLN, RHODE ISLAND, November 19, 2018 – The Ropella Group, the leading Executive Search firm specializing in the chemical, consumer products and technology industries, has launched a new search on behalf of Lincoln Fine Ingredients, who is looking for an Account Manager to grow the company’s personal care division in the Southeast territory.
Lincoln Fine Ingredients is a manufacturer and a distributor of specialty ingredients with a focus on the personal, cosmetic, biotech/pharmaceutical, food & beverage industries. Lincoln is a technology-driven, innovative leader and remains committed to sustainability, superior customer service and differentiating themselves from competitors in ways that deliver value. They are a member of the Maroon Group, a world class specialty chemical distributor comprised of several regional operating companies and ingredient manufactures.
The Account Manager will have the opportunity to contribute to a well-established, family-run organization and maintain/increase sales of products within the Southeast territory. They will also be responsible for developing solid business relationships with key decision-makers.
The Account Manager must have proven business acumen, negotiation skills, results orientation and persistence. In order to be successful, they must have 5 years of experience in cosmetics/personal care sales and at least a Bachelors’ degree.
Posted: 11/15/2018 Category: RG Executive Search Assignment
LAKELAND, FLORIDA, NOVEMBER 15, 2018 – The Ropella Group, the leading Executive Search firm specializing in the chemical, consumer products and technology industries, has launched a new search on behalf of CarCandy, who is looking for a Sales & Marketing Manager with a strong record of growth to bring innovation in business development and penetrating new markets.
CarCandy, a division of Ultra-Look Corporation is a manufacturer and distributor of everything businesses and consumers need to keep their vehicles looking and smelling like new. They are the most high-profile member of a family-run group of companies which also includes Interstate Chemical Inc. and Southeastern Chemical Industries.
The Sales & Marketing Manager will be a highly visible role, with primary responsibilities in the areas of: providing market insights, sales account planning, current and potential customer management, budgeting, team development, and management of the opportunity pipeline. They will apply the global organizational strategy on a regional level, including planning, directing and coordinating the development and implementation of relevant growth programs.
CarCandy is looking for qualified individuals with at least 10 years of commercial experience in the automotive industry and/or industrial chemicals industry, as well as at least 5 years of leadership experience. They will need to have a demonstrated ability to thrive in an entrepreneurial environment, supported by organizational, time management and analytical skills. The Sales & Marketing Manager must be self-motivated, independent and results-oriented with strong business and financial acumen.
Posted: 11/14/2018 Category: RG Executive Search Placement
GLENDALE HEIGHTS, IL, NOVEMBER 14, 2018 – Congratulations to Frank Magdits, who recently accepted an offer to become Aakash Chemical’s new Business Development Manager.
Frank comes to Aakash Chemical from Pan Technology, where he spent 7 years as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. He has his Bachelor’s in Chemistry from Ramapo College of New Jersey, as well as his MBA in Marketing from Seton Hall University. In his spare time, Frank is an Executive Board member of the Metropolitan New York Coatings Association, an Advisory Board member at Saint Ann's Church, Parsippany, NJ, and an Alumni Advisory Board member for Theoretical & Applied Science, Ramapo College.
Aakash Chemicals has more than 40 years of expertise in pigments and dyes and is diversified into 6 specific product lines. They export to more than 50 countries globally. With products manufactured in the US, India and China, along with integrated coatings, plastics, inks, agriculture and textile laboratories, Aakash Chemicals is a vertically integrated manufacturer of specialty chemicals for colorants, slip additives, and specialty resins. As Business Development Manager, Frank will be responsible for selling Chemicals/Heritage Color water-based organic pigment dispersions to the ink, coatings, agriculture/turf, paper and special applications markets. Frank is responsible for achieving the revenue, volume and margin targets within his territory while focusing on acquiring, penetrating, managing and retaining customers for Aakash Chemical.
Posted: 11/13/2018 Category: RG Executive Search Placement
POTTSTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA, NOVEMBER 13, 2018 – Congratulations to Haixin Yang, who recently accepted an offer to become Valtech’s new Technical Director.
Haixin is an innovative industrial polymeric materials scientist experienced in overseeing the entire product life-cycle, from research through manufacturing and technical support. Over the course of career, he has been awarded 18 U.S. and 30 international patents, and has authored of 25 scientific publications. Haixin comes to Valtech from Heraeus Precious Metals, where he spent 2 years as an R&D Scientist and Project Manager. While with Heraeus, he developed polymer formulations to enable new silver paste product development, as well as new silver conductive thick film paste products. He has also worked as a Principal Investigator for DuPont and a Scientist for Polaroid. He earned his Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry from Queen’s University.
Valtech Corporation is a global manufacturer of high-performance specialty chemical products used in silicon and photovoltaic wafer manufacturing, high-performance cleaning and as components for wire saw pulleys and roller machining. As the Technical Director, Haixin will be a key member of the Adhesives & Polymer business unit, responsible for product development, technical support and strategic leadership.
Posted: 10/31/2018 Category: RG Executive Search Placement
CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA, OCTOBER 31, 2018 – Congratulations to Mike Kutz, who recently accepted an offer to become Clearon’s new Production Leader.
Mike comes to Clearon from Dow Chemical, where he spent 6 years as a Technical Leader and Production Leader. He has his Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering from Penn State University where he was a member of Tau Beta Pi. He is also a Six Sigma Black Belt.
Clearon is a premier world-class manufacturer and distributor of water treatment chemicals used in swimming pools and spas, as well as in residential and industrial markets. As Production Leader, Mike will be responsible for ensuring products are made efficiently, on time, within budget and to standard, as well as for providing leadership and troubleshooting abilities to all personnel. He will serve as the operational beacon for achieving the highest standard of HSE compliance.
Posted: 10/30/2018 Category: RG Executive Search Assignment
FLORHAM PARK, NEW JERSEY, October 30, 2018 – The Ropella Group, the leading Executive Search firm specializing in the chemical, consumer products and technology industries, has launched a new search on behalf of Sino Lion USA, who is looking for a Key Account Manager to support the company through rapid growth.
Sino Lion is a global supplier for specialty cosmetics ingredients, including innovative high-performance polymers, sensory agents and natural active ingredients. While their primary focus is on cosmetics and personal care, they also serve the health food, pharmaceutical and other related industries.
The Key Account Manager will have the opportunity to contribute to a rapidly growing organization, and to be a key player in driving that growth. They will be responsible for hunting for new business opportunities, as well as for growing business within existing customer accounts.
The Key Account Manager will need to be on-site in Florham Park approximately once a week. In order to be successful, they must be highly entrepreneurial with strong self-management skills including time and organizational management. A B.S. in Chemistry or a related technical discipline is required, and an M.B.A. is preferred.
Posted: 10/29/2018 Category: RG Executive Search Placement
LINDEN, NEW JERSEY, October 29, 2018 – Congratulations to Don MacCrimmon, who recently accepted an offer to become Infineum’s new Mechanical Test Engineer.
Don comes to Infineum from Brake Parts, Inc. During his 8-year tenure with Brake Parts, Don served as a Product Engineer and as a Test Engineer in the Research & Development facility, working with automotive friction material composites in both positions. As Product Engineer he focused on formulations, raw materials, processing, performance testing, adhesives, coatings, chemical testing, physical testing, digital imagery, specifications and documentation; as Test Engineer, he analyzed characteristics such as effectiveness, noise, wear, fade, structural integrity and opposing surface compatibility. Prior to his time at Brake Parts, Don was a Graduate Research Assistant at Southern Illinois University, where he earned his M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, with a thesis entitled “Automotive Brake Wear Debris Analysis”. He has his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Bradley University.
Infineum is a leading fuel and lubricant additive manufacturer focused on delivering reliable performance. They were established in January 1999 as a joint venture between ExxonMobil and Shell.
Although Ropella’s initial objective was to find a Powertrain Test Lab Team Leader for Infineum, they located a number of highly qualified professionals that Infineum wanted to bring onto their team, including Shahzeb Sayeedi, who accepted the Powertrain Test Lab Team Leader position, and Jacob Goodale, who accepted an Engineering position. The next step in this fruitful business partnership will be recruiting a Technical Sales Account Manager.