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Business Development Engineer - Technical Polymers Job

Date: Jan 22, 2019

Location: King of Prussia, PA, US

Company: Arkema

Req Id 30448 - Posted 01/22/2019 - Marketing / Business - King of Prussia. Pennsylvania. US


Based at Arkema's Corporate Offices and R&D Center in King of Prussia, PA, the Business Development Engineer supports the elaboration and execution of a business development plan aimed at identifying, developing and commercializing new business opportunities for the Technical polymers business in North America.  He/she manage a portfolio of a few tens of ongoing business opportunities across a maximum of 3 different market segments.  The successful incumbent will possess a strong marketing/commercial and technical skillset and will be expected to undertake actions to understand the market needs, establish the value proposition and support the elaboration and execution of a market development plan.  He/she defines, executes and/or requests the right level of technical service to support his/her activity and proposes new product development projects under Arkema’s stage-gate process.


Specific job activities include (but are not limited to):


Business development activity (North America) - 80%
- Support market development plan elaboration and execution through:
     1) Leads management (generation of contacts identification, cold calls, web leads follow up, etc.)
     2) Customer projects/opportunities follow up
     3) Value chain and competitive environment determination
     4) IP landscape determination and IP filing proposal as appropriate
- Define, execute or request technical service as needed to support the business development activity
- Propose new Product Development projects under Arkema stage-gate process.
- Propose collaborations with Academia, Consulting Consortia or Entrepreneurial free agents
- Identify and propose strategic Partnerships ideas (JDA, JV, acquisitions, etc.)


Marketing / communication activities - 10%
- Trade shows representation
- Write articles, give papers, and attend conferences
- In collaboration with the business and marketing teams: propose and implement branding strategies


Reporting / internal communication and processes - 10%
- Use Arkema CRM system to support and report activity (Call reports, samples/tech service requests etc)
- Write monthly activity reports
- Deliver activity summary presentations to peers and upper management (Project portfolio reviews, sales meetings…)
- Periodically exchange with Global Business and Business development teams to share experiences, information on new developments at global accounts and favor cross fertilization between regions.


Frequent business travel is expected to be upwards of 50% (mainly domestic).



  • Bachelor’s degree in Polymers, Polymer Engineering, Polymer Processing or Materials Science is required; MS or Ph.D is a plus.  MBA is also a plus.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience, including a minimum of 3 years in an R&D /Technical role, preferably in the engineering polymers/thermoplastic industry. Experience in Business Development, Field Marketing, or field Sales is a plus. A significant experience in at least one of the market of focus will be highly regarded.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a multi-disciplinary team
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent listening, communication and negotiating skills.
  • Strong customer focus
  • Detail oriented, with excellent prioritization and follow-up.
  • High level of written and oral (including presentation) competency.
  • Efficient with computer and communication tools (CRMs, usual software (Excel, PowerPoint, etc).
  • Cultural awareness and willingness to travel, possibly globally.

A designer of materials and innovative solutions, Arkema shapes materials and creates new uses that accelerate customer performance. Our balanced business portfolio spans High Performance Materials, Industrial Specialties and Coating Solutions. Our globally recognized brands are ranked among the leaders in the markets we serve. Reporting annual sales of €8.3 billion in 2017, we employ around 20,000 people worldwide and operate in some 55 countries. We are committed to active engagement with all our stakeholders. Our research centers in North America, France and Asia concentrate on advances in bio-based products, new energies, water management, electronic solutions, lightweight materials and design, home efficiency and insulation. 

Arkema Inc.  provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Arkema Inc. complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence.

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