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Lead Product Owner

  • Location: Austria, Linz or Schwechat
  • Type: Permanent
  • Application Deadline: 15/12/2017
  • Hours: Full-time

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We are currently looking for a Lead Product Owner with the focus on Polyolefin Compounds.

Role purpose

As a Lead Product Owner you will be responsible for the technical and commercial management of a defined grade portfolio used in various applications. The role holder acts as a strong networker within the production locations, the commercial/innovation organisation and others, to ensure that his / her commercial products meet customers’ current needs and future expectations.  

As Lead Product Owner you will secure and support running business by:

  • Cost & Complexity optimization of the defined product portfolio and definition of improvement actions.
  • Setting the general quality standards for commercial products.
  • Providing technical support in customer and supplier Quality audits.
  • Providing technical expertise internally; e.g. for trouble shooting in production, value chain marketing projects, as well as for external presentations and industrial state-of-the-art training of internal engineers.
  • Support in solving complex customer problems by giving technical expertise.
  • Leading technical investigations and deciding on justification of critical & complex product claims.
  • Identification and implementation of incremental product modifications to improve product performance, reduce product cost, improve product quality or change asset source.
  • Identifying and supporting the development of new applications for existing grades.

Additionally this role contributes to ensure the current and future product portfolio by

  • Proactive contribution to product portfolio optimisation.
  • Leading technical implementation of new products & production technology enhancements.
  • Proposing and evaluating ideas and running technical pre-studies for defined market needs.
  • Contributing and influencing IPR strategy in relevant area.
  • Additionally the role holder can act as Innovation Project team member for step change projects, when requested.
  • Translating customer and application needs and related product requirements into product / process specifications.


Area of responsibility

  • Product Ownership (e.g. contribute to cost & complexity optimization of defined product portfolio and define improvement actions, ownership of Internal / External Product Specifications, ensuring legal compliance, support of strategic sourcing)
  • Product ownership & production technology (e.g. exploring capabilities and limitations of own products, providing evidence for technical justification of product claims, contribution to reduction of NP by keeping product quality & consistency)
  • Product modifications and application development (e.g. leading technical part of product modifications to upgrade existing products, translating customer / application needs into product requirements /specifications)
  • Product / process development and IPR (e.g. participating on request in IP innovation projects driven by PDO, leading product related test run preparations and execution for new products)
  • HSE&Q (e.g. securing HSE checks for test runs and new products, contributing to overall HSE&Q performance, ensuring high HSE&Q standards are kept).
  • Leading product management initiatives and TBW project teams.


Knowledge, skills and experience

  • MSc or equivalent in technical discipline and 5+ years of experience, or PhD and 2+ years of experience
  • Basic knowledge in a field of polymer science and / or engineering.
  • Mastering the English language at technical level orally and in written.
  • Excellent general knowledge of materials, application, manufacturing, chemistry, physics, modelling, and / or processing.
  • Excellent product formulation – property – application relation knowledge.
  • Excellent knowledge in polymer production technologies.
  • Excellent knowledge of additives / ingredients functionality, availability, cost and quality.
  • Good IT-skills, including MS Office, SAP, Clarity etc.
  • Good understanding on commercial implication of technical solutions.
  • Creativity and new route thinking.
  • Recognised within own group for unique technical expertise in his/her subject area


Behavioural competences

  • Lives and promotes Borealis values Respect, Responsibility, Exceed, Nimblicity
  • Effective interpersonal relationship skills and knowledge sharing.
  • Effective coaching and feedback skills.
  • Good team leadership skills, capable of independently leading smaller project teams.
  • Good proficiency in providing coaching & feedback.
  • Effective communication and presentation skills (internally and externally).


Other information

  • Duration of this assignment: this is a permanent position.
  • The role reports to Manager Product Management Compound.
  • Location: the position can be either located in Linz or Schwechat.


For more detailed information please contact Manfred Kirchberger, Manager Product Management Compound (+43 664 453 69 24).

We offer a competitive compensation based on the collective labour agreement, reflecting your competencies and experience, starting at EUR 57.321,74 annual gross salary. In addition, we offer a yearly bonus and a voluntary company pension plan.

If you are interested in this position, please apply online and attach your CV.

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+43 732 6914 3838
Jutta Klein