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Vice President of CarbonSmart (TM) Products

Company: LanzaTech
Location: Skokie
Posted on: June 8, 2021

Job Description:

Company Overview

Mission-driven LanzaTech is a revolutionary solution to climate change, capturing pollution to clean our skies and oceans and create new high value products for a sustainable future. LanzaTech captures pollution to make fuels and chemicals, including sustainable jet fuel and products you use every day. The technology is like retrofitting a brewery onto an emission source like a steel mill or a landfill site, but instead of using sugars and yeast to make beer, pollution is converted by biology to fuels and chemicals! Imagine a day when your plane is powered by recycled emissions, when your yoga pants started life as pollution from a steel mill. This future is possible using LanzaTech technology.

  • 2021 Biofuels Digest #1 Hottest Company in Renewable Fuels, Chemicals & Biomaterials
  • 2020 Biofuels Digest #3 Best Company to work for in the Advanced Bioeconomy
  • 2020 Fast Company World Changing Company
  • 2020 CNBC #43 on Top 50 Disrupter Companies list
  • 2019 Chicago Innovation Awards Winner
  • 2019 Fortune Magazine - Change the World - Companies to watch
  • 2019 Kirkpatrick Chemical Engineering Achievement Award
  • LanzaTech is committed to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion as part of our mission, culture & core values

This position is open to candidates authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis for any employer. LanzaTech is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.

Vice President of CarbonSmartTM Products

About the Role:

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), as Vice President of CarbonSmart Products you will provide leadership in the commercialization of new CarbonSmart chemical products. Your major responsibilities will include developing the vision, business strategy and execution plan, and building and leading a high-performance team to execute on the business strategy. As a member of the Executive Management Team, you will also have global responsibility for the company and take an active role in leadership across the company with your peers.

In 2020, LanzaTech successfully launched several CarbonSmart products in collaboration with multiple partners. These have included high purity ethanol for use in home cleaning products with Mibelle and Migros, production of ethylene oxide derivatives in partnership with India Glycols Limited and Unilever, and production of polyethylene cosmetic bottles in partnership with L'Oreal and Total. CarbonSmartTM products have quickly garnered high demand due to their use of sustainable feedstocks, strong reductions in emissions, and widespread utility across a variety of markets.

As Vice President of the business, you will be accountable for the P&L for CarbonSmart products. As this business grows rapidly, you will be the driver for growing revenues, development of new solutions and product lines, and optimization of the existing product line. This will include:

  • Establish the vision for LanzaTech's CarbonSmart line based on industry and market knowledge
  • Development of a roadmap to grow the business and ensure profitability for LanzaTech
  • Development of business cases to support the roadmap, including prioritization of efforts and use of a systematic validation of existing prioritization, to align with the market needs
  • Achieving revenue and profit targets
  • Delivering value and high-quality products to partners, brands, and consumers
  • Development of strategic partnerships for purification and conversion of ethanol and next generation products
  • Driving cost optimization efforts and capture value for LanzaTech and end customers
  • Fostering existing customer relationships and growing the customer network
  • Developing a strong marketing plan and materials for promotion and product sales
  • Leading campaigns for ethanol shipment, purification, and conversion globally
  • Advise on IP generation and strategy for new products and processes.
  • Accountability for business development, logistics, project management, customer service, innovation, development, and support of market launch activities.
  • Lead the CarbonSmart team to ensure that projects are executed on time and on budget and meet all functional, specification and process targets.
  • Develop and maintain benchmarked efforts to ensure competitiveness, understanding of trends, and detailed knowledge of competitor products and processes.
  • Communicate clear vision for the group through effective messaging and partnering with other leaders and team members, ensuring technology alignment within company.
  • Develop and maintain workforce with the appropriate mix of business knowledge, project management expertise, and technical skills and competencies.
  • Remain current and aware of changing chemical and consumer trends, regulations and laws which might impact the organization and the business
  • Serve as trusted advisor to other executives and leaders to develop a clear understanding of business needs, ensuring cost-effective delivery of chemicals to meet customer needs.
  • Establish a culture of quality where verification/validation occurs at every step in the product manufacturing processes.
  • Maintain responsibility for the global budget and ensure alignment on spending with business strategy and goals.
  • Partner closely with human resources to develop capabilities through succession planning, organizational assessment, identification of key skill gaps, talent acquisition and talent development strategies linking with business goals.
  • Develop and maintain a People First culture where team members are enabled to take accountability, collaborate cross-functionally, inspire the best in each other, and care for each other

Essential Qualifications:

  • Bachelors or Masters degree in a relevant field
  • MBA or PhD degree a plus
  • Minimum of 15 years of related experience in senior level leadership role preferably in the sustainable chemical industry
  • Demonstrated understanding of the chemical industry, sustainable product markets, and commercialization of new products
  • Demonstrated strong leadership, collaboration, project management, problem-solving, change management and influencing skills
  • Comfortable and well-practiced in leading teams within a global matrix with virtual team relationships
  • Experience in directing and controlling development projects to include planning, defining requirements and budget, negotiating contracts, and project execution
  • Demonstrated and effective communication and relationship building skills at all levels in an organization
  • Demonstrated experience developing patent disclosures, patent strategy, and new process and logistics roadmaps
  • High flexibility with the ability to adapt and grow in a startup environment- patience and diplomacy skills are critical to success
  • Demonstrated strong project management skills to manage diverse, simultaneous projects of varying complexities
  • Entrepreneurial spirit that is flexible, experimental and resourceful
  • Early stage experience in a high growth startup environment is a plus

Keywords: LanzaTech, Skokie , Vice President of CarbonSmart (TM) Products, Other , Skokie, Illinois

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