Purpose & Accountabilities : The Global Commercial Technology Group (PTD/L) within P&T is the technology department of the Shell Global Commercial Business and operates from major Technology hubs and Technical Centers in the US, Europe and Asia/Shanghai. Shell (Shanghai) Technology Limited (SST) is part of Global Commercial Technology network worldwide. The primary focus of the Global Commercial Technology Group is delivery of the agreed R&D and Technical Support programs to the GC business. An important activity within Lubricants Technology is the delivery of the OEM and branded transmission fluid technology programs to help grow the business in B2C and Auto OEMs. Transmission fluid business contributes to more than 1 billion US dollar turnover for Global Commercial business.
The Transmission Fluid Project Leader, a member of the global Transmission Fluid Technology team, plans and delivers the globally agreed and approved R&D and TS projects. They must be delivered on time, on scope and on budget. The responsibility also covers any ad-hoc technical service requests from the business, especially in China, Asian Pacific, Middle East and South Africa region. Additionally, being based on the SST facility, the role will include supporting the efficient running of the SST laboratory and complying with the respective rules and guidelines stated.
This role also includes managing four direct reports as a team lead. The role has responsibilities for coaching, motivating and developing the staff for efficient delivery, operational excellence and their career growth.
Accountabilities: • Plan, execute, review and deliver transmission OEM and branded projects, including development of formulation technology, demonstration of lubricants performance via RtBs, CVPs, demo tools, field trial etc. Effectively cooperate with relevant global/local business teams, legal and CX. • Deliver formulation and product development projects independently by effectively managing the 3rd party technology partner relationships and a multi-functional team of marketing, technology and product management. Maintain good documentation and report records. • Manage product development projects with auto OEMs by building up reliable relationships with customers and account managers through effective communication. Support business to maintain the existing business and win new business. • Work closely with business development management team to support the new business development with Auto OEMs and Auto components OEMs in the respectively clusters. Act as the technology ambassador from Shell side in front of the customer, showcasing Shell’s technology leadership to the prospects and discover/translate the customer’s technical needs/issues into the business opportunities. • Maintain understanding of competitor’s product performance and technology, and ensure that this knowledge is used to shape future product developments and product portfolio strategy. • Work as team leader and assist team members on competence development, coaching, motivating and recognizing the team, and assist GM in delivery of operational excellence and goal zero HSSE performance. • Support delivery of direct report regarding technology needs and resource needs and help remove the barriers in the process of delivery and manage the stakeholders as needed. • Work close with sector marketing and business development team to set up the right driveline fluid business strategy for China clusters and other APMESA clusters, via providing necessary technology input, aligning with the global business strategy. • Support global product management team with regard to the product portfolio maintenance, legal compliance, industrial liaison and supplier security, as well as handling customer compliant. • Lead (more general) development and implementation for PTX Lubricants (and on behalf of PTX Fuels) development of Engineering Partnerships for testing and engineering services within China. Define and implement approach for local engineering collaboration in support of China proximate OEM and customer collaboration (as current model of continually outsourcing to Europe not sustainable) to include testing capacity for PCMO, HDDEO, Industrial and Grease testing.
Skills & Requirements : • Research science or engineering background, chemistry preferred • An PhD degree is highly desirable with 4+ year working experience in lubricants technology, prefer having lab experience • Solid knowledge in Transmission Fluid business and technology: formulation, brand/marketing support, application knowledge and performance claim • Proven team working, inter-personal, networking and communication skills, preferably in a virtual environment • Technical knowledge of lubricant additives as well as base oils • Track record of working with supply chain and/or marketing desirable • Proven record of delivery, with evidence of drive and creativity coupled with a structured and disciplined approach to project management • Familiar with product manufacturing process & quality control techniques • Excellent report writing skills and communication skills • Experience of managing a small team required