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Product Specialist - Specialty Polymers - 2579 in Houston, TX at Westlake Chemical

Date Posted: 9/17/2017

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Job Description

The Specialty Polymers group is seeking a Product Specialist in the corporate office in Houston to ensure the maximum profitability and growth for Epolene, Specialty LDPE, LLDPE, EMAC, EBAC, and GT - Grafted product lines.  The Specialist would be responsible for effectively managing market growth, development, planning, strategy, and training for these materials.  The Specialist will develop business recommendations for product line improvements, new product development, and acquisitions/diversification.


  • Managing marketing efforts in Specialty Polymers, Epolene, LDPE, LLDPE, EMAC, EBAC, and GT - Grafted product segments.
  • Managing associated business processes including grade slate management, product development process, etc.
  • Developing annual business plan to include sales and market forecasts, key issues, business objectives, alternative strategies, and their implication for profitability, growth, plant capacity research efforts, product and process developments, etc.
  • Managing market research analyses effort to ensure the necessary quantitative and qualitative data for plant expansion, product and market development, diversification and acquisitions are provided.
  • Stewarding business performance vs. plan to identify variations from plans and forecasts in areas such as market growth, competitive activity, sales volume, price and value, product profitability, etc., and implement the necessary action.
  • Collaborating and playing a leadership role with functional groups (Sales, TS&D, Manufacturing, R&D, Logistics, and Customer Service) to ensure align with our strategy and provide high quality sales, marketing, and manufacturing support.
  • Participating in industry associations and develops POV (point of view) on all industry trends, regulatory changes, and competitive strategies/offering.
  • Insuring that contribution margin and manufacturing capability are key determining factors in establishing and maintaining product mix and customer base.
  • Performing additional duties as assigned.
  • Performing the primary thinking encompassed by this job description.
  • Complying with all Company policies and procedures.
  • Fully supporting Company goals of continuous improvement and operational excellence at strategic and tactical levels including reviewing area of responsibility for improvement opportunities to initiate projects or communicate ideas to management as well as active participation on project teams.
  • Any additional responsibilities or tasks as assigned.


  • Knowledge of Specialty Polymers products, markets, competitors, and applications. 
  • Ability to integrate sales, manufacturing, quality and technical requirements to develop a value-added product mix. 
  • Knowledge of extrusion and molding applications and requirements. 
  • Knowledge of market research, programs and systems, and effective selling techniques. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and strong customer relation skills.  
  • Knowledge of computer applications and appropriate business software.


  • BS in Chemical or Polymer Engineering with a minimum of 5 years industry experience. 
  • Commercial and financial analysis skills a big plus. 
  • MBA or like business experienced preferred.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; stand; walk; use hands to touch, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, or crouch.  The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.


The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate as normally based in an office.  Some of the work may be required in the operating units which can require usage of required PPE including safety glasses, hearing protection, etc.  May also result in exposure to outside elements and may require usage of stairs and elevators.  Travel up to 50% including air travel or auto travel.


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