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Director, Cold Drink Equipment Engineering

Coca-Cola Company

Atlanta, GA
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Job Title: Director, Cold Drink Equipment Engineering
Job Id: 41684
Location: GA - Atlanta

The Director, Cold Drink Equipment Engineering, leads the global team responsible for research in the areas of cold drink equipment and technologies to drive growth for TCCC. The leader will establish a vision and strategies for breakthrough equipment research, and will develop an external partner network to support the internal team to drive breakthrough, consumer and customer preferred solutions. The leader will also have exceptional business acumen, enabling s/he to operate credibly with senior most operating leaders.
Function Related Activities/Key Responsibilities
• Provide both technical and organizational leadership on delivering key global R&D initiatives and developing a strong pipeline of transformational equipment solutions.
• Accountable for multiple high-profile projects that involve cross-functional teams. Includes the ability to manage large budgets, broad scopes, multiple suppliers and/or team members from partner companies.
• Develop and apply technical knowledge and establish credibility with highly technical audiences in order to build technical relationships that will benefit customers or the Company.
• Engineering Analysis: Apply analytical engineering tools including critical path problem solving, fault tree analysis and root cause failure analysis for the purpose of determining design feasibility and identifying sources of variation from designed performance specifications.
• Collaborate with stakeholders to ensure project progress and maximize value to the System.
• Leverage subject matter expertise across global equipment network and Global Engineering. 
• Design, prototype & assess Cold Drink Equipment technologies and concepts to product and process specifications, as well as develop value chain and economic feasibility analysis for candidate solutions.
• Direct and guide the activities of the Cold Drink Equipment team, including responsibility for team member career development, ensuring optimal use of resources, proactively managing processes and managing the Cold Drink Equipment budget.
Education Requirements: 
M.S. Required, Ph.D. Preferred in Mechanical Engineering or Chemical Engineering.
Related Work Experience:   
• The ideal candidate will have 8+ years of relevant experience, including managerial experience, with a large global or multinational company and/or an organization known for its knowledge and experience in developing world-class business enabling R&D.
• Unique mix of instant professional credibility and personal power, including the ability to establish new projects based on defining and effectively communicating a compelling combination of consumer need, technical solutions and business opportunity.
• Track record of developing and commercializing significant new equipment technologies to solve & drive business objectives.
• Expert knowledge of relevant physical phenomenon, including thermodynamics, and energy & mass transfer.
• Experience effectively positioning technology through all phases of development, from R&D to commercialization with clarity around probability to achieve technical goals.
• Track record of managing and executing strategies across the supply chain to create capabilities for future innovation. Of high importance is the ability to lead internal R&D programs to create & commercialize disruptive technology that leverages SC, and/or secure advantaged technology from suppliers.
• IP and Confidentiality: Experience managing confidentiality, handling agreements, and comfort with advanced patent searching techniques. The ideal candidate will have multiple patents/ applications for commercialized technology. 
Leadership Behaviors: 
Drive Innovation:  Generate new or unique solutions and embrace new ideas that help sustain our business (encompassing everything from continuous improvement to new product and package innovation)
Collaborate with System and Stakeholders:  Develop and leverage relationships with stakeholders to appropriately stretch and impact the System (Company and Bottler)
Act Like an Owner:  Deliver results, creating value for our brands, our System, our customers and key stakeholders
Inspire Others:  Inspire people to deliver our mission and 2020 Vision, demonstrate passion for the business and give people a reason to believe anything is possible
Develop Self and Others:  Develop self and support others’ development to achieve full potential
Growth Behaviors:
Growth Mindset:  Demonstrates Curiosity.  Welcomes failure as a learning opportunity.
Smart Risk:  Makes bold decisions/recommendations
Externally Focused:  Understands the upstream and downstream implications of his/her work.  Tracks and shares external trends, best practices, or ideas.
Performance Driven & Accountable:  Has high performance standards.  Outperforms her/his peers.
Fast/Agile:  Removes barriers to move faster.  Experiments and adapts.  Thrives under pressure and fast pace.
Empowered:  Brings solutions instead of problems.  Challenges the status quo.  Has the courage to take an unpopular stance.
Functional Skills:
Define, Develop and Execute Technical Strategies for Equipment Research & Development: Define, develop, and execute consumer-centric End-to-End technical strategies to drive the categories and brands required to accelerate our transition to a total beverage company. Define, develop and execute processes that enhance the speed, efficiency and quality of R&T work.
Define, Develop and Execute Winning Solutions for Equipment Research & Development: Define, develop, and execute sustainable business and winning technical solutions by leveraging insights, technological opportunitieis, BU/ Bottler capability, business case creation/ validation, technological opportunities, risk assessment and management, leveraging the power of our System and its people. Design, develop, and execute processes that enhance the speed, efficiency, and quality of R&D work.
Design, Develop and Execute Technical Projects for Equipment Research & Development: Design, develop and execute technical projects. Design, develop and execute processes that enhance the speed, efficiency and quality of R&D work.
Technical Project Management for Equipment Research & Development: Establish priorities and lead processes for planning technical work and monitoring progress to achieve desired outcomes. Influence buy-in for strategic project plan from stakeholders and key contributors. Lead and maintain collaborative, proactive communication and ensure appropriate documentation with all involved parties to gauge and manage expectations.
Learning Agility for Equipment Research & Development: A person’s speed to learn. Ability to rapidly study, analyze, and apply new technologies. Ability and willingness to learn from experience and external benchmarking.

Honesty and integrity have always been cornerstone values of The Coca-Cola Company. Our passion for people of integrity mirrors our spirited drive for total quality in our brands. These and other elements allow the company to sustain strategic practices and drive business performance. The Personnel Integrity Assurance Program is another step toward making The Coca-Cola Company the premier workplace. This process includes a pre-employment background investigation that applies to all applicants, employees, and contractors of the company. The scope of this inquiry may cover such elements as education, employment history, a criminal history check, reference checks, and a pre-employment drug screen. Designated countries or sensitive positions within the company may have more stringent standards.

The Coca-Cola Company is the world's largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands and more than 3,800 beverage choices. Led by Coca-Cola, one of the world's most valuable and recognizable brands, our Company portfolio features 20 billion-dollar brands, many of which are available in reduced-, low- or no-calorie options. Our billion-dollar brands include Diet Coke, Coca-Cola Zero, Fanta, Sprite, vitaminwater and Powerade. Through the world's largest beverage distribution system, we are the No. 1 provider of both sparkling and still beverages. More than 1.9 billion servings of our beverages are enjoyed by consumers in more than 200 countries each day. With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our Company is focused on initiatives that reduce our environmental footprint, create a safe, inclusive work environment for our associates, and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate. For more information, visit Coca-Cola Journey at

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.
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