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Wingate Dunross, Inc.         January 30, 2012    
Attention Fellow Engineers, Scientists, HR Execs, and other Readers,
#1)   My new client is developing grid-scale battery energy storage systems (BESS) to satisfy an essential need of the rapidly emerging clean smart grid. A patented breakthrough design enables the client's systems to satisfy the combination of safety, reliability, and cost-effectiveness required for widespread deployment of energy storage throughout the grid's transmission, and distribution networks.


Director/Senior Manager of Supply Chain Management


Location: Sunnyvale, CA

Reports to: Chief Operating Officer


This role is core to the company's operations staff. The Director/Manager of Supply Chain Management will develop and implement client's supply chain strategy.

In the near-term, this position comprises a combination of strategic and hands on work. Key initial responsibilities include supply chain design from raw material procurement to finished goods logistics, sourcing, and product cost modeling to provide inputs to the product development team. Over time, as the scope and quantity of work increases, the incumbent will assemble and lead the team to accomplish these goals as well as to execute all supply chain functions necessary to produce the company's products.


Duties, Roles & Responsibilities:

·         Collaborate with product development team to insure product designs are manufacturable within the company's quality and cost requirements.

·         Establish vendor selection and purchasing processes

·         Prioritize supply chain activities to focus on critical objectives

·         Identify and implement ways to reduce product cost

·         Negotiate and implement contracts with suppliers

·         Design, implement, and manage supply chain systems and processes

·         Collaborate with finance team to forecast costs and other financial metrics

·         Manage suppliers to insure their performance meets company objectives


Compensation:Competitive salary, equity package, and excellent benefits



·         Bachelor's degree in a relevant business discipline (Supply Chain Management, Business Management, Logistics, Operations Management) or engineering discipline (Manufacturing, Industrial)

·         MBA preferred

·         5+ years supply chain experience in a start-up environment

·         5+ years supply chain leadership experience strongly preferred



·         Product Cost Modeling

·         International Sourcing

·         Contract Negotiation

·         Commodity Management

·         Six-sigma & 5S/Lean manufacturing methods

·         Project management

·         Quality management (e.g. ISO 9000)

·         Team management

·         Material planning and procurement

·         Inventory control and management


Personal Characteristics:

·         Ability to collaborate across functional and organizational lines and capable of working with all levels of individuals and cultures

·         Must be effective in teams, both as a leader and follower

·         Excellent communication skills (written, verbal, interpersonal and cross cultural)

·         Entrepreneurial with the ability to work in a fast-paced and changing environment


NOTE: Start-up experience and/or start-up mindset a MUST.


#2) Senior Scientist, Hi-Temp Materials (in Greenville, SC OR Fostoria, OH):


NOTE: Sales for this division have quintupled since 2009, more than doubling yearly. Excellent opportunity for someone who has upstream knowledge of equipment for silicon and/or LEDs (sapphire ingots). Great growth opportunity in a startup business unit of an extremely stable, larger company.


The client is a global corporation with a network of engineering and production facilities strategically located in more than 40 countries around the world, setting the standard for the engineered components industry by developing and manufacturing carbon and graphite materials and shapes with a wide range of properties. For a number of reasons (e.g. low density, chemical variety, chemical and mechanical stability) carbon and graphite are highly promising materials for a wide variety of applications. From an environmental standpoint, carbon materials are of interest as environmentally friendly materials because they are lightweight, have good electrical conductivity, excellent adsorptive capacity, and are biologically inactive.


  • Reporting to the Americas Technology Director: Lead the development of carbon-based materials (technologies, products, processes and development programs) that support business efforts in the Solar Photovoltaic and LED markets.Materials and products include carbon and graphite insulation, hard carbon and graphite.
  • Development and Ownership of a Market Driven Technology Roadmap for the Hi Temp Business. Lead effective, timely execution of the Technology Roadmap.
  • Provide strong leadership, expertise and ownership toward creating strategic intellectual property for the business and be able to successfully instill and "IP culture" across the business..
  • Work directly with the Business General Manager to achieve the rapid growth goals set forth for the business
  • Effectively partner with Global Applications Manager, Product Champions, and the field Sales/Marketing/Application Engineering personnel to ensure that the business provides the best value added products and technical solutions to the customer.
  • Prove global expertise in carbon and graphite materials and systems related to photovoltaic and LED applications. The successful candidate will become globally recognized as a leading technology expert (both within and with external customers) for our materials; demonstrated understanding of the materials, processes, applications, and markets.
  • Develop key customer relationship. Engender customer trust, respect, and confidence via meetings, and solid follow through on development projects involving customers.This includes demonstration of thorough understanding of customer equipment and applications in Solar and LED. Largest portion of customer base is in Asia.
  • Oversee, both directly and through direct/indirect reports, process improvement and product optimization efforts, with a focus of improving operational and material performance by supporting process engineering groups to improve processing, quality, yield, reduce cost; new product development efforts.
  • Build key relationships within the Company at multiple levels.The Company operates across the various sites in the US and overseas. Ability to make effective presentations to company executive management including CEO.
  • Ability to build the technology organization to most effectively execute on technology and business goals


            The successful candidate will have:

  • PhD in chemistry, chemical engineering or materials science with a minimum of ten (10) years experience in a directly related field.
  • citizenship required
  • Strong program and project leadership skills; the expectation will be to lead project efforts across the group with ownership and accountability for projects from initiation through execution and completion.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills through all levels of the organization.
  • Excellent organizational development skills
  • The cultural sensitivity and openness to work with colleagues and customers from Asia, Europe, India and South America.
  • Specific successful experience in similar role and desirable with carbon and graphite materials as related to the above (preferably including Solar applications)
  • Demonstrated successful track record in increasing business value through intellectual property development.
  • Preferred:Solid grounding in implementation of Stage Gate and six-sigma practices in the execution of projects
  • Market/Business Development and Key Account Management experience are a MUST 


#3)  Director of Membrane Research and Development (Wilmington, MA)
This last new client produces a full range of all semi-permeable membrane types and all geometries. These include reverse osmosis (RO), nano filtration (NF), ultrafiltration (UF), and micro filtration (MF). The geometries vary from tubular, to hollow fiber (both flowing from inside to out, and outside to in), and to flat sheet. No company has a more diverse range of membrane products for an even more diverse range of applications.  They currently have over 500 employees and a world-wide reputation.
The principal objective of the membrane development effort is twofold. One is to continuously improve over time the membrane performance consisting of the filtration efficiency, flux flow rates, and the life times in operating service of all the membrane types manufactured by KMS. The second is equally important, and that is to develop adhesives, that in some cases must be customized for the application, which will successfully glue together the membranes and associated components, that in combination make up the element and/or cartridge final product. The adhesives must be long lasting and effective in preventing leaks inside the element or cartridge. The Company has invested heavily over the years in developing state of the art membranes and plans to continue this support for years to come.
Basic and Preferred Qualifications
§ PhD degree required in either chemistry, chemical engineering or polymer science, with a thesis focused on semi-permeable membrane development.
§ Minimum ten years experience in membrane development.
§ A record of successful creation of superior membranes is a must.
§ A working knowledge of the types of adhesives used in the manufacture of membrane elements and cartridges.
§ Supervisory experience in managing R&D engineers and technicians.
§ Capability of working collaboratively with colleagues from other disciplines, such as sales, manufacturing, and business development.
§ Ability to write excellent technical reports and to speak effectively at technical meetings.
§ Willingness to travel minimal amount as needed. 
#4) Analytical Chemist (Los Angeles)

Position Summary:

Work in conjunction with the R&D and Manufacturing Groups by performing day-to-day
analytical measurements, and developing and implementing new analytical methods, as
needed.Ensure the accuracy and precision of all generated data is consistent with its
intended purpose.

Essential Functions:
1. Recommend new instrumentation and methods to resolve challenges in R&D and to
continuously improve quality of products

2. Identify and interface with outside laboratories when analytical methods are required
 that are not in house.

3. Perform day-to-day analytical measurements supporting R&D and Manufacturing
4. Provide general assistance and chemical analysis expertise to R&D and
Manufacturing teams 

5. Perform required maintenance and validation protocols for a variety of instruments
(UV-Vis, FTIR, SEM, etc.) to ensure proper functioning of all analytical instruments 

6. Ability to troubleshoot and repair problems on a variety or analytical instruments
and microscopes 


M.S. or Ph.D. Minimum of 3 years of analytical experience in a laboratory environment for a commercial company with short cycle times for delivering results. Demonstrated excellence in the application of analytical tools (UV-VIS FT-IR, NMR, GC) for quantitative and qualitative analysis. Thorough and demonstrated knowledge of analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry is required.

Excellence and experience in the following areas a plus:

  • Membrane Characterization Methods SEM, TEM, AFM, EDX
  • Water analysis including ICP, ion chromatography, TOC
  • QA/QC
  • SPC, DOE and Statistical Analysis of Laboratory Data

General Skills/Abilities: Proven attention to detail, excellent organization, written and verbal communication skills.Competent in Microsoft office Word, Excel and PowerPoint.  Excellent communication skills in written and spoken English.

IF interested in pursuing any of these excellent opportunities, please respond with a confidential resume and cover letter, addressing which position is the best fit and why.
Best Regards,
Nick Meyler
GM/President, Technology
Wingate Dunross, Inc
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