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Asset Specialist

Braskem America
Philadelphia, PA 19102
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Job: Asset Specialist

Every day, Braskems 8,000 team members work to improve peoples lives through sustainable solutions in chemistry and plastics.

We pride ourselves on a culture that promotes diversity and inclusivity (D&I) encouraging its team members to be who they are, following the motto: You are free to be you. This mindset adds value to the organization by unlocking untapped potential. Braskem promotes collaborative behaviors that encourage new ideas and different perspectives. As a global organization, Braskem offers competitive employee benefits such as parental leave and educational reimbursement. We strongly encourage people with all different backgrounds and experiences, of all races and ethnicities, abilities, and people from the LGBTQIA+ community, to apply.

Braskem America is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Braskem S.A. headquartered in Philadelphia. The company is the leading producer of polypropylene in the United States, with six production plants located in Texas, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, an Innovation and Technology Center in Pittsburgh, and a new operation in Boston focused on leveraging groundbreaking developments in biotechnology and advanced materials. For more information, visit www.braskem.com/usa.

Department: Product Management

Location: Philadelphia or Pittsburgh

Travel Involved: 10-15%

Job Type: Full-Time


The Asset Specialist will help to optimize and upgrade the US polypropylene product portfolio. Critical activities will include leading product trials, overseeing processes that drive systemic and quality improvements and maintaining key asset profitability metrics. This individual with will work in close coordination with the Product Manager, Sales, Manufacturing, I&T and Supply Chain to manage the US polypropylene assets.

Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Lead trials associated with the asset strategy, serving as a technical liaison between Product Manager and Sales, I&T, Manufacturing, and Supply Chain for new product trials.
  • Lead coordination efforts between US domestic Sales, Product Management, Manufacturing and Supply Chain to optimize the profitability of each asset, focusing on 3+-month time horizon by evaluating new and current business opportunities to optimize profitability, and contribute as a key input to the income projection process for 3+ month timeframe.
  • Lead freight cost optimization efforts working with the domestic Logistics, Supply Chain teams and Product Manager to analyze existing and potential freight costs by product and asset and all critical trade-offs.
  • Lead and coordinate shared activities between Commercial, Product Management, and Manufacturing that drive systemic improvements in product quality.
  • Lead and champion a robust IPAC processes, with a focus on continuous optimization of the US opportunity portfolio and domestic asset profitability along short- and long-term time horizons.
  • Develop, analyze, and maintain asset-product profitability metrics (including product quadrants, asset opportunity contribution margin, breakeven pricing). Serve as subject matter expert on domestic product-asset profitability.
  • Participate in cross-functional teams to support effective domestic supply decisions, as well as global supply teams to drive efficient integrated global supply decisions.
  • Support and propose process and operations changes that drive improvements in the business results and effectiveness. Cultivate a continuous improvement mindset within area of responsibility. Promote and develop supply subject matter expertise for processes and operations.


  • Minimum 3 years of experience in Technical Service or Product Development preferred
  • Minimum of 8 years total work experience
  • Bachelors Degree in Engineering, Supply Chain, or related field
  • Technical knowledge of polypropylene products, process and manufacturing operations.
  • Strong Microsoft skills with a focus on communicating complex ideas to various audiences clearly and simply Excel, PowerPoint, Word
  • Strong analytical skills, including knowledge of polyolefin profitability, financial acumen, business case development, scenario planning, and statistics.
  • Progressive experience in commercial/business, technical, and supply chain roles
  • Demonstrated knowledge in portfolio management skills and techniques.
  • Strong conceptual capacity to prioritize and understand impacts of commercial decisions and strategies
  • Strength in negotiating and persuading team members and leaders to avert conflict, increase productivity, and drive shared ownership of results.
  • Demonstrated excellence in interpersonal skills and relationship.
  • Demonstrated ability to understand and conceptualize business and organizational goals, and challenge the status quo to drive changes required to achieve these goals.
  • Strong critical judgement and independent decision-making.

Preferred Skills, Education, and Experience:

  • MBA preferred

Must be currently eligible to work in the United States without the need for any type of sponsorship.

Posted: 2021-02-16 Expires: 2021-03-20

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