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Associate Director, Associate Engagement


Cincinnati, Ohio 45236
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Company Overview
Michelman is a global developer and manufacturer of environmentally friendly advanced materials for  industry, offering solutions for the coatings, printing & packaging and industrial manufacturing markets. The company’s surface modifiers, additives and polymers are used by leading manufacturers around the world to enhance performance attributes and add value in applications including wood and floor care products, metal and industrial coatings, paints, varnishes, inks, fibers and composites. Michelman is also well-known as an innovator in the development of barrier and functional coatings, as well as digital printing press primers that are used in the production of consumer and industrial packaging and paper products, labels, and commercially printed materials. Michelman serves its customers with production facilities in North America, Europe and Asia, product development and technical service centers in several major global markets, and a worldwide team of highly trained business development personnel.

Position Overview
As a privately held business Michelman has established a unique culture that values people as its source of
sustainable competitive advantage. With over 400 associates around the world it is truly a global business with
aspirations of significant growth over the next few years. To support this growth strategy a major endeavor is
being launched in 2017 to fundamentally revamp the Associate Experience. Several practices will be “clean
sheeted”, including:


  • How individual work priorities are set to align to the corporate priorities
  • How individuals grow their capabilities so they have the knowledge, skills and experiences to be successful
  • How associates will develop and pursue their careers within the company
  • How performance will be assessed and ongoing feedback/coaching provided to every member of the

Michelman team


The CEO is personally sponsoring this important effort, and we have an opportunity available for an Associate Director, Associate Engagement. This position will be located in our Blue Ash, Ohio global headquarters and will report directly to a member of Michelman’s Executive Team.


The Associate Director, Associate Engagement position will:

  • Live our Values & Behaviors
  • Understand the current state of talent development practices across the company
  • Resource the Associate Engagement project team to assist them in successfully completing their work
  • Bring industry best practice thinking to the project to influence their thinking
  • Lead as needed the design and implementation of specific new HR practices
  • Train and coach managers in using the new HR practices
  • Partner closely with the global HR team to support them in implementing the new practices


Position Requirements

  • BA or BS degree, advanced degree desired
  • 5+ year experience in Human Resources Management
  • Demonstrated experience in successfully designing and implementing innovative HR practices, in particular in the Talent Development arena
  • Deep, hands on expertise in process improvement and project management


Personal Attributes

  • Strong interpersonal skills including verbal communication and written communication
  • Building highly effective, collaborative working relationships at all levels in the organization
  • Rapidly building trust with employees
  • Effectively leading change in a small business environment
  • High level of self-determination and self-management (gets things done)
  • Detail oriented, tech savvy, willingness to continually learn and embrace new approaches
  • Bias to action, calmly solves problems, follow-through, doing it yourself as needed
  • Has a high capacity for learning and potential to grow into positions of increased responsibility


Special Requirements
This position will require the ability to travel internationally to visit Michelman’s global locations from time to time.


About Michelman
We are proud of our unique work environment. We pride ourselves in our commitment to our values of integrity, respect, success, curiosity, collaboration and giving. We try to live these values each and every day and encourage our team members to do the same. Our environment encourages and embraces the respectful
sharing of ideas and different opinions, challenging the “status quo” and taking ownership of solving business
challenges. Selected candidate will have a rigorous onboarding experience with a continued commitment to
technical and professional development. We offer an excellent salary, incentive and benefits package in a
progressive, empowered team environment.


No phone calls please. Michelman does not hire individuals who use tobacco products. All candidates will
receive a drug test prior to beginning employment which will include a test for tobacco products.


For more information about Michelman, please visit

Michelman is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans


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