Strategic Initiatives Leader - Project Manager

Date:  Feb 8, 2024

Columbus, OH, US

Company Overview


Grounded by a history that is deeply rooted in innovation, Hexion is a global employer committed to building and protecting the future by producing innovative performance materials.  Our materials are the building blocks for critical industries, including construction, agriculture, energy, automotive, and infrastructure protection. Everywhere you look, you will find our materials and people at work to help customers make products that are stronger, safer, and cleaner. When you work for Hexion, you’ll join a team that is committed to operating safely and with integrity to build a more sustainable future for all, our associates, our customers, and the communities where we live and work. 

Position Overview


The SCS Strategic Initiatives Leader stewards and integrates chemical stream and supply chain economics into both functional and corporate growth initiatives.  Acting as either program lead or subject matter expert, the candidate drives measurable value by translating information into actionable insights, framing growth opportunities for investment alignment, identifying competitive threats, and managing program milestones as part of the extended corporate transformation network. 


The Strategic Initiatives Leader will operate in a quick-paced execution environment and utilize their industry background to navigate the fast/precise continuum.  As such, the ability to leverage global resources and influence without authority are critical functions of this role. 

Job Responsibilities

  • Develop insightful sourcing, logistics, and supply chain evaluations to frame options, KPI’s, and appropriate strategies that drive value 
  • Lead global business initiatives from project scoping through implementation, including critical path, milestone tracking, and stakeholder communications 
  • Assemble and refine a repository of chemical stream insights including process economics and competitive footprints to support procurement strategies and growth initiatives 
  • Leverage and engage corporate analytical, engineering, and technology resources to accelerate project deliverables and decisions, including quick Go/Kill decisions 
  • Partner with the Procurement Team and Supply Chain Leaders to embed value-added insights and tools into standardized SCS processes 
  • Develop strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders 


Required Skills 

  • Ability to quickly synthesize and distill industry data and information into relevant economic drivers and leverage points 
  • Program leadership and skilled at escalating and resolving barriers or milestone gaps to keep on-target 
  • Working knowledge of cost estimation, expected value, capacity utilizations, and optimization techniques 
  • Organic chemistry knowledge  
  • Proficient at navigating the fast/precise continuum and using engineering rules-of-thumb to build cost and decision models 
  • Strong collaboration skills and the ability to build relationships and influence others, at all levels 
  • Meets deadlines and works under pressure, with limited supervision 
  • Maintains confidentiality as required 
  • Travel up to 25%


  • Drives scope development and management 
  • Influences without authority 
  • Comfortable managing raw data and understanding how it fits into the broader picture of the specific analysis being performed 
  • Builds credibility from synthesis, flexibility, and prioritization 
  • Incorporates scenarios and options to frame uncertainty 
  • Creates value by distilling data into industry trends and competitive insights 
  • Develops metrics to track progress towards goals 
  • Demonstrates a sense of personal urgency and energy to achieving results 
  • Leads value creation through the empowerment of others, sharing information, and leveraging knowledge across the organization 
  • Adept at Future Based thinking 

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum Qualifications 

  • 8-10 years relevant combined chemical/industrial economic evaluations and/or advanced education  
  • Demonstrated success leading cross-functional programs in a matrixed environment 
  • Experience developing economic models integrating sourcing, supply chain, trade flow data, and process economics  
  • Strong ability to frame risk/opportunities with progressive levels of detail 
  • Proficiency in working in a fast-paced, complex, dynamic, multicultural business environment 
  • Ability to travel as needed  


Education Requirements 

  • MS/PhD in relevant engineering discipline.  Chemical Engineering preferred 
  • MBA or internal/external consulting a plus 



We are an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender, minority status, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or any characteristic protected by law.


To be considered for this position candidates are required to submit an application for employment through our career site, be at least 18 years of age, willing to take a drug test, submit to a background investigation as part of the selection process, as well as additional periodic background checks as required by the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) or regulations adopted by the department of Homeland Security or other regulatory agencies.


Candidates are required to have unrestricted authorization to work in the United States. 

Nearest Major Market: Columbus
Nearest Secondary Market: Dublin