Location: Charlotte NC USA


Job Description


Senior Director – Lithium Advanced Extraction Technologies Platform Leader

Role Summary

The Platform Leader will drive alignment and execution of an integrated strategy to accelerate Albemarle’s development, piloting, and commercialization of advanced direct lithium extraction (DLE) technologies. They will work across Albemarle functions and bridge organizational expertise to align priorities, build & focus resources (people & facilities), and speed DLE activities. Simultaneously, they will work externally to expand collaborations, establish new & deepen existing partnerships, and coordinate DLE investments.


This role will be part of the Lithium Technology organization reporting to the Chief Technology Officer with close working partnership with the Lithium Chief Operations Officer and our Process Technologies and Process Development teams. Furthermore, the role responsibilities will bridge across business both our Energy Storage and Specialties business units.  The position will operate from our Charlotte, NC headquarters.


Key Responsibilities & Functions

  • Build & lead an integrated DLE platform that combines lithium resource growth objectives with leading edge chemistry & chemical process technologies
  • Collaborate across technology teams to evaluate, pilot, scale and adopt the best advanced technologies
  • Develop and mature metrics for assessing, ranking, and making tradeoff assessments related to technical performance, economics, and sustainability, tailoring analyses for local projects and specific technology pathways
  • Perform economic & business case analysis of DLE technologies and project scale economics (in collaboration with Resources, Engineering, Process Technologies, Extraction Technologies, Finance, M&A, etc.)
  • Leverage existing and extend new investment mechanisms with third party technology suppliers to enable evaluation and potential scale-up through to full deployment
  • Identify M&A and JV opportunities for DLE platform drawing up input from Resources, Technology, Process Technologies, Corporate M&A and Engineering teams
  • Nurture portfolio of early stage high-risk/reward DLE technology investments
  • Establish platform operational mechanisms including stakeholder input/management; establish Objectives & Key Results (OKRs) and track progress; lead communication & progress reviews
  • Drive DLE platform efforts through stage-gate process for evaluating and maturing pilots into projects into plants leveraging Albemarle’s Project Process
  • Own long-range planning with integration into the business planning processes including investment & resource needs.



  • Ability to think critically and strategically
  • Ability to distill and effectively communicate complexity
  • Ability to collaborate and influence across multiple functions
  • Ability to build relationships both internal and external to the organization
  • Advocate for a diverse, equitable and inclusive work environment
  • Strong business and technical acumen
  • Strong problem solving and analysis skills
  • Strong sense of business ethics, integrity, confidentiality, sensitivity
  • Must be comfortable in a diverse, fast-paced environment, with rapidly changing priorities
  • General technical knowledge of chemical industry and DLE technologies
  • Support sustainability and government advocacy inherent to our global growth agenda


Required Education and Experience

  • Minimum B.S. degree in Chemistry, Engineering, or Science related field
  • 15+ years of technical leadership experience, including scaleup and commercialization of new products and processes
  • Experience working in chemicals, energy storage and/or automotive technologies
  • Strong organizational management and financial modeling skills
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills


Preferred Education and Experience

  • Advanced degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Science, Engineering, or related field
  • Experience in Energy Storage and/or Lithium based markets
  • Global operational leadership experience
  • Experience in a start-up and/or high growth business and/or dynamic market


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