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Aspen Aerogels, Inc. Director, Strategic Development in Marlborough, Massachusetts

Aspen Aerogels is a rapidly growing aerogel technology company founded in 2001 to capitalize on patented advances in aerogel manufacturing. Aspen’s extensive portfolio of proprietary aerogel products are manufactured at scale and sold worldwide in the Electric Vehicle, Energy Infrastructure, Sustainable Building Materials, and Power Generation industries. Aspen is a Tier 1/2 Automotive supplier of PyroThin™ thermal barriers, and our Pyrogel™ and Cryogel™ products are used by virtually all leading petrochemical and refining company across more than 50 countries. We’re on a mission to build a world-class organization as we continue to grow our energy infrastructure business, and expand to meet demand for PyroThin™ thermal barriers in the rapidly growing Electric Vehicle sector over the next decade. We’re looking for great talent to join our team.

The Director, Strategic Development will report to the SVP, Operations and Strategic Development. In this newly created role, the Director will own, support and drive strategic initiatives that are critical to Aspen achieving its vision of becoming a Technology Leader in Sustainability. The Director will work in leadership and support roles, both cross functionally and with the executive team, to identify, plan and drive successful and timely execution of projects and initiatives that support aerogel and thermal barrier capacity expansion, partnering, and asset optimization.

The ideal candidate will have at least 2 years of experience in management consulting with a top-tier firm or in a corporate strategy role with a focus on growth-oriented projects and strategic due diligence, and have a proven track record of managing large, complex and cross functional initiatives. The candidate must possess exceptional analytical skills, be results oriented and proficient in leading and influencing cross-functional teams, and have a solutions-oriented mindset coupled with strong communication skills to effectively partner with and influence internal and external stakeholders.


  • Lead and support multiple strategic initiatives.

  • Organize cross-functional teams and external resources to develop and implement actionable plans in support of aerogel and thermal barrier capacity expansion, partnering, and asset optimization goals.

  • Conduct rigorous market and financial analysis on impactful strategic questions and propose specific recommendations that will enable the executive management team to make sound decisions.

  • Proactively identify, develop and support initiatives that advance strategic objectives of the Company in order to enhance the customer experience, achieve process improvements, enter new markets, and grow the business.

  • Participate in formulation of business strategy, including commercial strategy, product strategy, technology strategy, and competitive strategy analysis.


  • Minimum 10 years of experience in corporate strategy, general management, and global operations.

  • Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration or Engineering disciplines, MBA is preferred.

  • A proven record of leading and influencing cross-functional teams to gain alignment, resolve conflicts and deliver results.

  • Strong leadership, communication (written and verbal), interpersonal and organizational skills, and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of staff, contractors, and stakeholders.

  • Adroit at exercising judgment within broadly defined practices and policies, and selecting methods and techniques of obtaining solutions to problems of varying complexity, requiring analysis of identifiable factors.


  • Frequently required to stand

  • Frequently required to walk

  • Frequently required to sit

  • Frequently required to utilize hand and finger dexterity

  • Occasionally required to climb, balance, bend, stoop, kneel or crawl

  • Continually required to talk or hear

  • Occasionally works near moving mechanical parts

  • Occasionally works around fumes, airborne particles, or toxic chemicals

  • Occasionally exposed to extreme heat or cold (non-weather)

  • While performing the duties of this job, the noise level in the work environment is usually moderate

  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move more than 10 pounds.

  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include: Close vision; Distance vision; Color vision; Peripheral vision; Depth perception and ability to adjust focus

    The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or physical requirements. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    Aspen Aerogels is taking every measure to protect our employees and visitors during the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Please note that Aspen requires U.S. employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless you receive an approved medical or religious accommodation. Proof of vaccination will be required prior to employment.

    Aspen Aerogels, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other legally protected characteristics. The EEO is the Law poster is available here:

    Aspen Aerogels, Inc. is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation because of a disability for any part of the employment process, please send an e-mail to or call (508) 466-3111 and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.