Santa Clara, California

Director Surface Technology

Recognized as an external thought leader in ceramics, coatings, and surface preparation. Proactively identifies and solves the most complex problems that impact products. May participate in the development of the product or business strategy. Leads multidisciplinary projects or initiatives. Progression to this level is typically restricted on the basis of individual capabilities and business requirements.

Key Responsibilities

Technically lead and/or execute engineering projects and spearhead research and development of new technologies, as appropriate Develop and implement concepts for entire range of unusually complex product issues and engineering solutions Provide guidance in problem identification and troubleshooting an entire range of unusually complex engineering problems of unusually complex scope that may have business wide potential implications Interface with internal and external customers regarding engineering unusually complex issues to address customers High Value Problems (HVP) for the unit's product line Specify and/or perform engineering analysis that has product line implications Generate product specifications Lead the development of design or modify engineering assemblies, layout/schematics and/or detailed drawings/specifications of unusually complex scope Lead, define, coordinate, perform and document engineering tests

Functional Knowledge

  • Recognized as “guru” or external expert in Material Science, Ceramics, Coatings
  • Demonstrates broad and comprehensive expertise in leading-edge theories, techniques and/or technologies within own field

Business Expertise

  • Influences issues that have an impact on the business


  • Leads highly visible multidisciplinary project teams or initiatives; provides thought leadership

Problem Solving

  • Proactively identifies and solves the most complex problems; uses ground-breaking methods to think beyond existing solutions 


  • Impacts business direction through the development of innovative services or products

Interpersonal Skills

  • Negotiates with peers, senior management, customers, regulators or and vendors to influence decisions



Bachelor's Degree




Years of Experience:

10 - 15 Years

Work Experience:

Additional Information


Yes, 20% of the Time

Relocation Eligible:


Applied Materials is committed to diversity in its workforce including Equal Employment Opportunity for Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities.

Santa Clara, California

A global leader in the nanomanufacturing technology solutions for the electronics industry, Applied Materials is built on the strength of talented people. We offer a wide variety of job opportunities for experienced professionals and recent college students/graduates that will capitalize on your current skills while broadening your experience and engaging you in a dynamic, fast-changing industry.

Here, you will work in community to achieve a common goal and encounter exciting new challenges every day. Our company is continually evolving: implementing innovations to make semiconductors more portable, powerful, and affordable than ever before.



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