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GAF R&D Documentation and Administrative Specialist in Des Moines, Iowa

Job Description:


At GAF, we cover more than buildings. We cover each other. No matter what role, tenure, or track, under this roof you are empowered to be there for your teammates, your customers, and especially your community. Under this roof, we don’t back down from hard work– we support one another in pursuit of something bigger. We define the future while leading the present. And under this roof, we own our opportunities. Becoming the market leader only happens when everyone feels they have the opportunity, and the support, to thrive. We are GAF. And under this roof, we protect what matters most.


We are seeking a detail-oriented Documents and Specification Writer and an Administration Specialist to join our team. In this role, you will be responsible for creating clear, concise, and comprehensive technical documents and specifications for our products and services. The ideal candidate will have a technical background, excellent writing skills, work cross-functionally and communicate complex concepts effectively. This position will also provide direct support for day-to-day administrative duties for the GAF R&D function, more specifically, support and operational projects. The directional split between documentation and administrative support activities is 50% each.

Essential Duties

  • Collaborate with R&D, marketing, procurement and external manufacturers to assemble key material , manufacturing and quality information and understand technical requirements.

  • Write and maintain technical documentation including new:

  • Product specifications (focus on externally manufactured products)

  • R&D test qualification protocols

  • Lab equipment training and operating manuals/SOP’s ,

  • Review and edit existing technical documentation to ensure accuracy, clarity, and consistency.

  • Consolidate multiple formats of existing product specifications into a single format for use across technical & business functions . Work closely with cross-functional teams to ensure technical documentation meets the needs of stakeholders.

  • Support daily operations within R&D:

  • Purchase Order generation

  • Adding new vendors to the PO system

  • Invoice tracking and payments

  • Coordinating lab service repairs and change requests

  • Monitor capital expense approval requests and track against budget

  • Manage monthly R&D presentation and quarterly R & D report collection and electronic archiving.

  • Prepare correspondence, reports, presentations and other material as needed for internal and external meetings.

  • Work with scientists to setup recurring IP / competitive intelligence searches

  • Provides general administrative duties, project support, special events and activities as requested.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Under this roof, we require

  • BA or BS


  • Experience producing technical documentation, preferably in a technology-driven environment.

  • Excellent writing and editing skills with a keen eye for detail.

  • Strong understanding of technical concepts and the ability to translate them into easily understandable documentation.

  • Proficiency with electronic documentation tools such as Google Docs & Sheets Microsoft Word & Excel , Adobe Acrobat, etc.

  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple projects simultaneously.

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to collaborate effectively with cross-functional teams.

How We Protect What Matters Most

  • We offer a wide range of health insurance options that include medical, dental, and vision for you and your family.

  • Our Family-Building benefits support the many different journeys to fertility and parenthood.

  • Our robust 401K plan includes an employer match contribution with your pre-tax and/or Roth contributions.

  • Other exciting programs and perks are available to help employees achieve work-life balance, including (but not limited to) a wellness program, free financial coaching, a referral program, and product rebates when purchased for an employee’s primary residence.

  • Professional growth and development are very important to us! We offer internal training programs and courses, as well as a generous tuition reimbursement program.

  • We put diversity and inclusion into action with our Employee Resource Groups, which unite employees based on common perspectives, identities, demographic factors, or out of a desire to be an ally.

GAF complies with federal, state, and local disability laws and makes reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities. If a reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact HR Services at 833-HR-XPERT.

Consideration will be given based on geography, candidate experience, and qualifications.

Annual Salary Range: 71,727-91,651

We believe our employees are our greatest resource. We offer competitive salary, benefits, 401k, and vacation packages for all full time permanent positions. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and GAF, Standard Logistics, SGI, and Siplast are proud to be affirmative action employers. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, or Veteran status. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know. If applying for positions in the U.S., must be eligible to work in the U.S. without need for employer sponsored visa (work permit).