Matthew Crans - New business development in North America; Specialty Polyamides
Matthew Crans shares his experience as part of the Arkema Inc. team.
What are your day-to-day responsibilities?
I am responsible for new business development in North America for the Specialty Polyamides division. I lead a team of business developers working across various industries. Our work includes market research, marketing communication, new product development, and management of a portfolio of application developments.
What did you do before joining Arkema Inc.?
I joined Arkema directly after graduation from the Penn State Smeal MBA program, where I studied product and market development and corporate finance. Prior to that, I worked for a few years in advertising, which followed my undergrad work at Messiah College, where I earned my B.S. in Marketing.
What is a major accomplishment you are most proud of?
I’ve been fortunate enough to work with some fantastic teams on very good projects. I’m most proud that with these teams I have been able to positively impact our business by creating value with our customers.
Why did you apply for a job at Arkema Inc.?
I was focused on B-to-B marketing, and I saw Arkema as a company focused on growth through innovation and new business development. I suspected there could be a good fit, and happily, I was correct.
How do you see your future at Arkema Inc.?
My career at Arkema thus far has allowed me to achieve success, but also pushed me to expand my horizons and capabilities. I am looking forward to more of this in the future.
In your opinion, what are the main qualities that you need to grow your career at Arkema Inc.?
Open-mindedness, a can-do attitude, inclusiveness and drive.
What advice would you give to anyone who wanted to work for Arkema Inc.?
Take a good look at the company and try to understand which roles match up with what you are passionate about. There are many different types of positions here, but you’ll have the most success doing something that taps into your natural motivation and interests.
What are some of the highlights of working at Arkema Inc.?
A major highlight for me was the opportunity to complete an expatriate assignment in France. Working in Europe exposed me to many different cultures and ways of thinking about business. It was a true growth experience that I’ll treasure for the rest of my life.
Beyond that, I have greatly enjoyed the people I’ve worked with in each of my positions with the company. Arkema is filled with talented, passionate people and I’ve learned a lot from my colleagues over the years.
How would you describe Arkema Inc. in one sentence?
It’s an organization focused on growth with leading edge technology and a strong, positive culture.