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Research & Development Manager - Asphalt Technology

Research & Development Manager - Asphalt Technology

"Excellent opportunity for Asphalt Technology specialist to head up sustainable innovation research and development projects for global market leader."

Midlands HO Hybrid Working

£Very Competitive + Car/Allowance + Bonus + Blue Chip Benefits


Are you a commercially focused project manager?

Do you have a technical understanding of the formulation of building products such as asphalt?

Would you like to lead a global R&D project to use sustainable materials in asphalt production?

If so, our client needs your skills.

They're a major global manufacturer of construction products focusing on reducing their carbon emissions. As such, they are investigating the use of sustainable materials, like bio-oil, to replace bitumen as the binder for their asphalt products.

So, although this role involves R&D Management, they're not looking for someone to perform the lab activities, as they have staff to do the detailed investigation work. The ideal candidate will be someone who understands asphalt technology and asphalt binders. Particularly, their chemical properties and constituents in order to see how bio-oils and other similar products could be successfully applied and give the same performance levels as bitumen.

This is an innovation role for a project manager who can oversee the whole process from ideation to innovation and then to market. As you can imagine, this covers a whole host of activities, including:


* Technical development

* Lab trials, assessment and analysis

* Pilot projects with manufacturing plants

* Certification and accreditation

* Launch to market


As such, you'll be skilled in relationship-building with internal and external bodies. This will likely include engaging with suppliers, customers, certification/regulatory bodies, academia, and production units.

Our client feels the ideal candidate must have experience and understanding of asphalt technology, bitumen and bituminous products/materials. In particular, they are keen to find a sustainable replacement for bitumen as the binder in their product.

So you'll have a degree in a technical discipline, and your background will need to involve asphalt but could be from various sources, such as:


* Building products manufacture

* Academia, e.g. PhD or research into construction materials

* Marketing

* Civil Engineering

* Chemical Engineering

Ultimately, our client sees this role as a continuous cycle of innovation and market launches, so they are looking for someone who can grow with the role and help to position the company for future success.

With a role like this, it's challenging to capture all the nuances in a single advert, so if you feel you have the skills and background required, please indicate your interest by emailing your CV, quoting reference LX 1236662 or calling us on 01905 381 320, so we can discuss it in more detail.