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Director Research and Development - Advanced Material Solutions


Job Description



US$ 140,000-175000 Bonus Blue Chip Benefits - Relocation Assistance for US Citizens only


Location: North Carolina or Massachusetts, USA - US Citizens only


Our client is a leading manufacturer of technologically advanced materials solutions company. Its high quality and innovative designs are specifications driven and evolutionary. It marries textile technologies with polymer science, film lamination, coatings and impregnation processes. Its product lines encompass applications for the composite and protective markets including advanced fibre reinforcement, pre preg and other materials solutions for clients across multiple industry sectors. It has several manufacturing facilities across the USA and Canada.

The Role:

Reporting to Board level, the Director of R & D will the chief scientist and product development leader for the organisation. Working closely with senior cross functional leadership teams in sales, marketing, compliance, environmental, product liability and manufacturing, the Director of R & D will identify, develop and deliver products, processes and services to ensure that our client remains at the forefront of its composite and protective markets. This will entail building coherent plans for new research projects and ongoing improvements to existing products. Most importantly, you will play a key role in liaising with global customers and suppliers of raw materials and process technologies.

As Director of R & D, you will be an experienced team leader and builder, a confident and highly innovative scientist, with excellent, listening, and observational skills, relishing change and development and the intellectual challenge of clarifying ambiguity with focus and a clear strategy. This will be underpinned by excellent data and systems analysis.

Specifically, the Director of R & D will create the research and development plan, specifying the initiatives required to deliver the strategic business plan. This will provide the roadmap for your R & D team, including their skills development and also capital expenditure plans and manpower resource requirements for short- and long-term programmes.

The Ideal Candidate:

Advanced university degree education, preferably to PhD level in Applied Science - Chemistry, Chemical Engineering.

Consistent, minimum ten year career history in research culminating in current Director/Head of R & D role. Career to date will demonstrate development in manufacturing and R & D roles of increasing complexity, responsibility and scale.

At least three years in a managerial role, inspiring, developing, mentoring and coaching a high calibre R & D team.

Significant track record of research and product and process development, engineering and technical specification development.

This must include a significant strategic contribution in a R & D role, playing a vital part in the regeneration and commercial development and success of company products in a dynamic marketplace.

Experience must be within manufacturing industries including composites, polymers, protective, chemical production, plastic conversion, fibers, non wovens, coated fabrics etc

Candidates must be adept at managing R & D teams located at multiple locations. This role can be located at plants in North Carolina or Massachusetts. Our client will assist with relocation.

To apply without delay, please email your CV tquoting reference LX 755128