General Purpose of the position
The R&D Manager will develop new leads for future technologies and products within textile chemicals. He/She will be in charge of the Research team. This person will look for new technologies in the market and will assess improvement for existing products by making a thorough analysis of market needs. The R&D Manager will work at the Oudenaarde site.
- Reporting and contacts
Reports to the Business Unit Manager TCD
Internal contacts: R&D, Product management, sales, operations
External contacts: clients & suppliers
Managing a team of R&D Engineers.
Initiating new development and research. Initiating, executing & following-up the research of new products and technologies. Mediating an entrepreneurial mindset in your team and R&D Department.
Developing and improving formulations of e.g. flame-retardant compounds, defining product portfolios.
Managing industrial trials.
Adapting the goals of the R&D department to the needs of the customers. Making an in-depth analysis of the customer needs and initiating a feedback cycle between R&D and customer.
Setting up interaction with the different stakeholders is key to the success of the R&D outcome.
- Education, knowledge and experience:
Master Degree in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering
Between 5 and 10 years of in-company experience in a similar role or equivalent
Experience in textile chemicals is a must
Good knowledge of English. Knowledge of Dutch is a plus
A passion for R&D and developing new technologies and products
Good networking skills
Communicative people manager who shows initiative
Great analytical skills.
- Core competences
Good presentation skills
- Specific competences (function related)
Entrepreneurial skills: the ability to detect new ideas in the market and successfully develop new products by showing initiative;
Creating an atmosphere of knowledge sharing and development;
Ability to develop new ideas into concepts and performant products;
Ability to assess and analyse new research opportunities in the market,
Great networking skills: setting up knowledge networks with universities and other research institutes;
Able to lead a team in/ towards a changing and growing organization
Develop a long and short-term scope on R&D;
Result-orientated: able to meet KPI’s-Eager to improve ideas and working concepts;
Interested? Please send your c.v. and motivation letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
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