R & D Director

Salary depends on experience
Posted on 10/31/17
11 - 15 years experience
Business Services
Salary depends on experience
Posted on 10/31/17

Job Description

  • Directs the North America R&D activities of Specialty Building Materials for GCP with the growth potential of this job rising to global level responsibilities; reports into the VP of R&D
  • Develops, directs, and coordinates operational and strategic research efforts in North America and eventually globally
  • Partners with senior business leaders and provides key input on the role and direction of research and development in strategic planning and implementation
  • Leads and manages research personnel within Specialty Building Materials
  • Coaches, mentors, and develops R&D personnel to achieve personal, department, and business goals
  • Directs resources for product development and product improvement by working closely with business partners across organizational functions, (i.e. Marketing, Sales, Technical service)
  • Technical gate keeper in the stage gate product development process
  • Integral in the planning and prioritization of projects, programs, and initiatives to support departmental and organizational objectives
  • Prepares reports and presents progress of R&D to Senior Management and business partners
  • Champions R&D reporting personnel to foster, develop, and build relations with external committees, associations, and universities in the wider community and related industries
  • Champion and implement new and improved business and departmental processes that enhance R&D operational effectiveness (e.g. Product Development, Safety, and SOP’s)
  • Budgetary responsibilities for the R&D department
  • Partners with external customers and stakeholders

Required Skills


Masters or Ph.D in physical sciences, engineering or related areas with relevant industry work experience.


Work Experience:

Work experience in chemical industry with focus on new product development is highly preferred


  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in relevant chemical/industrial research environment
  • Minimum of 5 years managerial experience of research personnel
  • Excellent leadership and managerial skills- Situational Leadership abilities
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to influence and drive the process of change towards continuous improvement
  • Able to benchmark internally and externally- highly analytical and articulates information
  • Proactive, initiative and follow-up skills


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