R&D Manager - MWF

Lansing, IL

Posted: 05/22/2019 Industry: Laboratory - Industrial Chemicals Job Number: 222.19SK Pay Rate: 125,000 - 140,000

R&D Manager – Metalworking Fluids (MWF)

The R&D Manager will report to the Director of R&D and QC and will be responsible for all Metalworking Fluids (MWFs) and Industrial Lubricants R&D activities in the U.S.’s ISO 9001 / ATF 16949 lab.  This very important leadership role will oversee a team of 8-10 chemists and scientists, over 30% of which have Ph.D.’s.

The successful manager will:

  • Develop and drive the Vision, Strategy, Stage/Gate Process, and resulting Business Plants for MWFs and Industrial Lubricants new and modified products
  • Serve as the Americas’ MWFs and Industrial Lubricants link to the Technology Centers on the 3 Continents to ensure alignment and execution of the R&D and product strategies, and to drive adherence to company’s product development and stage-gate process
  • Develop and maintain a pipeline of new product ideas sufficient to meet the MWFs and Industrial Lubricants’ Business Plans and Global R&D and Global Product Management Plans
  • Create affiliations, participate in consortia, engage in Global Key Working Groups, as required to support the product development, launch, and ensure the on-going success of the product pipeline
  • Create a high-performance work environment focused on continuous improvement. Lead by example by demonstrating company’s core values every day.  Promote teamwork in a culture where people are treated fairly and honestly at all levels and at all times and are recognized for their impact
  • Ensure a learning culture that build organizational knowledge and sustainable platforms through mentoring and training. Develop Succession Plans by coaching, developing, motivating and inspiring laboratory employees with strong leadership skills, and managing the career growth of technical employees

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Stephanie Kemp at 815.756.1221 / skemp@cps4jobs.com.

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  • BS/MS/PhD in a science degree with 10+ years’ experience formulating waterbased metalworking fluids and at LEAST 5 years in Management of R&D efforts in lubricants, solid understanding of how to work with customer applications and coming up with creative ways to meet their needs
  • Great communicator – can work with non-degreed techs, R&D scientists, VP’s at client companies, can give presentations. Must be able to get up to speed fairly quickly and be self-motivated
  • We are looking for a leader who will thrive in a performance-based business model. Intelligence, creativity, flexibility, respect for others and unwavering business ethics are all important characteristics
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills are required
  • Demonstrated success in management and strategic planning skills, customer liaison and cross functional interactions, plus the financial aptitude and business acumen needed to make sound business decisions
  • Must be able to demonstrate a disciplined approach to problem solving, project triage, and stage / gate processing
  • Track record of resourcefulness and creative problem solving
  • Must have experience in product development and demonstrate an aptitude for accurately determining market attractiveness, unmet customer needs

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Stephanie Kemp at 815.756.1221 / skemp@cps4jobs.com.

JO:  222.19SK

Stephanie Kemp
Sr Market Recruiting Specialist

Senior Level Recruitment Professional with more than 19 years of experience in the recruitment and placement of Industrial Chemists and Scientists Nationwide from Entry level to Executive level. Resins, Adhesives, Coatings, Plastics, Lubricants, specialty chemicals, additives, inks, and more!!
I have been very successful bringing top valued talent to my clients, and providing expert level guidance to candidates in career searches.

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