Director of R&D

St. John, IN

Posted: 02/23/2023 Industry: Laboratory - Industrial Chemicals Job Number: 52.23SK Experience:

Job Description

Director of R&D

Bring your leadership and commercialization skills from the Chemical / Polymer Industry to a high performing team by leading and directing 35+ scientific staff devoted to polymer technology department to meet an ever-expanding market need.

The Director of R&D will play a leadership role in the Technology Department.  This role will ensure R&D activities drive to achieve strategic objectives, improve market position and optimize profitability.  This role will partner with all levels of the organization to develop, implement, and execute new technology strategy aligned with the company’s vision for the future.  Direct 3-4 groups, with cross functional responsibilities with other technical teams / Managers.


  • Set and communicate the technology development strategy that aligns with company’s mission, vision, and values, together with the broad actions needed to implement it
  • Inspire teams to commit to the strategy and to achieve the goals
  • Hold overall responsibility for designing, developing, and delivering the strategic plan for research programs of the company
  • Identify the capabilities needed to meet the current and emerging business needs. Develop plan to turn capabilities into competencies
  • Identify and manage stakeholders up to Senior Leadership Team and develop stakeholder engagement plans

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Stephanie Kemp at

JO:  52.23SK

Job Requirements

Technical Qualifications:

  • 20+ years’ experience in specialty / materials industry with 5+ years leading technology research team
  • Experience in specialty chemical or materials spaces is a must
  • Led an innovation organization – from technology to market
  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, Polymer Science, Chemical Engineering or closely related technical field preferred
  • Developed a strong research organization with robust processes and top talent
  • Formulated and operationalized a strategy with clear focus and direction
  • Demonstrated success in driving technology to customer solutions
  • A strong leader who excels in mentorship and coaching as well as developing strong teams
  • Outstanding communication skills, ability to engage with stakeholders

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Stephanie Kemp at

JO:  52.23SK

Meet Your Recruiter

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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