R&D Director - Chemicals - Permanent - Berkshire - £ Comp.
R&D Director - Chemicals - Manufacturing - Permanent - Berkshire - £ Competitive + Car + Final Salary Pension + Excellent Company Benefits
A talented and driven R&D Director is required to join a global speciality chemicals company and take a pivotal role within the company's senior management and leadership team. Leading a global team, you will help to drive the execution of technology programmes in service of the company's long term and short term business needs, through the effective management of technology resources.
You will be required to define and implement an R&D strategy for the company's core business areas whilst assuring the R&D portfolio and resources effectively target business unit goals and are consistent with R&D strategy across global business areas. Another key feature of the role will be the effective management of people and facilities consistent with current budget and global business plans.
1.Oversee and assure that the administrative requirements of assigned area are met including:
*Interviewing/selection of new personnel
*Training, personnel development
*Career path development/succession planning
2.Develop or oversee development cost containment strategies and unit budgets to include:
*Approval of unit capital and expense budgets.
*Monitor and control costs
*Interface with Finance to assure accuracy of cost data
*Consult with other R&D Managers and other interested parties to communicate cost of services.
*Determine allocation of funds and manpower within assigned area.
3.Ensure R&D portfolio is consistent with business goals.
4.Lead a team of managers and professionals to develop new products or capabilities to meet the needs of customers and OEMs consistent with business strategy.
5.Work with global business managers and regional marketing managers to define a strategic technology plan that supports and achieves business goals. Plan developed and communicated through Long Range Planning (LRP) process.
6.Oversee and ensure development, implementation and monitoring of a comprehensive safety program in assigned area. Areas of accountability will include: documentation of safety activities, monthly safety meetings, interactive safety inspections, group safety observation programs, safety training, JSA development, active reporting and corrective action programs.
7.Develop and sustain an environment which allows for individual growth and initiative and which allows creativity to flourish. Provide support, encouragement, and guidance to foster team development.
8.Work with Human Resources to ensure personnel needs and requirements are met, including but not limited to, identifying talent needs, interviewing and hiring new employees, identifying training and development opportunities, performance management, salary administration, and succession planning.
9.Develop and lead technical and safety training sessions. Assure that complete quality system documentation is maintained on all quality related activities. Participate in safety and quality activities and maintain an up-to-date understanding of the quality function
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE ESSENTIAL:
*Bachelor's degree in relevant field such as Chemistry, Engineering or related discipline.
*Demonstrated business acumen, effective project management, strategic thinking and leadership skills in a chemical R&D environment including managerial level experience. Along with a substantial track record of managing technical teams and organizations.
*A proven track record of success gained working in an R&D manufacturing environment within the chemicals industry or allied sectors (Paints, Detergents, FMCG, Oil).
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE DESIRABLES:
*Advanced degree in Chemistry or Engineering or MBA.
*Some international technical/business experience.
A competitive basic salary is offered in line with experience. The overall package will also include a car allowance, final salary pension scheme and excellent company benefits.
Due to the global focus of the role you will be required to spend approximately 50% of your time travelling.
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