Polymer Synthesis Lab Manager

Rock Hill, SC

Posted: 10/30/2018 Industry: Laboratory - Industrial Chemicals Job Number: 475.18LR Pay Rate: 100,000 - 125,000

Polymer Synthesis Lab Manager

The Polymer Synthesis Lab Manager has full accountability for effective execution of all aspects of the R&D operations.  These responsibilities include, but not limited to:  product stewardship, regulatory activity, new product development and introduction, quality, analytical and R&D safety and budget.  Essential job duties / responsibilities:

  • Portfolio Analysis and Reporting: Combine technology and projects from Europe and US
  • Product stewardship, including regulatory activity, for all products and requests
  • New product development pipeline and introduction plans; including metrics for monitoring progress, evaluating the yield of the development pipeline and plans for improvement
  • Meet with existing and potential customers
  • Maintain required analytical capability for both R&D and Production
  • Lead the ISO design and development process
  • Work may include creation of new products or modification of existing products, including product line extensions
  • Formulates and recommends, in conjunction with team, laboratory research programs for improvement of existing products and development and testing of new products, processes and raw materials
  • Work will include working directly with customers to define requirements for a specific product or design
  • Direct and manage R&D Manager, chemists and technicians
  • Organizes, supervises and coordinates department’s plans, problems and projects. Reviews and evaluates results and conclusions of laboratory work and pilot plant projects
  • Coordinates conclusions and responses to Customer Complaint Action Requests (CCARs), working closely with manufacturing to define systemic issues for improvement
  • Reports on progress of research and development work and recommends expansion or discontinuance of projects to the Business Leadership Team (BLT)
  • Defines R&D budget and manages expenditures within that budget
  • Any additional responsibilities that may arise in the future that are related to R&D
  • Will supervise 10 chemists and technicians
  • Working closely with R&D staff and marketing/sales, responsible for defining project portfolio
  • Work with sales and marketing regarding new and existing customers
  • Partnership with Manufacturing Leader on quality issue resolution and productivity initiatives
  • Work with BLT on portfolio review
  • R&D and applications support to enhance product quality from scale up through delivery to the customer
  • R&D budget
  • Direct reports
  • Succession planning for R&D organization
  • Travel – between facilities as needed and to customer sites as needed

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

JO:  475.18LR



  • BA/BS in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering
  • 10+ years using or developing synthetic emulsion polymers, preferably multiple chemistries
  • 10+ years of R&D leadership experience
  • Strong people and technical leadership skills
  • Data analysis capability and ability to be objective
  • Understanding of laboratory practices and efficiencies
  • Direct and participate in teams; Ability to provide leadership to multiple projects
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Strong interpersonal skills to effectively communicate with other functional areas to build trusted relationships
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to multi-task
  • Self-starter driven to be results oriented
  • Experience in exercising judgment within generally defined practices
  • Ability to learn from others, including co-workers and customers
  • Ability to provide leadership
  • Creativity and DOE both important skills, depending on the project

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

JO:  475.18LR

Larry Riederer
Market Specialist

I have over 20 years of experience with Chemical Personnel Search (CPS) . All we do is recruit and place people in the chemical industry nationwide. CPS has been recruiting chemists, engineers, sales people and supply chain since 1973. I work with 40 other recruiters. 

I have a wide range of positions and levels.
The following are some of the areas: Polymers, Resins, Coatings, Adhesives, Inks, Composites, Plastics, Lubricants, Personal Care, Skin/Hair Care, Cleaners and Specialty Chemicals.

These can be: Organic/Polymer Synthesis, New Product Development, Analytical/Characterization, Quality Control, Process Development, Materials Science and others. These are from BS to Ph.D. and from Entry Level to Vice-President. 

Specialties: We specialize in placing Chemists, Scientists and Managers in the industrial chemical industry


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