R&D Manager - Specialty Polyurethanes

St. Louis, MO

Posted: 08/18/2022 Industry: Laboratory - Industrial Chemicals Job Number: 835.22SS Pay Rate: 130,000 Experience:

Job Description

R&D Manager – Specialty Polyurethanes

The R&D Manager – Specialty Polyurethanes will have the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Provide local leadership (mentoring + coaching) to the group of senior scientists and engineers between 2 R&D Centers to help enhance organic growth. Sustain and develop talent and position people for success
  • Collaborate with multiple functional areas (including manufacturing, purchasing and sales) to establish strategic plans and objectives for responsible materials
  • Provide guidance to chemists and technicians on formulation development and product troubleshooting
  • Solve problems of diverse scope, including product/process development, product/process improvement, field issue resolution, manufacturing efficiencies, and outsourcing support
  • Deliver design advances for product and process development
  • Network internally and externally, to acquire information for projects and identify future opportunities
  • Develop short-term and long-term plans related to staffing, and overall project planning
  • Identify new opportunities to provide the basis for technical projects; includes transformational and incremental advances
  • Partner with operations to assist them in both understanding and ultimately embracing new approaches to existing products and processes as well as totally new ones
  • Collaborate and lead cross-functionally to ensure that all facets of product development are accomplished smoothly
  • Develop project schedules, incorporating key tactical items for other functional areas. Plans out in detail technical portions of all projects including operational pieces
  • Present technical information to a non-technical audience, and effectively present complex or conflicting information
  • Gaining proficiencies in the company’s scale-up process from formulation development on to commercialization
  • Utilize Phase-Gate process to manage R&D portfolio and mentor the use of appropriate project management tools to his team
  • Implement a Technology Roadmap for the laboratory that aligns longer-term development efforts with business goals
  • Conduct review meetings as is necessary to ensure that the Product and Process Development priorities are aligned with those of management of the functional areas (Administration, Sales, and Marketing, Operations, Logistics, Quality, EH&S, etc.)

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Steve Sapita at ssapita@cps4jobs.com.

JO:  835.22SS


Job Requirements

Technical Qualifications

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in material science, mechanical engineering, chemistry, or chemical engineering; Masters or PhD preferred
  • 5 or more years of leadership experience in an R&D capacity of formulation chemistry specific to Specialty Polyurethane products
  • Demonstrated ability to build a high-performance technical team
  • At least 5 years of hands-on experience with formulation development in the field of Specialty Polyurethanes / Coatings, Adhesives, Sealants and Elastomers
  • 2 years of experience in technical management, experience in multiple industries and materials preferred
  • A proven track record in initiating and managing innovation, and use of design to achieve results
  • Expertise with maintenance, development, and project management techniques
  • Demonstrated history of successful product designs and the use of design thinking
  • Budgetary experience in order to develop and aggressively manage the spending plan for the group

Required Skills / Abilities / Knowledge:

  • Provides leadership to establish laboratory direction and plans
  • Work at a high conceptual level providing novel approaches, but can also dive into details to mentor staff / teams
  • Encourages a logical scientific approach to identify and initiate development projects
  • Approaches problems in an analytical way
  • Works well with others – utilizes all resources available to the fullest
  • Able to establish professional working networks both within the company and with outside entities
  • Ensures the accurate and timely documentation of all work
  • Communicates clearly to both senior management and to subordinates
  • Provides leadership to example regarding safe work practices
  • Completes assignments in a timely manner

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Steve Sapita at ssapita@cps4jobs.com.

JO:  835.22SS

Meet Your Recruiter

Steve Sapita
Senior Technical Recruiter

SPECIALTIES:  All Industrial Research & Development Laboratory related positions including: Formulation Chemist; Synthetic Chemist; R & D Leadership; Analytical Chemistry; Technical Service; Regulatory; Project Mangers; Process Chemistry; Environmental and Health; Quality Positions; Material Scientist. 

EXPERIENCE:  My area of specialty includes: Coatings, Adhesives, Sealants, Specialty Chemicals, Building Materials, Polymers, Petrochemical, Agrochemical; Surface Cleaners; Ink; Surfactants; Resins. 

The levels of candidates that I place include Chemists; Sr Chemists; Innovation; Directors; Quality Professionals; Technical Service Professionals; Production Supervisors; EHS Specialists; Scientist; Regulatory Professionals; and Laboratory Support Personnel.  

I’M IN THIS BUSINESS BECAUSE:  There’s no better feeling than helping someone realize their potential by assisting them in advancing their career.  I love making that connection!  My goal is to consistently build long lasting relationships with both my clients and my applicants.

CLIENTS CAN COUNT ON ME BECAUSE:  I pride myself on the quality of my work and I truly CARE about their needs.  The better I know them, the better my understanding is as to who would fit their needs.

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