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Sr R&D Manager Job


Cary, NC, United States

Employment Type:  Regular
Category:  Research and Development
Posting Date:  Sep 10, 2021

The R&D Manager is located in Cary, NC and reports to the Global R&D Director. Direct reports are approximately 15 people including advanced degree chemists, technical service engineers, and a technician leader. 




Responsible for North American Coatings R&D and Technical Service Team. Leads a team of approximately 15 R&D chemists, application engineers, and technicians to commercialize new products as decided by jointly with marketing and other partners in R&D. Accountable for project timelines and all associated work product such as project documentation, intellectual property filings, and other publications. Accountable for planning team and individual goals and reporting progress against goals including R&D metrics as appropriate. Also responsible for application development and customer technical service for coatings related projects. One manager direct report accountable for this activity. 



R&D manager for coatings team:

  • Performance and talent management of team
  • Develop and meet annual budgets
  • Promote and manage synergistic activities with other technical/business communities (within Arkema) for opportunity identification and/or enhancement of project progress.
  • Develop team to promote growth opportunities and ensure technical competencies are aligned with business needs
  • Direct effective execution of development projects via: assignment of resources, leveraging outside resources, making available the required equipment and supplies, and periodic reviews with project teams.
  • Communicate to management: Progress on development projects, R&D expense versus budget reconciliations, significant technical or market findings which may offer new business opportunities.
  • Participate in department safety programs


In conjunction with marketing partners, oversee portfolio of R&D programs related to decorative and industrial coatings technologies:

  • Ensure that product development programs are properly organized for efficient use of resources
  • Adaptation of new product strategies and offerings across regions to maximize commercial success in each region.
  • Assist with global communication, coordination, and cooperation of the ACR LR technical and innovation programs.
  • Develop strategies to secure and protect intellectual property of key technologies and establish confidentiality agreements and JDAs with customers
  • Propose R&D projects to the ACR business groups to ensure the NA development portfolio is balanced to deliver financial results both in the short term and the long term

Work with sales and marketing to develop customer technical service strategy and set account plans:

  • Work with customers to identify unmet needs and translate these into new product opportunities. Promote Arkema R&D to current and potential customers
  • Propose new business development initiatives which leverage our technical resources and capabilities
  • Foster customer relationships at multiple levels within their organizations
  • Follow-up on quality complaints and provide solutions


Contribute to Global Coatings market and technology strategy:

  • Monitor and provide interpretation of industry technical trends
  • Develop product road maps and multi-generation plans to support growth objectives
  • Work with marketing to develop literature and promotion materials
  • Develop annual plans for external presentation schedule on new technology advancements


  • 25% travel
  • Supports the site HES policy and complies with all regulatory and internal requirements
  • Supports and promotes the reporting of all health, safety, environmental, near-miss, accident or injury incidents
  • Close collaboration with the North American business leadership on strategy, tactics, and coordination of R&D programs.
  • Close collaboration with global partners in R&D labs located around the world


  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or Materials/Polymers Science or Engineering
  • Minimum 20 years total experience in the chemical or polymers industry,
  • Minimum 5 years demonstrated technical and managerial excellence delivering significant commercial impact, leadership, motivational, and communication skills.
  • Ideal candidate should have some background in polymer science, emulsion technology, coatings or closely related applications. Some formulation expertise preferred.


• Job holder must be versed in business strategy development, intellectual property strategy development, and have good all-around business acumen to establish partnerships with the business counterparts and key customers
• Strong communication and interpersonal skills
• Ability to resolve issues in a collaborative manner
• Acknowledged leadership skills with the ability to successfully interact with and influence other functions


Building on its unique set of expertise in materials science, Arkema offers a portfolio of first-class technologies to address ever-growing demand for new and sustainable materials. With the ambition to become in 2024 a pure player in Specialty Materials, the Group is structured into three complementary, resilient and highly innovative segments dedicated to Specialty Materials - Adhesive Solutions, Advanced Materials, and Coating Solutions - accounting for some 80% of Group sales, and a well-positioned and competitive Intermediates segment. Arkema offers cutting-edge technological solutions to meet the challenges of, among other things, new energies, access to water, recycling, urbanization and mobility, and fosters a permanent dialogue with all its stakeholders. The Group reported sales of €8.7 billion ($9.7 billion) in 2019, and operates in 55 countries with 20,500 employees worldwide.


Arkema Inc. provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Arkema Inc. complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence.

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