R&D Director, Fluorochemicals Job


King of Prussia, PA, United States

Employment Type:  Regular
Category:  Research and Development
Posting Date:  Sep 19, 2023


The Research & Development Director, Fluorochemicals is responsible for the progression and management of Arkema's Fluorochemicals R&D portfolio from initiation of new programs thru successful commercial launch.  The role is responsible for execution of one of the most valuable R&D project portfolio in North America. 



Strategy and Portfolio Management 
    •    Contribute to the global innovation strategy and portfolio of programs
    •    Manage the IP portfolio and decision making within NA
    •    Lead (in partnership with regional commercial leadership and global R&D leadership) the NA Portfolio
    •    Propose new R&D projects and platforms to the Fluorochemicals business groups and the Global R&D director to ensure a pipeline to development portfolio
    •    Negotiate R&D budget to align technical resources with the Business expectations and strategies.
    •    Support business strategies and initiatives at key customers. 
    •    Ensure technical competencies are aligned with business objectives and strategies.
    •    Propose new business development initiatives which leverage our technical resources and capabilities.

Projects and Commercialization 
    •    Work with the Business Unit (BU) leaders and the Global Director on project selection and prioritization.
    •    Work closely with the BU Managers and Market Development Managers to drive the technical programs through the different phases of  commercialization.
    •    Ensure that the NA Fluorochemicals Innovation and New Product and Process development programs are properly organized, resourced and in-sync with the global programs.
    •    Transfer of new products, technology and IP between regions.
    •    Management for the Fluorochemicals Process and Application programs while leading the strict adherence to laboratory safety policies and protocols.
.    •    Ensure effective use of capital resources.
    •    Promote and manage synergistic activities with other technical/business communities (within Arkema) for opportunity identification and/or enhancement of project progress.
    •    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                            (made up of R&D and Business personnel).

    Performance and Communication 
    •    Responsible for performance reviews, career development and safety for all employees in Fluorochemicals Research groups in North America.
    •    Be strong and visible leader of the WE INNOV8 program (designed to promote innovation and internal and external collaboration).
    •    Identify and establish joint R&D programs with universities, outside labs, development partners, and other Arkema labs to enhance our own capabilities and progress on projects.

    •    Ph.D. in Chemistry (organic, organometallic, process, Fluorine preferred), Chemical Engineering or Materials/Polymers Science or Engineering
    •    12+ years of R&D experience in the Chemical or Polymers industry;
    •    Demonstrated technical and managerial excellence which delivers significant commercial impact, in a globalized business.
    •    Demonstrated leadership in all aspects of laboratory safety and IP portfolio management in a global context.
    •    Must be versed in business strategies, motivation and vocabulary to establish partnerships with the business counterparts and key customers.
    •    Demonstrated competencies in leadership, motivational, communication skills.
    •    Excellent written and oral communications skills.

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 €9.5 billion ($10.6 billion) in 2021, and operates in 55 countries with 20,500 employees worldwide.

The diversity of its employees is an asset that the Arkema group wants to preserve. Its non-discrimination policy applies to recruitment, salary levels and career management. The Arkema group is committed to ensuring diversity among its employees.

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