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R&D Manager - Coatings Job


Mulberry, FL, United States

Employment Type:  Regular
Category:  Research and Development
Posting Date:  Nov 22, 2022

Position Summary:

The position is responsible for the progression and management of the R&D portfolio (coatings) from initiation of new programs through successful commercial launch. The position is accountable for the efficient deployment of technical resources in NA which must be aligned with the Global Platform teams and the NA Business teams with the output impacting NA sales, earnings and operating margins, New Product and New Market Growth and/or defense of existing market positions.


Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work with the BU leaders and the R&D Director on project selection and prioritization.
  • Work closely with the BU leadership to drive the technical programs through the different phases of commercialization. Makes use of Portfolio management and Stage Gate to successfully drive programs to commercialization.
  • Contributes to the global innovation strategy and portfolio of programs; Leads the NA portfolio
  • Ensures that the NA Innovation and New Product and Process development programs are properly organized, resourced and in-sync with the global programs. .
  • Develop IP portfolio and makes recommendations concerning NA portfolio and competitive landscape
  • Propose new R&D projects to the R&D director and the NA leadership, resources and capital expenditure to ensure a pipeline to develop and enhance the portfolio
  • Ensure technical and scientific competencies are aligned with business objectives and strategies.
  • Develop product roadmaps and multigenerational product plans to meet business objectives
  • Communicate to management:  Progress on development projects, significant technical or market findings which may offer new business opportunities.
  • Communicate on technical papers at conferences 
  • Support business strategies and initiatives at key customers by building relationships with key stakeholders
  • Responsible for performance reviews, career development and safety for direct reports in his/her organization within R&D group in North America
  • Talent development within his/her direct reports
  • Contributes to Talent recruitment 

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • PhD or advanced degree in Chemistry, Material Science, or Chemical Engineering.
  • 10+ years’ experience in chemical/agricultural/polymers industry
  • Demonstrated innovation track record
  • Demonstrated technical and managerial excellence which delivers significant commercial impact in a globalized business

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.

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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