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R&D Manager - Asphalt Mixtures Job


Tulsa, OK, United States

Employment Type:  Regular
Category:  Research and Development
Posting Date:  Mar 16, 2023

Reporting to the Director Technical Services-R&D, this R&D Manager will be responsible for adhesion promoter, Warm Mix Additives, and other additive R&D, technical services, formulations, field support, and associated lab operations

This person will supervise asphalt mixture testing in the laboratory, manage priorities, schedule resources, manage materials, records, and team training. This person will be responsible for executing AASHTO accreditation for the mixture testing laboratory. This person will be responsible for raw material evaluations and new innovations. This person will lead field support services and champion technology at state DOT’s and contractors


  • Contribute to understanding of market dynamics, identify product needs for the market and champion innovation projects with sales, business development and marketing teams
  • Balance technical service and innovation projects to develop balanced portfolio
  • Provide oversight in laboratory mixture designs and recommendations
  • Provide field engineering support as needed
  • Active participation in developing and maintaining IP portfolio
  • Identify and evaluate novel chemistries and applications in collaboration with synthesis team.
  • 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.

Talent Management

  • Responsible for performance reviews, career development and safety for direct reports in his/her organization
  • Talent development within his/her direct reports
  • Contributes to Talent recruitment

Lab management

  • Maintain knowledge of specifications (AASHTO, ASTM, State DOT and, local).
  • Create and maintain standard operating procedures to ensure consistent operations and quality data.
  • Identifies equipment needs and champions through capital planning process
  • Understand and operate a safe laboratory working environment maintaining necessary training, organization, inventory, and cleanliness.
  • Ensure maintenance and calibrate laboratory instrumentation and equipment.
  • Maintain chemical and asphalt inventory, labeling, storage life, and quality


  • Provide clear and concise communication, in both written and verbal form, to internal and external customers.
  • Ensure formulations data and records are properly maintained.

• Ph.D. in Materials science/Chemical/Mechanical/Civil Engineering or equivalent experience desired
• Experience in asphalt mixture design required
• Oklahoma P.E. desired or the ability to obtain it.
• Field engineering/pavement design experience desired

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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