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R&D Manager Job

Date: Apr 15, 2019

Location: Exton, PA, US

Company: Arkema

Req Id 30205 - Posted 01/17/2019 - Research and Development - Exton. Pennsylvania. US


Arkema Inc. is actively recruiting for an R&D Manager to work with Sartomer Americas located in Exton, PA.

The R&D Manager will report directly to 3D Global R&D Director and will directly manages a team of 4 to 6 Scientists, Technical Service Engineers and Chemists. Key leader in Sartomer Americas Research and Development organization.


The successful candidate will lead the Core R&D team and also be expected to make strong contributions to solve customer problems, initiate projects, identify and protect IP and identify new product areas for innovation.


The Core R&D Manager works cross-functionally with business development, sales and market development colleagues, and closely with customers.  Collaborates and coordinates activities with peers in Europe and Asia.


This position has responsibility for the research teams and platforms supporting the regional business. Research impacts the regional business performance including sales and earnings, operating margins, return on capital, ability to enter new markets and/or defense of existing market positions, with new or improved products, processes and applications


The position is responsible for the work process excellence and project content for innovation and product development projects within the Core segment.


Key Activities and responsibilities:

Overall R&D Leadership: 40%

  • Management of staff including goal setting, appraisals and career development for all group members
  • Manage conflicts relating to personell or diverse viewpoints.
  • Represents the R&D department on cross functional business teams, other internal Arkema teams and to upper management.
  • Recognize other’s abilities and delegate technical responsibilities where appropriate.  Effectively uses technical and leadership skills to influence and direct technical programs to achieve success.
  • Teach and mentor staff on Sartomer’s products, customers, applications, technologies and markets.
  • Promotes safe behavior and takes responsibility for safe lab operations and continuously fosters a safe working environment. In compliance with all company policies.
  • Hold team members and subordinates accountable to deliver quality results on time and within budget.



    Core: Coatings and Graphic Arts: 35%

  • Project management and planning, including the use of Sartomer’s NPD process
  • Prioritize projects and activities dynamically in cooperation withl business development, commercial and sales teams
  • Collaborate with groups including new business development, business, synthesis, and manufacturing.
  • Develop external project collaborations (national labs, universities, customers, etc.)
  • Set and operate within a budget, including capital purchases
  • Maintain and upgrade laboratory equipment and capabilities
  • Stay abreast of technical and competitive landscape in the fields of responsibility
  • Work closely with external customers to progress existing and initiate new projects.
  • Hold self and subordinates accountable to deliver results on time.
  • Provide timely responses to internal and external technical requests
  • Identifies new applications and customers to grow Sartomer’s Coatings and Graphic Arts businesses.


    Market Development: 10%

  • Represents Sartomer at tradeshows and other industry events
  • Gives technical presentations or writes papers highlighting and promoting new innovations
  • Participates in industry organizations
  • Works with marketing team to prepare collateral materials for new product promotion


    Safety: 15%

  • Actively promotes safe behavior and takes responsibility for safe lab operations and continuously fosters a safe working environment.
  • Works to build a positive and open safety culture
  • Supports the site HES policy and complies with all regulatory and internal requirements
  • Participates in HES activities provided by site management and Arkema Inc. (e.g., Behavioral Base Safety, SafeStart, etc.)
  • Supports and promotes the reporting of all health, safety, environmental, near-miss, accident or injury incidents
  • Participates in preparations for and responses to HES audits (AIMS, OSHA, BBS, EPA, etc)



    Required Education/Qualifications /Work experience:

  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science/Engineering or a related discipline, OR an MS or BS degree with equivalent experience
  • 5 or more years of  R&D experience in an industrial setting
  • Experience supervising other researchers is a plus
  • Experience in product and application development and in working with customers. 
  • Demonstrated ability to grasp diverse technical concepts quickly
  • Demonstrated leadership skills in working with a business
  • Prior demonstrated success in developing innovative chemistry solutions to challenging problems

 A designer of materials and innovative solutions, Arkema shapes materials and creates new uses that accelerate customer performance. Our balanced business portfolio spans high-performance materials, industrial specialties and coating solutions. Our globally recognized brands are ranked among the leaders in the markets we serve. Reporting annual sales of €8.8 billion ($10.4 billion USD) in 2018, we employ approximately 20,000 people worldwide and operate in close to 55 countries. We are committed to active engagement with all our stakeholders. Our research centers in North America, France and Asia concentrate on advances in bio-based products, new energies, water management, electronic solutions, lightweight materials and design, home efficiency and insulation.

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

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