Research & Development Manager Care Solutions

Job Requisition ID:  50188

This is the role

We are currently seeking a highly skilled and motivated R&D Manager to join our dynamic team in our European Technology Center in Ghent (Zwijnaarde). The R&D manager will play a pivotal role in driving innovation and leading the development of new chemical products and technologies.

The R&D manager will manage the lab and lead an international team of 8 professionals who are dedicated to research, application development and technical service for Home & Personal Care products.

Key responsibilities include :

•    Attracting, developing, and empowering a diverse group of talented individuals to achieve team objectives.
•    Creating an inclusive and supportive work environment where every team member feels valued and can contribute their unique skills in a cross-functional, international setting.
•    Providing coaching and guidance to foster the growth and potential of scientists with diverse backgrounds and from different regions.
•    Designing and executing research and development projects for new products, formulations, and product concepts to drive business growth and meet customer needs.
•    Developing a deep understanding of the Home & Personal Care markets, customer requirements, and emerging trends through customer engagement and collaboration with marketing teams.
•    Collaborating with cross-functional teams to ensure successful commercialization of products and timely project delivery.
•    Utilizing technical expertise to solve complex challenges and provide guidance to team members.
•    Developing and implementing strategies to protect and leverage emerging technology platforms through intellectual property (IP) management.
•    Effectively managing R&D spending, project budgets, timelines, and resources.
•    Staying updated with the latest advancements in personal & home care research and technology, and building and maintaining a strong network with universities and professional organizations.
•    Participating in safety programs and leadership team of the European Technology Center.
 

This is what you bring

  • Extensive experience in a research and development role within the chemical industry, preferably in areas such as Polymer/Material Science, Colloidal Science, Biochemistry, Surface Science, Chemical Engineering, or related fields.
  • Advanced degree (Ph.D., M.Sc.) in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or a related discipline is required.
  • Industrial experience of minimum 5 years with formulated products commonly used in Home & Personal Care applications is required.
  • You are an inspiring leader who fosters collaboration, values the contributions of team members, and enhances overall team performance.
  • Knowledge of current and proposed industry regulations and macro trends is essential.
  • Willingness to travel up to 20% of the time for customer engagements, trade shows, and technical conferences, both domestically and internationally.

What we offer

It’s about growth and your long-term success. At Eastman, your career path can take many routes—each offering growth opportunities, competitive salary and benefits, and a globally growing work environment. Eastman fosters a culture of diversity steeped in teamwork and employee involvement, a place where dedicated individuals turn great ideas into materials that make a difference in everyday life. We support and encourage one another and believe that leveraging diversity in our thoughts and experiences allows us to excel in business. 


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