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Saint-Gobain R&D Manager Materials -Roofing in Northborough, Massachusetts

Saint-Gobain’s Research North America center is looking for a driven, talented, and experienced R&D Manager to join our current team in leading a group of material scientists and engineers to conduct research, developing a technical base, and formulating a strategy for product development activities within the CertainTeed Roofing R&D group. The incumbent uses technical knowledge with strong supervisory skills to lead groups of engineers, scientists, and technicians in the development of new and improved products and processes. Projects will focus on the improvement of processes, performance, and product development activities related to Saint-Gobain/CertainTeed’s Roofing product line.

The R&D Manager for the Materials Division for CertainTeed Roofing Products Group (RPG) is a member of the R&D management and leadership team, overseeing R&D and technical activities in support of business revenue, profitability, and top-line growth.

As R&D Manager, the candidate will be expected to effectively lead cross-functional teams by managing others to execute and deliver project objectives. The candidate will be expected to lead R&D projects in the areas of asphalt, granules, and glass mat materials engineering, technology development, and process evaluation collaborate effectively with R&D colleagues, product managers, product engineers, quality & purchasing teams, and external suppliers, create and execute project plans, supervise the design of experiments, analyze data, and present findings in written and oral formats. The Manager is closely involved in the long-term planning of the group’s strategy, building capabilities for future project initiatives, and ensuring the execution of capital projects are in line with business objectives and timing. The candidate is expected to play a role in programs vital to the R&D direction of the group. Further, the candidate will be responsible for developing direct reports and others within the group. The candidate is also expected to seamlessly integrate with plants, suppliers, customers to support product and process development, quality improvement efforts, and address any business integration issues.

Essential Function and Responsibilities:

  • Utilizes advanced scientific theory and new technology in innovative original research for major impact of development/improvement/application of materials/products/processes.

  • Provides scientific leadership to associates and colleagues throughout Saint-Gobain.

  • Manages a portfolio of multiple projects simultaneously, on time, well documented, and within budget to meet business and customer objectives.

  • Demonstrates open and collaborative approach in all areas of responsibility.

  • Manages full business project portfolio across multiple regions and markets. Ensures resources and projects are aligned with the strategic focus of the business. Takes lead in the hiring and staffing of the teams - ensuring that we hire strong skills both technical and leadership. Prepares reviews for business and technical leadership. Have excellent communications skills - oral and written.

  • Required to develop assigned employees and self to the fullest potential.

  • Viewed as a great leader of people while maintaining a broad-based knowledge of Company products/processes/technology.

  • Works with key IP Attorney and key business leaders in order to ensure the strategic management of the IP portfolio

  • Able to communicate technically with internal competencies, university collaborators, suppliers, and customers and utilize knowledge to advance projects and identify productive synergies and apply these to find solutions/advancements.

  • Utilizes Stage-Gate Process methodology to manage groups research projects

  • BS Degree with a minimum of 18+ years’ experience, or MS with 13+ years of experience, or Ph.D. with 9+ years’ experience plus demonstrated technical judgment/accomplishments; Acceptable degree areas are Material Science, Chemical Engineering, or other related disciplines.

  • Must possess a body of technical work commensurate with their years of experience including but not limited to: demonstration of familiarity with statistical tools, data analysis, and drawing conclusions based on a collection of basic data and interpretation, IP, Patents, and technical documents.

  • Demonstrated ability to lead projects within a structured process (Stage-Gate).

  • Demonstrated ability to give and receive constructive feedback.

  • Demonstrate the ability to network within and out of the group, across the Saint Gobain global network

  • Respectful communication and the ability to collaborate in a team environment required.

  • Demonstrate the ability to network within and out of the group.

  • Develop the ability to maintain composure and organize teams in a high-pressure situations.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of company policies

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the corporate structure

  • Ability to travel 25 to 50% required

Saint-Gobain provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. Saint-Gobain is an equal opportunity employer of individuals with disabilities and supports the hiring of veterans.

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