R&D director, north america


Charlotte, NC

Are you interested in a role, reporting to the Executive VP of Innovation? Do you want to be part of the innovation team who is responsible to lead a team of synthesis, application, and analysis employees in researching and developing new and/or improved products, formulations, and processes in our Charlotte facility in support of the global acrylate and photoinitiators business? Are you a R&D Director who is motivated by co-operating with all departments in our company and interaction with external parties like customers and authorities? IGM Resins is looking for a new team member that fits these criteria!

R&D Director, North America
Function: Innovation

IGM Resins (igmresins.com) is recognized as the leader in UV Technology. Headquartered in Waalwijk, the Netherlands, IGM is the world’s leading manufacturer of specialty chemicals focused on the UV Inks, coatings and adhesives market. Manufacturing and product development activities are located in the US, Europe and Asia with sales and distribution locations strategically positioned globally to best serve regional markets. IGM Resins has grown through organic and acquisitions over the last years and currently employs around 800 team members. 

-Lead new product development process and ensure projects are well planned and led.
-Champion the stage gate process at IGM Resins USA.
-Ensure viability of all new product developments for scale-up and manufacturing and regulatory compliance in all countries in which commercialization is envisioned.  
-Assess new project ideas for technical feasibility and if the project opportunity supports the initiation of the new product development process.
-Conduct prior art searches to ensure freedom to practice for all new product and process developments; Identify any new IP that needs to be protected.
-Report to VP Technology, Global Product Management teams and North American Leadership Team on status of projects.
-Visit and communicate with customers in support of potential or current development project and technical service issues. 
-Manage and develop Charlotte synthesis, application and analysis labs and support staff.  
-Provide technical expertise to North American sales, regulatory, EHS, and process improvement teams as needed.
-Support identifying product packages (existing & new) to strengthen IGM’s position in our target market segments.
-Support IGM position as the leading supplier to the UV/EB market through participation in industry groups and creating/coordinating technical presentations and papers.
-Support Global Product Management, Global Technical Team and North American commercial team in new product developments driven from other IGM R&D centers;
-Participate on Global Technical team and share/utilize best practices and knowledge across IGM R&D centers;
-Identify potentially interesting technology under development in academia and make proposals to VP Technology/Product Manager Acrylates to support/sponsor/license.
-Manage development projects at universities as directed by VP Technology.
-Ensure laboratory notebooks are maintained at the standard developed by the USPTO and are archived safely.

-Master’s Degree or Doctorate Degree from an accredited university or college in Chemistry or related discipline in the equivalent combination of education, technical certifications, training, and/or work experience.
-5 years of experience in a similar management position with specific experience developing acrylate products.
-Well-developed oral and written knowledge of English language. 
-International business background, working for a multi-national manufacturing company

-Business acumen 

IGM is passionate about our mission and excited to grow our talent pool with people who feel the same way. If this is you, we encourage you to get in touch with us! We offer a dynamic and diverse working culture and we are flexible towards working hours and location to support your work-life balance. Please send your resume to: Careers.North-America@igmresins.com or apply through IGM’s website: www.igmresins.com/careers. 

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