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Vice President of Research & Development – Coatings & Construction

Mackenzie Stuart is working in close partnership with an international specialty chemicals company who are currently looking for a Vice President of Research & Development


Responsibilities of the role include, but are not limited to:

  • Lead a technical organization consisting of over 50 Research & Development (R&D) formulation staff in multiple laboratories across Europe, Asia & North America.
  • Be the point of contact for all technical application-related matters within your customer group
  • Support and guide both sales and engineering staff
  • To determine current requirements and trends, you will maintain contact with customers, some of whom are world market leaders, as well as with end customers and suppliers
  • You will optimize existing products with regard to manufacturing costs and technical improvements
  • In partnership with the marketing organization, champion stage gate processes surrounding new product development to drive new product development executive, globally
  • Reassess technology strategy sustainability and ensure technology market readiness
  • With full accountability for the laboratory budget, including capital expense and salary administration, oversee and manage the relevant innovation and integration technology budget in accordance with company objectives
  • Coach and develop team members to reach their full potential
  • Serve as member of business unit leadership with active participation with the business and manufacturing partners to recommend appropriate changes to R&D focus to further grow and enhance the value of R&D


To be considered for the role you must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be located at a company site, or willing to travel regularly to the company Headquarters, with home based office
  • MSc in Chemistry or related. PhD preferred
  • Deep expertise in specialty chemicals, preferably with application into coatings & construction
  • Demonstrated success leading multidisciplinary formulated product teams as well as possess solid experience in laboratory management
  • Must possess a high level of leadership acumen and the ability to think strategically and influence decisions at a high level
  • Proven ability to operate comfortably and effectively across a global technical organization within a multi-national organization. A track record building solid working relationships with sales, manufacturing, and customers
  • Be able to communicate assertively, effectively, and credibly across all levels of the organization
  • Proven experience in managing stage-gate process to drive innovation


The expected salary for this role would be in the region of €150,000 to €200,000 plus bonus & fringe benefits.

Job Reference: JC - VPCCEU

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Salary Range

€150,000 - 200,000