Reference : 568801

Research & Development Manager (Chemist)

  • Research and Development
  • United Kingdom
  • Permanent / Regular (US)
  • Posting date : 05/28/2019

Who are we ?

Research and Development is at the heart of our business. At Saint-Gobain we are always innovating, did you know that;

  • Saint-Gobain is one of the top 100 global innovators.
  • One in four of our products didn’t exist five years ago.
  • We spend more than £350 million every year on research and development.
  • We employ more than 3,700 R&D and building science specialists worldwide.
  • We have doubled in size over the past 20 years; the development of new solutions in turn develops who Saint-Gobain are a business.

How will you be a part of our development?

This role is working with Celotex, part of the Saint-Gobain Group, is the UK brand leader in PIR thermal insulation solutions for building and construction. Celotex strives, through innovation, to continually improve product performance and remain at the forefront of industry progress.

Reporting to the Technical Director, you will head up our Development Team based across the PIR Competency Centre in Hadleigh. You will drive a high performance and safety culture within the team where everyone takes a pride in their work, is accountable and delivers to our expectations and standards.  You will enable this by supporting and developing each team member to reach their potential.

You will personally lead and direct multi-functional teams to deliver development projects and process trials.  Locally, this will involve working closely with colleagues from Product Management, Operations, Supply Chain and Sales to support product development, launch and post launch phases.  You will also have access to and be able to develop your network with other Saint-Gobain research and development teams based in France and further afield.

Key to this role will be ensuring that robust NPD and project management processes and systems are in place and complied with.  It will also be important to monitor technical advances in raw materials and work with the Procurement teams to ensure that the best technical and raw materials are used.
In a nutshell, this is a very diverse role with great opportunity to develop yourself and your team.

What kind of person are we looking for?

First and foremost, we always want to recruit talented people that align well with our values and way of working. In addition to the five Saint-Gobain attitudes we shared at the start, suitability for the role is always key; does the following criteria sound like you?

  • A degree in materials science, polymer science, chemistry or other relevant technical degree is essential for this role.
  • Experience of being a manager isn’t essential we still want to hear from you if you have managed projects before. 
  • Familiar with product testing and the interpretation of EU standards and regulation.
  • Experience in R&D and continuous improvement.
  • Track record of leading and managing multi-disciplinary, multi-stakeholder research and/or technical projects successfully.
  • Ability to develop effective networks and relationships within the organization.

Who are Saint-Gobain?

Saint-Gobain was founded in 1665 to deliver a world first – the production of glass on an industrial scale. We have continued to adapt and grow through providing innovate ideas, services and products to our customers. 350 years later we have a presence in 67 countries and employ 170,000 people worldwide. The UK & Ireland is home to over 30 of the most well-known and respected businesses within the construction sector including: British Gypsum, Jewson, Weber, Graham and Glassolutions.

You are applying to work with Celotex this is one of more than 30 fascinating Saint-Gobain businesses that operate within UK and Ireland. Regardless of which business you join, you will be welcomed into a professional and warm environment, where we value all of our employees equally and have a strong focus on their health, safety and wellbeing at all times.

Our Ambition as a business?

At Saint-Gobain, our goal is to ‘Create great living places and improve people’s daily life’. We design, manufacture and distribute materials and solutions, which are key ingredients in the wellbeing of each of us and the future of all. They can be found everywhere in our living places and our daily life: in buildings, transportation, infrastructure and in many industrial applications. They provide comfort, performance and safety while addressing the challenges of sustainable construction, resource efficiency and climate change.

Do you want to be part of this vision? Click apply, we would love to hear from you.



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