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Head of R&D Silica

Posted 05 Jul 2018

Charlotte, North Carolina - United States

Req Id 173002


A career with EMD Performance Materials is an ongoing journey of discovery: our 50,000 people are shaping how the world lives, works and plays through next generation advancements in healthcare, life science and performance materials. For 350 years and across the world we have passionately pursued our curiosity to find novel and vibrant ways of enhancing the lives of others. EMD Performance Materials is a business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.

Key products of the Semiconductor Solutions business unit of Performance Materials are lithography materials, spin-on-dielectric materials, silica particles for CMP slurries, process materials like developers and removers, deposition materials, and conductive paste. The R&D sites and production sites are located globally, and key R&D sites are located at United States (NJ, MA, CA, WI), Japan (Shizuoka), France (Trosly-Breuil), and Germany (Darmstadt). Now, a new R&D facility at Charlotte (NC) is under construction.

Your role: Management of two R&D teams developing silica particles at the R&D sites in France and Charlotte. People and team development, R&D project management, and customer communication are the main responsibilities of this position.

Who you are:  

Education Level and Languages Required

University degree in science or engineering is required. A Ph.D degree in chemistry, physics, or chemical engineering is preferred.

Good fluency of English is required, and business conversation capability in French is preferred.

Professional Skills, Qualifications and Experience

10 years or more working experience in any industry, with experience specifically in colloidal silica or silica nanoparticles preferred. Experience in an IC materials related industry, especially the CMP slurry related industry, is preferred.

5 years or more R&D management experience is necessary. Experience with multi-cultured (mixed-nationality) team management is preferred. Experience of leading several teams at once is preferred.

Good skillset of people and team development, project management, solving problems and issues, communication, and collaboration with different functions are necessary.

Travel Requirements

Frequent oversea travel, up to 7-10 times a year (mostly to France and Germany,) frequent domestic travels, up to 10-15 times per year (mostly to Delaware) is anticipated. Both include internal and external (mostly customer) visits for meetings and conferences. Overall anticipated travel will be 30 – 40%.

Potential long stay (up to 6 months) in France at the beginning for team building, understanding the people and priorities is likely.

Daily working office

At the site in Charlotte, NC, US.

Key roles and responsibilities.

People and team development and management of two R&D teams. One is in France, and the other is in Charlotte.

Leading the projects in the R&D teams to meet the business targets.

Maintain and improve safety of working environment at the sites.

R&D expense management of your own and the R&D teams.

Cross-functional contribution to the strategies and execution of patent generation, quality control, procurement, manufacturing, business, customer relationship, and technology scouting.

CAPEX planning, execution, and budgeting.

What we offer: With us, there are always opportunities to break new ground. We empower you to fulfil your ambitions, and our diverse businesses offer various career moves to seek new horizons. We trust you with responsibility early on and support you to draw your own career map that is responsive to your aspirations and priorities in life. Join us and bring your curiosity to life!

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The Company is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. No employee or applicant for employment will be discriminated against on the basis of race, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military or veteran status, genetic information, gender identity, transgender status, marital status, or any other classification protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. This policy of Equal Employment Opportunity applies to all policies and programs relating to recruitment and hiring, promotion, compensation, benefits, discipline, termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment. Any applicant or employee who believes they have been discriminated against by the Company or anyone acting on behalf of the Company must report any concerns to his/her Human Resources Business Partner, Legal, or Compliance immediately. The Company will not retaliate against any individual because he/she made a good faith report of discrimination.

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