R&D Manager - Speciality Chemicals

An experienced R&D Manager (Speciality Chemicals) or a No.2 looking to step up and lead their own R&D team is required by an expanding division of one of the world’s largest manufacturers of speciality chemicals.

SALARY: Comprehensive Benefits Package including High Basic Salary

BENEFITS: Bonus Company Pension Health cover (Inc. Family) 25 days plus Stats

LOCATION: Midlands (Relocation assistance available where required)

Role – R&D Manager (Speciality Chemicals)

A full job brief will be made available to shortlisted candidates but in summary and in support of our growth strategy, we wish to recruit a R&D Manager to:

·People & Project Management - Manage and coach a UK based R&D Team (7 direct and 6 indirect reports) to deliver key R&D / NPD growth programmes for this division for Europe.
·Safety – Be responsible for all health and safety and drive a “Zero” incident culture
·Research & Development - Manage multiple projects aligned to business priorities and developing innovative products to maintain short and long-term growth.
·Budgetary Responsibility – Manage the investment plan for our European Adhesives laboratories.

Person Requirements – R&D Manager (Speciality Chemicals)

We would be delighted to receive applications from R&D Managers who:
·Are degree or PhD qualified in Polymer Science, Material Science or Chemistry related (Formulation or Composites) technologies.
·Are experienced in managing and coaching R&D Scientists/Chemists to develop and deliver new technologies / projects. You could already head up a R&D team looking for an innovative, progressive organisation to develop within, or be a No.2 ready to step up and lead your own R&D team.

Any experience within our product arena and/or market sectors would be advantageous but is NOT a pre-requisite as the following attributes are more important:

·The ability to manage a diverse range of characters and nationalities, balancing the need for leadership, motivation and direction to develop and deliver new, cutting edge products/solutions whilst building and maintaining a cohesive, motivated R&D team
·A commercial astute, level headed approach to all you do with a genuine passion for business and a business needs


Part of multi-billion-Dollar global group, we are one of the world’s largest manufacturers of speciality chemicals and technologies used every day in a wide variety of markets and applications.

Employing over 5000 technical specialists, from renowned scientists / research chemists to talented engineers across our global manufacturing / R&D centres, we develop practical, innovative and elegant solutions to complex problems for customers in over 100 countries worldwide.

This role falls within our Adhesives division which manufactures structural, pressure sensitive and laminating adhesives, speciality resins, varnishes and coatings for the transportation, packaging, print & converting, construction, and energy markets. This division has seen substantial growth over the last 5 years and our UK manufacturing site has benefited from significant Group investment in new laboratories, equipment and personnel.


There is huge potential for career development within the company and the group globally. We have an active policy of promotion from within and firmly believe in the further development of all personnel.

Please Note - We have been selected as the exclusive retained partner for this role so any direct applications to our client from candidates or agencies will be forwarded on to us direct.

INTERESTED? Please apply to our retained consultant John Gowen quoting R&D Manager and reference JG14791

Wallace Hind Selection. The Old Vicarage. Duston. Northants. NN5 6JB. Tel: 44 (0) 1604 758857.

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