VP of R&D - Advanced Materials
Job Opportunity at EXEK Recruiters, Ltd.

Posted on Sep 5

http://www.exek-recruiters.com    +1 (585) 292-0550

Location: Bay City, MI
Job Type: Full Time
Job ID: W4164430


My best client, a $900MM+ Global Manufacturer, has recently created a brand new position of  VP of R&D  to head up worldwide R&D efforts within their Advanced Materials Division.  The Advanced Materials Division's primary focus is supplying the semiconductor industry with the tools it needs to produce semiconductor based products like microchips, solar cells, LEDs, etc.....  This division also creates products to serve other industries besides semiconductors, which often involve "High Temperature" applications or processes.

The primary mission of the VP of R&D is: "Allow the company to continually adapt its products or manufacturing procedures, and to create new products to meet customer needs and to respond to market evolution within the limits imposed by cost, quality, and deadlines while mastering the inherent risks of innovation."  Towards that end, the VP of R&D will work alongside the Division's main R&D team, located in Bay City, MI.  The VP will also be responsible for other R&D teams, who are located in the U.S. and Europe.

Excellent career opportunity to lead a well established R&D organization, and help it take its responsiveness and new product innovation to another level.

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen because a significant part of my client's overall business comes from the U.S. DOD.  ITAR rules.  A security clearance isn't required.
  • Must be a Materials Scientist with a strong background in CVD - Chemical Vapor Deposition as it would apply to semiconductors, metals, and/or ceramic products like glass or refractory products.
  • A Ph.D. or Masters in Materials Science, Ceramic Engineering, and/or Chemical Engineering is required.
  • Ideally seeking a veteran R&D Management Professional with over 20 years of experience working within a complex corporate / manufacturing / R&D environment.  Must have a strong hands-on background.
  • Should have a broad background in R&D project management, product knowledge, production methods, and business / market knowledge.
  • Should have solid experience in SPC & DOE / statistical methods.
  • Must be willing to travel up to 50% initially; over time it will reduce to about 25%.  Must have a valid / up-to-date Passport.
  • Strong preference for applicants, who have worked for a European manufacturer, as well as within a matrixed hierarchical management structure.
  • Strong leadership / communication skills are a must to manage the team but to also interface with customers. 
  • Should have a strong ability to anticipate changes in the Division's target markets.
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