Eastman Research & Development Manager Care Solutions in Zwijnaarde, Belgium
This is the role
We are currently seeking a highly skilled and motivated R&D Manager to join our dynamic team in our European Technology Center in Ghent (Zwijnaarde). The R&D manager will play a pivotal role in driving innovation and leading the development of new chemical products and technologies.
The R&D manager will manage the lab and lead an international team of 8 professionals who are dedicated to research, application development and technical service for Home & Personal Care products.
Key responsibilities include :
• Attracting, developing, and empowering a diverse group of talented individuals to achieve team objectives. • Creating an inclusive and supportive work environment where every team member feels valued and can contribute their unique skills in a cross-functional, international setting. • Providing coaching and guidance to foster the growth and potential of scientists with diverse backgrounds and from different regions. • Designing and executing research and development projects for new products, formulations, and product concepts to drive business growth and meet customer needs. • Developing a deep understanding of the Home & Personal Care markets, customer requirements, and emerging trends through customer engagement and collaboration with marketing teams. • Collaborating with cross-functional teams to ensure successful commercialization of products and timely project delivery. • Utilizing technical expertise to solve complex challenges and provide guidance to team members. • Developing and implementing strategies to protect and leverage emerging technology platforms through intellectual property (IP) management. • Effectively managing R&D spending, project budgets, timelines, and resources. • Staying updated with the latest advancements in personal & home care research and technology, and building and maintaining a strong network with universities and professional organizations. • Participating in safety programs and leadership team of the European Technology Center.
This is what you bring
Extensive experience in a research and development role within the chemical industry, preferably in areas such as Polymer/Material Science, Colloidal Science, Biochemistry, Surface Science, Chemical Engineering, or related fields.
Advanced degree (Ph.D., M.Sc.) in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or a related discipline is required.
Industrial experience of minimum 5 years with formulated products commonly used in Home & Personal Care applications is required.
You are an inspiring leader who fosters collaboration, values the contributions of team members, and enhances overall team performance.
Knowledge of current and proposed industry regulations and macro trends is essential.
Willingness to travel up to 20% of the time for customer engagements, trade shows, and technical conferences, both domestically and internationally.
What we offer
It’s about growth and your long-term success. At Eastman, your career path can take many routes—each offering growth opportunities, competitive salary and benefits, and a globally growing work environment. Eastman fosters a culture of diversity steeped in teamwork and employee involvement, a place where dedicated individuals turn great ideas into materials that make a difference in everyday life. We support and encourage one another and believe that leveraging diversity in our thoughts and experiences allows us to excel in business.