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Head of Research and Development- Home Products

We have been chosen by an international market leader in flooring products to identify and attract a high calibre R&D leader to set up a new research and development function in the USA.

THE COMPANY 

Our client specialises in the development, manufacture and distribution of high quality flooring products.  It is a global business, long established, with a solid financial position.  The organisation has offices and manufacturing partners worldwide and its customers are based mainly in the US and Europe.  The company is looking for continued sales growth in the domestic market along with opportunities to expand significantly in the international arena where it is already active. 

THE OPPORTUNITY

The company intends to set up a new research and development function to lead research and product development strategy and maintain quality standards of its products for US, Europe and the international market.  It will also include the establishment of a new testing laboratory. To achieve this it has created the new position of Head of Research and Development. 

This is an exciting opportunity for a high calibre individual to join a market leading flooring company that is genuinely international and characterised by innovation and forward thinking. Success in this key strategic role will create excellent prospects and lead to a Director position for the right person. 

THE POSITION

Reporting to the CEO the Research and Development Director establish a new research and development facilility.Key Responsibilities will include leading the company on research and product development strategy, partnering with the  manufacturing and quality control groups based around the world, representing the company in meetings of international industry bodies and keeping abreast of all legislation, industry guidelines, safety and environmental aspects.The position will be based in the US and will involve travel to Europe and Asia. 

THE PERSON 

The successful candidate will have Degree level education in chemical engineering or material science and a track record of achievement at a management level in one or more of: research and development, technical management, quality assurance, project management. He/she will have a full knowledge of the environmental issues and experience of leading and delivering sustainability in the development/manufacture of vinyl flooring products. Exceptional personal qualities are required which will include: aptitude and enthusiasm to set up a new function, strong relationship management skills and the capability to problem solve and generate ideas and solutions.


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