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Director of R&D

Lucas Group

Northern, NJ
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Director of R&D
Job code: 228070

Job Description:

Lucas Group is actively searching for an experienced professional for a newly created Director, Research & Development postion for our client.  This position is responsible for the Research and Development of the company’s technology and products.  It plans, directs, coordinates and conducts research and development programs and manages staff to meet corporate objectives. 


This position supervises 3 (or more) employees.

Design, implement and manage an R&D department that meets corporate objectives

Hire, train and motivate staff

Identify, clarify, prioritize, design and complete research programs to meet corporate objectives

Reduce cost and risk, to the company, by managing technical challenges

Provide technical service, for internal customers, as related to product use and performance, complaint investigations, compliance with regulations, technical literature review, specification development and process validation

Establish performance standards, including quality control standards, for all products

Manage and expand the corporate portfolio of Intellectual Property, including Patents

Maintain technical vendor relationships (laboratories, suppliers, consultants)

Establish and maintain university research relationships

Provide an annual plan and budget for area of responsibility

Maintain the effectiveness and safety of the R&D facility

Perform other duties as assigned

Within the company, this role will work cross-functionally with sales and marketing, operations, quality assurance, and testing & certification personnel.

Outside the company, this role will interface with Technical, QA, and EH&S 3rd party contractors as well as vendors, regulatory agencies, attorneys, and customers.

Job titles directly supervised include: Senior Research Scientist, Section Lead, R&D Scientist, and R&D Technician.

Scope:Responsible for research and development of the company’s Static Fire Resistive Material (SFRM) and Intumescent Fire Resistive Materials (IFRM) product categories. 

Responsible for the R&D physical facility, equipment and R&D personnel safety.

This is a practical position as well as administrative.  It is expected that this position will, from time to time, be directly conducting some research activity.

Experience and Education Requirements:

Minimum 15 years with specific experience and success in conducting R&D projects, Managing R&D personnel and multiple projects, interfacing with sales and marketing for the express purpose of technology development and developing and managing a budget.

PhD degree in a science or engineering field is required

Additional practical experince in patent application process, general business, strategic marketing, quality assurance, and operations is also desired.

Required Skills:

Must be technically competent

Must be highly organized and be able to manage multiple, complicated, projects simultaneously

Must communicate effectively in verbal, written and presentation form to diverse audiences

Must be able to logically assess technical issues, determine critical elements, evaluate solutions and decide best course of action

Must be a strong leader with the ability to motivate personnel and work under pressure

Must be able to build consensus and influence behavior

Must be self-motivated, curious and willing to work “hands-on” with an efficient and effective style

Must be able to work atypical hours and travel internationally



IMPORTANT: Please attach your resume in Word format.

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