R&D Process Improvement Manager

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Specific tasks:- Management of the New Product Development Process, and the New Product Development Project Portfolio, via Gensite Focus.

  • Support and training to stakeholders engaged in the New Product Development Process, including but not limited to the IPCR process, Gensite Focus etc.

  • Acts as a liaison to the BA Process Leader and IPCR team.

  • Continuous improvement of the Innovation process ensuring alignment and compliance of SMU to IPCR Innovation Process.

  • Project Managers are responsible for updating Gensite Focus, this role supports Project Managers to ensure timely update of all project documentation; this includes but is not limited to: Financial data;

  • Project objectives; Timings and milestones; Score cards etc.

  • Ensuring that projects are aligned with the SMU Mandates and differentiated market strategy

  • Analysis of revenue and value streams derived from NPD (including NPI calculations)

  • Creating output/reports and disseminating in a timely manner to senior management within the SMU, BA and Corporate (where necessary). This includes but is not limited to: Monthly Technical Report,

  • Gensite-Focus, SMU Quarterly Report, BA Quarterly Report.

  • Translate customer/market needs into coherent technical programs.

  • Support the co-ordination of technical effort for new product development projects.

  • Identify and highlight regional/local developments that have global application.

  • Identify significant technical opportunities and their potential for global exploitation.

  • Engaged in Technology Roadmapping process for SMU.

  • Provide technical support and input to SMU / BA sustainability activities including but not limited to: EPS Portfolio; LCA Evaluations; Carbon Footprint models; Energy usage models; Renewable raw

  • materials.

  • Be familiar with all the applicable corporate as well as site and laboratory policies/procedures with regard to personal conduct, HSE and Product Safety & Regulatory Affairs (PSRA) standards and

  • ensuring that all R&D staff in the team(s) works according to AN HSE and compliance policies.

Main Management Responsibilities:- Acts as an ambassador and encouraging talent processes and engagement.

  • Ensures a job profile is in place, sets objectives for team members, reviews development and provides clear, open and constructive feedback on performance combined with the appropriate actions.

  • Strengthens the talent pipeline by developing talent and regularly assesses and discusses talent and internal movement. Continuously monitors and evaluates retention risk.

  • Stimulates, manages and follows through on employee engagement and builds on the workforce to reflect the societies and markets in which we do business (D&I).

  • Creates an open environment in the team where all people can perform at their best and stimulates the development of others and ensures an engaged team.

  • Ensures reporting line is fully informed and acts in line with HSE and Compliance regulations.

  • Manages and plans relevant (departmental) budget and proactively manages the costs.

  • Reports on progress on a continuous base.


  • Focus on what we have in common, not on what is different.

  • Helicopter view.

  • Not detailed oriented, although a technical background will be necessary to be able to convince.

  • Candidate will need an R&D or technical background, academic background, min. 6 years of experience (more preferred).

  • Needs to be able to adapt to different situations, to be able to convince, harmonize, and sell ideas.

  • Experience with project management en R&D, strong analytical skills and  helicopter view, strong social skills. NB: we're not looking for a process engineer!

Work location

Amsterdam. Travelling will be required as we have different sites in Europe (e.g. UK, Sweden, Germany, Spain)


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