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Group Leader - ADFORS - Job Opening ID: 552887

Saint-Gobain’s North American R&D center is looking for driven, talented, and experienced researchers to join our current team in conducting research for the parent business, developing technical base, and formulating strategy for future research within the group. Projects will focus on improvement of processes, performance and product development activities related to Saint-Gobain extensive product line.

As a Group Leader, the candidate will be expected to effectively lead cross functional teams by managing others to execute and deliver project objectives. The candidate will be expected to lead R&D projects in the areas of product development and application technology, collaborate effectively with R&D colleagues, product managers, product engineers, application engineers, external partners and external customers, discuss, create and execute project plans, design and conduct experiments, analyze data, and present findings in written and oral formats. Candidate is also expected to play a role in proposing projects and programs to the R&D and to the business. Further the candidate with be responsible for developing direct reports and others within group. 

  • Utilizes broad technical background and experience to develop and/or improve products, processes, and performance and/or reduce costs within a major product area.  
  • Stays aware of new technology applications and competitive uses of same in work with materials, products and processes, and in development of new knowledge and applies this to personal research/ products. 
  • Demonstrates open and collaborative approach in all areas of responsibility.   
  • Seeks out others to enhance and streamline development and decision making. 
  • Propose support and expertise from the team to the other business functions engaged in business projects. 
  • Able to communicate technically with internal competencies, university collaborators and customers and utilize knowledge to advance projects and identify productive synergies.   
  • Required to develop assigned employees and self to fullest potential.   
  • Submits proposals and takes decision on IP in agreement with upper management and business.
  • Is seen as a technical leader by others.    
  • Understands Gate Process methodology/ideology and utilizes and incorporates it  in research projects. 
  • Be able to fill in standard deliverables for project management through interactions with internal contacts outside of R&D. 
  • Holds team and group accountable for following gate methodology for any projects R&D group is responsible for.


  • Must possess a body of technical work commensurate with their years of experience including but not limited to: demonstration of familiarity with one or several of the following technical fields: textile products, functions and manufacturing technologies, polymer science and polymeric coating formulation, surface science, material characterization and analysis, statistical tools, data analysis, and drawing conclusions based on a collection of basic data and interpretation, IP, Patents, and technical documents.    
  • Demonstrated ability to lead projects within a structured process (Gate). 
  • Demonstrated ability to give and receive constructive feedback.   
  • Demonstrated ability to network within and out of group.  
  • Respectful communication and ability to collaborate in a team environment required.   
  • Demonstrated ability to network within and out of group.  
  • Develop ability to maintain composure and organize teams in high pressure situation.  
  • Demonstrated ability to function seamlessly in a business environment, interfacing and taking an active role in business project that may not have a predominant technical focus. 
  • Demonstrated understanding of company policies  Demonstrated understanding of corporate structure.


  • BS Degree with a minimum of 15+ years’ experience, or MS with 10+ years of experience, or PhD with 6+ years plus demonstrated technical judgment/accomplishments in Material Science, Mechanical Engineering, textile technologies or other related disciplines.



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