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Sr. Director - Research, Development, and Innovation

Date: Jun 3, 2021

Location: Harvey, IL, US

Company: FUCHS Group

Welcome to the FUCHS Group, the world’s number one independent manufacturer of lubricants and related specialties. As a global company with roots in Germany, we expand the possibilities of whole industries, such as the automotive and aerospace sectors. More than 5,000 employees look closer, dig deeper and think further to create innovations and develop markets. That is what drives and connects us. We encourage our employees to expand their potential and grow together with us. Explore your specialties by joining us as
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Your responsibilities:

The Sr. Director, R&D & Innovation, reporting to the Vice President, Technical & Product Management, will be responsible for driving inclusive thought leadership and innovative creativity across all Metal Processing, Industrial, Specialties, OEM/Automotive Fluid and Grease R&D activities for North America.  This strategically important leadership role will have direct accountability over a diverse, technical team of 5-7 chemists and scientists; indrectly leading a team of over 50 team members.  This successful leader will be empowered with the responsibilty for delivering the following:

  • Participate as an acting member of, and contributor to, the Regional Technical and Product Management Leadership team.
  • Drive, develop and provide managerial oversight of new product and process development activities across all regional business divisions through the stage-gate product development request (PDR) platform. Allocate and direct adequate resources for global projects requiring regional contributions.
  • Ensure alignment and stewardship of project portfolio with goals and expectations from product management, business segments, sales and other key internal stakeholders.  Communicate key performance metrics. 
  • Strongly influence Americas regional innovation narrative through ownership, execution and agile refinement of the Fuchs2025 R&D Technical Roadmap
  • Accelerate integration of digital methods within R&D, further capturing the innovation spirit while increasing and evolving our modern approach to product development activities
  • Through global cross-functional collaboration with Regional Hubs within Fuchs technical community, serve as key technology and innovation ambassador in supporting and driving key Fuchs2025 technical initiatives at the regional level. 
  • Depending on experiences and skillset, participate as an acting member in select global Key Working Groups (KWGs) across the Fuchs business to further support R&D, product development, launch, and on-going success of product pipeline.
  • As a motivational leader, through sharing of knowledge and experience, inspire research groups in bringing forth a new wave of ideas and concepts (i.e. an ideation ecosystem) that have the potential of profoundly impacting our business over the medium & long-term.
  • Collaborate cross functionally to support the company’s profitability though its sales, manufacturing, marketing, product development, and general management functions.
  • Champion technical considerations and efforts in the areas of product and raw material complexity impacting Product Management, Procurement and Supply Chain
  • Interact with customers to demonstrate the company’s commitment to technical excellence and customer intimacy in order to maintain a compeitive advantage in the markets Fuchs serves.
  • Through affilations and consortia participations, keep abreast of industry trends to further to align R&D priorities with business goals.
  • Foster a collaborative, high performance work environment focused on continuous improvement while promoting a culture of coaching, mentorship and continuous learning.
  • Lead by example by demonstrating Fuchs’s core values every day, i.e., trust, creating value, respect, reliability, and integrity.
  • Aligning with our Fuchs2025 goals, collaborate with regional HR partners to build effective succession plans through developing, attracting and retaining talent within RD&I group
  • Effectively manage budgets and allocate resources to achieve both short term and long term goals, including capital expenditures to increase company’s R&D capabilities and capacities.



Qualifications we are looking for:

  • MS in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or related techinal field required, Ph. D. preferred.
  • 7-10 years of progressive leadership experience with demonstrated performance of collaborative team development across cross-functional teams in a matrix regional/global organization
  • Experience in the conceptualization, generation and implementation of tactical and strategic planning
  • Strong technical, product development and project management knowledge and experiences from within any of the Industrial, Specialty and/or Transportation lubricants or specialty chemicals sector.
  • Strong communication, presentation and leadership skills with an ability to effectively connect with team members across different groups with different disciplines and varying degrees of skillsets. 
  • Demonstrated success in strategic planning, and resource management with an aptitude for making sound group decisions    
  • Ability to demonstrate a disciplined, at times creative, approach to problem solving, project triage, and stage/gate processing.


These are your benefits:

Fuchs Lubricants Co. offers an excellent compensation and benefits package. The benefits package offered to full-time employees includes: medical, dental, vision, vacation, 401(k), life insurance, LTD, flexible spending accounts, and tuition reimbursement.


Fuchs Lubricants Co. is an equal employment opportunity (EEO)/AA employer and strongly supports diversity in the workplace (m/f/d/v).

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