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Sr. Director, R&D

Division Information The Home & Garden business unit of Spectrum Brands is based in St. Louis, Missouri with distribution, manufacturing and sales offices throughout the US and globe. We are a leading supplier of consumer products nationally for the home, lawn and garden, insect and weed control markets. We deliver groundbreaking products of exceptional value and top-notch quality to consumers with our well-recognized brands including Spectracide , Hot Shot , Cutter , Repel , Black Flag , Garden Safe , EcoLogic and Liquid Fence . Job Summary The Sr. Director, R&D will provide leadership and direction for the Home & Garden Research & Development Function, with responsibility for managing, mentoring, and developing a team of chemists & biologists. This role drives the team's ability to quickly formulate, develop and deliver products that meet commercial needs for incremental improvement & innovation. Under the Sr. Director's leadership, the team also provides technical support for raw materials evaluation, cost improvement initiatives, manufacturing operations, product label and marketing claims review, and Regulatory Compliance. The Sr. Director also functions as the Facility Manager for all in-house GLP (Good Laboratory Practice) activities as well as the Study Sponsor for all GLP studies conducted in-house and at third party laboratories. Primary Duties & Responsibilities General Accountable for delivering or assisting in delivering key R&D & corporate performance indicators including innovation, development, production, regulatory compliance, cost, safety & quality. Provide support to Marketing, Sales, Sourcing, Consumer Services, Manufacturing and Regulatory teams as needed. Provide support to international teams, including advising 3rd parties on new product development efforts. Provide strategic vision and leadership to shape processes and best practices for innovation in R&D, and speed-to-market. Must understand and demonstrate safe work practices at all times to ensure a safe work environment. Direct the hiring and training new department personnel. Promote a strong positive team spirit and work to develop a culture that is positive and rooted in respect as well as accountability. Actively providing coaching, development and supervision for R&D Staff. Comply with all company policies and procedures. Research & Development Work with Marketing to help define product innovation & improvement concepts and serve as subject matter expert on technical issues, requirements and timelines relative to viability & implementation. Direct formulation development and testing to meet project objectives. This includes development of new products, product improvements, cost savings initiatives and formula revisions to address changing Regulatory requirements. Keep current on new technology developments and Regulatory requirements in the areas of formulas, active ingredients, surfactants and emulsifiers, delivery methods and other chemicals used in Pet and Home & Garden chemical consumer packaged goods products. Work with raw material suppliers and other outside partners to identify and evaluate new chemicals and technologies. Lead and monitor product development in compliance with established internal guidelines and standard operating procedures. Ensure compliance with all EPA and state requirements and regulations related to the formulation and testing of registered pesticides. Education and Experience Profile MS in Chemistry or equivalent. 15+ years of previous experience in formulation development and testing, preferably in consumer packaged goods. Specific experience in the development and testing of EPA registered pesticides is a must. At least 5 years of direct supervisory experience. Proven track record of successful new product development and launch. Ability to work independently and execute multiple projects in a timely manner. Demonstrated strong leadership, communication and interpersonal skills to work in a collaborative team environment. Ability to work with multi-functional teams and effectively interface with external partners. Required Skills Knowledge of laboratory operations and safety requirements. Strong understanding of principles of formula development and testing, including inert ingredient uses and interactions. Strong knowledge of regulations related to the development and testing of EPA registered formulas, including the ability to implement and monitor Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) requirements. Strong knowledge regarding federal, state and local regulations regarding consumer packaged goods. Project management skills and cross functional team leadership skills. Effective presentation skills. Ability to deal with ambiguity. Superb coaching and mentoring skills. Excellent planning and organizational skills. Ability to manage a team. Effective written and verbal communication skills. Exceptional problem solving, critical thinking and decision making abilities. Creative, highly motivated and self-starting. Work Environment Working conditions are normal for an office and R&D Laboratory environment. 15% travel. The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this job/classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job. Spectrum Brands is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. US09219
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Minimum Qualification
15+ years

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