Manager R&D LAC

Ittervoort | Techniek |

Do you have solid knowledge and experience of research & development to further develop and grow the R&D team for the BRB LAC business unit? Do you have the seniority to get things done and are you looking for a challenge within an international, growing organisation? Then read on!

What is the job about?

As a manager R&D you will manage a team of research & development professionals, overseeing projects and studies in order to investigate relationships, solve technical problems, and develop new solutions for a specific application or within a specific area of research. You will independently evaluate, select and apply standard engineering or scientific techniques, processes and criteria.

In this position you will lead the research & development team for the business unit LAC (Lube oil Additives and Chemicals). You will be responsible for developing and implementing the R&D strategy that supports the LAC Business Unit and enables it to grow. Regarding the project portfolio you are responsible from concept development to commercialization.

You will develop technical competence within the research & development team and you are responsible for designing the intellectual property (IP) strategy for continuous IP creation. As a manager you are the owner of the global R&D budget supporting the LAC division and you will report to the CEO.

You will have frequent and close contact with other internal departments to look at opportunities together and to implement your vision regarding the R&D department. Outside BRB you will build and manage an established scientific network at a global level. You do this by participating, among other things, in relevant working groups. You ensure that others know what BRB is working on and what we are capable of, and in this way you stay ahead of what other companies are undertaking.

The team

The team you will manage is based at our European R&D Center, located in the Netherlands. The team consists of currently of five colleagues. It is a multicultural team and the spoken language is English.

What's in it for you?

BRB is growing and if we want to meet all the growth expectations, the R&D department follows with ambitious growth plans as well, which will give you a variety of challenges.

The acquisition by PETRONAS offers you the best of both worlds. The advantages of a large corporate organization, but the freedom to get started with your own ideas in an entrepreneurial environment. Besides the activities, we nurture your ambition.

We also offer:

  • A good salary matching your knowledge and skills;
  • A position for at least 32 hours per week and preferable 40 hours;
  • Bonus scheme of up to 2 months’ salaries;
  • 8% holiday allowance, 29 vacation days a year and 2 more if you haven't been sick all year around
  • Travel allowance (work/home) of 19 cents per km with a max of 50 km for a single trip;
  • Pension plan (defined contribution scheme) with only 4% employee contribution and WGA gap and supplementary insurance;
  • Company laptop & phone
  • Staff events with a familial touch. For example, an annual company party, Christmas event and BRB treats you to cake on your birthday;
  • The possibility to work hybrid and flexible hours
  • You don’t have to live nearby Ittervoort if you are willing to travel to Ittervoort on a regular base. No relocation package is available for this position.

What do you bring?

We are looking for a new colleague with the right drive and a high degree of enthusiasm. Someone who wants to learn and develop oneself and the R&D LAC team while actively contributing to the growth of BRB.

You are a self-starter and an entrepreneur with a strategic vision and a very good understanding of how to create value from technology. You have the ability to build strong working relationships within R&D, sales and customers. You understand the technical part but you are also able to see the commercial opportunities and challenges.

For the team, you are the manager they can always rely on. You coach our young ambitious team grow as individuals, but also as a team..

What else do you bring:

  • 10+ years of relevant experience, including project and people leadership experience in an international environment;
  • PhD or equivalent degree in the field of chemistry, tribology, material sciences, chemical engineering or equivalent;
  • Proficiency in English, both written and oral is essential, knowledge of the Dutch language is beneficial;
  • Excellent communication skills and cross collaboration spirit.

More information or apply directly?

Does this challenging research and development manager position peak your interest and do you fit the profile? Then we would like to meet you! Apply for the position by clicking on the apply button. Do you have any questions or would you like to know more? Please feel free to contact Linda de Noronha, Recruiter.

Since we expect to be able to fill this vacancy ourselves, we only accept candidates who apply directly to us.

Who are we?

BRB International BV is a worldwide producer of chemicals, silicones and additives. By providing great flexibility and short delivery times, we differentiate ourselves from larger competitors. We also focus on R&D, global supply and our unique customizable products. From our facilities in Ittervoort, products are sold worldwide. Besides that, the organization has facilities in Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, South Africa, Brazil, Turkey, Canada, Dubai, Germany and Poland. Our customers are in a diverse range of industries, including automotive, oil / petrochemical, personal care and construction.

During the past 40 years, BRB International has grown from a small business to an international operating organization with almost 400 employees and more than 12 locations worldwide.

The involvement of our employees is great. They rate us with an 8.1 and we are proud of that. Do you want to know more about us? Then visit our website

Our application procedure:

  • You will receive a confirmation of your application
  • Your application will be screened by one of our recruiters
  • We will contact you for an intake when we see a match
  • Interviews are planned (in most procedures 2 interviews, virtual or at our office if safe and possible)
  • An assessment can be part of the selection procedure
  • If all selection steps were successful, we'll make you a job offer, depending on your job title, a "VOG" is part of our procedure
  • We will plan your onboarding
  • Welcome at BRB International!
Linda de Noronha


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