Global R&D Director: Phosphate Specialty Industrial

Date:  Oct 29, 2021
Posting End Date:  Dec 6, 2021

Webster Groves, MO, US, 63119

Company:  ICL Specialty Products Inc

Job Description

ICL is a leading global specialty minerals and specialty chemicals company that creates impactful solutions for humanity’s sustainability challenges in global food, agriculture and industrial markets.  ICL leverages its unique bromine, potash and phosphate resources, its passionate team of talented employees and its strong focus on R&D and technological innovation to drive growth across its end markets. With approximately 11,000 employees worldwide, ICL operates mining and production sites located in Israel, Europe, North and South America and China which are supported by worldwide distribution and supply chains. Due to strong synergies between its business units and their mutual support, ICL benefits from its advantageous size, geographical spread and operational flexibility. With a culture based upon leadership, innovation and sustainability, ICL is well positioned to be an Employer of Choice within the communities in which we operate.


In this role, you will have global accountability for R&D, Innovation and Application Development for functional ingredients like Phosphates, anti-corrosion Pigments, Dispersants.  Main application areas are in paints and coatings, construction chemicals, personal care, water treatment, pharma (Advanced Additives/AA).


I’m interested! What will I get to do in this position?

  • Establish world class highly functioning team, highly networked & best in class on technical knowledge able to interface with customers on co-development
  • Responsible for the implementation and execution of the RD&I plan for the Advanced Additives Business  
    • Refine and develop the innovation strategy together with the business, marketing functions of BU AA
    • Working together with the Business, Portfolio Management team develop and manage (own) technology roadmap
    • Planning and implementing a long-term strategy for BU AA
  • Key member of PS R&D management team
  • Establish RD AA annual budget for 2022 and 5-year Long Range Plan (LRP). Identify gaps, challenges & opportunities, build appropriate budgeting needs  
  • Coordination of R&D activities of all sites and regional R&D teams
  • Ensuring all R&D AA staff have proper tools, training and / or development necessary to perform their work efficiently and properly
  • Responsible for delivering the new product sales according to the LRP of the BU AA, supported by strong portfolio management
  • Manage the regulatory interface for AA products
  • End to end talent management, including succession planning to create a high performing R&D organization

What skills and experience do I need to be successful in this role?

  • 10+ years' experience in managing application driven R&D for specialty businesses preferably for Paints & Coatings or Construction chemicals
  • Advanced degree in relevant field: Chemistry or Engineering
  • Understanding of core functionalities relevant for Phosphates (Dispersion, Anti-Corrosion, Acidulation)
  • Understanding of regulatory requirements for Industrial Products
  • Recent R&D experience creating/developing industrial products, Preference for experience in a value-added global Paints & Coatings company
  • Deep understanding of portfolio management, and a successful track record of commercialization of innovation
  • Experience in working on a global basis, with decentralized direct reports & teams as well as a matrix corporate enabling functions
  • Experience in delivering products and services incorporating in a business-to-business context
  • Execution-focused with a sense of urgency, solutions oriented and resourcefulness, with a focus on relevance to customers across multiple end user segments
  • Open innovation mindset, cultivating (internal-external) collaborative R&D
  • Highly motivated, committed & self-managing professional
  • Demonstration of strong leadership in technical, communication and customer interactions
  • Strong business & technical acumen
  • Ability to influence peers & management within ICL
  • High energy, positive and client first leadership mindset
  • Ability to build a strong external network at customer and per group level and a potential to sit on industry advisory boards or committees
  • Fluency in English required
  • Ability to travel 10-20%, with some international travel


Job Level: 17-18 commensurate on experience


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