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Energizer Senior Director, R&D Global Auto Care in Dayton, Ohio

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Position Summary

As a Senior Director of our R&D team for the Global Auto Care division, you will lead, manage, coordinate and control all R&D functions, budgets and services to successfully develop and implement into production new/improved products.  You will develop the vision and plans for the innovation road map and define/create the key discovery platforms that enable a stable flow of innovation.  We are looking for an individual that ensures efficiency and effectiveness of the total R&D organization. 


  • Provide leadership in managing a staff of director(s), manager(s), fellow(s), scientists and technicians. Through motivation and delegation, directs and coordinates activities of relevant R&D functions and activities

  • Work closely with Global Marketing to develop a product cycle plan and leads the effort to define what's possible and what needs to be true

  • Work closely with operations, procurement and engineering to ensure technical alignment, set priorities and develop the cost savings road map

  • Develop the vision and innovation strategy for the Auto Care R&D

  • Oversee new product development and cost savings in conjunction with production management, global implementation

  • Keep abreast of new developments in technology through professional contacts, technical literature and other methods as deemed appropriate

  • Set timely objectives and provides direction to meet established plans. Manages multiple projects simultaneously.  Effectively utilizes human resources.  Provides leadership in colleague development, coordinating cross functional programs, cross technology initiatives, communication, cost control, safety and compliance

  • Collaborate with cross-functional groups such as marketing, sales, procurement, engineering, quality, integrated supply chain, operations and other R&D units to achieve the objectives of the organization

  • Champion the use of process tools such as Stage Gate Process and continuous improvement. A key leader within the seamless technical organization

Specific Accountabilities

  • Strategic planning

  • Influential leadership

  • Innovate and facilitate Change

  • Cross-functional leadership, influence & collaboration

  • Builds a healthy culture & organization

  • Builds and creates the systems and capabilities for technical and business success

  • Creativity and agility

Required Skills and Experience

  • 4-year degree or higher in Science or Chemical/mechanical engineering

  • Minimum 15 years managing an R&D/Technical Organization and program. Knowledge of one or more of the following: material, chemistry, mechanical sciences and/or device technology

  • Experience managing large multi-functional and global technical organizations of 40 or more employees. Must have successfully directed Research & Development teams including at least 4 direct reports (managers/engineers/scientists).

  • Experience building teams to ensure necessary technical capability to deliver business results.

  • Demonstrated Strategic Thinking and Critical Thinking

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Advanced degree desirable

  • Knowledge of production process and quality

  • International experience

Working Relationships & Environment

Working Relationships

  • Reports to the Vice President & Chief Technology Officer. Key relationships internally include production, engineering, marketing, sales, quality, integrated supply chain.  External engagement includes technical alliances with other companies

Work Environment

  • Travel Requirements – domestic and international up to approximately 20%

  • Position is located in Dayton, Ohio in our division Global Auto Care hub

An Offer to Grow On

Energizer offers a competitive compensation package which includes medical and retirement savings coverage, paid holidays. Energizer is an equal opportunity employer, and we prohibit discrimination based on age, color, disability, marital or parental status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other legally protected status in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.