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R&D Head of Professional / Consumer

RemoteRomania, Argeș, Curtea de ArgesCER Cleaning Equipment-Kärcher subsidiary

Job description


  • Leads development projects for Professional / Consumer R&D teams;
  • Apply R&D local strategy in line with Group strategy;
  • Creates vision for strategic workforce planning, talent development, succession planning, organizational development (including roles and responsibilities), engagement, communication;
  • Foster R&D collaboration with other departments (Production, Quality, PM, Sourcing, Logistic, Financial) for current and future projects.
  • Leads and participates in product innovation projects;
  • Continuous improvement through effective processes and tools;
  • Incorporates relevant design expertise and experience in projects in line with Group strategy;
  • Encourages creativity in R&D teams;
  • Actively searches for best-in-class technologies among competitors and develops innovation;
  • Cooperates closely with local & group partners to assure customer focus and target costing;
  • Coordinates and assure the right allocation of the resources;
  • Establishes and maintains operational budgets for OPEX / CAPEX / FTE;
  • Supports R&D projects at local & group level participating in meetings and sharing technical information and "best-practices”;
  • Cooperates with design committee to ensure brand-consistent design of product ranges;
  • Develops employees assigned to his department;
  • Ensure the correct application of relevant local & Group tools/regulations/norms/standards;
  • Participates in global and local meetings;

Job requirements

Required Qualifications

  • University degree in engineering is required ( mechanical, electrical or electronical field);
  • Experience in mentoring, building high performing R&D teams;
  • Demonstrated capability in initiating and executing change;
  • 5 years’ experience in R&D in industry companies;
  • at least 3 years' experience in coordinating teams and projects;
  • Demonstrated leadership, strategic capabilities and management experience in technology and/or business;
  • Ability to work in 3D modeling software and finite element analysis;
  • Demonstrated capability in leading others in the development of creative innovations and solutions;
  • Experience in project management;
  • Experience in designing and managing processes;
  • Demonstrated capability to shape and prioritize the technology portfolio in alignment with business strategy;
  • Capability in managing people and complexity in a multinational environment is needed ;
  • Capability to promote team-working and collaboration among the different functions, together with an attitude to measure performances by KPIs is highly appreciated ;
  • Ability to translate industry / market trends into new opportunities and solutions for technology;
  • Capability to promote team-working and collaboration among the different functions, together with an attitude to measure performances by KPIs is highly appreciated ;
  • Strategic thinking, entrepreneurship and encouragement of driving for creative, marketable solutions is highly appreciated ;
  • Drive for excellence is expected ;
  • Fluency in English , German is an advantage;
  • A previous experience in innovation is highly appreciated;
  • Ability to travel approximately 10%;

Preferred Qualifications

  • 5+ years’ experience in multinational company
  • Experience with cross-functional and multi-cultural teams
  • Automotive and / or other production industry with technical expertise