Polymer Compounds NPD Manager - PM EMEA

Job location:
Toulouse, France
Created moment:
March 13, 2024
Job reference:
REQ - 08002

The Company

The world’s leading supplier of mineral-based specialty solutions for industry with 14,000 employees, operations in more than 40 countries, and €4.3 billion in revenue in 2022.
Imerys delivers high-value-added, functional solutions to a great number of sectors, from processing industries to consumer goods. The Group draws on its understanding of applications, technological knowledge and expertise in material science to deliver solutions by beneficiating its mineral resources, synthetic minerals and formulations. Imerys’ solutions contribute essential properties to customers’ products and their performance, including heat resistance, hardness, conductivity, opacity, durability, purity, lightness, filtration, absorption and water repellency. Imerys is determined to develop responsibly, in particular by fostering the emergence of environmentally-friendly products and processes.
If you want to grow your skills and develop your career, find out more at www.imerys.com

The Position

Polymer Compounds NPD Manager - PM EMEA

Job Summary


  • Responsible for the S&T projects’ execution and the development of the necessary technologies, materials understanding and products related to the projects she/he is in charge.
  • Define development lab program and perform lab studies to support the project developments and provide comprehensive lab reports and presentations
  • Accountable for resources used to deliver at expected performance & time & cost new product solutions.
  • Maintain a close coordination and alignment with the other projects’ stakeholders – in particular outside S&T-, challenge them as needed on their input, to ensure an efficient NPD process from idea until post launch.
  • Coordinate smoothly with her/his peers the allocation of polymer S&T lab resources in compliance with own deadlines and overall team priorities.
  • Seek S&T Process team support, in particular when available technologies represent a hurdle to new product design
  • Keep his/her awareness on technologies/products/markets evolution through continuous acquisition of external data (litterature review, conferences, webinars...)
  • Perform lab studies to support the TAR (Technical Assistance Request) process in a timely manner.
  • Beyond customers’ interactions, pro-actively interact with her/his other partners in the ecosystem :
    • Act as “Hub and spoke” with APAC and AM regions
    • Nurture relationships with Academic world, Private labs to facilitate as needed outsourcing.
    • Drive lab equipments acquisition, commissioning and maintenance for her/his perimeter

Key deliverables

  • Pro-actively fuel our ideation process and our NPD pipeline
  • Establish the product specification datasheet and contribute to product launch kit under the lead of Marketing
  • Propose mineral solutions for unmet customer needs
  • Report in a timely manner progress to N+1, Mngt team and peers (monthly activity, research progress, Accolade…)
  • Produce scientific / technical articles to grow Imerys visibility through communication in professional media
  • Propose understanding the structure-properties relationships of polymer matrix and minerals / additives
  • Propose and draft documents (invention report, patent…) to protect our intellectual property
  • Contribute directly to S&T budget preparation (capex, external fees)
  • Disseminate across our polymer community findings and learnings from readings / conferences / meetings...

Experience & Competencies

  • Key Scientific & Technical Competencies
    • You bring theoretical and practical expert competences in polymer compounds and ideally you demonstrate a proven R&D experiences in rubber and plastics materials and their processing applying SOP / GLP (Good Laboratory Practice).
    • Intimate with leading NPD project at R&D perimeter and embedding a value in use/price positioning approach at an early stage of project life.
    • Acquaintance with project management role overarching all the workstreams from ideation to product launch is a plus
    • Knowledges in mineral additives for polymer compounds and surface functionalization is a plus
    • Skills and practice of Design of Experiment (DOE), Principal Analysis Component (ACP), root cause analysis is a plus
  • Soft Skills
    • You have a visionary and innovative mindset
    • Natural appetite to propose solutions, to “brake the code” of materials structure-properties relationship
    • Provide clear instructions to Technicians and make sure those instructions are understood
    • Ability to inspire, motivate, help Technicians growing. Stimulate their curiosity and engagement by explaining the crucial link between lab work deliverables and customers’ needs.
    • Strong interpersonal skills and a proven ability to work in a transversal environment
    • Ability to convince (speech & presentation) both Imerys and external audiences
    • Deliver results in a timely manner and in a challenging environment
    • Transparency, reliable results, sharp & clear written and spoken communication
  • Education
    • Msc, preferably PhD, in Polymer Science, Chemistry, Materials Science or Chemical Engineering,
    • Demonstrating a degree within the area of polymer compounds will be much appreciated.
    • A first experience in minerals additives for polymer compounds is considered as a plus but not mandatory
  • Other requirements:
    • Work in an international environment is a plus
    • Fluent English written, spoken… second EU language appreciated (German, Italian, French)
    • Mobility for regular short business trips in Europe (~20%) and occasionnally outside of EU.
  • Ideal profile
    • Material Scientist, Technical Service, New Product Developper already acting (+7years) in the rubber value chain and with a natural customer oriented mindset.

Position Type

Full time



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