Plastic & Rubber S&T Director

Job location:
Toulouse, France
Created moment:
June 28, 2024
Job reference:
REQ - 08403

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.
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The Position

Plastic & Rubber S&T Director

Job Summary

Leads the PM EMEA Science and Technology (R&D) development efforts, in accordance with Imerys and PM EMEA & APAC BA strategy for plastic and rubber markets


Responsible for developing the necessary technologies and laboratory capabilities to support of PM EMEA plastic and rubber markets (new products, new applications, new services)
Participate in nurturing Imerys relationships with PM EMEA customers, in particular customers’ R&D
Sets overall S&T plan on the PM EMEA plastic and rubber markets roadmaps issued from Marketing and define with business the prioritization of technical work
Works closely with PARP market VP (and/or delegates) to:
Drive NPD technical development of PM EMEA plastic and rubber markets with a focus on short and medium term projects
Manage NPD projects for PM EMEA plastic and rubber markets through accolade
Ensures tight coordination with PM EMEA Operations and plastic and rubber markets teams (Commercial, Marketing and Business teams, Technical Services)
Ensure coordination between other  PM geographies (Americas, APAC) to avoid duplication and knowledge/asset/skill
Leads Polymer and Rubber S&T team through appropriate management rituals and attracts, develops and retains team members in his/ her perimeter (beyond direct reports) 
Act as a key member of the BA S&T management team in Europe


Technology Accountability: efficient use of resources to deliver timely technology solutions
Portfolio of R&D projects Co-Accountability with Business leaders for plastic and rubber markets : Portfolio vitality (number of gates passed and launches), alignment with market strategy, and NPD sales   
Laboratory safety and lab assets acquisition and maintenance
Opex & Capex budget for plastic and rubber S&T labs and team members
Team and people growth (incl. coaching and development plans of direct reports)
IP portfolio development and maintenance for plastic and rubber markets 

Solid line: managers or individual contributor from S&T functions assigned to the Plastic & Rubber S&T teams (Engineers or Technicians)
External stakeholders: customers, professional associations, scientific communities, Universities, external companies for subcontracting lab works

Competenceis & experience:

Key competencies

  • Seasoned S&T (R&D) engineer or PhD
  • Technology and/or application development
  • Intellectual property portfolio development 
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Experience managing scientists and technical teams
  • Product development from idea to launch
  • Demonstrated capability to deliver results in a challenging environment
  • Business acumen
  • Extensive internal & external technical networks in polymer and rubber industries

Ideal background/ experience

  • PhD in Chemistry, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering, or Polymer Science
  • 10+ years of work experience, including 5-10 years of leadership roles R&D roles in industry

Typical profile

  • S&T Senior Manager or R&D Director in polymer industry
  • Location: Toulouse, France or Par Moor, United Kingdom 

Position Type

Full time



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IMERYS is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer and it is our policy to not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected by federal, state or local laws.