Research & Development Technical Manager I/II

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Date: May 18, 2022

Location: Ann Arbor, MI, US

Company: Wacker Chemie AG


Our world needs ideas! As one of the world’s most research-intensive chemical companies, we have been developing leading solutions for numerous sectors – from construction to photovoltaics and cosmetics to rubber – for over 100 years. We have a global presence with production sites on three continents and 14,600 employees from 70 nations.


WACKER SILICONES is one of the world’s biggest silicone manufacturers with silicone-based system solutions and over 3,000 different products.  At our At our R&D Center Ann Arbor site, we are currently looking for a  ​Research & Development Technical Manager I/II​ to join our growing team.


Job Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership and technical direction to all stages of interdisciplinary R&D projects to reach milestones and targets in a timely manner. Advance competitiveness of technology fields of business division. Lead and support project teams, communicate and document results, focus resources to meet priorities, survey IP landscape and generate IP, coordinate/align with internal stakeholders as needed
  • Lead a team of 2-4 scientists: help foster a high performance organization by setting an example in scientific excellence, work ethic, leadership, safety and training. Support recruiting and onboarding, conduct performance reviews, and drive professional development of team members
  • Contribute to a creative R&D environment in internal and external innovation discovery discussions, and develop and evaluate and new ideas. Collaborate with internal partners to translate market needs into future projects.
  • Manage all aspects of an advanced laboratory setting, with emphasis on EHS excellence. Plan, purchase and maintain laboratory equipment and instrumentation. Further strengthen safety protocols and practices
  • Communicate with internal and external stakeholders, both regionally and globally, to support and advance developments. Present WACKER's innovative strength and disseminate technical developments through publications and presentations
  • Initiate and direct external testing and scientific collaborations


  • Minimum of M.S. Chemistry, Polymer Science or related field, Ph.D preferred
  • Minimum of 7 years’ experience in a relevant field, including 3 years of technical supervisory or leadership experience
  • Expert knowledge of Chemistry, Polymer Science or related field; knowledge of Silicone Chemistry is a plus
  • Strong technical leadership and project management skills proven by successful completion of multiple R&D programs
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills - excellent scientific writing skills demonstrated by multiple technical publications and patents
  • Excellent organizations and interpersonal skills; ability to multi-task in a fast paced environment with changing priorities. Must be able to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team in a global setting
  • Strong background in R&D processes and IP related aspects required
  • Supervisory or team lead experience within a laboratory setting is required
  • Strong commitment to EHSS excellence 



WACKER, as an innovative chemical company, makes a vital contribution toward improving the quality of life around the world by developing intelligent solutions for sustainable growth. Our culture focuses on building and retaining diverse and inclusive teams. WACKER offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, competitive benefit offerings and beyond through giving back to our communities.


Be part of our WACKER family, across all nations!


We are looking forward to your online application at www.wacker.com.
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The information contained herein is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of the job, nor are they intended to be an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to do the job. A minimum requirement for this US-based position is the ability to work legally in the United States on a permanent unrestricted basis.  Visa sponsorship is not available for this position, including for any type of US permanent residency (e.g., for a Green card).


WACKER is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class.

Nearest Major Market: Ann Arbor
Nearest Secondary Market: Detroit