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Date:  Nov 24, 2023
Location:  Ann Arbor
Company:  Wacker Chemical Corporation
Are you looking for a new challenge? For our location Ann Arbor we are looking for a(n) Research and Development Technical Manager I/II 1.

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.
What do we offer?
WACKER is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and sustainability. We are innovators, researchers, and pioneers and we believe that our individual differences are our collective strength. We foster an inclusive environment that promotes individuality, celebrates diversity, and builds cohesive teams. Together, we create exceptional value for our employees, our customers, and our communities by creating a culture of inclusion and equity that enables, empowers, and values our diverse contributions. 
WACKER strives to reward its employees in a fair and equitable manner. Our Total Rewards Package considers employee wellbeing and is comprised of compensation, benefits, work-life balance, performance & recognition, and career development.
  • Compensation and Incentive plans
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance effective day 1
  • Paid Time Off in addition to personal days and holidays
  • Paid parental leave
  • Wellbeing fund
  • Flexible hybrid work arrangements
  • 401(k) with company match
  • Education Assistance Program
  • Career development and advancement opportunities
  • Support for Community Involvement
We are looking forward to your online application at
Reference Code: 24603 
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

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