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Date:  Sep 14, 2023
Location:  Ann Arbor
Company:  Wacker Chemical Corporation
Do you want to take responsibility and make a difference with your work? With your expertise, we can achieve great goals together. We are WACKER - Reliable. Determined. Ambitious. As one of the world's most research-intensive chemical companies, we've been making countless products that are an integral part of your everyday life possible for over 100 years. From vegan food to resource-efficient buildings to solar cells, we develop sustainable solutions that change the future.
To strengthen our team in Ann Arbor,
we are looking for you as a(n) Technical Manager - Innovation Hub 1.


Job Responsibilities

  • Responsible for leadership of an application laboratory in the Personal Care market segment, including technical and administrative leadership of laboratory staff.
  • Implementation of a new product platform with focus on sustainability for the target market.
  • Development of a mid- and long-term product strategy with a focus on sustainability and competitive environment.
  • Product development including project leadership of development projects.
  • 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.
  • Initiation, participation to and coordination of R&D-projects.
  • Literature and patent search, as well as market search together with business development.
  • Collaboration in international project teams.
  • Maintaining and strengthen multidisciplinary interactions with the business teams and segment management and R&D.


Job Qualifications

  • Master's Degree in Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry, Cosmetic Science, Pharmaceutical Sciences or related field. Doctorate in Chemical Engineering or Polymer Science is preferred.
  • 5 years minimum combined experience including technical service, application development, R&D in Personal Care space.
  • Experience in Personal Care formulation and analytical work desired.
  • Knowledge in the field of sustainable, renewable raw materials preferred.
  • Prior customer and/or supplier engagement preferred.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrated leadership and project management skills.
  • At least 3 years of supervisory or team lead experience within a laboratory setting is required.
  • Strong commitment to environmental, health, safety and security (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: 25307 
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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