Technical Manager - Innovation Hub

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Date: Jan 7, 2023

Location: Ann Arbor, MI, US

Company: Wacker Chemie AG


Our world needs ideas! As one of the world’s most research-intensive chemical companies, Wacker has 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 13,800 employees from 70 nations. This success is grounded in our capability to develop new innovative solutions based on chemistries from our Silicones, Polymers, BioSolutions business divisions and leverage synergies wherever possible.

As part of WACKER’s commitment to sustainability, we are creating a new team designed to focus on providing sustainable, (bio)degradable, high performing, cost effective solutions catered to the Personal Care Industry. With our sustainability strategy we promote a balance between ecological, social, and economic needs to be in the forefront of next cycle of innovation



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

  • Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry, Cosmetic Science, Pharmaceutical Sciences or related field.  Master's or Doctorate in Chemical Engineering or Polymer Science is preferred.
  • 5 years minimum combined experience including technical service, application development, R&D.
  • Experience in Personal Care formulation 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.
  • Supervisory or team lead experience within a laboratory setting is required.
  • Strong commitment to environmental, health, safety and security (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
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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