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R&D Director - Devices, Reckitt Hygiene

Focusing on device development and supply, you’ll:

Be an influential and humble leader, with extensive experience in the technical design, development, validation and manufacture of devices. You’ll be flexible, creative and entrepreneurial and will challenge the status quo. You’ll be enthusiastic in managing diverse cultural teams and developing a high performing team to supply innovative delivery solutions.

You’ll succeed because…

…you’re a natural member of the team as you:

  • MS degree or PhD (not compulsory) in Engineering
  • 15+ years of experience in developing powered devices & packaging in (ideally) homecare or personal care and a deep knowledge of manufacturing (including assembly), electronics and supply services. A good understanding of material science is preferable.  
  • Have the leadership and communication skills needed to get others behind your projects, focused on business strategy, superior consumers experience, purpose of our brands and delivery.
  • Have a working knowledge of external partnership management and drive strong relationships internally and externally with current and future partners, inspiring trust and managing conflict.
  • Can communicate technical and supply challenges with clarity and speed.
  • Are skilled in prioritisation, risks assessment & management, action planning, able to manage a cross functional team at pace and with accuracy to resolve development and supply issues.
  • Are experienced working in an agile environment and can deliver results through focused activity with your team.
  • Have worked in a fast paced FMCG setting before and enjoy working with a sense of urgency – acting proactively to avoid failure.
  • Are experienced in building and leading a team of 30+ development engineers and Supply services

You will bring skills to the table. You will be:

  • Creating a high performing team environment, building the Reckitt talent pipeline to create experts and leaders of the future. Uses political agility to drive results and inspire others.
  • Collaborating with other supply chain leaders to drive efficiencies across the business acting as an integrated partner. 
  • Partner with the Procurement team to build a strong ecosystem of development and manufacturing partners, supporting launch of innovations at speed, while leveraging competitive briefs to lower costs.
  • Driving innovation within teams with a strong bias for an action and growth mindset. Working with cross functional teams on device developments that will drive top and bottom line growth.
  • Supporting and delivering device innovations across categories within Reckitt Hygiene and Health BU’s. Managing the roll out and delivery of devices on time, applying the best assessment of the investment needed to accomplish tasks and projects.
  • Managing a budget for your R&D and Supply teams, funding to ensure efficiencies and ROI are captured and improved..
  • Speaking Chinese is a plus.

You’ll love it because…

In Reckitt we have the freedom to succeed by enabling and delivering sustainable innovation that drives consumer preference. We are a lean organization so prioritizing and focusing on what really matters is vital and exercising it with speed is fundamental to the way that we add sustainable commercial value each day.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, disability or medical condition; colour, ethnicity, race, citizenship, and national origin; religion; pregnancy, family status and caring responsibilities; sexual orientation; sex, gender identity, gender expression, and transgender identity; protected veteran status; size or any other basis protected by appropriate law. 

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