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Senior Research Director Lubricants and Petroleum Derivatives

Company name
Apple & Associates, Inc.

200,000 - $225,000

, PA
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We are seeking an experienced “hands on” Research Director

to lead a skilled team of scientists and innovators in areas of disruptive new product development, cost-effective scale up, and full commercialization of new specialty petroleum products. Lead an accomplished team of scientific, engineering, and operations professionals at this modern specialty oil refinery in Pennsylvania as they develop new technologies in base oils, lubricants, and specialty hydrocarbon additives for the consumer products marketplace. This is a HIGH VISIBILITY role where you can truly help shape the future direction and profitability of the company. This role is a key member of the Executive Leadership Team and offers significant opportunities for career advancement.

Essential Job Functions include:

Oversee the research, planning, and execution of laboratory, pilot plant, and commercial scale experiments in the development of new products and technologies

Lead and mentor the research team comprised of PhD and M.S. Chemical Engineers, Chemists, and Laboratory Technicians in the development of new lube oils, specialty waxes, and various other petroleum distillate products

Interface with plant Process Engineers to apply sound chemical engineering principles in the identification and development of process technology and improvement projects

Develop best practices and processes while driving continuous improvement throughout the innovation and R&D department

Analyze experimental data and testing methods using statistical techniques

Review technical reports and present findings to executive management

Interface with internal and external customers and academia in the definition and development of new product applications

Collaborate with R&D, Operations, and Sales & Marketing teams to ensure that new products meet customers’ quality, performance, and economic needs

Periodic (10%) travel required to visit customer sites or participate in industry conferences

Qualifications for this role include:

Advanced Degree (MS and/or PhD) in Chemical Engineering or Petroleum Engineering

10-15 years of R&D experience within the Oil & Gas, Hydrocarbon Processing, Refining, or Petrochemical industries

Proven success in leadership roles encompassing innovation, strategy, training, planning, and product commercialization

Understanding of the patent process and holds at least one patent or published article in a technical journal

Expertise in Hydroprocessing is a plus, but not required

Effective project management skills with the ability to turn concepts into tangible products and technology

Skilled in presenting charts, graphs, and technical reports for executive management

Strong knowledge of safety and quality management procedures such as ISO:9001 and HAZOP

Must be proficient with all MS Office software – Excel, Access, Word, and PowerPoint

Outstanding oral and written communication skills

Clear track record of high achievement

Our client is a profitable privately-held ISO 9001:2008 certified refinery that produces a variety of specialty lubricants, high quality waxes, base oils, gasoline and fuels. They promote from within and offer an Employee Stock Ownership Program (ESOP) that allows employees to share in the profits of the company. Compensation includes an attractive base salary, annual bonus, ESOP, matching 401-K, and comprehensive benefits. Relocation assistance is available for outstanding candidates.

Company Profile
At Apple & Associates, we understand that relationships are what make us stand apart. Whether you are a client or a candidate, you are an extension of the Apple & Associates’ family. Many of our recruiters have been with the company since its earliest days. They take great pride in the relationships they build; always emphasizing high standards, ethics and quality service. Our President, Debi Apple started her recruiting career in Aiken, South Carolina. She quickly became a top producer and leading authority in recruiting for the medical device, pharmaceutical and consumer product industries. Her passion and drive led her to open Apple & Associates in 1993. Under her leadership, Apple & Associates has grown to be one of the leading recruiting firms in these industries. Our company is proud to represent two of the largest medical device and pharmaceutical companies in the U.S., Covidien (formerly known as Tyco Healthcare) and our first and longtime client, Becton Dickinson. Now headquartered in Chapin, South Carolina, Apple & Associates has offices from coast to coast, offering regional recruiting expertise throughout the U.S. and Latin America. Our searches and permanent placements represent all levels, from CEO to staff level positions.

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