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Head of Research & Development

Cambridgeshire   •  shares  •  Permanent, Full time


An innovate, well-backed science start-up business is currently recruiting for a Head of Research & Development to join its team based in Cambridge. The business focuses on a natural alternative to plastic, stemming from plant-based protein - a first of its kind in industry. As Head of Research & Development, you will lead company direction on the planning, prioritisation and implementation of work programmes whilst having the ability to manage recruitment & team development, as the business continues to grow from 15 to 40 headcount.

This rare opportunity will suit a talented innovation leader bringing with them a wealth of experience working on R&D programmes (ideally bio-based materials or sustainable products) and the ambition to bring vision & delivery to a fast-growing start-up.

Head of Research & Development responsibilities

  • Working closely with the CTO, manage a team of 15 research and development and product development scientists
  • Lead on the planning, prioritisation, and implementation of work programmes, including internal core research and customer focused product development
  • Manage departmental budget and delivery of KPIs
  • Contribute to the strategic direction and planning of the research and development of a fast-growing technology start-up
  • Manage recruitment and team development, as the business scales from 15 research staff to 40
  • Liaise closely with the Head of Engineering, Principal Scientist (responsible for IP) and other senior managers
  • Contribute to client engagements led by Business Development Manager and ensure customer needs are met by technical team, e.g., supply of samples and specification sheets
  • Work with the Technical Operations Manager on the resourcing, facilities, regulation, and quality functions of the business

Head of Research & Development requirements

  • MSc or PhD level qualification in Chemistry or closely related - Biomaterials, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering
  • Experienced in leadership, able to adapt to different learning styles within teams
  • Track record in technology programme management and the successful delivery of innovation projects
  • Experience developing an ambitious team through direct management and/or mentoring
  • Experience leading R&D programmes within small company/start-up or in a fast-paced and changing environment
  • Proactive, enthusiastic, and problem-solving attitude
  • Sustainability experience would be beneficial - basic understanding of sustainable bio-based materials and sustainable process development
  • Must be a team player and possess excellent communication skills

The right fit for a small, science-led, innovative team and a high-level of autonomy, creativity, and independence

£Highly competitive base salary + equity.

Materials Science/Sustainable Materials/Packaging/Chemistry/Innovation Leadership


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  • Agency: Cranleigh Scientific
  • Reference: 7132
  • Posted: 10th January 2022
  • Expires: 7th February 2022

Cranleigh Scientific

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