Research and Development Manager, Plastic Additives

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Date: May 17, 2022

Location: Spartanburg, SC, US, 29303

Company: Milliken and Company

Headquartered in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Milliken & Company is a global, innovative, industrial diversified manufacturing company that has been exploring, discovering, and creating ways to enhance people’s lives since 1865. With expertise across a breadth of disciplines including specialty chemical, floor covering, and performance materials, the company works around the world every day to add true value to people’s lives, improve health and safety, and help make our world more sustainable. Milliken has long led the way for "knowledge-based" investment, employing over 100 PhDs, and has accumulated over 2,200 U.S. patents – and more than 5,000 patents worldwide. Milliken is widely acknowledged as an international leader in research technology, innovation, and customer service. With over 35 manufacturing facilities located in the U.S., U.K., Belgium, France, China, India, Mexico, and Australia, and other sales and service operations throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, Milliken's more than 7,000 associates work to deliver innovations that do good for the world, create new experiences, and build for the future.






Research & Development Manager, Plastics Additives



This position is a key research and development leadership role in Milliken Chemical’s Plastics Additives Business reporting to the Global Director of Research and Development with management responsibility for a team of 15+ scientists, engineers, and technicians with responsibilities spanning discovery, chemical process development, piloting, scale-up, and analytical method development.   A key responsibility will be helping to organize and manage the research and product development project portfolio in coordination with technical and business leadership.


The ideal candidate will have a technical background in chemistry or chemical engineering, a successful track record of innovation and new product development, and experience in supervising R&D personnel.


The position is located at our corporate headquarters in Spartanburg, SC. Hours of work are typically Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm with occasional required travel.



  • Manage a safe working environment across multiple laboratories
  • Develop the technical acumen, capabilities, and competencies of the team to enable their professional growth
  • Engage with project teams to guide technical approaches and project plans
  • Proactively engage with multiple projects as a sponsor, helping to allocate and adjust resources as required
  • Assist project teams in budget, report, schedule, and cost-control of defined scopes of work
  • Analyze, interpret, document, and effectively communicate results of lab work for timely decision making on projects and technical support initiatives
  • Provide guidance on improving laboratory capabilities to enhance productivity



  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering
  • 5+ years in industrial R&D setting
  • Experience leading and supervising a team





  • PhD in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering
  • 7+ years in industrial R&D setting
  • Discovery and process chemistry
  • Analytical background
  • Experience taking projects from lab scale to plant scale-up


The successful candidate will have strengths in the following:

  • A high energy leader experienced in working with cross-functional teams
  • High levels of self-motivation, initiative, and interpersonal skills including excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strategic thinker with strong problem solving and organizational skills
  • Strong project management skills, particularly within a complex project portfolio
  • Proficient in use of the scientific method, critical thinking, and problem solving
  • Experience in process development/pilot/scale-up is highly desirable

Milliken & Company is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability.