R&D Manager Additives in Sint-Niklaas at ITW Polymers and Fluids

Date Posted: 5/5/2018

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Position at ITW Wynns Belgium


Wynn’s Belgium is part of Additives International, an ITW Division that manufactures and supplies specialty and innovative chemicals for the automotive aftermarket.  Wynn's offers additives to restore, protect and enhance the three essential fluid systems in your car: fuel, oil and coolant. We manufacture products in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium and commercialize around the globe serving markets in Europe, Russia, Middle East, Africa, Asia,…

We are currently seeking a R&D Manager who will lead the R&D activities for additives. This position will be based in our facility in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium.


The R&D Manager is leading the R&D activities for our additives. He/she maximizes product profitability, improves product performances and assures competitiveness and innovation of products and processes.


  • Manage the development of projects that:

      Improve the (cost) efficiency and quality of our products and procedures

      Focus on New Product Development, considering consumer need gaps and trends, competition analysis, etc.

  • Develop new formulations from concept to industrial production
  • Conduct comparative tests of competitor products.
  • Participate in follow-up of evolutions of market needs & technologies.
  • Interface with other (internal and external) stakeholders, cooperates closely with Product Management to ensure customer focus and smooth transition of new products
  • Assess (raw) materials to identify opportunities.
  • Provide workload planning to ensure optimal balance between control/quality activities and project support by the lab
  • Take initiatives to share and formally document the available knowledge within the department and to keep records up-to-date with respect to raw material specifications, formulations, quality data, etc.
  • Take initiatives to record, maintain and improve accuracy and precision of laboratory tests, in accordance with set requirements
  • Register, examine, report and follow up on possible complaints
  • Supervision of MSDS of mother formulas/blends
  • Provide (internal) trainings about our products and component properties and makes knowledge available for development of training material
  • Supervise the maintenance & calibration of lab equipment and a correct use of the lab equipment in line with EHS restrictions
  • Supervise the lab-team (R&D/Quality)

      Set goals and follow up on execution of these goals

      Motivate and train team members

  • Ensure deadlines are developed and monitored for each project and reports regularly on the status of projects.
  • Serve as point of contact for certification of products and related audits


  • Qualifications: Master in Chemistry is required
  • Experience: minimum 5 years of experience in R&D role
  • Knowledge: a good knowledge of R&D processes and automotive is required
  • Languages: fluency in Dutch and English


  • Strong entrepreneurial mind, self-motivated, takes initiative;
  • Strong leadership and ownership
  • Capability in managing people and complexity in an international environment
  • Capability to promote team-working and collaboration among the different functions and departments
  • Analytical rigor and solid process management and way of working
  • A real market-orientation in defining/prioritizing projects
  • Out-of-the-box thinking and encouragement of driving for creative, marketable solutions
  • Ability to identify problems and drive appropriate and effective solutions;
  • Hands-on approach and strong work ethic;
  • Ability to influence and convince others;
  • Drive for excellence


We offer you a challenging and versatile job in a truly international environment. You will work in a financially strong, growing and dynamic company with possibilities for step-by-step career growth.

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