Group Leader - Composite Solutions

Position Description

Job Summary

Saint-Gobain Composite Solutions is looking for a collaborative, talented, and energetic research engineer to join our team in Saint-Gobain Research North America based in Northborough, Massachusetts. Saint-Gobain is a world leader in developing innovative, high-performance solutions through our exceptional experience in materials science and processing. We are searching for a hands-on Group Leader to manage a team of 6 researchers, with both direct and indirect reports, who investigate, research, and develop new technologies that strengthen our offerings in the Composite Solutions business. Composite Solutions’ product portfolio includes coated fabrics, laminates, extruded films and coated films for high added value markets.


As a Group Leader, the candidate will be expected to effectively lead cross functional teams by managing others to execute and deliver project objectives. The candidate will be expected to lead R&D projects in the areas of product development and application technology, collaborate effectively with R&D colleagues, product managers, product engineers, application engineers, external partners and external customers, discuss, create and execute project plans, design and conduct experiments, analyze data, and present findings in written and oral formats. Further the candidate will be responsible for developing direct reports and others within the group.

The main job duties will include:

  • Daily management of R&D group consisting of research engineers and technicians.
  • Effective leadership of cross functional teams by managing others to execute and deliver project objectives.
  • Working with the product managers to fully understand the customer’s application and technology
  • Utilizes broad technical background and experience to develop and/or improve products, materials, chemistry, processes, and performance and/or reduce costs within a major product area.
  • Stays aware of new technology applications and competitive uses of 
  • Manages multiple projects simultaneously, on time, well documented and within budget to meet business and customer objectives.
  • Reinforces the company EHS policies in all aspects of the job.
  • Actively seeks for synergies within the group
  • Demonstrates open and collaborative approach in all areas of responsibility.
  • Seeks out others to enhance and streamline development and decision making.
  • Proposes support and expertise from the team to the other business functions engaged in business projects.
  • Submits proposals and makes decisions on IP in agreement with upper management and business


  • Responsible for people development and holding direct reports and project teams accountable in the appropriate manner. 
  • Demonstrated ability to lead projects within a structured process (Gate).
  • Demonstrated ability to network within and out of group.
  • Respectful communication and ability to collaborate in a team environment required. 
  • Develop ability to maintain composure and organize teams in high pressure situations.
  • Demonstrated ability to function seamlessly in a business environment, interfacing and taking an active role in business projects that may not have a predominant technical focus.
  • Able to communicate technically with internal competencies, university collaborators and customers and utilize knowledge to advance projects and identify productive synergies.
  • Must possess a body of technical work commensurate with years of experience including but not limited to: demonstration of familiarity with data analysis, drawing conclusions based on a collection of basic data and interpretation, and technical documents and/or patents.

Required Qualifications

  • BS Degree with a minimum of 15+ years’ experience, or MS with 10+ years of experience, or PhD with 6+ years in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Material Science, Polymer Science, and Plastics Engineering or other related discipline, plus demonstrated technical judgment/accomplishments.

Company Summary

Saint-Gobain Research (SGR) North America is one of Saint-Gobain’s largest industrial research laboratories. The center is home to more than 400 employees working at the leading edge of innovation on multidisciplinary industrial research, preparing the future by designing tomorrow's products and processes across an amazing variety of markets and technical disciplines. Since 1985, SGR North America has been supporting existing businesses, developing future businesses, and nurturing talent.

Saint-Gobain designs, manufactures and distributes materials and solutions which are key ingredients in the wellbeing of each of us and the future of all. They can be found everywhere in our living places and our daily life: in buildings, transportation, infrastructure and in many industrial applications. They provide comfort, performance and safety while addressing the challenges of sustainable construction, resource efficiency and climate change.

Legal Statement

Saint-Gobain provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. Saint-Gobain is an equal opportunity employer of individuals with disabilities and supports the hiring of veterans.


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Group Leader - Composite Solutions

Location: Northboro, Massachusetts

Posting Date: 11/17/2022

Job Code: USA04278

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