R&D Director, CertainTeed Platforms

Position Description

Job Summary

Saint-Gobain Research North America is looking for an R&D Director to lead the development and support commercialization of innovative solutions for light and sustainable construction. In this role, you will lead a multidisciplinary team of engineers, designers, and scientists in daily collaboration with startups, universities, suppliers, and Saint-Gobain’s global R&D community to deliver new products and systems that drive long-term profitable growth for CertainTeed in the North America Construction Market.

Key Functions of the Role:

  • Work with the global Saint-Gobain R&D community to share and leverage capabilities and coordinate the advancement of strategic technologies.
  • Lead complex, multidisciplinary projects together with business units, technical and business teams (R&D, Product Management, Operations, Sales) plus CertainTeed Strategy, Marketing, Customer Experience, and Building Science teams.
  • Drive innovation that will materially grow the business over the long term
  • Build intellectual property position to ensure long-term strategic advantage.
  • Lead and support open innovation with external partners (customers, start-ups, corporate partners, suppliers) and oversee select business development activities to incubate breakthrough innovations and business models.
  • Establish strong Portfolio Management processes and tools utilized across CertainTeed.
  • Be a member of the Senior Leadership team at Saint-Gobain Research North America providing direction on strategic issues for the 350+ technical staff.


  • Demonstrated experience leading a multidisciplinary R&D team in developing new, physical products from opportunity analysis to commercialization.
  • Expertise in a broad set of skills and technologies relevant to building and construction markets
  • Strong strategic analysis skills with experience in innovation strategy, marketing, and/or business planning/development
  • Demonstrated success in influencing organizational strategy and effecting change across organizational boundaries
  • Demonstrated strong business acumen with an understanding of the financial implications of new product and technology development.
  • Understand the use of science, technology, and design as a competitive differentiator, specifically driving the creative process and ideation funnel.
  • Knowledge of the processes used to create, document, and pursue formalized intellectual property
  • Trained in behavior-based safety and an advocate for safe and responsible laboratory practices.


Required Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree with 15+ years of experience, or Ph.D. with 12+ years of experience in architecture, engineering (mechanical, chemical, or structural), or material sciences


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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R&D Director, CertainTeed Platforms

Location: Northboro, Massachusetts

Posting Date: 09/18/2023

Job Code: USA06989

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