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Company: Newell Brands
Location: Atlanta
Posted on: September 17, 2020

Job Description:

VP, Research & Development - (Writing business unit) Company: Newell Brands

Location: Atlanta

Posted on: September 14, 2020

Job Description:

VP, Research & Development - (Writing business unit) PositionTitle: Vice President, R&D – Global Writing

Location: Atlanta, GA

Job Summary:

The Vice President of R&D for the Global Writing is acritical member of the leadership team. This position isresponsible for leading the organization to bring to marketinnovative, advantaged products that delight our consumers at arate that enables the Writing BU to deliver on its short- andlong-term revenue and profit commitments. This role requiresestablishing and utilizing an internal and external global networkas well as developing and enhancing capabilities and processes todeliver initiatives on time, cost and quality. This role requiresextensive partnership and collaboration with the Marketing andSupply Chain teams.

Accountability

The VP R&D is responsible for the following:

Innovation model: Based on each segment and sub-category’sportfolio role (intended investment and growth) and productroadmap, define the degree, type & source of innovation (internal,supplier, other external, hybrid)

Product Road-mapping: Act as key contributor of product roadmapsalong with the Head of Marketing

New Product Development process: This leader is a keystakeholder who must prioritize and allocate the R&D team’sresources to deliver the innovation funnel on time, cost andquality.

Team: Develop the internal team to deliver against innovationthe innovation funnel and product roadmaps. This includes coachingand professional development to cultivate future leaders andtechnical experts.

Supplier development: The VP is a key decision maker in supplierselection based on meeting innovation requirements as dictated byinnovation model for the segment or sub-category. Execution willrequire the active engagement, partnering and management ofsupplier innovation efforts.

Open innovation: Develop the process and network to find andleverage external tech/IP/other sources for NPD inputs to meet theproduct roadmaps and innovation funnel.

Research funnel: Develop process for identifying and cultivatingtechnology/feature development in advance of the New ProductDevelopment process. Responsible to feed that process with projectsto support product roadmaps; then manage and drive thoseprojects.

Intellectual Property: Set the standard for proactiveIntellectual Property planning and development at the outset ofdevelopment. Maintain ongoing competitive Intellectual Propertymonitoring.

Cost Savings: Own and drive a funnel of design-driven productcost savings to meet annual targets. Support review of other costsavings efforts to confirm compliance to product/otherstandards.

Maintenance: Ongoing support of product lines as required from aquality and compliance perspective.

Compliance: Develop robust, forward-looking monitoring ofcompliance requirements. Establish cost-effective process andprotocols to ensure compliance, leveraging supply base.

Quality: Develop robust New Product Development evaluationprocess, including DFMEA deployed as appropriate. Develop robustproduction evaluation process, including PFMEA deployed asappropriate. Rigorous ongoing in-house and supplier qualitymonitoring. Rigorous use of consumer care information for qualityissue monitoring.

Budget: Develop and deliver annual budget plans.

Continuous improvement: Annual and ongoing improvements in keyperformance metrics (time to market, on time delivery of design,etc.).

Qualifications

10+ years of experience in leading/managing large, global teams(minimum 3 years at the VP level or above)

Four-year college degree in Engineering or related field;Master’s degree preferred

15 years of product development work experience; ConsumerProducts industry experience preferred

Demonstrates acknowledged expertise in the methods and processesof product design, including FMEA, DF(X), CAD/CAE, materials, SixSigma, and VA/VE

Demonstrated delivery of products that win in market

Demonstrates product development leadership and projectmanagement experience in a stage-gate product developmentenvironment with many projects

Strong evidence of excellent problem-solving skills includingframing the problem and developing solutions.

Demonstrates excellent communication, interpersonal, writing,planning, and presentation skills

Other Criteria

Proven ability as a productive and collaborative executive teammember.

Transformational leader that inspires team and organizationalculture to achieve best in class capabilities, processes andperformance.

Strong evidence of developing talent and leading an organizationto excellence.

Proven ability to effectively lead and manage within afast-paced, high-growth, complex organization, with globaloperations and relationships.

Experience leading Product Lifecycle management bothsystematically and as a core practice.

Experience working with internal/external/ supplier led R&Dmodels that inspires technology development, based on strongpartnership relations.

Experienced in establishing performance metrics, motivating andholding people accountable for results.

Establishing and maintaining strong relationships across theorganization to identify business needs and seek a full range ofbusiness solutions.

Newell Brands (NASDAQ: NWL) is a leading global consumer goodscompany with a strong portfolio of well-known brands, includingPaper Mate, Sharpie, Dymo, EXPO, Parker, Elmers, Coleman, Marmot,Oster, Sunbeam, FoodSaver, Mr. Coffee, Graco, Baby Jogger, NUK,Calphalon, Rubbermaid, Contigo, First Alert, and Yankee Candle. Forhundreds of millions of consumers, Newell Brands makes life betterevery day, where they live, learn, work and play. Newell Brands andits subsidiaries are Equal OpportunityEmployers and comply withapplicable employment laws. EOE/M/F/Vet/Disabled are encouraged toapply.

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