Leading Senior R&D Product Engineer

  • Offer € 70,000,= - € 95,000,=
  • Job category Research & Development, Engineering
  • Contract Fulltime
  • Reference number 9201000
  • Location Maastricht
  • Contract type Contract with client
  • Industry Manufacturing

About this vacancy

Leading developments of new break through concepts in fields adjacent to paper and wood technology, with strong focus on leading a team of R&D people as well as on project management.

Job description

Main aspects in this dynamic role are initiation and realization of new technology development in line with the Sappi strategy in adjacent business development:

by :

  • Contributing to the product and technological strategy of Sappi
  • Leading R&D teams with strong accent on creating dynamic, output focused teams
  • Executing and coordinating complex development projects, assuring realization of targets, planning and budget
  • Bringing support to complex research and product/technology development based on Sappi’s processes or new technology developments, thereby creating competitive advantages or generating new business opportunities for Sappi
  • Creating extensive external network in order to execute project work in effective way
  • Establishing contacts with institutes (for example universities) and external companies to assure access to new developments
  • Building a strong interface into New Business Development at Sappi, with R&D at large and with manufacturing, to secure effective transition of R&D projects
  • Operating in a fast paced and interdisciplinary environment, managing a broad range of responsibilities


Sappi is continuously diversifying its product portfolio and exploring new business opportunities in Packaging & Specialties and in fields adjacent to its paper and paper pulp activities like e.g. the new business initiative Symbio.


  • Remuneration: € 70,000,= - € 95,000,= gross per year
  • Luxurious secondary benefits, typical for a large, industrial corporate
  • Location next to the centre of beautiful Maastricht

Candidate profile

  • Academic degree with a technical background in material science, chemistry, polymer chemistry or bio chemistry
  • At least 5 years experience in Polymer Product Development or in product development of Packaging & Specialties
  • Experienced in setting up and coordinating complex projects
  • Experienced in leading R&D teams
  • Experienced in building strong relations with both internal and external parties
  • Independent and proactive with the ability to identify and lead opportunities and responsibilities
  • Ability to think creatively and communicate technical ideas effectively in both technical and non technical environments
  • Open and out of the box mindset, clear “can do” mentality with an entrepreneurial spirit, problem solver
  • Team player being able to operate in cross-functional teams, managing stakeholders on different levels of the organization
  • The position requires excellent written and oral English communication skills. Additional languages are considered to be an asset
  • Multi-day traveling on occasional basis is required

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