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Group Head (m/f/div) Research, Development & Innovation

Date: Oct 11, 2021

Location: Hanau, DE

Company: Evonik Industries AG

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Group Head (m/f/div) Research, Development & Innovation


Location: Germany : Hanau

Function: Innovation Management (R&D)

Career Level: Senior professionals (> 5 years)

Legal Entity: Evonik Operations GmbH

Business Line: Research, Development & Innovation


What we offer

Leading beyond chemistry to improve life, today and tomorrow. That is the purpose of Evonik. To achieve this, our company goes beyond chemistry – and brings together a variety of disciplines, expertise and perspectives. To ensure that we can do this even more effectively in the future, we are pooling our innovative strength in a single unit. With the new Research, Development & Innovation (RD&I) function, we are pooling our interdisciplinary expertise and technologies and creating a company-wide research, development, and innovation unit. This is where we bring together everything we have to offer in terms of innovative strengths at Evonik: the R&D teams of the current segments, the former Innovation division, Creavis, and Evonik Venture Capital. As part of Evonik Operations GmbH, the new function is closely integrated into the operating business. This makes it easier for us in the future to share our knowledge, leverage synergies, and at the same time develop new, attractive markets even more effectively – while remaining in tune with our customers’ needs. As Group Head (m/f/div) Research, Development & Innovation you will work on exciting and challenging topics together with a team in an modern, innovative and creative environment. Intensive on-the-job training with expert colleagues guarantees you will quickly become familiar with your duties and perform them independently. Flexible working models, performance related pay and the opportunity for personal and professional development are of course part of the package. Since 2009 Evonik Industries AG has been certified as a family-friendly company by the German Hertie Foundation.

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  • Lead a group of project managers / laboratory heads with a focus on training and mentoring to develop experienced project managers 
  • Lead and implement projects to develop and produce active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), excipients and advanced intermediates as well as internal innovation projects.
  • Comprehensive internal and external communication with customers as project manager.
  • Evaluation and development of complex organic-chemical syntheses and production processes in batch and / or continuous mode, leading transfer activities to pilot plant and production
  • Establish and commercialize innovative processes and technologies within the framework of strategic projects   
  • Lead and implement strategic improvement projects within Research, Development & Innovation or Health Care incl. development and monitoring of KPIs


  • PhD in chemistry with focus on organic chemistry
  • Several years of professional experience in the area of chemical process development and  production, ideally in the field of active pharmaceutical ingredients under cGMP
  • Track record in managing projects with budget and team responsibility
  • Experience to lead, instruct, and motivate a working group and a project team.
  • Excellent intercultural team and communication skills; cooperative
  • International experience preferred
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English, German language skills are an advantage

Your Application

To ensure the fastest process of your application and to protect the environment, please apply online via our careers portal at https://careers.evonik.com.

Please direct your application to Bianca Reul, stating your earliest possible starting date and your salary expectations. If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact our Recruiting Center Team at  0800 2386645 (Germany only) or +49 201 177 4200.


Please note that Evonik will not accept any unsolicited application documents sent by staffing firms. Evonik works in conjunction with preferred service providers and will not pay any fee to staffing firms in the absence of an appropriate framework agreement. Should Evonik receive a candidate profile from a staffing firm with which it has no framework agreement, and should this candidate subsequently be considered in the recruitment process or offered employment, no claims from the staffing firm will be entertained in this regard.