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R&D Operations Transformation Lead

Johnson Matthey plc
Belasis Hall Technology Park, Billingham, United Kingdom
Competitive Salary
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Apr 21, 2024

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Vacancy: R&D Operations Transformation Lead

Teesside, UK

As the R&D Operations Transformation Lead you will support innovation that underpins future growth in the Catalyst Technologies business by driving transformation in R&D operational activities. As part of the Research Engineering Solutions leadership team, the role holder will be responsible for developing an R&D operations transformation roadmap and executing delivery through leadership of a multi-disciplined technical team. With a multi-year planning horizon, the role holder will identify and implement transformation programmes that build operational resilience and embed state of the art capabilities, to position the Johnson Matthey Teesside site as a flagship innovation facility of the future.

Johnson Matthey, a FTSE 250 organisation, is a global leader in sustainable technologies specialising in catalysis, precious metal products, chemicals and process technology. With operations in over 30 countries, we employ more than 12,600 people. We have more 200 years of success behind us; be part of the next stage of our growth journey and help maintain our reputation as one of the most admired organisations in our field. Our unique culture and people give us competitive advantage and will ensure our success for years to come. You can be part of that success story.

  • Leads and owns the development of an R&D operations transformation roadmap for the Catalyst Technologies business in Teesside, aligned to R&D capability needs to deliver business goals.
  • Identify skills and capabilities for delivery of an R&D transformation plan, with definition and implementation of an appropriate multi-year strategy for resource through internal development, recruitment or external partnerships.
  • In alignment with JM corporate programmes, facilitate delivery of projects to embed state of the art capability in laboratory digitalisation and automation, to enable CT R&D to leverage the power of data and robotics to maximise productivity and return on R&D investment.
  • Develop R&D site footprint strategy to inform multi-year capital investment programme on Teesside, covering aspects of R&D operations resilience and scaling up for future growth.
  • Support the development of the overall Teesside site strategic growth plan, ensuring new and existing site infrastructure and operating models are wholly aligned to the R&D transformation plan.
  • Facilitate ever improving EHS performance across the organisation through close partnership with process safety, engineering assurance and IT cyber security groups in the delivery of R&D operations transformation programmes.
Requirements for the role:
  • Relevant Scientific or Engineering Degree with a strong learning agility.
  • Understanding of R&D operational environment, comprising multi-scale activities from micro to pilot scale in both catalyst synthesis and process technology development.
  • An established technical leader with experience in leading complex programmes.
  • Experience managing a portfolio of programmes/projects which have interdependencies.
  • Thinking agility and capability to put technical concepts together in new ways to maximise opportunities for R&D efficiency.
  • Experience leading and influencing across multi-disciplined teams and a proven ability to simplify processes that enable operations.
How you will be rewarded:
We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package including bonus, excellent pension contributions and 25 days annual leave (varies for shift-based roles).

At JM, an inclusive culture is integral to our values and ambitions for the future. We are committed to ensuring that everyone can bring their full self to work and thrive in their career. Welcoming everyone to JM, regardless of their unique characteristics, experiences or thoughts allows us to bring many different voices and experiences together to tackle the world's biggest challenges. Being truly inclusive means that all colleagues feel valued for their differences, views and contributions, and feel a sense of belonging at JM .

Johnson Matthey is open for discussion on part time, job share and flexible working patterns.
How to apply:
If you have the necessary skills and experience to join our team, please apply online.

Johnson Matthey Plc is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, religion or belief.


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