United States, Trumbull, CT, Henkel Consumer Brands

Director, R&D Product Development

At Henkel, you can build on a strong legacy and leading positions in both industrial and consumer businesses to reimagine and improve life every day. If you love challenging the status quo, join our community of over 47.000 pioneers around the globe. Our teams at Henkel Consumer Brands continuously drive the evolution in dynamic categories: Laundry & Home Care and Hair. With our trusted brands, including Persil and Schwarzkopf, our cutting-edge technologies and our disruptive solutions, you will have countless opportunities to explore new paths and develop your skills. Grow within our future-led businesses, our diverse and vibrant culture and find a place where you simply belong. All to leave your mark for more sustainable growth.

Dare to make an impact?


  • Leverage existing data on market and customer analytics to identify relevant trends and technology in your PD area of expertise.
  • Use external data to model and forecast customer behavior and market segmentation.
  • Develop and maintain KPIs to identify optimization potential in PD processes and cost footprint and guide implementation.
  • Leverage an internal network to share best-practices in process and product development and drive standardization across the business.
  • Connect with external stakeholders (suppliers, customers, research institues) to support quantitative trend analysis with qualitative feedback.
  • Communicate and cooperate with the marketing organization as well as presentation of technological results both externally and internally
  • Lead the PD team from the respective program and guide them in individualized skill development.
  • Act as a mentor towards junior colleagues in fostering a culture of innovation.
  • Manage and steer innovation development programs at the operational level.
  • Plan, coordinate and implement the project portfolio of adhesives, sealant and coating technology including cost control and timing.
  • Implement formulation optimizations with regard to cost of goods, raw material substitutions, adaptation of a formulation to customer processes.
  • Manage the development and modification of chemical formulations of adhesives, sealants and coatings.
  • Manage the adhesives, sealing and coating laboratories according to current safety, environmental and quality standards.


  • Education — Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or related field
  • Experience — Minimum of 15 years’ experience in the development of CPG formulas/initiatives. 
  • Ability to effectively partner with cross functional and external counterparts.
  • Ability to represent chemistry/technology to technical and non-technical audiences.  

The salary for this role is $160,000.00 - $200,000.00. This is the range that we in good faith anticipate relying on when setting wages for this position.  We may ultimately pay more or less than the posted range and this range. This salary range may also be modified in the future.

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At Henkel, we come from a broad range of backgrounds, perspectives, and life experiences. We believe the uniqueness of all our employees is the power in us. Become part of the team and bring your uniqueness to us! We welcome all applications across different races, colors, religions, sexes, national origins, disabilities, veteran statuses, ages, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, and other legally protected characteristics.

JOB ID: 24067088
Contract & Job type: Regular - Full Time
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