10 Jun 2017

Research & Development Manager Job in Kenya

Our client one of East Africa’s leading Decorative Products Company is seeking to fill the role of a Research and Development Manager

The successful candidate will be tasked with New Industrial Product Development, Product performance Improvement, Cost reduction of products, Shade matching , line extension, Bench-marking, coating processes, testing & maintaining quality of the products as per the Standard.

S/He should have the ability to understand the coating products and effectively lead a team of officers to deliver formulated product solutions to varying customers’ needs with speed.

Job Roles & Responsibilities

  • Responsible for new product developments especially industrial to maintain competitive edge in market, increased brand value & increase financial values.
  • Evaluate competitors’ products for suitable modification, matching performance, cost reduction or improvement to suit customer and market needs.
  • Take part in Vendor development – Conceptualize projects with vendors; new raw material identification for new product development, substitution, cost reduction and Product Improvement.
  • Preparation of customer samples and applications procedures. Knowledge on application tools.
  • Offering technical advisory services on the product[s] and application processes involved at customers’ end.
  • Standardization of production process in plant for New & Regular products as required.
  • Management of laboratory consumables, EHS & carrying internal calibration of the instruments.
  • Undertaking of Kaizen objectives and follow up ISO standards. Knowledge on coatings regulations and standards.
  • Record keeping, monthly report writing and technical report writing
  • In charge of technical training of personals-In house & at customers’ end.
  • Shade card Approvals, STD panel approvals.


  • Degree or Diploma in chemical engineering/ Industrial chemistry or related studies
  • At least 6 years of experience in Research and Development of coatings and /or wood finishes formulation ,
  • Industrial, testing, shade matching
  • Good knowledge on industrial and PU RMs used especially resins and polymers.
  • Technical report writing skills; literature search including patents.
  • Project management skills.
  • Strong knowledge on serving B2B customers.

How to Apply
Qualified and Interested candidates can share their CVs via CC All applications should be received on/before 14th June, 2017

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