Senior Project Manager, Research and Development

Requisition ID 2024-13686
Posting Date 3 months ago(1/8/2024 7:53 AM)
Job Location(s)
Bloomington IN United States
Position Type
Full Time
Cook Polymer Technology
Product/Project Management


We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced Research & Development Project Manager to join our dynamic team. The ideal candidate will possess strong leadership skills, a deep understanding of research and development processes, and a proven track record of successfully managing complex projects from conception to completion. This individual will play a crucial role in driving innovation, managing resources efficiently, and ensuring the successful execution of research and development initiatives.


  1. **Project Planning and Strategy:**

   - Develop and implement project plans, timelines, and strategies for research and development initiatives that align with the company business plan

   - Collaborate with cross-functional teams to define project goals, objectives, and key deliverables.


  1. **Resource Management:**

   - Assist in allocating resources effectively to ensure project milestones are achieved on time and within budget.

   - Identify and address potential resource constraints or bottlenecks.


  1. **Risk Management:**

   - Identify potential risks and develop mitigation strategies to ensure project success.

   - Proactively address issues as they arise, working closely with team members to find solutions.


  1. **Communication:**

   - Facilitate effective communication within the project team and with key stakeholders.

   - Provide regular updates on project progress, milestones achieved, and challenges faced.


  1. **Innovation and Continuous Improvement:**

   - Encourage a culture of continuous improvement and innovation within the R&D team.

   - Stay abreast of industry trends, emerging technologies, and competitive landscapes to drive innovation within the Project Management  realm.


  1. **Collaboration with External Partners:**

   - Collaborate with external customers, including vendors, academic institutions, and research organizations, to leverage expertise and resources.


1. Bachelor’s degree in a relevant scientific or engineering field; advanced degree (Master’s) and/or PMP certification preferred.

2. Proven experience (3+ years) in project management, preferably in an R&D or innovation setting.

3. Strong understanding of product development life cycle, research & development processes (preferred from Plastic Industries), and project management methodologies.

4. Excellent communication, and interpersonal skills.

5. Ability to thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced environment and adapt to changing priorities.

6. Demonstrated success in collaborating with cross-functional teams and delivering complex projects on time and within budget.




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