Germany, Düsseldorf, Laundry & Home Care

Head of R&D Maintenance Europe (d/f/m)


At Henkel, you can make a difference and craft your career. That’s why you own your projects and take full responsibility from an early stage. Our unique brands in markets around the world open up countless opportunities to follow your convictions and explore new paths. If you have an entrepreneurial mindset that allows you to always think out of the box - take the chance and shape the digital future together with us.


  • Define and steer R&D Maintenance priorities consistently with business needs
  • Steer alternative materials validation, production transfers, cost reductions and portfolio simplifications initiatives both for formulation and packaging (together with product development, supply chain and purchasing)
  • Steer R&D Maintenance teams in Germany, Serbia and Spain 
  • Ensure fulfillment of performance, quality and cost product requirements
  • Define and plan resources to meet planned objectives, report on R&D Maintenance activities
  • Develop team members regarding leadership and technical and digital competences
  • Represent R&D in regional committees related to Maintenance activities (margin improvement etc.)
  • Act as technically responsible person for R&D Maintenance projects; ensure compliance with corporate SHE standards, policies and procedures
  • Provide guidance to team regarding new approaches, solutions, processes, products within an agreed timeframe
  • Oversee that all alternative raw and packaging materials meet international chemical health and safety requirements and other regulations
  • Steer sharing of Maintenance Best Practices across regions
  • Represent Henkel at various associations (e.g. AISE) and shape technical guidance documents; represent BU category in core crisis teams


  • Master's degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or related fields
  • Min 10 years of working experience in FMCG product development including technical support to manufacturing sites, cost and portfolio optimization projects
  • Ideally global, but at least regional R&D experience
  • Knowledge of Henkel businesses/categories is advantageous
  • Product development knowledge
  • P&L understanding
  • Strong people, teams and stakeholder management skills
  • Strategic and structured approach with problem-solving attitude, pragmatic and can-do attitude
  • High ability to learn, change catalyst
  • Strong communication skills, ownership and teamwork
  • Inclusive approach
  • Fluent English language skills, German is advantageous
JOB ID: 21014020
Contract & Job type: Full Time, Regular
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