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Senior Director, R&D - Product Development

Job Description

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Our unique, informal culture champions courage, determination and collaboration. Knowing we have an open and supportive team means each of us has the freedom to take responsibility and ownership. We have a shared passion to work hard, innovate and push boundaries.

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R&D Sr. Director, Product Development: Global R&D Product Development Health & Wellbeing – Sexual Health, Women’s Health, and OTC

Role Summary                                                          

Reporting to VP Global R&D Specialty Hair Care, Personal Care, Health & Wellbeing Product Development

Key Relationships:

  • Senior R&D leaders
  • Vice President Marketing Sexual Health and Women’s Health
  • Director Marketing Sexual Health and Women’s Health
  • General Manager, OTC
  • Vice President Global New Products and Innovation
  • VP /Director Global Manufacturing Services
  • Senior Supply Chain/Manufacturing Leadership
  • Senior Quality & Regulatory Leadership
  • Senior International business leaders

R&D Director Sexual Health, Women’s Health, and OTC

Position Specification

Reporting to the Vice President R&D Global R&D Specialty Hair Care, Personal Care, Health & Wellbeing the position will be responsible for:

  • Leading the development of science-based products, pipeline, and platforms focused on consumer driven and technology centric designs. The position is responsible for leading the Princeton NJ USA and Montreal CA R&D teams to drive business growth that delivers success. The role requires a highly experienced R&D technical leader with excellent communication skills, leadership capabilities, business acumen, and the ability to work closely with cross functional partners to deliver regional and global initiatives. The position is responsible for managing the overall day to day R&D programs, particularly focused on aligning business strategy with R&D 2025 goals, delivering business needs, and serving as the R&D Sexual Health, Women’s Health, and OTC leader for the Global R&D organization. In addition, the position will be responsible for actively participating on the Global R&D leadership team and representing their team.   
  • The position is responsible for developing the longer-term R&D vision for Sexual Health, Women’s Health, and OTC including the technical paths needed to enable business growth. This role requires a highly skilled technical leader who can drive a solid strategic approach to support a growing regional and international business.
  • The position will also develop patent strategies around R&D technologies and work closely with IP counsel to develop stronger, creative IP protection for CHD technologies.

Role Accountabilities and Responsibilities 

  • Direct consumer-centric design and development of CHD products within the defined costing model, launch requirements, and supply chain parameters.
  • In-depth understanding of business objectives and resource allocation/timeline to direct internal and external development and validation. 
  • Be viewed as the lead for innovation with internal partners, interfacing with SBU business leaders to plan, coordinate and execute agreed project assignments for Sexual Health, Women’s Health, and OTC Brands globally
  • Be the R&D leader to coordinate technical activities of both the R&D organization as well as partner functions such as Quality, Regulatory, Engineering, etc.
  • Collaborate with Global Centers as part of Team of Teams to enable product development for global brands.
  • In-depth understanding of business objectives and resource allocation/timeline to direct internal and external development and validation. 
  • Be viewed as the lead for R&D with internal partners, interfacing with business leaders to plan, coordinate and execute agreed project portfolio.
  • Participate on the Sr R&D Leadership team and implement R&D strategies.
  • Manage R&D teams, providing leadership, project prioritization and delegation of activities against agreed objectives
  • Execute multiple projects within budgetary scope for commercialization of new or modified products.
  • Recommend and assess feasibility of new technologies and identify critical success drivers for the team as part of global role with R&D Global Centers.
  • Manage complex projects with independence
  • Coordinate with the department’s senior management to define and prioritize goals & objectives.
  • Coordinate qualification programs for new product designs and materials.

Education and Experience                                                          

The successful candidate should be a highly seasoned professional with a minimum of 10 years of experience in R&D leadership and product development.  Additional experience should include quality management.

The candidate should have a minimum of a BS degree in Science or Engineering.  Experience with medical devices and regulated products is important.

The candidate’s experience must clearly demonstrate background in the following areas:

  • Experience in R&D leadership and management.
  • Understanding and experience in working with external partners such as suppliers and co-manufacturers.
  • Experience in product development for new product launches and tech transfer, particularly related to medical devices.
  • Knowledge of medical device and OTC regulatory requirements globally.
  • Management of departmental projects, resources, and budget
  • Coordination and completion of qualification programs of new products
  • Identification and coordination of cost savings initiatives as related to designs and materials
  • Fully developed skills in project management and experienced, cross-functional interactions
  • Detailed understanding of manufacturing requirements for medical devices and OTC products.

Skills and Competencies

  • Proven leadership abilities and through understanding of consumer-centric product development and all associated processes.
  • Passion for innovation and technology within the framework of new product development.
  • Proven organizational and communication skills,
  • Strong ability to manage multiple projects and collaborate across the organization.
  • High interpersonal skills clearly showing strong communication interdepartmentally and in cross-corporate environments
  • A self-motivated and proactive leader with ambitions to “learn and deliver” within a fast paced, “employee empowered” atmosphere
  • Strategic thinker who can develop and implement strategic objectives
  • Knowledge of regional, consumer, manufacturing, and R&D models.


COVID VACCINE REQUIREMENT*: To support the health and safety of our team members, successful candidates for employment in this role must (1) be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and to have submitted proof of vaccination status, or (2) request and receive an approved accommodation based on medical circumstances or sincerely held religious beliefs, practices or observances.

*Only applicable for Corporate positions based in Princeton, NJ and Ewing, NJ

Church & Dwight is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities.

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