Global Product Management R&D Manager

South Korea, Cheonan UMK
Rechargeable Battery Materials
Research & Development

Posted on 09-08-2022

About Umicore

Reducing harmful vehicle emissions. Giving new life to used metals. Powering the cars of the future. As a global materials and technology group, we apply our specialist knowledge to offer materials and solutions that are essential to everyday life. We aim to be a clear world leader in materials for clean mobility and recycling and have turned our sustainability approach into an even greater competitive advantage. With ambitions like this, imagine what you could do?

About Rechargeable Battery Materials

We are all on the move. Umicore’s rechargeable battery materials give people autonomy and connectivity. We are a pioneer in battery materials that give added range and performance to electric vehicles. Our materials also ensure longer battery life for portable electronics. To enable our customers to produce even better performing batteries we cannot stand still. We need to find new ways to do things, discover new solutions and develop new ideas. Which is where you come in.

What you will be doing

The R&D Manager is responsible for the technical development on optimization of derivative cathode material and process at PP/MP scale with in the RBM-R&D organization at Umicore Korea. The project leader will work with researchers and technicians with collaborative interfaces within the R&D organization as well as outside R&D – such as Engineering/Production. 
Detailed responsibilities:

1. Develop, organize and follow-up on research within a defined framework.
2. Support, initiate and coordinate pilot trials and MPTRs within the projects as well as competence scopes
   - Development and optimization of cathode material and derivative cathode at PP/MP scale
   - Successful Industrialization and transfer to MP for the qualification
   - Process / product improvement and design fine tuning within key/strategic projects
3. Manage and coordinate execution of the individual projects and report progress with the priorities
   - Manage of deliberate planning, control, and coordination of all aspects of a project (initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing), in order to achieve the agreed objectives
4. Customer samplings timely with AT to achieve key customer projects
5. Securing fundamental data for APQP of new product

Who we are looking for

•    Creative in science & Technology with full of curiosity 
•    Able to communicate with open mind
•    Knowledge and experience in Li-ion battery and cathode material process
•    PhD in Engineering, metallurgy, material science, … or MS with at least 3 years working experience 
•    Good organizing skills such as project management skill 
•    Team player
•    Able to work with deadlines independently 
•    Fluent Korean speaker who can communicate in both verbal and written English 

What we offer

We aim to lead the way. Not just for our customers, but for our employees too. That is why we strive to create a collaborative environment in which we can all succeed, and a culture through which we can all share ideas, develop our expertise and advance our careers. We engage in building an inclusive work culture that offers equal opportunities for all employees irrespective of their diverse backgrounds. As you would expect from a world-leading organisation, we will also reward your contribution with a competitive salary and benefits. With all this and more, imagine what you could do?

If our battery materials can boost the range of e-cars, IMAGINE WHAT YOU COULD DO


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