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R&D Manager - Axle/MTF/Off-Road (AMO)

Location US-VA-Richmond
Research and Development


Provides technical leadership for the Axle/MTF/Off-Road SBU to develop, implement and ensure effectiveness of overall R&D strategy to meet defined business needs. Effectively plan and manage people, budget, project, and test resources to deliver stated objectives and meet the needs of the business.


  • Lead a group of chemists and engineers in the development of enabling chemistry, new products, and performance testing to meet the needs of customers and OEMs consistent with AMO business strategy. 
  • Oversee development of new components, products and processes. Provide technical leadership to help team members arrive at the best solution for the business.  Engage other R&D functions (Technology Development, Mechanical, Analytical, etc.) to obtain effective support from those teams to meet SBU needs.  Ensure effective use of the Afton Product Development Process. Develop new analytical and test methods to characterize products and enable manufacturing capability. 
  • Facilitate, coordinate and communicate between cross-functional groups – business, marketing, CTS, sales, process development, senior management, etc. – on component/product/process development activities. Support commercial efforts to acquire new business or maintain existing business with customers, especially with new products or products in development.  In conjunction with other functions, conduct discovery with key customers and OEMs to identify new and evolving technology needs to incorporate into AMO Technology Roadmap. 
  • Provide input to and manage the AMO R&D budget. Ensure communication of all scheduling, prioritization, and resourcing decisions to key stakeholders.
  • Supervise team member activities and progress, conduct performance appraisals, discuss training and career development needs, recruit and retain team members, and resolve problems and disciplinary issues. Consult with Driveline R&D Director and HR as appropriate. 
  • Oversee and ensure development, implementation and monitoring of a comprehensive safety program in assigned area. Areas of accountability include: documentation of safety activities, monthly safety meetings, interactive safety inspections, group safety observation programs, safety training, JSA development, active reporting and corrective action programs. 
  • Ensure complete ISO documentation is maintained on all ISO or Quality related activities. Participate in ISO/Quality related activities and maintain an up-to-date understanding of the ISO/Quality function. 
  • Prepare reports, presentations, and other communications concerning results of laboratory tests or product development trials including next steps and impact on key business initiatives. 
  • Facilitate, assess, and coordinate IP activities including competitor analysis, portfolio reviews and generation of IP. Ensure freedom to practice developed products & solutions. 
  • Represent Afton in industry committees/technical societies/conferences or other meetings.



  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field such as Chemistry or Chemical Engineering
  • Demonstrated effective project management and leadership skills in a chemical R&D environment typically acquired after more than 10 years of relevant experience, including supervisory experience.



  • Advanced degree in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering or MBA


For NewMarket or Afton employees, an appropriate combination of experiences that will support the required skill base may replace one or more of the specific experience requirements above.




  • Decision Making - Decision making in a timely manner based upon a mixture of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment; sometimes with incomplete information, under tight deadlines and pressure; while based upon appropriate risk and authority
  • Business Insight - The understanding of the basis for our business model and how that is realized in the market. The understanding of how business and operations are intimately linked. The ability to use information, practices & trends, affecting the business to engage and drive new strategies and tactics work in the marketplace.
  • Analysis and Problem Solving - Solves difficult problems with effective solutions; asks good questions and questions all likely sources for answers; can solve complex problems and recognize complex patterns; utilizing all appropriate tools to reach a robust answer.
  • Communication - The ability to communicate information clearly and effectively in an engaging and convincing manner.
  • Coaching - The ability to provide the structure, environment and support for teaching, training and development of individuals and teams to enable them to achieve specific personal or professional results or goals.
  • Managing Performance - Possessing the drive and focus to achieve challenging goals.
  • Collaboration and Networking - The ability to work in and across Afton's organizational matrix to achieve business objectives, via engaging interactions and influencing without authority.
  • Project Management - The ability to manage tasks and activities and achieve their completion within the agreed framework, across regional and organizational boundaries
  • Innovation - The openness to new ideas and the ability to generate breakthrough solutions. Can develop, seek out, critically assess and implement new and value adding concepts.
  • Dealing with Uncertainty - Can effectively cope with change; can shift gears comfortably; can decide and act without having the total picture; isn’t upset when things are up in the air; doesn’t have to finish things before moving on; can comfortably handle risk and uncertainty.
  • Organizational Development - The ability to assess, analyses and implement changes to improve the overall performance and impact of the group / organization, including underlying behavioral, cultural, structural or tactical aspects
  • Personnel Management - Success in focusing, aligning, and building effective groups. The effective management of reporting staff, through empathy and understanding, clear definition of success, clarity of purpose and scaled responsibility / development.  The ability to address and resolve conflicts in a positive and constructive manner
  • Strategic Insight, Definition and Implementation - The ability to engage in broad, complex analytical and conceptual thinking. Stepping beyond current status to assess broader issues and the development of new opportunities.  Communication these insights and new approaches
  • Operational and Business Processes - Planning skills through the annual and LRP cycles, using preferred tools and frameworks and in alignment with the business strategy
  • Leadership - The ability to form a vision for the organization and the capacity to transform and align the organization around the new goal(s). Active personal awareness and development, developing the effective balance of humility, integrity and resilience to drive results.

An Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to the individual’s race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, age, disability, genetic information, status as a military veteran or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.


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