Avery Dennison R&D Manager in Fitchburg, Massachusetts

Company Description

Avery Dennison (NYSE: AVY) is a global leader in pressure-sensitive and functional materials and labeling solutions for the retail apparel market. The company's applications and technologies are an integral part of products used in every major industry. With operations in more than 50 countries and more than 25,000 employees worldwide, Avery Dennison serves customers in the consumer packaging, graphical display, logistics, apparel, industrial and healthcare industries. Headquartered in Glendale, California, the company reported sales of $6.1 billion in 2016. Learn more at www.averydennison.com

Job Description

The R&D Manager is critical to delivering the growth of the Fastener Solutions businesses by driving execution of short and mid term development projects, working cross-functionally to align on the long range strategy, and delivering on product re-engineering projects to maintain an industry leadership position. To be successful, you will drive technical mastery, use our global technical talent, and encourage a creative culture consistent with our values. The role will collaborate with engineering, marketing, manufacturing, global technical teams, suppliers, customers, and end users. Results are delivered by having a broad base of technical process and product development experiences; creativity; lean principle and problem solving skills; statistical data analysis skills; and the ability to collaborate and influence across boundaries.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Provide R&D project management and technical leadership through ideation, proof of principle, and validation of results and trials in preparation for New Product Development transition

  • Lead the development of projects. Provide direction and mentorship to R&D team. Monitor team’s progress on schedule, budget, and technical output. Provide oversight of complex and sometimes global projects.

  • Exploration of new technologies to integrate into strengths.

  • Strategy Development - Work closely with Marketing and Product Management as a thought partner to outline the strategy for the business, and create product roadmaps aligned to meet the strategy

  • Lead technology transfer to manufacturing and support implementation on an as needed basis. Key technical resource for Manufacturing.

  • Prioritize and allocate resource needs to align with the business needs in both the short and long term, achieving a balance between product growth, productivity, business continuity and quality initiatives. Ensure project execution to achieve performance targets while meeting timing and budget constraints.

  • Organization Development - Develop team to deliver on the business goals, and develop and mentor future leaders through knowledge sharing and mentoring in areas including product development, project management, and data analysis.

  • Intellectual Property Management - Conduct patent analysis and lead patent submissions for projects. Must have effective follow through with stakeholders and Legal.

  • Perform general management duties, exercising usual authority concerning staff, performance appraisals, promotions and terminations. Ensuring safe and consistent work practices among the team.

  • Leverage internal/external authorities in network to accomplish goals.

  • Act as a team role model, particularly around Avery Dennison’s Leadership Principles.

  • Challenge traditional methods (we always do it that way)

  • Other duties as assigned


  • Degree in Mechanical Engineering or Materials Science or related degree required. Advanced degree preferred.

  • 10+ years industry experience.

  • Strong materials knowledge, particularly polymer based

  • Diverse background in product development, automation, and manufacturing processes

  • Experience with leading and developing internal and external resources

  • Validated commercial, technical and successes from your work.

  • Confirmed intellectual property - patent portfolio

  • Project leadership experience required.

  • Strong scientific and engineering knowledge.

  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills.

  • Lean manufacturing, Six Sigma, ELS or related experience preferred.

  • Strong written and oral interpersonal skills.

  • Strong organization and attention to detail.

  • Solid modeling proficiency (Preferably SolidWorks)

  • Proficient in spreadsheet, word processing and presentation software (Google based)


Additional Information

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or other protected status. EEOE/M/F/Vet/Disabled. All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or other protected status. EEOE/M/F/Vet/Disabled