Group Director of Research and Development
Paris (France)

Do you offer an international profile with a solid experience in managing multicultural research and development teams in the industrial area and a serious track record in leading innovation through disruptive technologies (artificial intelligence, IoT, smart manufacturing etc …)? Then you might be the profile we are looking for! Our client is a European leading manufacturing company with a network of subsidiaries and factories worldwide. In order to lead the research, the development capability and the innovation pipeline of this international organization, we are looking for its Group Head of Research and Development. The position is based in Paris (France).


The Group Head of Research and Development is responsible for imagining, defining, organizing, validating and implementing all company activities in the area of research and development in coordination with the group overall. He/she provides leadership of all research and development and manages the transversal R&D function (conception to market access, product development).

He/she is in charge of directing and overseeing all research and development projects across the group with the objective to design all new products and services which will support the development and the growth of the company across all markets. Therefore he/she is strongly orientated towards new revenue and profitability streams through the development of innovation pipelines. He/she is responsible for the accuracy of methods, the cost management and the time to market development.

He/she masters methods related to digital development, the interaction with artificial intelligence and is familiar with eco-design. He/she coordinates and participates to optimize all technologies in the group (both existing technologies as well as technologies in the process of acquisition as well as future technologies to be integrated).

He/she offers a demonstrated experience of participative, multicultural and multidisciplinary management in open innovation environments in order to push innovation processes across the group.

He/she is also in charge of initiating, fostering  and maintaining external relationships and partnerships with a host of different relevant organizations.


Engineering or scientific education (master level).
Business orientation (budget management, resources allocation, negotiation etc …).
Managerial authority.
Mastering of processes in innovation and R&D.
Experienced with Artificial Intelligence concepts.

Skills and attributes

Fluency in English.
International professional track record.
Excellent communication skills in multi-lingual environments.

Minimum of 15 years relevant experience on the senior management level in R&D, product development and innovation in areas such as automotive, aerospace or equipment goods.

Proven track record of managing global multicultural teams.
Passionate about digital innovation and smart manufacturing (artificial intelligence, industrial IoT etc …).
Curiosity, open minded, multidisciplinary orientation.
Open innovation minded and creative.
Rigorous scientific approach.
Team management and partnership spirit.
Willingness and ability to travel globally.

Application : Please send your CV and motivation letter in English to Philippe Riboton at: [email protected]