Head of R&D - BYK Netherlands B.V.

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Match criteria
  • Chemie
  • R&D / Engineering / Kwaliteit
  • Vast dienstverband
  • Op aanvraag
  • Overijssel

In short

Are you an energetic Head of Research & Development with experience in the chemical industry? Are you passionate about product development and can you motivate and convince others in a successful international setting? Then we would like to meet you and see whether the next step in your career is to join BYK Additives in this new position.


As Head of R&D, you will play a pivotal role in the further growth and product innovation within BYK Netherlands. Your main responsibilities include leading and developing the R&D team for wax additives, in collaboration with the different technology leaders in the team. Your team of 8 is based in Deventer and Denekamp. You manage the different responsibilities of team members, depending on set priorities in their roles of technology project leader, lab worker and technical specialist in the fields of raw material and recipe management. In doing so you are responsible for all activities related to the development and innovation of BYK’s wax additives business. You ensure the efficient management of a substantial project portfolio and related development initiatives. In addition, you make sure that fundamental knowledge about properties and production methods of BYK’s products and used raw materials is properly documented.
To ensure the success of BYK’s development efforts in the Netherlands, you maintain and develop your network with BYK R&D colleagues in Wesel, the End-Use (application) managers, their specialists and lab teams. Furthermore, you interact with regulatory affairs, procurement and external contacts such as suppliers, universities, and research institutions. By doing so, you facilitate an effective cooperation with all involved parties and ensure an efficient execution of your project portfolio. At the end of the project development cycle, you are responsible products are successfully transferred to BYK locations in the Netherlands, the United States, and China, as well as tolling partners when appropriate. You report to the Manager Research & Technology in Deventer, with a dotted line to the Technology Leader Surface Chemistry in Wesel.


  • An academic (MSc/PhD) degree in (bio)chemistry or chemical technology;
  • 10+ years working experience of which 5 years in a leading role;
  • Demonstrable knowledge and experience in the chemical industry with formulated product solutions in, for example, coatings, inks, adhesives or composites;
  • Any knowledge of wax additives is obviously valued;
  • Passionate tech professional with strong management and process skills that is not easily satisfied;
  • A goal-oriented and customer-focused team player with a proactive and optimistic attitude;
  • People manager with strong communicative and presentation skills;
  • Dutch, English and reasonable to good proficiency in German is required;
  • Based in an acceptable distance from Deventer, or willing to relocate.


  • An inspiring work environment where your expertise and leadership are appreciated;
  • The opportunity to contribute to innovations and work within an international network of professionals;
  • A competitive salary and benefits package, with excellent opportunities for personal and professional growth.

Our client

Our client BYK Netherlands (www.byk.com) operates globally and is part of the ALTANA Group. With Dutch locations in Deventer, Denekamp and Nijverdal, they are a leading player in the field of raw materials, wax additives and surface chemistry. Their main markets are Europe, America and the Far East, where their products are used in everyday products such as paint, printing inks, plastics, and adhesives.
With a strong focus on research and development, BYK Netherlands have made their mark in the market and continues to grow. The organization predominately uses batch production processes and have production facilities that allow a high degree of flexibility in producing emulsions, dispersions and solids under various conditions.


Deventer / Denekamp


BYK Netherlands B.V.

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