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Head of R&D Equipment Global Technology (m/w/d)


The company is one of the world's leading system suppliers of carton
packaging and filling machines for beverages and food.

The company supplies complete systems including both the packaging
materials and the corresponding filling machines.

The company provides general management services to the group companies.

In 2013 they achieved a turnover of 1,680 million Euro
with more than 5,000 employees in more than 40 countries.

Job Profile

Reason for the vacancy
  • Newly created position due to the new setup of the department

Job Objectives
  • Development of new filling machines and building modules,
    development of production-ready machines
  • Design & Development of aseptic filling lines including mechanical-,
    electrical- and systems engineering

Main tasks
  • Full responsibility and accountability for product development for
    aseptic filling lines including downstream equipment
  • Management and leadership for direct reports
  • Resource and cost planning with optimisation 
  • Assure compliance with legal and internal standards
  • Interfacing to R&D, GA, Procurement, quality and service
  • Member of AG’s TMT and IAM
  • Assure knowledge transfer with Engineering and Service 
  • Co-Approve serial releases

Position within the company hierarchy
  • The owner of the position reports to the Global Technology Director 
  • The Head of R&D Equipment Global Technology has approx.
    5 employees reporting directly to him/her and is responsible for a team
    of approx. 50 employees

Team work
  • Closely working together with R&D Department, Product Marketing,
    Production, Procurement and Service

  • Seldom

Requirement profile

  • Mechanical Engineering, Process Engineering, Beverage Technology 
  • Engineering degree from University or College (Master or Bachelor),
    Ph. D. advantageous

Professional experience
Special Skills
  • Workflow management, system engineering, PLL machine control,
    HMI user interface + MES systems
  • Knowledge about industries and companies in the sector Aseptic packaging,
    Machinery, engineering and System 
  • Design advantageous 
  • Working experience in Asia would be advantageous

Leadership Experience
  • More than 5 years disciplinary responsibility

  • German business fluent
  • English business fluent

Soft skills
  • The ideal candidate will have to be “fast-tracked” to a
    position of authority
  • He/she will have a track record of driving significant engineering,
    technology innovation and design, including the involvement
    with intellectual property, resulting in significant “public stage”
  • He/she must be able to directly manage an advanced technology
    team as well as influencing and motivating teams via leadership skills
  • Dynamic, energetic, enthusiastic, motivated
  • Commercially aware: understands the cost structure of customer’s
    industry and is able to react to challenges presented by competitive
    and alternative products with an ability to create a leading edge
    feature in the products developed.
  • Ability to build relationships with third parties - customers,
    research bodies, universities, regulatory authorities
  • Strong leadership skills, able to command respect, communicate vision,
    control, delegate and manage
  • Internationally minded and aware
  • Open-minded, creative and imaginative. Prepared to think outside
    the box and challenge the status quo
  • Persistent, patient and committed.
    Able to drive a project through to its conclusion