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Director of R&D

A rare and exciting Director role has become available to oversee and lead the international implementation of product and technology development across the Hochiki Group businesses (Including Kentec Electronics, Hochiki Europe and Hochiki America), providing vision and strategic direction for the R&D Centre. Reporting to the General Manager of Global Product Management with a truly international remit, the successful candidate will be responsible for overseeing all new product development and improvements through effective management and the planning of all R&D resources for the EMEIA, Asia Pacific (Excluding Japan) and Americas regions. The Director of R&D will play an instrumental role in driving communication, collaboration, knowledge sharing and teamwork across all R&D functions.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Overseeing the delivery of Fire Control and Indicating Equipment (CIE), Fire Detection and Alarm (FDA) products and industry related R&D Projects while supporting a unified culture, vision and strategy for the R&D centre
  • Working with relevant stakeholders within the International Business Division to establish a product strategy whilst prioritising R&D Projects. Ensuring these priorities are communication and understood throughout.
  • Develop a strong relationship and shared vision with the International Business Division to establish a common vision of development plans and priorities that align with the corporate strategy and business needs.
  • Establish and oversee project success criteria including resource allocation, key milestones, budget, performance and quality requirements ensuring on-time, on-budget and on-spec delivery of new product development and improvement projects. Identify and resolve complicated issues to schedule, resources, scope and risk assessment.
  • Driving and leading a culture of innovation, quality and continuous improvement in R&D processes and procedures, whilst communicating the importance of commercial awareness within the R&D Centre.
  • Harmonizing processes, technologies, systems, tools and knowledge bases to support growth through innovation. Sustaining professional development and industry knowledge and seeking the best current practice.
  • Providing leadership on all elements relating to people management; including development and engagement of employees, ensuring that robust and secure succession plans are in place, recruiting high level teams an ensuring that people resource is maintained against budget and project requirements
  • Providing support to a strategic product and system testing strategy to ensure that product releases maintain the reputation of the Hochiki brands
  • Budget planning, execution and control, as well as reporting on budget status for the R&D centre
  • Presenting R&D project outcomes at conferences/professional meetings

For further information or to apply for the role, please email

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