Research & Development Lead (Ref: KHR&DLkzn)
Remuneration: Market Related

Position in the FMCG, Retail and Wholesale sector in Mobeni, Durban - Kwa- Zulu Natal
Posted On Friday 9 September 2022
Job Description:

Our client, an employer of choice in SA, is add a smart and talented Research & Development Lead who can perform several important roles within their organisation

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Main job function

The successful employee will be responsible for research, planning, and implementing new products and protocols into our company in line with sales and marketing strategy. The employee will also be required to oversee the entire development process of new products together with it’s process’s within the organization. The employee’s active participation will be required from the initial planning phase to implementation or production work closely with, sales, marketing and our technical heads. Additionally, the employee will be required to keep track of all the costs related to the creation of these new products and decide what ideas are worth pursuing. The employee should also stay informed on what is happening in the industry in form of research and development field at large to make sure the company is up-to-date and current with the most advanced R&D developments.


Responsibilities of an R&D Lead job include: 

·        Lead key projects with R&D to support business goals.

·        Develop research programs incorporating current developments to improve existing products and study the potential of new products.

·        Understand customer expectations on to-be manufactured products.

·        Determine and execute improved technologies used by suppliers, competitors, and customers.

·        Establish project goals and priorities by collaborating with Marketing, Sales and Operations.

·        Transfer new technologies, products, and manufacturing processes into and out of the company.

·        Research, design and evaluate products, assemblies, processes, and equipment.

·        Suggest training tools to enhance employee performance, customer and skill development of both internal and external sources

·        Document all phases of research and development.

·        Manage customer relationships and perform RFP reviews, customer visits, and product testing.

·        Establish and maintain testing procedures for assessing raw materials, in-process and finished products.

·        Oversee complex research projects, analyse results and provide recommendations based on findings.

·        Assess the scope of research projects and ensure they are on time and within budget.

·        Be present at industry conferences on research topics of interest.



A master’s degree in the relevant field. However, the field in which you got your degree could even be general like human resources, finance, or management. A bachelor’s degree may also be acceptable if the candidate has experience working within the industry of relevance or general R&D experience.



·        Minimum 5 years experience in similar / relevant role

·        A strong sense of creativity aids in the process of thinking of new product ideas and solving problems creatively.

·        Great problem-solving skills.

·        Ability to pay attention to details.

·        Excellent leadership and managerial skills are also important.

·        The ability to communicate well with customers, colleagues, and lower-level staff.

·        Hands-on experience in managing or leading a team of employees.

·        Ability to multitask efficiently and good at managing time.

·        Good business sense



A Consultant will be in touch if you are shortlisted for the position. Please consider your application unsuccessful should you not have been contacted within 2 weeks. We will keep your CV on our database and contact you should you match the criteria of any other vacancies.



Please contact Kay Henderson