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Director R&D, Food

Stockholm, Sweden

On the R&D team, you’ll join 700 scientists, researchers, clinicians, software developers, data scientists and engineers who work in all phases of the product development lifecycle – including concept, planning, development and validation on new product launches and patents. Together, you’ll build next-generation solutions that contribute to food safety, diagnostic innovations, drug development, big data technologies and more. The future of environmental, human and life sciences is up to you.

  • Full Time
  • Minimal Travel

Success Profile

We have found that the following traits and attributes help lead to a successful future in R&D at PerkinElmer.

  • Adaptable
  • Analytical
  • Collaborative
  • Proactive
  • Problem-Solver
  • Innovative

Employee Quote

There is a deep mutual respect for each other’s skills and contributions. Whether it’s taking on a new process skill or a new software skill, we are always moving forward so you never get bored – that’s what makes it exciting even after 30 years.

Jay Ives, Sr. Manager, Spectroscopy R&D


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Location(s) Stockholm, Sweden Status Regular Job ID JR-027584

PerkinElmer is a global technology leader driving growth and initiative in the Environmental and Human Health Science markets. The company is a leading force in the development, production, marketing, servicing, and supporting of laboratory instrumentation and ancillary services throughout the world.

PerkinElmer, a global leader in technology is searching for an experienced Research and Development Director to lead and drive innovative solutions in our Food R&D team. The individual will become a key member of a group of senior PerkinElmer leadership and liaise closely with other cross-functional leaders. This position reports to VP, R&D as part of the PerkinElmer’s Global R&D organization.

The successful candidate will be leading multi-disciplinary teams of scientists and engineers to drive new product development and sustain the current products to support portfolio roadmap objectives of analytical instruments for Food industry applications.

In addition to leading the R&D team to execute on on-time, on-budget, and on-scope delivery of new product introductions, a critical role of the successful candidate is developing and empowering the R&D teams and talents, maintaining an innovative, collaborative and inclusive culture.

The successful candidate must have the ability to deliver value and manage both breakthrough and incremental innovation, drive the teams on delivering new products or upgrades to existing products, continuous improvement to optimize “time to market” and monitors program timelines and budgets from initiation through product launch. In addition, Director of R&D will be responsible to support field investigations, maintain product lifecycle “sustaining” projects, transfer of new products to operations or contract manufacturers, and development of related procedures while adhering to all applicable quality and regulatory requirements.

This position is based in Stockholm, Sweden.

Key Attributes and Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will have the responsibility to provide leadership and focus to meet or exceed the business unit goals through the following:

Functional Leadership of the R&D Team

  • Effectively leading focused and highly skilled teams of scientists and engineers while identifying and addressing gaps and areas for improvement.

  • Planning team objectives and resource allocation based on project priorities.

  • Providing oversight to ensure all projects remain on schedule and on budget while meeting all performance, cost and quality specifications in a regulated manufacturing environment.

  • Responsible for maintaining and improving the team’s talent pool, technical capabilities, knowledge transfer and hiring plans.

  • Overseeing site-related improvements and expansion.

People Leadership Skills

  • Continuing to build on a cohesive team with great culture that is diverse, collaborative, and inclusive.

  • Aspiring to create a warm, pleasant, and safe working environment while creating a workplace based on long-term trust and respect fueled by accountability, where stretch goals are set, and achievements are recognized and rewarded.

  • Supporting long-term career growth of individuals and providing mentorship and training. Ensuring that the team remains motivated and is being technically challenged.

  • Empowering the team leaders to develop impactful short and long-term action plans and drive for results as one team.

  • Growing high-potential team members by attracting, engaging, developing, and retaining top talent at all levels of the team.

  • Inspiring, influencing, and empowering team members to overachieve objectives.

Site Leadership (to be discussed)

  • Acting as Site Leader for the Hägersten office

Strategic Leadership and Cross-Collaboration

  • Supporting the execution of the products roadmap.

  • Gaining alignment to support R&D goals by collaborating with other cross-functions using a partnership approach.

  • Building strong working relationships across the organization to further R&D objectives and overcome obstacles.

  • Strong driver and influencer with ability to motivate and drive results through direct/indirect reports as well as cross-functional teams across a highly matrixed global organization.

Education and Experience

  • Master’s degree in Physics, or Engineering degree with strong computer and mathematical skills. Doctoral degree is strongly preferred.

  • 10 years of proven track record in relevant management experience in an R&D environment.

  • Experience in driving product development of complex analytical instrumentation using Agile/Lean methodologies.

  • Knowledge of IR/FTIR, rheology instruments and optics knowledge with Food industry applications and prior practical experience is preferred.

  • Systems engineering knowledge and experience

Skills and Abilities

  • Pragmatic self-starter who can manage, motivate, and develop direct reports and operate effectively in a constantly changing environment.

  • Ability to react appropriately to changing priorities and impending deadlines.

  • Ability to prioritize tasks and delegate effectively.

  • Ability to communicate effectively and comfortably with all organizational levels.

  • Time management skills to handle a variety of assigned tasks with effective multi-tasking capabilities.

  • Well-founded problem-solving skills.

  • Demonstrated skills in management and continuous process improvement techniques.

  • Ability to motivate and influence others.

  • Proficient in team building, coaching and mentoring skills.

  • Ability to make independent decisions.

  • Excellent group interaction and negotiating skills.

  • Well-developed written skills to prepare regular and routine reports, reviews, as well as preparing presentations to a variety of audiences.

  • Demonstrated experience in bringing products from concept to manufacturing by leading a cross-functional team in product development.


PerkinElmer is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability status, age, or veteran status or any other characteristics protected by applicable law. PerkinElmer is committed to a culturally diverse workforce.

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