Director of R&D

Florida Tile Inc   Lawrenceburg, KY   Full-time     Manufacturing / Production / Operations
Posted on September 5, 2021
Position: Director of R&D
Employer: Florida Tile, Inc.
Location: 1247 Alton Road, Lawrenceburg, KY 40342

Duties: Responsible for leading the organization in research for new products, product enhancements and product redesign. Manage team of 14 direct reports including managers, team leaders and operators. Provide direction to Glaze Manager, Press Manager, and R&D Manager. Interact with technicians in Europe and ensure development of new products in Italy will work with the operating technology of US plant. Manage new product development schedule. Provide quality control standard approval procedure for new glazes, materials, or inks. Ensure new product startups are on shade target, without technical problems and without any loss of production. Responsible for quality control of raw material for body and glaze preparation. Responsible for all glaze and inks formulas. Resolve any technology difficulties and monitor glaze and engobe cost. Ensure all glazing formulas and specifications are correct. Meet quality requirements and optimize final appearance (value) of products by using best practice glazing and printing techniques. Confer with managers and team leaders regarding productivity problems and provide direction. Establish targets for production by shift, and issue daily quality and quantity reports. Maintain and improve training programs for maintenance and operators. Establish and monitor PM programs for all departments. Review disciplinary actions with supervisors.
Requirements: Must possess a high school diploma/GED and ten years of experience as a Production and R&D Manager, Production Manager, or Process or Laboratory Technician in the ceramic tile manufacturing industry. Experience must include personnel management, quality control production planning and control and new product development. Must possess demonstrable knowledge of press and glaze technology.