Global R&D Manager

Global R&D Manager

Foseco is not only a supplier of foundry material; Our service goes far beyond material supply. We work the Foseco way – Excellent products, application expertise, proactive advice and consultancy. Foseco is a partner to build on.

We offer a wide range of foundry products and services to meet the requirements of iron, steel and non-ferrous foundries to help them to reduce defects, improve casting quality and optimize production costs.

In April 2008, Foseco was acquired by Vesuvius, a global leader in metal flow engineering, providing a full range of engineering services and solutions to its customers worldwide, principally serving the steel and foundry industries. Vesuvius has a proud heritage of bringing innovation to the markets we serve. We have more than 200 technical experts supported by local development teams around the world to ensure we meet our customers’ needs. With 7 research centres across the globe, Vesuvius continues to lead innovation in our industry. The Global Foundry R&D Centre in Enschede was established in 2014 in order to serve our customers with innovative products. The well-equipped laboratories and in-house cast facilities are enabling the development of breakthrough technologies and processes. 


                                         For Foseco Pittsburgh, we are looking for a:


                                                             Global R&D Manager


The role is created to align, co-ordinate and manage the regional R&D activities of the crucible product lines. The regional group’s specific responsibility is to provide regional applications support, manufacturing support, raw material qualification and local new product development.  The role will manage the global NPI project portfolio and in cooperation with the Global M&T product managers and, in operations management co-ordinate the product portfolio planning. To do this, you need to balance the product offering needs of the regions with the ability to manufacture those products to proper technical quality and cost. Also, by providing product recommendations based on customer practices and needs.

The position will require the R&D Manager to make difficult and sometimes unpopular decisions, balancing the capabilities of manufacturing with the expectations of sales to rationalize the product portfolio and assign specifications.  The R&D Manager will need to manage personality conflicts among group members.  He/she will need to solve and mentor others to solve complicated customer and manufacturing problems requiring a good understanding of those processes. 

Who are we looking for?         

You have a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Material Engineering, Chemical Engineering,etc. with 6-10 years practical experience in the following fields: Foundry, Steelmaking, Refractory Manufacturing or Refractory Design, Refractory New Product Development or equivalent.  Besides that, you have 5+ years managerial experience. ,

We would like you to have knowledge of liquid metal process technology, and understand of metal -refractory interaction is desirable. The position will require to determine the root cause of failure when limited or incomplete information is available.  Problem-solving will require a very diverse skill set including strong understanding of steelmaking, thermodynamics, fracture mechanics and typical customer practices. Knowledge of thermo-mechanical modelling is desirable.

Next to the technical part, you are a great mentor and manager in the first place.You will also visit customers occasionally, so having great communicative skills is a must. Also,  traveling to the other plants of Vesivius/Foseco will be part of the job. However, this will be not over 10% yearly.

What do we offer?

First, being part of a team of professionals who are very passionate about research and development. You will be working in a team that exists of Technicians, Engineers and Scientists.  Furthermore, do you want to work in an innovative working environment equipped with all the latest technologies in the field of lab research? The laboratory is very extensive and equipped with the most advanced technologies available. We offer good working conditions and the ability to extend knowledge and grow further in the organization of Foseco.


Do you think you would fit this position perfectly,  and do you want to start a career at Foseco? Please let us know you’re interested and push the blue ’solliciteren’ button.  For further information and questions, please do not hesitate to contact Sophie Schellevis at [email protected] or 06-41181485.