Interim R&D & Innovation Director

Interim R&D & Innovation Director

Interim management is an effective managerial solution for companies of all sizes to deal with an unprecedented situation, a managerial emergency or to accelerate their transformation.

MANAGERIM, expert in interim management, provides you with interim managers specialized in R&D and Innovation everywhere in Europe and internationally.

Our community of interim managers in R&D and Innovation includes top and middle management with :

  • sectorial expertise
  • solid experience in managing R&D teams
  • strong leadership skills
  • a spirit of innovation and creativity
  • technical and scientific expertise (mechanics, fluid mechanics, electricity, materials science, automation, etc.)
  • a mastery of innovation and change management processes
  • project management methodologies (expression of needs, specifications, steering committees, etc.)
  • knowledge of legislation (industrial property) and normative regulations
  • and skills in continuous improvement

Our interim managers are men and women selected after a rigorous and demanding process, as much for their expertise as for their interpersonal skills.

The missions of a transition manager “R&D and innovation director”

The R&D and Innovation Director defines, organizes and validates research and development activities.

He/she participates in defining the global strategy for innovation and adaptation of products, services or processes and ensures the technical, functional, managerial and financial steering of development projects.

Depending on the organization, the missions include various responsibilities:

  • Guarantee the feasibility (methods, technical file, means of study and design, implementation, constraints) and profitability of projects
  • Propose orientations and follow up on R&D projects (development or continuous improvement) in line with the defined strategy (sales, net results and CSR - Corporate Social Responsibility)
  • Provide advice, support, technical expertise and monitoring to internal and external managers
  • Conduct a technology watch to identify innovative scientific, technological and organizational opportunities and to anticipate and seek out technological breakthroughs in the market to maintain a leadership position
  • Work in interface with the industrial, technical, marketing and sales departments to understand the evolution of the customers' needs and transform them into technical orientations
  • Manage relationships with key internal/external customers, key R&D partners and certification bodies
  • Develop and lead relationships with technological partners: universities, public and/or private laboratories, private groups, etc.
  • Manage the company's patent acquisition strategy

Why use an interim manager in the r&d and innovation department of interim management firm MANAGERIM?

Our interim R&D and Innovation managers have previous successful experience:

  • within mid-sized companies, large groups or within a young innovative company or start-up,
  • in various sectors: food industry, automotive, pharmaceutical, aerospace, chemical, electronic components, communication equipment manufacturing, plastics, rubber, energy, IT...

They know how to adapt rapidly and be immediately operational.

Our interim managers in R&D and innovation management are involved in high value-added missions in various situations:

  • Temporary replacement at short notice of an R&D and innovation manager (research director, innovation director, R&D manager, innovation and development manager, scientific director, etc.)
  • Operational reinforcement of an R&D team in a period of overload of activity
  • Operational management of R&D teams
  • Management of a portfolio of R&D projects
  • Audit of the organization of an R&D department and implementation of improvement paths in terms of project management and follow-up...
  • Design of a new laboratory
  • Management of operational excellence and continuous improvement processes

Throughout their assignments, our interim managers are supported by one of our partners, who guarantees the quality of the assignment and the methodology developed by MANAGERIM.

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