Global Center of Innovation Manager - Neat Cutting Oils

 Full Time
 Research & Development

About the job

We are global leader in industrial process fluids; we continually improve and innovate so our customers can stay ahead in a changing world. Our global network of research and development labs together with our centers of innovations our are the main drivers of this continuous effort and strategic investment to maintain our top market positioning.

As our Centre of Innovation Manager for Neat Cutting Oils you´ll be responsible for leading research into neat oil technology focusing on metal removal processes as well as supporting in the team management of the Dortmund research and development labs. This is a key role in our structure that allows us to continue evolving our solutions and exceed customer expectations.


What’s in it For You?


  • Excellent onboarding and training programs as part of our QH University.
  • Competitive pay with excellent bonus opportunities.
  • Pension plan, meal subsidy, bicycle leasing and other benefits.
  • Attractive Wellness, CSR, Sustainability, Women Inclusion & Diversity programs.
  • Hybrid working possibility.
  • You´ll be joining a team who is passionate about innovation and a company that invests in fueling that passion.


What will you do?


  • Lead and execute autonomously a broad variety of experimental activities to further the knowledge and state of the art of technologies, leading to the successful completion of research projects.
  • Develop and maintain a detailed knowledge of customer processes in order to enable the continued development of value added technology.
  • Lead research for renewable, green chemicals and overall more sustainable product development aiming to meet our global Sustainability and CSR company goals.
  • Develop an in-depth knowledge of the performance attributes of competitive products and, as necessary, lead programs to uncover the key attributes that contribute to competitors state of the art technology in order to fill technology gaps or develop advantaged technology.
  • Build a productive and trust based relationship with external and main internal stakeholders such as commercial, strategic marketing and R&D teams.
  • Develop and deliver education programs and seminars for the advancement of the knowledge of Quaker Houghton employees and customers. Our customers are the major automotive, aerospace and industrial market players.
  • Prepare and deliver seminars and technical papers for presentation to customers, trade organizations and professional journals to enhance the technical image of the organization.
  • Manage the data collection, knowledge capture and communication for research projects. Report results in a clear and concise manner to enhance technical exchange. Provide legal and archival documentation for patent applications.


What do we look for?


Education: This position requires a bachelor’s degree in one of these core technology fields: Chemistry, Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Microbiology, Tribology, Colloids, or Corrosion Engineering. Master’s or PhD highly preferred.

Experience: A minimum of 5-7 years related scientific experience required. Ideally having managed lubricant, oil, coating, grease or surface chemicals. Customers for neat cutting oils are mainly in the automotive sector, so any knowledge about this market will be highly valued.

We are looking for someone with the ability to read, analyze, and interpret advanced scientific and technical journals and financial reports. At the same time be able to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies and/or members of the business community.

Languages: English and German language skills is mandatory.

Location: Dortmund based role with up to 25% travel, mainly within Germany to visit customer sites.


Soft skills


  • High safety consciousness – Safety is the core of our culture.
  • Customer Focus – Dedicated to meeting customer expectations and requirements.
  • Analytical & Problem Solver – Identifies problems and uses available resources to identify a solution.
  • Team player – Acts in accordance to company strategy while working well with others.
  • Results Driven – Holds self and others accountable for achieving performance objectives.
  • Innovation – Is proactive to find new ways of doing things and promotes efficiency.


Who we are?


Quaker Houghton is the global leader in industrial process fluids, continually improving and innovating so the world’s steel, aluminum, automotive, aircraft, machinery and industrial parts manufacturers can stay ahead in a changing world. Our chemists, engineers and industry experts partner with our customers to continually improve their operations so they can run even more efficiently, even more effectively, whatever comes next.

Our values:

  • Live Safe
  • Exceed Customer Expectations
  • Drive Results
  • Embrace Diversity
  • Do Great Things Together
  • Act with integrity

Our core values embody who we are as a company, guide our decisions and inspire us. Our commitment to these values, in words and actions, builds a safer, stronger Quaker Houghton. They are the fundamental beliefs that guide our internal conduct and our relationship with the outside world.