Vice-President - Global R&D Engineering

at ABB Inc in Fort Smith, Arkansas, United States

Job Description

Vice-President - Global R&D EngineeringTake your next career step at ABB with a global team that is energizing the transformation of society and industry to achieve a more productive, sustainable future.

At ABB, we have the clear goal of driving diversity and inclusion across all dimensions: gender, LGBTQ+, abilities, ethnicity and generations. Together, we are embarking on a journey where each and every one of us, individually and collectively, welcomes and celebrates individual differences.


In this role you will be responsible for identification, exploration and implementation of R&D, engineering and technology/product development and growth strategies within the global NEMA Motors Division to enhance and secure ABBs global position and profitability in the medium/long term, in NEMA Motors - Motion in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

Reporting to the Division President, you will ensure project execution and foster innovation and develop and secure research and development (R&D) capabilities.Your responsibilities


Technical and scientific proficiency and leadership - Coordinates NEMA technology and reports to Division management. Ensures the alignment of strategies, processes and corresponding R&D plans, Facilitates technology issues within NEMA and across Divisions. Is involved at an operational level in important and critical technology issues and/or projects within Division ensuring adherence to R&D gate model process

Technology direction - Responsible for creation and execution of NEMA R&D strategy in agreement, Creates, plans and follows up NEMA technology road map

Innovation and creativity - Develop, secures and facilitates innovation process, and ensures key performance indicators (KPIs) are in place to be tracked

Projects, processes and tools - Ensures NEMA R&D and engineering projects are delivered on time and on budget. Ensures that actions and decisions taken are approved in accordance with prevailing policies and instructions, Drives, influences and facilitates cooperation around market standards and guidelines important to the Division

R&D context - Aligns R&D with Product Management function to define market-oriented R&D projects, Knowledge transfer - Supports and oversees transfer of technology and knowledge between the business and internal partners

Network and visibility - Represent the Technology function to customers and internal/external stakeholders. Ensures representation to relevant universities and institutions, Intellectual property (IP) and risk management - Ensures NEMA IP strategies are created, targets set and followed up

Finance and budget - Responsible for R&D budget and targets, set in accordance with parameters decided by the NEMA Division President

People leadership and development - Ensures that people processes are in place to enable the appropriate organization, competence and skills to exist or be developed, Guides, motivates and coaches' team and individuals, both direct and indirectYour background


Bachelor's degree in R&D, engineering or related field required and minimum 15 years of experience in R&D, engineering, or related field

Master's degree a plus

Self-motivated and directed, Excellent relationship, interpersonal and communication (oral and written) skills, Good understanding of relevant markets, customers and competition

Strong global business / financial acumen, strategic thinking and analytical problem solving and organizational skills, Goal and results oriented mind-set, Proven record in execution of defined strategic initiatives

Project management - including the ability to lead and influence teams of senior managers, Strong Microsoft Office/computer skills and previous SAP experience preferred

Clear communication in internal and external discussions and presentations, persuasive and Willingness to travel

Candidates must already have a work authorization that would permit them to work for ABB in the USBenefits

Retirement plan

Life insurance

Disability insurance

Medical insurance

Wellbeing programMore about us

ABB's NEMA Motors Division markets, designs and manufactures the market-leading Baldor-Reliance brand of industrial motors. As the #1 global manufacturer of... For full info follow application link.


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Job Posting: 3157015

Posted On: Dec 05, 2021

Updated On: Jan 04, 2022