R&D Group Leader – Glass Processing

Job Locations US-MI-Carleton
Posted Date 3 months ago(11/16/2017 10:44 AM)
Requisition ID
# of Openings
Research & Development


Guardian Glass, a major business unit of Guardian Industries, is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of float, coated and fabricated glass products. At its 25 float plants around the globe, Guardian Glass produces high performance glass for use in exterior (both commercial and residential) and interior architectural applications, as well as transportation and technical products. Guardian glass can be found in homes, offices, cars and some of the world’s most iconic architectural landmarks. The Guardian Glass Science & Technology Center continuously works to create new glass products and solutions using the most advanced technology to help customers see what’s possible™. Visit for more information.





Guardian has an opening for an R&D Group Leader in our Glass Processing group.  Key skills required for the position are:


The Glass Processing group handles everything after the float process. Deals with all of the value-added aspects of the glass product: coating, fabrication, etc. The difference between this and a product engineering role is this person is managing the entire portfolio of R&D projects from different aspects of each stage: from conceptual to commercialization. This will be dealing with an innovation pipeline of no more than 10 projects at a time.



  • Demonstrates depth of technical knowledge in at least one of the core Guardian Industries competency areas, as well as sufficient knowledge in the other core competencies to be able to provide technical leadership. Strong problem-solving skills.
  • Guardian’s key competency areas include glass processing; glass fabrication; float glass; glass coating; ceramics.
  • Quickly establishes technical credibility and presence both internally and with customers.
  • Develops an IP strategy aligned with business and technical goals to build a strong IP portfolio.


Intellectual intensity / Engagement / Risk Taking:

  • Actively engages with the issue at hand. Gets to the depth of an issue by asking the right questions. 
  • Takes a complex situation and focuses on the key issues. Able to, and comfortable dealing with ambiguity
  • Willing and able to take risks. Comfortable in a “not play it safe” environment.
  • Recognizes when it is necessary to step in and take charge.


Business Leadership:

  • Aligns around the Vision: Establishes and communicates the vision broadly to ensure alignment among relevant groups and establish where resources should be focused.
  • Organizational Assessment: Knows how and when to assess if the organization is meeting its goals and if not, identifies and acts on what needs to change.
  • This position will be leading a team of 5 to 7 team members including Research Scientists, Scientists, Engineers, and Technicians.
  • Decision Making: Can identify the critical information that is needed to make a decision. Makes decisions that are fair, that take into consideration the input of others. Explains decisions effectively so that others are committed to be supportive.
  • Presence: Projects an image that compels people to listen and garners their confidence.


People Leadership:

  • Staffing: Makes sure the organization has the best people to get the job done; Knows how to leverage individual employee strengths and make appropriate job assignments; Can attract and hire the best.
  • Mentoring: Uses knowledge and personal experiences to mentor employees on how to be successful in their roles, and to develop them for future growth.
  • Objective Setting: Establishes clear objectives for employees that are aligned with the vision, and are challenging and realistic; Ability to inspire great people to perform above their capabilities.
  • Performance Management: Provides regular and timely feedback to employees; recognizes accomplishments; identifies competency gaps and acts to close them.



  • Advanced degree in science or engineering, and relevant prior experience in an R&D environment
  • Demonstrated project management skills


Guardian companies are committed to offer a competitive compensation package and an opportunity for you to maximize your potential. We pride ourselves in promoting career opportunities in an open environment, which encourages individual development and gives you opportunities to expand your knowledge and work as part of a global team. We offer a unique professional experience in a culture based on integrity, compliance and value creation. If you are interested in finding out more about our culture, please visit us on our website:





Sorry the Share function is not working properly at this moment. Please refresh the page and try again later.
Share on your newsfeed