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Head of Alumina-Silica Products R&D (all genders)

Full time


Are you ready for new challenges in an international and innovation-driven environment where you can make a difference? Apply and join our team, be curious, learn, grow, and develop your career together with us. We promise: you are in for a special ride!


The location of the role is in: Leoben


About the job

As Head of the Alumina-Silica Department Europe, CIS & Turkey you are responsible for managing the Alumina-Silica R&D team in Leoben and taking the lead as a global product group responsible person. You are directly responsible for a team of Research Associates and Technical Associates in your area. You are driving, developing and fostering a diverse team of researchers. The development of new products as well as adaption and optimization of existing products according to internal/external requirements is one of the main field of activities. You will act as a knowledge-hub within your area of expertise and beyond. The coordination and initiation of R&D-projects either external (together with universities, partner companies) and/or internal (ProdMgmt./Marketing/plants/customers) is part of your active participation in our daily innovation process. Furthermore, you’ll be managing the project portfolio within the responsible area. In your role you will travel internationally to RHIM locations and as well to congresses/conferences/fairs.


In addition, your tasks will include

  • Interface to central functions e.g., SCM, purchasing, Operations, QA
  • Representing R&D at international congresses/conferences/fairs
  • Working on and publishing of scientific papers
  • Managing and realization of internal/external trainings


About You

You are a strong communicator with a collaborative attitude. With your great enthusiasm and creative mindset, you bring new ideas to the table, not only as an individual but also together with your colleagues. You work well in cross-functional teams and are not afraid to take responsibility and make decisions. With your hands-on mentality, structured approach and analytical skills, you proactively seek to improve the status quo. You see change as something positive, can adapt quickly and you like to courageously help shaping the future of RHI Magnesita.


What we expect from you in terms of



A technical university degree with focus on materials science, glass and ceramics, chemistry or similar



English – Proficient/Fluent

Any other language is considered as an asset


Work Experience

Profound knowledge of the refractory industry required

3+ years of relevant working experience

Experience of leadership will be considered as an advantage


Why you should work for RHI Magnesita

You will perform in a customer focused environment. We live innovation and appreciate an open and pragmatic way of working. From our leaders we expect to drive our further transformation, to engage our people and to give direction. RHI Magnesita is a company where you can be yourself and where not only your resume and experience, but also your personality counts. We aim for global consistency in compensation policies, but also consider local common practices. RHI Magnesita is committed to support its employees through various means to enable the best possible performance.


We offer

  • Attractive remuneration packages including global bonus programme
  • Local benefits such as childcare facilities (Hilfswerk) on the company premises, free parking, canteen with daily meal allowance
  • A variety of health offers (discount for gym, sponsoring of sports events etc.)
  • Possibility of home office incl. allowance
  • Further development opportunities within a globally operating company


The potential annual gross salary for this position starts at € 80.000,00 for a full-time basis. We value your education, skills and experience and will make sure these are reflected accordingly in your final set salary.


Sounds like you?

Please apply online – we are looking forward to your application. Please make sure to submit your application documents in English. Due to data privacy reasons applications via e-mail or through external agencies cannot be taken into consideration. Should you have any questions about this position, please contact us at: talent.europe@rhimagnesita.com


At RHI Magnesita everyone is welcome and encouraged to apply. We evaluate applications based on required qualifications and regardless of gender identity, nationality, ethnic origin, religion, disability, age, sexual orientation, marital or partnership status. At RHI Magnesita we appreciate the value of diverse teams.


About RHI Magnesita

We are the acknowledged technology leader in the refractory industry. Our company is defined by people. We are committed to diversity and know that multiple approaches, perspectives and backgrounds fuel creativity and innovation. It is our aspiration to build a workplace culture where everyone feels valued, engages, and can enjoy a truly inclusive environment and the diverse voices of our employees are heard. We foster a collaborative culture that cherishes ideas and determination to add value for our customers. Our leadership style encourages open-mindedness, reliability, pragmatism, and innovation.


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