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R&D Manager, Agricultural Solutions


Northfield, IL, US, 60093

Job Description

Stepan is seeking an R&D Manager to join our Agricultural Solutions team in Northfield, IL. In this role, you will report to the Technical Director for Agricultural, Construction and Industrial Solutions. The R&D Manager will be responsible for new product development and managing key projects in support of Stepan’s Agricultural Solutions business. This position plays a strategic role in advancing Stepan’s expertise and capabilities in the global Ag market. This team aligns to the North American Ag business but there is frequent coordination with resources around the globe to harmonize on projects and customer engagement. 

Key Responsibilities:
•    Manage cross-functional technical team responsible for product development, innovation and manufacturing support.
•    Develop the team with expanded capabilities and expertise. Mentor future leaders, identify and conduct professional development opportunities for the team.
•    Regularly review technical information, patents, literature, and global regulations pertinent to agrochemical market & propose projects to address.
•    Present technical information to customers to enhance relationships, Stepan image and increase sales.
•    Represent Stepan in customer meetings, trade associations and conferences. Be an advocate for the team to customers, colleagues and external parties.
•    Review laboratory notebooks, technical reports, presentation, and other documentation for team to assure quality and value.
•    Regularly update leadership on project progress, resource allocations and group needs.


•    Minimum 2 years direct reporting management experience with a demonstrated ability to develop high performing teams.
•    Travel required throughout North America and possibly International; approx. 15%.
•    Must be safety focused with both technical and chemical expertise.
•    Excellent organization, documentation, communication, and interpersonal skills are a must. Outstanding leadership, team building skills and a strong work ethic are also very important.
•    Must be able to coordinate with business leadership and manage changing priorities and multiple projects.


•    Bachelor’s degree with 5+ years of experience in chemistry, biology, agriculture or related field. Advanced degrees welcome but not required.



Established in 1932, Stepan Company is a major manufacturer of basic and intermediate chemicals including surfactants, polymers, as well as specialty ingredients that go into consumer, household, and institutional products such as laundry detergents, shampoos, and surface cleaners. Stepan Company currently has 20 global manufacturing locations and over 2,000 employees. We have a strong record of growth. Our growth allows us to provide meaningful career opportunities and stability to our team members. We have big goals at Stepan and know every team member will be crucial to achieving our objectives. Regardless of function, we are looking for team members who bring with them a growth mindset, an entrepreneurial spirit, and the ability to thrive in an evolving environment.


We celebrate diversity at Stepan and are committed to creating a diverse, inclusive environment. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, disability, age, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law.





Stepan is a global specialty and intermediate chemical manufacturer that has been serving a broad range of industries for 88 years. Today, Stepan is a $2 billion revenue company. Our continued success is driven by the passion and commitment of our 2,200 employees around the world.

Why Work At Stepan?

  1. Stable & Growing
  2. Collaborative Environment
  3. Make a Difference & Be Recognized
  4. Committed to Safety & Sustainability
  5. Value Driven Culture

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