Senior Manager, Research and Development

Research & Development Neenah, Wisconsin



Position Title:  Senior Manager, Research & Development

Location:  Neenah, Wisconsin

About Mativ

Mativ is the newly created company through the combination of SWM and Neenah. This is an exciting opportunity for both companies to come together and create a global leader in specialty materials and solutions with approximately $3B in sales generated through our complementary products, innovation capabilities, customers, and attractive end-markets. Together, there is potential to create significant value for our customers, shareholders, and, most importantly, our employees. Mativ is headquartered in Alpharetta, Georgia. The Company offers a wide range of critical components and engineered solutions to solve our customers’ most complex challenges. With over 7,500 employees worldwide, we manufacture on four continents and generate sales in more than 100 countries. We offer a wide range of premium applications across diversified and growing end markets, from filtration to healthcare to sustainable packaging. Our broad portfolio of technologies combines polymers, fibers, and resins to optimize the performance of our customers’ products across multiple stages of the value chain. Our leading positions are a testament to our best-in-class global manufacturing, supply chain, and materials science capabilities. We drive innovation and enhance performance, finding potential in the impossible.


The Sr. Manager of Research and Development oversees the execution of the development process for the Packaging & Specialty Papers Business Unit. This leader works closely with multiple business functions to ensure business and new product development are aligned to execute the business strategy and is responsible for the development and management of the R&D team.


  • Manages a team of research scientists and project managers to execute projects within the business unit’s Stage Gate process.
  • Leads a team of technical SME’s focused on creating new products, improving existing products, and helping customers solve our most complex product challenges.
  • Oversees the Stage Gate process from ideation to launch, continuously improving the process focusing on timelines, budgets, commitments, and measurement.
  • Evaluates the performance of new products and margins and works to continuously improve the process.
  • Collaborates with product managers to establish an effective pipeline of projects.
  • Provides subject matter expertise to improve technology, creates capital projects, and builds business cases to execute the company strategy.
  • Provides regular updates and communications to leadership regarding progress on projects and initiatives.
  • Leads, develops and mentors junior research scientists, ensuring skill advancement.
  • Leads initiatives to help supply chain and manufacturing reduce dependencies on sole sourced raw materials and manufacturing routes.



  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience in the Paper industry or Engineering discipline preferred.
  • 10+ years of technical roles in related fields.
  • 3-5 years’ experience leading R&D teams strongly preferred.


  • Ability to demonstrates personal credibility through strong communication skills, achieving results, and trusted relationships with others.
  • Willingness to challenge the status quo and facilitate different perspectives to drive solutions.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • A desire and demonstrated ability to drive results in a positive “Make it Happen” manner.


An Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or other protected status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability. Mativ is committed to help individuals with disabilities participate in the workforce, and ensure equal opportunity to compete for jobs. If you require an accommodation to submit a resume for positions at Mativ, please email our Talent Acquisition Team at [email protected]