Head of Innovation Optics / ML (m/f/d)

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Date: Jun 29, 2024

Location: Kleinostheim, DE

Company: Heraeus

Head of Innovation Optics / ML (m/f/d)
Location Kleinostheim
Full Time


About Heraeus

Solutions from the Heraeus Group provide faster internet, rid water of germs, and keep hearts beating in time. As a broadly diversified and globally leading family-owned technology company, we combine materials expertise and technological leadership to create the most diverse products, all with one thing in common: World-class quality.

About Heraeus Conamic

We are one of the leading materials specialists for the production and processing of high-purity quartz glass and other high-grade materials such as ceramics and novel composites. Our innovative products enable the production of state-of-the-art semiconductor chips or medical lasers for minimally invasive surgical procedures through flexible optical fibers. As a global player with over 1,400 employees, we have sites in the USA, UK, Germany, China and Korea. Our ambition is to become a leader on the topic of sustainability in our energy-intensive industry.


The following challenges await you:

  • You will be responsible for Heraeus Conamic`s innovation activities in the field of Optical Industry, Microlithography and Extreme Ultraviolet Lithography (EUV).
  • This covers the cutting-edge development of new Materials and products in the business lines Photonics and Semiconductor. 
  • You lead, motivate, develop, and challenge the R&D team to achieve technical and strategic goals.
  • You foster a data-driven mindset to guide decision-making and project prioritization.
  • You monitor the effectiveness of R&D activities and contribute actively to strategic planning and project portfolio management.
  • You communicate effectively with cross-functional teams and stakeholders to ensure alignment and support for R&D initiatives.
  • In this role you will join our Global Innovation Team and report to the Global Head of Innovation.

Your Profile:

  • Successfully completed advanced degree in material science, physics, or chemistry (PhD strongly preferred)
  • 5+ years of relevant professional experience in a leading position in innovation with line management and budget responsibility
  • Good knowledge of process technology and properties of quartz glass
  • Strong communication skills in English & German with the ability to interact at all levels of functions in the organization
  • Experience in setting strategic direction and driving project pipelines
  • Ability to mentor and develop team members to reach their full potential
  • High degree of entrepreneurial thinking and acting, mental agility and willingness to travel

Your Benefits:

  • Making things happen - exciting tasks that impact the entire organization 
  • Shaping the future - solving the critical issues of tomorrow 
  • Open space - come up with fresh ideas, take ownership and grow with the scope of your work 
  • Attractive compensation - in addition to the good remuneration package, there are rich social benefits of a responsible family business 
  • And much more - mobile working, open-space office, 30 days vacation

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