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Sr. Director of R&D and Innovation

Role: Sr. Director of R&D and Innovation
Brand: Oakley
Location: Foothill Ranch, USA
Summary: The Senior Director of R&D leads development of new products and technologies, in alignment with brand and customer demand and with short-term and long-term (5-10 year) strategic vision. Oversight includes partnership with the global R&D organization to drive and share innovations, and to ensure alignment to Brand and global R&D strategies. The Sr. Director leads and drives the identification, prioritization and development in of new technologies and alliances that can be incorporated into the company’s current and future products.


  • Serves as the R&D leader, planning and directing all activities of the organization, including inspiring passion for cutting-edge innovations and supporting brand initiatives
  • Drives inception and development of new and innovative technology, components, processes, materials and concepts into finished product
  • Partners with global R&D team to share and drive collaborative innovation across the organization and product brands
  • Plans multi-year functional strategies for R&D. Directs the product development process, including resource and process management from product kick off through transfer to manufacturing
  • Formulates and leads roadmap strategy for new and emerging technologies that enable company objectives
  • Effectively develops and manages R&D budget
  • Leads the identification, monitoring and licensing/acquisition of new technologies and potential future technology partners, to incorporate into the company’s current and future products
  • Works with cross-functional groups to demonstrate technology opportunities that solve consumer problems
  • Creates, establishes and continuously uses effective communication channels to ensure team alignment with a multi-national operation
  • Mentors and develops R&D team. Motivates team to continually improve performance and elevate abilities
  • Drives R&D aspects of Intellectual Property to ensure Freedom to Operate as well as protecting new Intellectual Property.