Title:  R&D Manager Photochromic and Liquid Crystal Technology


Transitions R&D Manager

 Photochromic and Liquid Crystal Technology


Company Overview: 

Over 25 years of successful Research and Development has positioned Transitions Optical as the market leader in light intelligent lenses. As part of the EssilorLuxottica Group, we transforms lives by enabling people to engage with the world and to fully express themselves.


In Transitions Optical, we are all about living Seamlessly. That’s what our products enable, whether it’s changing from light to dark without breaking stride. Or the freedom of using a product that’s so perfect for you that you forget you’re even wearing it. It’s what our company does. Whether that’s through innovating in both style and technology, together, seamlessly. Or through marrying the start-up spirit with the heavyweight power of the global leader in the optical sector.


There are people who can see the future. There are people who can build it. And there are people who can do both. We’re looking for the latter.


Location: Tuam, Co. Galway, Ireland               


Job Purpose

You will be part of the world leader R&D organisation in photochromic technology. As R&D Manager, you will lead a dedicated team of scientists and engineers at the Transitions Optical - Innovation and Technology Centre in Ireland.

The team is responsible for developing alternative technologies and manufacturing methods to combine photochromic and liquid crystal technology. You will be leading R&D projects to push the boundaries of the most innovative family of products in the optical sector, combining excellent photochromic performance and adaptive polarization.


Key Responsibilities of the Role

  • Manage the Transpolar Technologies team (4-10 scientist and engineers) as part of the R&D Core-Technologies.
  • In close collaboration with the Lead Scientist, define and lead the research and development for the team. Discover, develop and implement new technologies for photochromic products.
  • Mentor, coach, and ensure that career development plans are in place for direct reports.
  • Plan projects, report progress results, create and maintaining all necessary documentation.
  • Work together with the leadership team in R&D to define priorities and contribute to the innovation roadmap.
  • Grow and nurture cross-site and cross-functional relationships in a large, multi-site, matrixed organization.
  • Manage the network of collaborations with scientific institutions.
  • Collaborate efficiently cross-functionally.
  • Ensure a success transfer of process and product knowledge from R&D to Industrialization.
  • Manage the network of collaborations with scientific institutions.
  • Prepare and present results in international conferences and internal meetings.


Key Requirements

  • Master Degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science or similar technical degree.
  • A minimum of 5 years of managerial experience leading R&D teams for new product development.
  • Excellent team building, communication, people management and leadership skills.
  • Excellent communicator and fluent in English, both in writing and speaking.
  • Understanding of photochromic and liquid crystal technology.



  • MBA or relevant managerial experience in R&D.
  • Experience developing products within the optical industry.
  • Understanding of the fundamentals of applied optics.
  • Hands-on with laboratory work and process development.
  • Experience with Design Control for New Product Development.  


Additional Info

  • The role offers opportunities for career & technical development as part of the Transitions Optical structured career development program.
  • Some international travel might be required – up to 20%


Transversal Responsibilities

  • All employees have a responsibility to contribute to the Group’s sustainability and in doing so ensure that, we can continue to fulfil our mission.
  • All business decisions and actions must serve and be in line with the Group’s sustainability goals and mission.

An employee must abide by the legal compliance policy in the performing of his/her duties