Title:  Transitions R&D Manager


R&D  Manager


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 Technologies for New Product Development (T4NPD) group is responsible for discovering, developing and implementing emerging technologies into new products or manufacturing processes. Ranging from new lamination technology to electro activated technology or alternative coatings, you will be leading several projects to push the boundaries of what is possible. As part of the R&D team in Transitions Optical, you will work in coordination with the overall objectives for EssilorLuxottica.          


Key Responsibilities of the Role

  • Manage the T4NPD team (4-10 scientist and engineers).
  • Lead the research and development of the group. Discover, develop and implement new technologies for photochromic products.
  • 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.
  • Contribute to the definition of new product requirements.
  • Manage the network of collaborations with scientific institutions.
  • Collaborate efficiently cross-functionally.
  • Prepare and present results in international conferences and internal meetings.


Key Requirements

  • Master Degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or Materials Science with a minimum of 7 years industry experience.
  • Experience working in R&D environments and translating theoretical concepts into new products.
  • Self-initiative and have ability to communicate experimental and theoretical concepts to both technical peers and upper management.
  • Hands-on with laboratory work and process development.
  • Able to work as a part of the team with a strong work relationships.
  • Understanding of photochromic technology.
  • Excellent technical writing skills.
  • Experience writing patent applications.



  • Experience in the optical sector.
  • Experience in the field of organic coating synthesis
  • Experience in the field of electrochromic devices and/or Electrochemistry.
  • Understanding of the fundamentals of applied optics.
  • Computer programing (i.e. python).
  • 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