Extensive benefit package including 7% 401k match, bi-annual profit sharing, and annual bonus opportunity
4 Year Degree
At Hodgdon Powder Company, the position of Director/Vice President of Research & Development encompasses multiple functional roles including Research & Development, Quality Control, Ballistics, and Customer/Technical Service. This position oversees all technical aspects of our business and customers – both direct and consumer. As a member of the Strategic Leadership Team (SLT), the Director/VP of R&D reports directly to the President & CEO and participates in strategic planning and execution.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Responsible for research and development of new products
Supports strategic initiatives by creating and maintaining new product rollout schedules
Manages Hodgdon Intellectual Property, ensuring proper company focus
Ensures quality control including internal manufacturing and laboratory testing as well as external vendors
Oversees all ballistics including the development and maintenance of reload data
Manages Customer/Technical Service including communication of reload data, quality/safety product issues, and recalls as necessary
Performs root cause analysis of quality/safety issues and implement corrective action
Manages ballistics and customer/technical service employees as well as two ballistics laboratories
Acts as Hodgdon representative in industry committees and legal proceedings
Experience and Requirements:
Bachelor’s degree in technical field of study, graduate degree preferred
10+ years of experience in propellants, includes R&D, engineering, manufacturing, quality control, ammunitions systems, and/or ballistics
Knowledge of S.A.A.M.I. technical standards in relation to ammunition and ammunition testing
Knowledge of regulatory compliance of hazardous materials in respect to D.O.T., B.A.T.F.E., and D.O.D.
In 1947, Bruce and Amy Hodgdon, along with sons JB and Bob, launched the Hodgdon Powder Company, with the first surplus powder offering after World War II. Over the last 75 years, Hodgdon Powder Company has grown into the preeminent supplier of gunpowder and blackpowder substitutes to handloading and muzzleloading enthusiasts. Along the way, Hodgdon Powder Company also acquired the IMR®, Accurate Powder® and Ramshot® brands, as well as licensing the Winchester® Smokeless Propellants brand.
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