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Philips R&D Director – Grooming and Beauty Shenzhen in Shenzhen, China


Philips is a global leader in health technology, committed to improving billions of lives worldwide and striving to make the world healthier and more sustainable through innovation. Driven by the vision of a better tomorrow.

But it’s not just what we do, it’s who we are. We are 80,000, wonderfully unique individuals, with two things in common. An unwavering sense of purpose and a relentless determination to deliver on our customers’ needs. It’s what inspires us to create meaningful solutions – the kind that make a real difference – when it matters most.

The world and our customers’ needs are changing faster than ever before and while we are proud of what we do already, we know we can do more. That’s why we need you, to help us tackle increasingly complex challenges posed by ever evolving health and well-being needs.

In this role, you have the opportunity to make life better

At Philips, we are reinventing the world of Grooming & Beauty enabling everyone to have the tools that they need, having confidence in their looks, every day. Our innovative products make a meaningful difference & are designed with our deep understanding of everyone’s needs & aspirations.

Our challenge is for a forward-thinking inspiring leader to guide our Innovation & Development team in developing and bringing new, innovative and increasingly digital innovation and services to men around the world.

You are responsible for

Define the Grooming & Beauty innovation strategy for our Shenzhen office, and the perfect execution of the innovation roadmap, to achieve our short and long term business ambitions. The roadmap covers front-end innovation, sophisticated development and product realization.

Lead the organization.

We are looking for an entrepreneurial leader, who will engage with senior partners across our business and craft our culture to have an expanded appetite for risk and rapid experimentation.

In more detail, you will be:

  • Establishing a culture of trust, creativity and experimentation - where engineers feel encouraged to go off the beaten track and try out new methods;

  • Refreshing and establishing our networks with relevant players (e.g. ecosystem collaborations, scientific external relations). Actively using this network to obtain input on technological developments, identifying trends and opportunities.

  • At the same time, you work on the Innovation Roadmap for our business with senior partners (Business, Marketing and Innovation Leads) – finding a healthy balance between challenging validated methods and infusing new insights;

  • Ensuring an inclusive and inspiring working environment by mentoring engineers towards growth and unlocking their innovation power;

  • You collaborate with the rest of the Management Team to determine objectives, processes and budget in such a way that an innovative climate and entrepreneurship are stimulated;

  • Making Grooming & Beauty future-proof by managing department capabilities and introducing new technologies & innovation approaches (e.g. ensuring that adequate resources, tools and technology architecture are in place)

You are a part of

You will join the Grooming & Beauty business and be part of the Innovation team. You will be based in Shenzhen with frequent travel to the Headquarter (Amsterdam) and other (global) innovation sites.

To succeed in this role, you’ll need a customer-first attitude and the following

  • Master’s Degree or PhD in a technical domain;

  • At least 10 years of shown experience in a related industry;

  • Proven affinity with managing innovation in a business environment, leading several professional teams in different technological areas;

  • Display strong market, content and technology knowledge – combined with a healthy portion of curiosity and risk-appetite;

  • Expert knowledge of product development for consumer propositions and/or medical consumer propositions;

  • Business Acumen and strong Business Partnering Skills;

  • Effective Communicator and relationship builder/ networker;

In return, we offer you

A path towards your most rewarding career. Philips is growing its innovation capability company-wide. Succeeding in this lead role in a complex environment will open many doors for your long term career, in other areas in Philips or otherwise. We also believe that we are at our best as a company when you

are at yours as a person. Thus, we offer bold health benefits, a flexible work schedule and access to local well-being focused activities. Furthermore, Philips University is available to all employees for learning and development opportunities.

How we work at Philips

Our newly-adopted hybrid work concept fuses flexibility with collaboration to deliver great outcomes for our people and our customers. We are embracing an approach wherein we spend more time together than apart – which for full-time employees translates to an average of at least 3 days working from the office and up to 2 days from home – for our hybrid roles.

Hybrid work flexibility means people can meet the changing demands of work and home in the most balanced, productive, and healthy way. Hybrid work flexibility means people can meet the changing demands of work and home in the most balanced, productive, and healthy way.

Our hybrid working model is defined in 3 ways:

We believe in the importance of impactful collaboration: There's a certain energy when everyone’s in the same room that can heighten idea generation and creative friction needed for problem-solving.

We embrace flexibility: Choosing where, when and how to work can vary according to task and team schedules. Flexibility isn’t office or online, it means choosing the space that works best for you, your teams and our customers on a case-by-case basis.

We want to be at our best: The way we work and our workspaces are designed to support our well-being, offer career advancement opportunities, and enable us to be at our best.

Why should you join Philips?

Working at Philips is more than a job. It’s a calling to create a healthier society through meaningful work, focused on innovative, customer-first health technology solutions. Help us improve the health and well-being of billions of people, every year. Ultimately creating a career that no one could have planned for. Even you.