Director, R&D

About Us:

​​​​​​As a family-owned company, it’s the people who continue to make STIHL a successful, world-class brand.  Since revolutionizing the forestry industry in Germany with the first electric chainsaw in 1926, the STIHL name has remained synonymous with outstanding innovations, high-quality products and comprehensive service.


STIHL is seeking a highly motivated, passionate Director of R&D to join our team at our corporate headquarters in Virginia Beach, VA! With competitive compensation, excellent benefits and exciting growth potential, it's a great time to join the STIHL team.


Position highlights include:

  • Competitive Compensation with multiple bonus opportunities
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, Short & Long Term Disability
  • Pension Plan & 401k with employer match
  • Vacation, Sick, & Paid Holidays

Job Duties & Responsibilities


  • Contribute to the success of the plant in all aspects as part of the local management team.
  • Integrate the local R&D team into the global R&D initiative, establish & execute tasks and support the Germany team to fully harvest the potential of a local R&D US team.
  • Support CRP/ part localization projects to realize cost saving goals.
  • Expand the local product knowledge both within and outside the R&D team to facilitate effective problem solving on technical topics.
  • Take responsibility for all local activities within OEM- and new development projects of battery products at STIHL Incorporated with strong focus on design related questions. 
  • Coordinate activities at STIHL Incorporated to merge product specifications for new products, to support relocation activities and to enhance manufacturing engineering.
  • Support upcoming projects for the US. (Mowers, Battery products, Batteries) 
  • Responsible for competitor analysis, field and bench testing and data management.



Education: Master Degree at an acknowledged university in electronics, mechatronics, mechanical engineering or related discipline


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Work experience in R&D Germany preferred
  • Knowledge of product development process and project management skills
  • Experince leading a team of 15+ people
  • Intercultural sensitivity/understanding
  • 3+ years of related experience in interdisciplinary project and design of parts
  • Profound knowledge in established processes and tools (CAD, SAP, planning tools) 
  • Profound system understanding of complex mechatronical systems
  • Self driven, structured, analytical and targeted way of working
  • Sovereign communication skills with persuasive assertiveness on all levels and with external partners

Nearest Major Market: Virginia Beach