Williston Park, NY
R&D Manager – Growth Catalyst Quality Assurance Operational Excellence Product Development
An accomplished and business savvy professional with robust experience acquired over the years in delivering optimal results & business value in high-growth environments and establishing key relationships with business segments. Dynamic, versatile, and detailed-oriented leader with extensive experience in leading key projects with R&D to support business goals. Skilled in analytical fields including measurements, administrative, computer systems, software, and mathematical analysis, report writing, technical writing, scheduling, and leading meetings. Develop concepts, products, and solutions by working with company business units. Monitor team metrics and objectives ensuring meeting of goals. Adept at researching, designing and evaluating materials, assembling, processes and equipment. Create formulations comprising wax blends including petrolatum, beeswax-based, or vegan-based products. Work to create an accounting system for palm-based materials as a sustainable part of the supply chain. Initiate and lead an internship program for the company with informal review policies for direct reports. Transfer new technologies, products and manufacturing processes into and out of the company. Establish project goals and priorities by collaborating with Marketing and Operations. Demonstrate ability to determine and execute improved technologies used by suppliers, competitors and customers. Exceptional communication, presentation & interpersonal skills with proficiency at grasping new concepts quickly and utilizing the same in a productive manner.
~ Analyzed and presented data informal reviews for upper management and sales teams ~
~ Lead R&D meetings with the corporate sales team, attended and contributed to marketing meetings ~
~ High level of technical expertise, expansive machinery/software experience as well as quantitative report writing and brand support ~
Skill Areas: Strategic & Operations Planning w Product Development w Requirements Gathering & Analysis w Market & Competitor Research w Quality Assurance w Global Business Planning w Process Improvement w Strong Interpersonal Skills w Analytical Skills w Team Management w Communications w Critical Thinking w Active Listening w Systems Analysis w Problem Solving w Time Management w Attention to Detail w Client Relationship Management w Innovation w Leadership w Management Skills
Strahl And Pitsch, Llc (Feb 2020 – Mar 2021)
R&D Manager / Project Development Chemist
Managed functions pertaining to creating formulations to support our customers in personal care
Determined resource requirements and identify resources with the right skills to successfully execute projects
Developed vegan natural replacement blend materials using plant-based sources
Regular rheological study of raw materials and blends
Coordinator for the RSPO initiative
Developed cost reduction initiatives while maintaining quality and productivity
Analyzed and resolved project issues in a timely and accurate manner
The Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (2003 – 2013)
Responsible for managing a broad array of projects in a timely manner, and stringent deadlines
Recognized inventor on published U.S. cosmetic patents.
Supervised and trained staff on newly innovated project platforms
Kept up to date with relevant scientific and technical developments
Secured sufficient pertinent funding to supplement extant finances
PRIOR EMPLOYMENT DETAILS
State University of New York at Stony Brook 2004 – 2006
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & CREDENTIALS
Master of Science: Chemistry State University of New York at Stony Brook 2003 – 2004
Erythropoietin ligand study using computational biology and drug discovery methodology.
Bachelor of Science: Biochemistry State University of New York at Stony Brook 1999 – 2003
Technical Skills: Microsoft Office Suite and Internet
Patents & Publications:
Sojka, M. F., Stanganelli, K. (2018). Method of Making an Optically Activated System. US Patent No. 9,545,371 B2. U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Sojka, M. F., Stanganelli, K. (2016). Method of Stabilizing Riboflavin. US Patent No.: US 2016/0272644 A1. U.S. Patent & Trademark.
Maes, D., H., Mammone, T., Pernodet, N. A., Slutsky, L., Collins, D.F., Goldgraben, K., Pelle, E., McCarthy, J (2014). Skin Repair Compositions comprising circadian gene activators and a
synergistic combination of SIRT1 gene activators. US Patent No.: 8,703161 B2. U.S. Patent & Trademark.
Maes, D., H., Pernodet, N. A., Slutsky, L., Collins, D.F., Goldgraben, K., Pelle, E., McCarthy, J.T. (2012). Method and Compositions for Treating Skin. US Patent No.8, 193,155 Alexandria, VA:
U.S. Patent & Trademark.
Maes, D., H., Mammone, T., Goldgraben, K. (2009). Cosmetic Methods and Compositions for Repairing Human Skin. US Patent No.2009/0047309 A1 6.
Kubatzky, K.F., Liu, W., Goldgraben, K., Simmerling, C., Smith, S.O. & Constantinescu, S.N. (2005). Structural Requirements of the Extracellular to Transmembrane Domain Junction for Erythropoietin Receptor Function. The Journal of Biological Chemistry, 280, 148**-*****.
Goldgraben, K. (2004). Computational Studies of the Erythropoietin Transmembrane Domain (Master's Thesis). State University of New York at Stony Brook, New York.