CatherineVice President, R&D Saint-Gobain
Restart your career. Discover a new future.

Innovation increasingly requires the need to be multifaceted: it is the diversity of gender and culture that often gives birth to new ideas.

Read More
Message from our chairman –
Pierre Andre Chalendar
On empowering women within the company

As a key factor for corporate growth, gender equality is strategically important and must be treated as such by executive committees. That is the commitment I am making on behalf of Saint-Gobain.

Read More
We are committed to a gender diverse workplace

The evidence of this effort is made clear in the company’s Principles of Conduct and Action, which emphasizes the value of each person’s contribution to the organization, regardless of their background, life experience or personal outlook.

Saint-Gobain Women's Leadership Network

A platform that offers mentoring, leadership development and regular networking opportunities.

Submit Resume
Are you a woman scientist/ engineer, who have taken a career break.
Looking for a career revival. Join the SG Family to Explore/ Innovate/Achieve your career goals.
Upload resume
  • SGRI is a part of the Saint-Gobain group, 1 of the 100 most innovative companies in the world.
  • SGRI collaborates with local universities and external partners to produce solutions for sustainable habitat in hot-humid climates.
  • This center develops transversal competencies including academic partnerships and interfaces with other R & D centers across the world.


Research and Innovation are at the heart of Saint-Gobain’s strategy. The Group’s research focuses both on breakthrough innovations and on continuously improving its products, processes and services in a spirit of openness and attentiveness to customer needs.

Diversity and Inclusion

At Saint-Gobain, we believe the best ideas are born when teams are given the opportunity to come together and work as one. Regardless of race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, physical/mental disability, military/ veteran status, genetic information, marital status – Saint-Gobain Research India is committed to ensuring it recruits and selects the very best people for its workforce and at all levels within the organization.

Facts & Figures
  • Over 170, 000 employess
  • 99 nationalities are represented in the workforce
  • 20.6% of Group employees are women
  • 72.9% of the workforce received training in 2014
Saint-Gobain Group in India certified as one of the Top Employers Asia Pacific 2018
Know more
What's special about Chennai?
Source: NCRB

Chennai, one of the major metros in South India with its conservative outlook, is rated as one of the safest cities for women in India.

My International transition to SGRI Chennai

I have been wanting to relocate to India and the job opportunity provided by SGRI was a perfect fit. SGRI team acted swiftly on my relocation needs and responded to my queries in a timely manner. The relocation was seamless helping me and my family to settle down in Chennai. The diversity and professionalism at work enabled for a smoother transition. Having completed more than 2 years since I relocated and joined SGRI, I can say with confidence that I made the right choice.

We are now hiring for SGRI

An experienced technologist to accelerate our mission to provide Saint-Gobain with the best in class platforms and capabilities enabling development of digital solutions, connected products and industry 4.0.

Data Analytics

PhD/ME/MS from reputed university, to play a key role to solve complex problems, analyze large and complex data sets by developing advanced statistical and machine learning models based on business initiatives.

Patent Analyst

Masters degree holder in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering or Metallurgical or Materials Engineering, to join our Intellectual Property Law Department.

Research Engineer/Senior Research Engineer

A fresh PhD with a back ground in cementitious/ construction materials formulation in the areas of Chemistry/materials science who needs to work closely with the respective BU R&D team and translate business needs to tangible solutions.

Research Engineer/Senior Research Engineer - Coated Abrasives

Masters in engineering/polymers with industrial experience in coated abrasives/non wovens to work closely with the R & D, Sales, Marketing and Business Development functions to understand the customers’ and the market’s needs in the area of coated abrasives and non wovens.

Research Engineer/Senior Research Engineer - Ceramics

Ph.D/Masters in material science/Ceramics, who works closely with the Global R & D, Sales, Marketing and Business Development functions to understand the customers’ and the market’s needs and to create customer support and develop programs to meet these needs.


From potential applicants we expect M.S. /PhD with equivalency in Engineering in disciplines such as Civil (Construction/Structural), Mechanical, Chemical or Materials from premier academic institutions.

People centric with a focus on wellness.
Family Day 2016 celebrated at the Leela Palace, Chennai
Family Day 2016 celebrated at the Leela Palace, Chennai
Family Day 2016 celebrated at the Leela Palace, Chennai
Family Day 2016 celebrated at the Leela Palace, Chennai
Family Day 2016 celebrated at the Leela Palace, Chennai
Revive a friend's career

If you know a woman scientist or engineer who’s taken a career break and wants to come back to work, please share the link to her.


Saint-Gobain has helped me, improve my multi - tasking and prioritization skills. I have learnt that, right from handling the team, or tasks, or issues or deadlines, often pinning down at the same time, the difficulties in the process can be set right through better planning and a rational prioritization of work.

Hema Raghuram

When I was offered a position in this company, I was promised that I was not being hired for a job, but a career in Saint-Gobain. I had entered the industry fresh off a master’s degree in engineering in the West and was sceptical about the work culture back home. As the first fresher to join the organization and one of the first few women employees, I was initially overwhelmed by the experienced and talented pool of individuals trying to solve problems in diverse fields with visibly blurring boundaries. I was however fortunate that I was in the midst of people who were very supportive. It has been over four years that I have worked in this organization and I have had an exposure that I could never have imagined.


I am fortunate enough to work in an environment with colleagues from diverse populations. The backgrounds and experiences contribute to the personalities and perspectives of the people here. SGRI’s working environment is inclusive of these unique perspectives because everyone comes from a different background. Working with a variety of people gives me an opportunity to understand others and effectively communicate and deal with them. My awareness and appreciation of cross cultural understanding grows continually in SGRI.


A scientist’s role demands utmost perseverance and devotion. However, woman faces obvious speed breakers owing to lion’s share of time spent in child care and family . As a result, unfortunately, women scientists tend to drop out of scientific careers at a higher rate than men do. I am convinced with the fact that Gender Diversity at Saint-Gobain is not just a goodwill gesture, but is indeed serious business. Our leadership is not just committed to attract and nurture women talent but takes pride in grooming them as future leaders. And these testimonials are evidences that showcase our dynamic approaches and practices. If you are a woman ambitious to build your research story or willing to restart your research aspirations – be assured that this the right place for you!

Srividhya Ganesan

Deciding to join Saint-Gobain meant leaving a company that I had been with, for years – but I must admit that my decision has turned out to be an excellent one. Everyone I’ve met and had the opportunity to work with at Saint-Gobain, have been both exceptional and professional. Saint-Gobain sets the bar high when it comes to their employees’ well-being, right from re-location to career development. It is refreshing to work for a company that values their employees as much as, or more, than they value their assets!” It gives me a real sense of pride to be a part of such a wonderful company.

Sumi Dinkar
Submit Resume