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Color R&D Scientist

Kenosha, WI

Posted: 03/13/2024 Industry: Laboratory - Industrial Chemicals Job Number: 71.24SS Pay Rate: 140,000 Remote: Experience:

Job Description

Color R&D Scientist

Our customer located in southern Wisconsin is seeking a Color R&D Scientist with strong technical knowledge and experience in the practical application of color science theory and color formulation.  Innovation and experience in product/process development is desired.  This position provides leadership to internal and external color tools, color programs, strategy, research, and development.  The candidate must also possess demonstrated competencies and experience in project management, documentation, and communication.

Role and Responsibilities

Technical Leadership:

  • Action Oriented – ability to make technical decisions as needed for experimental testing and design
  • Continuous learning and awareness of open literature and competitive landscape, as well as most current development to leverage
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and execute project plan – time management, prioritization, managing ongoing progress of project work to completion
  • Demonstrated ability to regularly communicate status and results with project stakeholders and cross-functional teams
  • Demonstrates courage through proposed system upgrades and improved technology; always improving

People Leadership:

  • Outstanding personal and interpersonal skills – listening, compassion, motivating, inspiring, humor, patience, understanding diversity, negotiating, etc.
  • Energetic, driving and inspiring
  • Action oriented, perseverance and results driven
  • Continuous learning/growth and mentorship / teaching skills
  • Shared knowledge and learnings among coworkers for broader impact to RO

Organization Leadership:

  • Ability to work and thrive in cross-functional environment
  • Agility to respond to emerging business needs
  • Using, assessing, or developing organization technology and developing improved technology or processes
  • Demonstrate strong technical ambition – potential to become senior technical SME

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Steve Sapita at

JO:  71.24SS

Job Requirements

Qualifications and Education Requirements:

BS in Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Color Science, or other equivalent scientific field strongly preferred

Minimum 4-6 years’ experience primarily doing color application, tool, program, research, testing and/or development

  • Experience with Color Science theory and application. With a demonstrated practical application of concepts.  Required concepts; color formulation, colorimetry (use and mathematics), CIE2000, subtractive color theory, color space navigation, Desired concepts; Kebulka-Munk model, color management, color analysis, palette, spectrophotometer, dispersants, pigment, and additive color theory
  • Ability to prototype, validate, or demonstrate concepts and research. Knowledge of or willingness to learn with SQL and C#
  • Ability to document procedures, processes, and outcome in detail for ultimate technology transfer package generation
  • Working knowledge of various suppliers for required equipment
  • Understanding of DOE and statistical analysis to provide highest quality data

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Steve Sapita at

JO:  71.24SS

Meet Your Recruiter

Steve Sapita
Section Manager - Lab Industrial

SPECIALTIES:  All Industrial Research & Development Laboratory related positions including: Formulation Chemist; Synthetic Chemist; R & D Leadership; Analytical Chemistry; Technical Service; Regulatory; Project Mangers; Process Chemistry; Environmental and Health; Quality Positions; Material Scientist. 

EXPERIENCE:  My area of specialty includes: Coatings, Adhesives, Sealants, Specialty Chemicals, Building Materials, Polymers, Petrochemical, Agrochemical; Surface Cleaners; Ink; Surfactants; Resins. 

The levels of candidates that I place include Chemists; Sr Chemists; Innovation; Directors; Quality Professionals; Technical Service Professionals; Production Supervisors; EHS Specialists; Scientist; Regulatory Professionals; and Laboratory Support Personnel.  

I’M IN THIS BUSINESS BECAUSE:  There’s no better feeling than helping someone realize their potential by assisting them in advancing their career.  I love making that connection!  My goal is to consistently build long lasting relationships with both my clients and my applicants.

CLIENTS CAN COUNT ON ME BECAUSE:  I pride myself on the quality of my work and I truly CARE about their needs.  The better I know them, the better my understanding is as to who would fit their needs.

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