Product Development Chemist

Waukegan, IL

Post Date: 05/31/2018 Job ID: 229.18CM Industry: Laboratory - Industrial Chemicals Pay Rate: 70,000 - 80,000

Product Development Chemist

The Product Development Chemist will participate in the design, development, improvement, implementation, and analysis of specified technical products and systems.  This individual will be responsible for product development projects from lab to manufacturing, lead production trials of new products, and establish best practices for coating applications.  They will play an integral role in continuous improvement efforts geared towards profitability and quality.

  • Designs, develops, and analyzes new and existing products
  • Accountable for product development projects from bench trials through production trials and ultimately commercialization
  • Develops new coatings and intellectual property for custom coated products, as well as core products, and processes
  • Communicates critical information to customers and vendors to cultivate partnerships in developing unique coatings and products
  • Researches alternatives to existing products, adhesives, and formulas to lower costs, increase profitability, and improve performance
  • Develops in-depth knowledge of competitive products to maintain competitive edge in marketplace and provides analysis to sales and marketing groups
  • Creates engineering masters in computer systems for coated products and maintains raw material specifications
  • Assists in developing specifications and procedures to effectively control the product design process and modifies design specifications to maximize production efficiency and quality
  • Performs lab evaluations including sample preparation, product and raw material testing, and record keeping
  • Responsible for conveying safe practices to key personnel when introducing new chemicals or processes to the organization
  • Provides technical support to sales, customer support, and quality functions as required
  • Maintains laboratory facilities, including monitoring of equipment performance, chemical inventories, supplies, organization and cleanliness
  • Suggests changes to improve quality, efficiency, safety or communication
  • Maintains a safe workplace and follows all safety practices. Corrects or reports unsafe conditions immediately

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Crystal Meeks at 815.756.1221 / cmeeks@cps4jobs.com.

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Requirements:

  • BS Chemistry, Biology or Science
  • 4-5 years formulating epoxy adhesives or coatings would be first choice, but they would also look at other polymer systems if they have the ability to pick it up. Urethanes would be a good second choice, and they are looking at going into some acrylics as well
  • Their products are primarily solvent, but they would look at a waterborne formulator as well
  • Comfortable in a small company environment, this team currently consists of the Technical Director and one color lab technician. However, there is potential to grow into a leadership role for the right candidate.  The long term plan is for the Technical Director to take a stronger role on the business side and hand over leadership in the lab to someone.  They also plan to add another headcount so one person can focus on the epoxy non-slip coatings and someone can focus on the custom laminate line
  • High level of accountability and comfortable being in a very visible organization
  • Comfortable running their own projects, as this will not have the big company resources. They will need to be comfortable working with vendors and customers
  • Strong science background with technical knowledge in chemistry, physics, and engineering principles.
  • In-depth knowledge of epoxy, urethane, and other durable coating formulations including pigmentation, preferred
  • Minimum 4 years technical experience in a product support role, preferably in a manufacturing environment or relevant experience in a laboratory, chemical, converting, or pressure sensitive tape environment is preferred
  • Experience working in ISO 9001 certified manufacturing environment
  • Demonstrates project management skills in the development of specific product solutions
  • Excellent presentation, verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent analytical, problem solving, organizational and computer skills
  • Ability to work independently and adapt to changing requirements and timeframes

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Crystal Meeks at 815.756.1221 / cmeeks@cps4jobs.com.

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Crystal Meeks
Sr. Technical Recruiter

Our Industrial Laboratory Recruitment Team specializes in placing candidates at all levels of the chemical development cycle from Laboratory Technicians to Executive Leadership in Research.  I joined CPS in 2011 as a full cycle recruiter and have expertise in the following areas:

 


Technical Leadership ~ Product Development ~ Organic and Polymer Synthesis 
Formulation ~ Research & Development 
Application Chemistry ~ Technical Service
Process Chemistry ~ Analytical Chemistry ~ Method Development
Regulatory Compliance ~ EH&S ~ Quality Assurance ~ Quality Control 

 

My recruitment philosophy encompasses the belief that people are the greatest asset in an organization.  Finding the right fit is not only about the technology.  It is about how an employee fits within an organization's culture and ensuring that both parties can add value to each other immediately and in the future.   

 

If you have interest in finding an opportunity that aligns with your career goals, or if you are a hiring manager looking for talent that can add value to your organization, I would love to hear from you!


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