Project Lead - Sr. Research Chemist

Bridgeview, IL

Post Date: 07/09/2018 Job ID: 290.18SK Industry: Laboratory - Industrial Chemicals Pay Rate: 85,000 - 105,000

Project Lead – Sr. Research Chemist

The Project Lead – Sr. Research Chemist will be responsible for product ideation, prototype development and existing product line modification to expand their product solutions portfolio and enhance their market differentiation.  The Project Lead will support technology development by leading and serving on cross functional product development teams as well as identifying external technology and partnerships that would elevate portfolio value.

As Project Lead, responsibilities will include:

  • Developing new products, chemistries and solutions to meet both customer and market needs
  • Using deep understanding of science to develop new chemistries to deliver functional performance
  • Proactively proposing and researching new product ideas, reviewing prior art, and identifying solutions to achieve performance
  • Planning and carrying out laboratory experiments, organizing appropriate data and maintaining findings in electronic lab notebooks
  • Handling daily planning and work execution to complete projects and assignments in a timely manner
  • Supporting team projects through assisting with results analysis and offering suggestions to advance team learnings
  • Developing and maintaining a strong working knowledge of company’s products and customers
  • Collaborating directly with customers via phone, face-to-face meetings, presentation, and at trade shows to develop new product introductions
  • Collaborating closely with their Sales, Applications, and Technical Services teams to gain customer and market insights on new technologies of interest to deliver new business
  • Performing assignments involving complex laboratory procedures with minimal supervision. Independently carry out assignments, constantly reviewing data for accuracy, interpreting and communicating results effectively to project teams
  • Proactively seeking and applying latest analytical / laboratory technologies to improve the efficiency of current activities. Demonstrating and maintaining a positive attitude and willingness to learn new scientific concepts and latest technologies
  • Utilizing full range of processing and technical tools to solve complex customer problems
  • Collaborating with peers, managers, and internal / external customers; understanding how and with whom to collaborate with. Building strong relationship with their Global Innovation Group
  • Building sustainable external relationships that deliver value for the business

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Stephanie Kemp at 815.756.1221 /

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  • BS degree in Chemistry, Biology or similar science with 10 years’ experience in conceptual Product Development required. MS degree preferred
  • Industrial background a plus especially focused on Paper, Corrugating, or Coatings
  • Hands-on laboratory experience is a requirement
  • Demonstrated experience of creative, hands-on concept development formulating using laboratory and/or pilot plant equipment
  • Ability to manage time effectively and carry out multiple projects simultaneously and adapt to a very dynamic work environment
  • Strong project management skills and experience to execute work and delivery projects on time. Understands how project plans and priorities are set and resourced
  • Strong collaboration skills with ability to leverage internal and external networks
  • Familiarity with experimental design, statistical data analysis and results interpretation
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, interpersonal communication, collaboration, and technical skills. Strong listening skills and open to others’ ideas
  • Ability to analyze results and prepare findings in technical summary reports. Construct moderately complex data tables and graphs
  • Knowledge of Six Sigma and statistical data analysis
  • Critical thinking and problem solving capabilities

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Stephanie Kemp at 815.756.1221 /

JO:  290.18SK


Stephanie Kemp
Sr Market Recruiting Specialist

Senior Level Recruitment Professional with more than 19 years of experience in the recruitment and placement of Industrial Chemists and Scientists Nationwide from Entry level to Executive level. Resins, Adhesives, Coatings, Plastics, Lubricants, specialty chemicals, additives, inks, and more!!
I have been very successful bringing top valued talent to my clients, and providing expert level guidance to candidates in career searches.

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