Silicone Automotive Cleaners / Waxes Scientist

Gurnee, IL

Posted: 01/28/2019 Industry: Laboratory - Industrial Chemicals Job Number: 27.19LR Pay Rate: 100,000 - 120,000

Silicone Automotive Cleaners / Waxes Scientist

The Scientist is primarily responsible for developing new formulations and products in a timely manner per specific performance requirements while working closely with the marketing team.  In this role, significant time will be spent in hands-on laboratory work formulating products and supporting manufacturing operations, as well as project management to take new products to market.  This position is responsible for activities related to development of new coatings products with a strong focus on automotive appearance and performance chemicals.  We are looking for someone to bring market new and unique products that complement their brands.  Essential duties and responsibilities to include:

  • Drive product development from concept to formula development, through to product launch
  • Test products, document test data, as well as generate and communicate test reports detailing project processes, results, and conclusions; recommend additional actions or research
  • Work closely with marketing, sales, and regulatory in developing competitive claims and product demonstrations
  • Develop, improve, and customize products, equipment, formulas, processes, and analytical methods
  • Conduct quality control tests
  • Adhere to safety, quality and housekeeping policies / guidelines
  • Work closely with peers and supervisors to conduct analyses to research projects, interpret test results, or develop nonstandard tests
  • Develop and maintain professional relationships with suppliers, technical experts etc.
  • Write technical papers and reports and prepare standards and specifications for processes, products, or tests

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

JO:  27.19LR


  • BS or MS (preferred) degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineer, Polymer Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, or other scientific technical field
  • Minimum of 3-10 years of experience formulation and testing water-borne / solvent-borne products for consumer applications/ auto care products. This includes waxes/polishes, protectants, fluids and cleaners
  • Demonstrated use of Design of Experiments
  • Proven ability to work effectively on cross-functional project teams
  • Excellent organization skills with the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and effectively
  • Solid record keeping and problem-solving skills, strong emphasis on the ability to think critically
  • Ability to work safely in the corporation’s laboratories, manufacturing, and customer facilities
  • Self-starter, highly motivated toward achievements, results oriented
  • Solid verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong PC skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and Word
  • Drive the creation of strong Intellectual Property (IP) when/where applicable

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

JO:  27.19LR



Larry Riederer
Market Specialist

I have over 20 years of experience with Chemical Personnel Search (CPS) . All we do is recruit and place people in the chemical industry nationwide. CPS has been recruiting chemists, engineers, sales people and supply chain since 1973. I work with 40 other recruiters. 

I have a wide range of positions and levels.
The following are some of the areas: Polymers, Resins, Coatings, Adhesives, Inks, Composites, Plastics, Lubricants, Personal Care, Skin/Hair Care, Cleaners and Specialty Chemicals.

These can be: Organic/Polymer Synthesis, New Product Development, Analytical/Characterization, Quality Control, Process Development, Materials Science and others. These are from BS to Ph.D. and from Entry Level to Vice-President. 

Specialties: We specialize in placing Chemists, Scientists and Managers in the industrial chemical industry


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