Sr. R&D Chemist Formulations - Project Manager

Hopewell, VA

Posted: 02/23/2023 Industry: Laboratory - Industrial Chemicals Job Number: 975.22SK Pay Rate: 90,000 - 110,000 Experience:

Job Description

Sr. R&D Chemist Formulations – Project Manager

Exciting opportunity to bring your leadership and project management skills to the development team launching new additives, working on your own projects, and managing the team portfolio of projects.

Leads complex and/or non-standard research, development, and/or performance testing activities to meet stated objectives of the respective SBU.  May act as overall project and/or technical project lead and direct the work of other technical team members assigned to the project.  High level of communication and presentation skills required.  Often responsible for multiple projects of varying complexity occurring at same time.


  • Tasked with oversight and leadership of the Fuels Applied Research portfolio of projects, Fuels Applied Research is focused on in-depth, fundamental understanding into specific areas which we see as key technology drivers for future fuels business. This individual will be tasked with initiating new projects and aligning current research projects with future New Product Development (NPD) projects supporting the Fuels Technology Roadmap.  Current team research areas include Performance Demonstrations and Claim Generation, Screener and Model Development, New Technology Understanding and Advocacy and Alternative Fuels Research
  • Liaison with company’s Technology Development Team, overseeing the development of new components (as necessary) and other joint research activities. Provide technical leadership to help team members arrive at the best solution for the business.  Ensure effective use of the company Product Development Process.  Develop new analytical and test methods to characterize products and enable manufacturing capability (as necessary)
  • Responsible for building our fundamental understanding of future fuels technologies and formulations to meet the needs of customers and OEMs consistent with our business strategy
  • Oversight over the Fuels Applied Research portfolio of projects. Responsible for leading the highest priority, Fuels Mission Critical research projects and communicating progress internally
  • A good communicator who has experience communicating and presenting at the highest levels of the organization. Prepare reports, presentations, and other communications concerning results of laboratory tests or product development trials including next steps and impact on key business initiatives
  • Performs and/or manages formulation, synthesis, and/or testing activities to meet established project objectives. Effective use and leadership of the company Product Development Process.  Designs approach, test plans, and milestones to project completion
  • Evaluates and interprets data, performance, and deliverables. Provides recommendations to R&D and project leaders regarding results, deliverables, progress and challenges.  Identifies and eliminates hurdles to successful project completion.  Conducts special projects as assigned
  • Participates in technical and/or project reviews and presents findings as appropriate. Engages with assigned teams and cross-functional stakeholders, such as business, process, marketing, etc…Assists in determining future direction
  • Complete complex analytical testing procedures, in-depth analysis and interpretation and provide a detailed and accurate test report to the customer in a timely manner. Evaluate all test/project data to ensure accuracy, completeness and reasonability of conclusions
  • Complete collation of data, final interpretation and written test reports. Consult with the customer as necessary to review and explain results, offer insight and analytical perspective and ensure that project goals are being met
  • Lead or direct special research projects independently. Oversee technical activities and/or supervise technical team members assigned to the project
  • Understand, comply, and promote safe laboratory and work practices, including appropriate safety regulations and procedures
  • Assure that complete documentation is maintained on ISO or Quality System related activities. Participate in Quality System related activities and maintain an up-to-date understanding of the Quality System functions & responsibilities
  • Represent company in technical conferences, societies and other industry activities. Maintain adequate level of technical expertise and self-development through study, seminars, etc.  Stay informed of advanced developments inside and outside of the company
  • Participate in IP activities as required, including competitor reviews, freedom to practice assessments, patent filings, invention disclosures, etc.

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

JO:  975.22SK

Job Requirements

Technical Qualifications

Education & Experience Minimums:

  • Bachelor’s or Advanced degree in Chemistry or Mechanical / Chemical Engineering
  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of applicable chemistry and/or engineering principles and application in a research and development environment typically acquired after more than 5 years of relevant experience

Education & Experience Preferred:

  • Ph.D. degree in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering
  • Relevant work experience with respective product category

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

JO:  975.22SK

Meet Your Recruiter

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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