Sr. R&D Engine Testing Engineer

Mechanicsville, VA

Posted: 10/11/2023 Industry: Laboratory - Industrial Chemicals Job Number: 311.23SK Experience:

Job Description

Sr. R&D Engine Testing Engineer

Do you enjoy creating new ways to test lubricant performance?  Bring your creativity to this large R&D Organization and help define new ways to test engines.  World Class team of R&D, excellent benefits, relocation provided!

Provides technical leadership for complex and/or non-standard research, development, and performance testing activities to meet stated objectives of the respective SBU.  May act as overall 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.


  • Manage testing activities to meet established project objectives to help establish novel test methods and data to help differentiate engine oil product performance in the market. Effective use and leadership of the company Product Development Process.  Designs testing approach, test plans, data compilation, and milestones to project completion
  • Can translate internal and external (customer) Marketing plans into actionable and efficient product differentiation testing plans.  Knows how to tailor experiments in a variety of performance tests (including simple bench tests, fired engine tests, vehicle testing at Technical Center, to field testing, etc.) to be able to help customers support their desired claim language
  • 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 insure 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 the company in technical conferences, societies and other industry activities. Maintain adequate level of technical expertise and self-developed 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:  311.23SK

Job Requirements

Technical Qualifications:

  • PhD in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering
  • Relevant work experience in specific product category


  • Decision Making – Decision making in a timely manner based upon a mixture of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment, sometimes with incomplete information, under tight deadlines and pressure; while based upon appropriate risk and authority
  • Business Insights – The understanding of the basis for our business model and how that is realized in the market. The understanding of how business and operations are intimately linked.  The ability to use information, practices & trends, affecting the business to engage and drive new strategies and tactics work in the marketplace
  • Analysis and Problem Solving – Solve difficult problems with effective solutions; asks good questions and questions all likely sources for answers; can solve complex problems and recognize complex patterns; utilizing all appropriate tools to reach a robust answer
  • Communication – The ability to communicate information clearly and effectively in an engaging and convincing manner
  • Coaching – The ability to provide the structure, environment and support for teaching, training and development of individuals and teams to enable them to achieve specific personal or professional results or goals
  • Managing Performance – Possessing the drive and focus to achieve challenging goals
  • Collaboration and Networking – The ability to work in and across the organizational matrix to achieve business objectives, via engaging interactions and influencing without authority
  • Project Management – The ability to manage tasks and activities and achieve their completion within the agreed framework, across regional and organization boundaries
  • Innovation – The openness to new ideas and the ability to generate breakthrough solutions. Can develop, seek out, critically assess and implement new and value adding concepts
  • Dealing with Uncertainty – Can effectively cope with change; can shift gear comfortably; can decide and act without having the total picture; Isn’t upset when things are up in the air; doesn’t have to finish things before moving on; can comfortably handle risk and uncertainty
  • Consistent demonstration of safe lab practices and procedures

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

JO:  311.23SK

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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