Sr. Scientist (Group Leader)

Westerville, OH

Posted: 04/11/2019 Industry: Laboratory - Industrial Chemicals Job Number: 106.19SK Pay Rate: 120,000 - 130,000

Sr. Scientist (Group Leader)

The Sr. Scientist is accountable for developing organic chemistries with glass fiber & thermoset resins to serve the composites industries.  This role is critical to develop environmentally friendly products that will deliver new differentiating values for company customers and will drive for profitable growth for company at 2% above market growth.  Primary end markets are Wind, Automotive, Pipe & Construction.

Applicants should have significant proven experience in the field of composites chemistry design – fiber sizing, fiber coatings and resin chemistries, particularly in thermoset systems, such as epoxy, polyester or vinyl ester.  Glass Composite process experience is also valued with basic understanding or processes and methods for using fiberglass input materials.

This position is consequently accountable for:

  • Designing chemistries (sizing) compatible with glass and Thermoset resins on time & expected value (performances cost) for tangible business impact with existing and new customers
  • Leading product development towards scientific approach (DOE & analytics) by partnering with Global labs and other product developers. New products will have to be developed based on Size science, analytics & quick prototyping
  • Partnering with Process team to prepare for smooth products plant scale up and customers qualification
  • Maintaining a strong understanding of markets / technology trends that will affect the thermoset resins & chemistries. He/she will utilize his/her technical products & application knowledge to represent company at customers meetings, conferences, industry associations & to generate customers interest & excitement
  • Leading a small technical group of early career product developers with sole focus on sizing design (3 Chemists and 4 Techs)
  • 10-30% travel time


Ensures every company employee comes back home safely every night.  Provide Safety leadership to a team working in a non-routine environment by promoting safety awareness and performances for self and others to achieve full compliance with company standards.  Adhere to company safety policies at all times.

  • Develop new products based on high performance organic chemistries compatible with glass & thermoset resin on time & value. Design using scientific approach by partnering with product manager, interview and understand customer needs & translate needs into sizing design criteria.  Ensure products benchmark is available and fully understood
  • Articulate technical assumptions for value creation, work with company experts & sourcing to identify cost effective ingredients to be used in the sizing design
  • Understand well the resins and modifiers used in thermoset matrix systems and their chemical reactivity at a chemical functional group level
  • Design through DOE approach experiments to develop products
  • Lead and execute, with the support of the lab, mimics team, modeling resources, trials, for data collection
  • Analyze data statistically for decision making, recommend for the Best in Class product
  • Ensures sizing / products developed are environmentally friendly and compliant with local regulations where it will be manufactured
  • Ensures that company develops and maintains a sustainable competitive advantage by protecting your inventions through patents or trade secrets
  • Ensures successful industrialization through partnership with early product management team and sourcing team to mitigate for supply risk
  • Support marketing teams in the product claims exercise thanks to your data analytics expertise and customer qualification trials
  • Drive development through data collection to support marketing teams in the product claims
  • Play an active role in elevating the performance of global sizing Center of Excellence
  • Be an active contributor of company Size 2.0 program. Generate ideas for new testing methodologies that will increase speed & precision in delivering product innovation
  • Be seen as a KEY expert in the field of Thermoset chemistries
  • Stay tuned on trends compatible with thermoset domains including nanotechnologies, hybrid chemistries, EHS aspects, new testing methods
  • Utilize chemistry knowledge to represent company at suppliers / customers meetings, conferences, industry associations & to generate customers interest & excitement
  • Effectively lead a small technical team being seen as an inspirational leader with deep technical expertise
  • Highly organized and communicative when working with team members and peers
  • Inspire and energize technicians to engage and foster team work to shared goals
  • Utilize project management tools for well-structured project execution and communication of responsibilities, timelines and milestones

**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:  106.19SK


  • PhD Chemistry / Polymer
  • Minimum 10 years of leading R&D team in product design, product/applications development and industrialization ideally in the fields of thermoset composites (resin companies, glass fiber companies)
  • Proven success in commercializing new products
  • Hands-on experience managing R&D portfolio and budget and executing resource allocation strategies
  • Proven track record recruiting and developing top-notch technical talent
  • Experience working in global environment
  • Deep organic chemistry / polymer science knowledge applicable to glass coating ideally
  • Able to build DOE & decide through analytics (mandatory to master Minitab, Statistica or an equivalent at expert level)
  • Good communication & technical documentation skills are required
  • Strong interpersonal skills & ability to work effectively as a collaborator on multi-functional teams is a must
  • Experience in a fiberglass composites chemistry field is strongly preferred
  • Experience working with composite manufacturing processes is desired
  • Working knowledge of mechanical properties of composites is desired
  • Change agent with the ambition to make things happen by investing into capabilities and talent
  • Ability to manage relationships with internal stakeholders at all levels of the organization in order to inform and influence decision making and deliver on commitments
  • Ability to maintain healthy communication stream internally and externally including with customers and suppliers

**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:  106.19SK

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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