Technical Specialist

Houston, TX

Posted: 10/06/2023 Industry: Laboratory - Industrial Chemicals Job Number: 305.23DM Pay Rate: 75,000 - 85,000 Remote: Experience:

Job Description

Technical Specialist

Large specialty chemical company is looking for a Technical Specialist with a BS degree or higher (preferred) in the sciences and 5 or more years of experience in polymer coatings development.  Previous supervisory experience preferred.  This is an excellent career opportunity with a world-class global chemical company that offers fantastic benefits including a bonus program.  Local candidates strongly preferred.

The Technical Specialist is responsible for developing new film products and/or maintaining existing products.  This role will require you to have some professional work knowledge and experience to evaluate, select, and apply standard scientific techniques, processes, and criteria in the development, adaptation, and modification of new and existing products and technologies while under the guidance and supervision of Group Leader or similar.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Complete assigned tasks related to the research and development of new products, new technologies, and updates of existing products using assigned materials and methods
  • Performs or oversees the work on technical workstreams such as new product introduction, raw material changes, product testing, and root cause analysis
  • Implement, troubleshoot, and continuously improve plant processes (reduce cycle and increase efficiency, reliability, and sustainability, increase batch yields, decrease manufacturing costs, etc.)
  • Work collaboratively with Production, RD&I, HSE&S, and others to develop processes, and define safe and efficient operating procedures
  • Plan/schedule short term (
  • Provide technical assistance and support to Production, Sales, and Marketing in support of product scale-up, quality control, application testing, and other cross-functional activities
  • Investigate and determine corrective actions for production problems and customer complaints
  • Investigate production problems related to formulation, quality control, and manufacturing issues
  • Initiate the LWR (lab work request) process for product reformulation and proper manufacturing/QC instructions
  • Maintains detailed technical records in the form of a Laboratory Notebook or Computer Databases
  • Provide progress reports, monthly and quarterly reports, technical plans, and project summaries to ensure appropriate communication of project status and needs
  • Ensure proper testing procedures are in place and followed and review opportunities for alternative tests and equipment
  • Review quality control documents and procedures. Perform quality audits and verify current practices against documentation.  Update standard operating procedures when necessary
  • Maintain and develop professional contacts including company personnel, vendors, and customers
  • Maintain a safe and clean work environment in accordance with company safety rules to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local environments and safety regulations
  • Participate in Special Teams including safety, HSE, housekeeping, etc. as required
  • Travel requirement: <25%

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

JO:  305.23DM

Job Requirements

Technical Qualifications:

  • Master’s with 0-4 years of R&D experience or bachelor’s degree with 5 to 10 years in Chemistry or a related scientific field
  • 2-4 years of relevant R&D experience; coating and/or film related working experience preferred
  • Knowledgeable of materials, products, and technologies frequently used within the scope and assigned project or laboratory group organization
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where standardization exists
  • Ability to understand, interpret, and execute a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, and/or schedule formats
  • Ability to organize and interpret data, and develop insights based on knowledge of chemical structures and reactivity, propose, and test hypotheses, and draw conclusions
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals
  • Ability to write reports summarizing data and work results
  • Ability to apply concepts of algebra, basic statistics, and computer spreadsheet calculations
  • Minimally able to use MS Word, Excel, and Outlook at a proficient level
  • Able to perform tasks utilizing MS PowerPoint, Optiva and SAP preferred

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

JO:  305.23DM

Meet Your Recruiter

Dave Maxwell
Sr Technical Recruiter

Senior Level Recruitment Professional since 1996 with experience in the recruitment and placement of Industrial Chemists and Scientists Nationwide from Executive to Entry level.  Resins, Polymers, Adhesives, Coatings, Plastics, Lubricants, Specialty Chemicals, Agricultural Chemicals, Additives, Inks, Consumer Products, and more!

I have been very successful at bringing top valued talent to my clients and providing expert level guidance to candidates in their career searches.

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