The Coatings Chemist will lead the formulation, production/plant scaling support and commercialization of new or existing coatings technologies to support company objectives within clients core markets with the support of the research and development group.
location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
job type: Permanent
salary: $75,000 - 125,000 per year
work hours: 9 to 5
- Develop new coatings technologies, formulate and/or modify existing products.
- Conduct product maintenance projects on existing products and help resolve product issues associated with manufacturing, non-conforming materials, customer complaints, and distressed or obsolete inventory, as necessary.
- Manage day to day activities of direct reports, if applicable.
- Help coach, mentor and train new employees in daily activities and provide supervision for designated personnel such as lab technicians and junior chemists.
- Responsible for adherence to safety rules by all direct reports, promoting safe work practices, coaching and any necessary safety training required in addition to that provided by the corporate safety trainer. Also, is responsible for stopping and reporting any safety violations when observed throughout the facility.
- Provide progress updates on assigned projects through regular written and verbal technical reports to technical director, sales, technical service, and other functional groups, as necessary.
- Develop new test methods as necessary to accelerate the development and commercialization of new products.
- Work with cross functional teams to ensure success on product development and other corporate projects.
- Document and maintain records of experiments, results and conclusions in lab notebook and other appropriate data systems.
- Work independently on assigned projects in a deadline-oriented environment and collaborate with co-workers to provide and take direction on relevant projects.
- Occasional travel for training, customer line trials and support (~10%)
- Preferred education level: BS or MS degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or Polymer Science.
- Preferred experience level: 5 plus years direct experience in an industrial manufacturing environment developing, formulating, and testing new and existing coatings technologies with background in water borne and solvent borne coatings, including 1k and 2k urethanes, epoxies, and polyesters.
- Demonstrated record of successful product development and technical maintenance of existing products.
- Strong design of experiment skills and demonstrated ability to evaluate results and make product adjustments necessary to meet project objectives.
- Must be a high energy, results driven individual with excellent communication, computer, and decision-making skills.
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