Development Chemist III

 Full Time
 Global Specialty Business
 Santa Fe Springs

Position Summary:

Autonomously manage and execute development assignments, determinations and tests under general direction of the manager/supervisor or in assistance to a more senior level Chemist or Scientist.  Provides guidance to junior level Chemists.

Job Accountabilities:

  • Independently develop and improve chemical products used in a variety of manufacturing and mechanical systems in order to enhance processes, safety and quality in order to meet customer needs and provide solutions to complex application problems. Take pricing, timing and priority setting into consideration.
  • Investigate applicability of new and alternative raw materials in order to enhance performance and minimize cost. Evaluate and implement alternative raw materials in existing products.
  • Design, develop, and implement specified tests and determinations, in order to answer questions and address problems of customers. Develop and perform customer requested product analysis and testing.
  • Independently select and execute analytical tests in order to determine quantitative and qualitative composition of raw materials, formulations, competitive products and other chemical (field) samples.
  • Determine performance characteristics of competitive products using physical, instrumental and wet analysis techniques.
  • Clearly and orderly record all observations and data.  Report results in a clear and concise manner to enhance technical exchange.  Provide legal and archival documentation for patent applications.
  • Develop, improve and execute test methods to enhance R&R, efficiency and field performance predictability.
  • Provide technical service and knowledge to customers and sales associates based upon the chemist’s current level of expertise. Visit customers when required to assist the Commercial team, develop and deliver presentations, and engage in discussions on complex matters with customers.
  • Provide assistance to manufacturing in order to improve the quality and efficiency of the manufacturing process. Assist manufacturing and the quality assurance lab in solving quality and production problems.
  • Train and guide more junior level chemists, lab technicians and trainees in executing routine analysis at the Development Laboratory.  Deliver internal trainings for new hires or employees when needed. 
  • Maintain equipment glassware and workspace in order to keep them clean and well-functioning.  Properly dispose of all laboratory waste. Participate in ensuring good management of laboratory equipment and storage spaces for chemicals and raw materials. Comply with housekeeping rules.
  • Ensure that all equipment and machines in your area of control are managed with regards to safety, maintenance, calibration, and availability.
  • Perform project work in cooperation with a variety of internal and external contacts.  Lead internal projects as needed.
  • Comply with the applicable regulations and standards regarding quality, safety, environmental as well as the occupational health standards in order to minimize risks in these areas and to create opportunities and chances for improvement.

Work Environment:

  • Work in a laboratory and administrative office setting, w/ some travel as required.
  • Ensure a safety mindset throughout designated area of responsibility.

While performing the duties of this job the employee may be exposed to fumes or airborne particles and toxic or caustic chemicals. The employee is occasionally exposed to work near moving mechanical parts.  The associate must be able to safely work in a variety of potentially hazardous situations.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

While performing the duties of this job the employee is regularly required to carefully, and precisely manipulate samples, apparatus, and sensitive instruments.  The employee is frequently required to stand and reach with hands and arms.  The employee is occasionally required to walk sit and talk or hear.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, or no more than local or country regulations allow.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus.

Education, Experience, Skills & Competencies:

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a scientific discipline, preferably Chemistry.
  • 5+ years related chemistry experience required.  Equivalent combination of education (minimum bachelor’s degree) and experience will be considered.
  • A good command of the English language is mandatory.  Ability to read, analyze and interpret common scientific and technical journals
  • To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Word Processing software; Spreadsheet software; Internet software and Database software.
  • There are no managerial responsibilities for this position but may train and guide more junior level chemists and trainees in executing routine analysis at the Development Laboratory.  Deliver internal trainings for new hires or employees when needed. 
  • Position holder has good communication skills and has interest and ability in working at a team and cooperates well at various levels in the organization.
  • Position holder is characterized by the following competencies: analytical skills, service oriented, takes initiative, is well organized and flexible.