Development Chemist III - Hydraulic Fluids

 Full Time
 Research & Development

Quaker Houghton is the Industry’s R&D leader with a team of 360+ people and 11 Centers of Innovation around the globe focusing on staying ahead in technology advancement and sustainability goals.

As Development Chemist III for Hydraulic Fluids, you will independently develop and improve 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.


What will you do?

  • 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.


What do we look for?

  • Experience: At least 5 years working in a similar role, ideally within a multinational company environment in the chemical sector such as hydraulic fluids, lubricants, greases, oils or other surface science related subjects. This is a role for someone who is motivated to work with both chemical & physiochemical matters and with a good balance between stakeholder meetings, benchwork and theoretical work. Understanding of lubrication, hydraulic pumps, Industry 4.0 is a plus.
  • Education: PhD level in the organic, physical chemistry, colloid chemistry, inorganic chemistry or organometallic chemistry area.
  • Language skills: English good verbal and written communication level is a must.
  • Soft skills: Results driven, self-starting, pragmatic, open minded, intrinsic curiosity, good communicator and influencer.
  • High safety consciousness is a must. Safety is at the core of our culture.
  • Location: Uithoorn, North Holland, NL. 


What’s in it for you?

  • Competitive pay + bonus program.
  • Health insurance.
  • Great pension scheme.
  • Attractive Wellbeing, CSR, Sustainability, Women Inclusion & Diversity programs.
  • Excellent onboarding and training programs as part of our QH University platform.
  • Join a team of top experts passionate about innovation and a company that nurtures that passion.


Who are we?

We are the global leader in industrial process fluids present in 40+ countries continually improving and innovating so the world’s steel, aluminum, automotive, aircraft, machinery and industrial parts manufacturers can stay ahead in a changing world. Throughout our 100+ locations, our chemists, engineers and industry experts partner with our customers to continually improve their operations so they can run even more efficiently, even more effectively, whatever comes next.

Our values:

  • Live Safe
  • Exceed Customer Expectations
  • Drive Results
  • Embrace Diversity
  • Do Great Things Together
  • Act with integrity

Our core values embody who we are as a company, guide our decisions and inspire us. Our commitment to these values, in words and actions, builds a safer, stronger Quaker Houghton. They are the fundamental beliefs that guide our internal conduct and our relationship with the outside world.