Job: Chemist II

Job Summary:

Chemist II must have a solid background in polymer chemistry and its properties. Formulation skills developing new products for future growth, continuous product improvement for sustainable growth and drive cost down through chemical process engineering. Be proficient in modern methods of product testing, quality, and chemical analysis in a laboratory setting, in pilot plants, full scale production and field testing.  In addition, must be knowledgeable in additives chemistry. Health and Safety protocol within a manufacturing and lab environment. Be a technical leader in area of resinous flooring. Have strong presentation skills.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • R & D
    • Innovation
      • New Product Development for existing markets
      • New Product Development for new markets
      • Existing Products for new market development
    • IP/Trade Secret protection
    • Develop a solid understanding of Dur-A-Flex products, chemistries, raw materials and application techniques
    • Chemist recommends and performs research assignments related to flooring system, performance, formulation, and application
    • Dedicate resources within R&D of assigned projects to Technicians
    • Make recommendation for new or modified research projects based on chemistry to support company’s directives
    • Work on simultaneous projects
    • Design and implement lab test procedures and parameters for real world results
  • Process/Product/Cost Improvement in all aspects of Dur-A-Flex business.  Green Belt required.
  • Project Management through Stage Gate processes
  • Technical Sales/Customers support
    • Specification review/testing
    • Product recommendation
    • Jobsite traveling and training of new product launch
    • Sales calls support
    • Chemical resistance evaluation or confirmation
    • Review SDS for floor system compatibility
    • SDS review and documentation support on health and safety
    • Provide written documentation to support product claims and authentication
    • Technical calls beyond Tech Service expertise
  • Marketing Support
    • New idea/market evaluation
    • Literature writing/support and technical data reviewing (PDS, AI, Chemical Resistance chart, Sell Sheet)
    • Competitor’s product evaluation
  • Chemistry certification in support of color matching
  • Production Support
    • Process Engineering SOP
    • Pilot scale to full scale production
    • Health and safety of the chemical operator
    • Formulation maintenance in Chempax
    • RM SDS maintenance
    • Finish Goods SDS
  • RM/offset evaluation
  • RM COA verification
  • QC/QA technical support, approval, and validation
  • Develop solid understanding of our supply chain for pricing, new product ideas, developing partnerships etc.

Education, Experience, Skills and Abilities Required for Consideration as a Candidate:

  • PhD in chemistry or materials science or chemical engineering with 3-5 years related experience,
  • MS degree in chemistry or materials science or chemical engineering with 5-7 years related experience
  • BS degree in chemistry or materials science or chemical engineering with 6-10 years related experience.
  • Must have a solid background in organic chemistry/inorganic and or polymer chemistry.
  • Hands-on expertise in formulation of coatings systems, including resin choices, additive packages and coloring techniques
  • Experience in typical R&D Stage gate process
  • Expected to possess a thorough knowledge of research principles and techniques, with specialization in one or more field
  • Must be detail and accuracy oriented with good work management skills/supervisory skills
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task in fast-paced team environment
  • Experience in using Lean Six Sigma methodology
  • Must have computer skills/experience with Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
  • Must have strong oral and written communication and presentation skills

Education, Experience, Skills and Abilities Preferred:

  • Driven towards innovation and continuous improvement
  • Creative and critical thinking skills and problem solving
  • Polymer chemistry
  • Managing R&D project team members to achieve project goals
  • Experience with Microsoft Project/Stage Gate/Cadence Methodology

Location: East Hartford, CT

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