R&D Specialist III

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Date: Feb 11, 2024

Location: Columbus, OH, US

Company: AkzoNobel

We’ve been pioneering a world of possibilities to bring surfaces to life for well over 200 years. As experts in making coatings, there’s a good chance you’re only ever a few meters away from one of our products. Our world class portfolio of brands – including Dulux, International, Sikkens and Interpon – is trusted by customers around the globe. We’re active in more than 150 countries and have set our sights on becoming the global industry leader. It’s what you’d expect from the most sustainable paints company, which has been inventing the future for more than two centuries.

Job Purpose

The R&D Specialist III is responsible for the execution of specific project phases or lab work request under the supervision of a project leader or manager.  This position will take a lead role in defining success criteria and goals for the project in addition to delegating work to support staff as needed.

Key Responsibilities

The R&D Specialist III supports the goals of the business as directed by a project lead or manager.   This position will oversee the work on technical workstreams such as new product introduction, raw material changes, product testing, and root cause analysis.

The R&D Specialist III performs each essential duty safely, satisfactorily, and in a timely manner. 
•    Manage the assigned Lab Work Request (LWR) projects to include timeline and planning on a weekly to monthly timescale.
•    Modify formulations based on customer application conditions in order to achieve the desired application performance and film properties.
•    Design test methods to replicate end use along with determining a root cause of product field performance problems.
•    Participate and/or contribute expertise with cross-functional initiatives.
•    Summarize testing results and recommend next steps for formula changes or development.
•    Consistently provide input on project progression, making the necessary changes to keep all project(s) on planned target delivery dates.
•    Prepare detailed project reports for presentation to internal and external stakeholders.
•    Analyze and resolve work issues/concerns and assist co-workers with problem solving.
•    Travel as needed for product launches and/or customer support.

Job Requirements

•    Bachelor of Science degree in Laboratory Science with 2-5 years’ experience in research and development in a laboratory setting, preferably chemistry, materials science, or chemical engineering.
•    Excellent background in chemistry/polymers.
•    Excellent verbal and written communication. 
•    Available to travel, as necessary.

•    Set an example of safe use of common materials and equipment in the lab; able to instruct others on the same use
•    Demonstrate a continuous improvement mindset toward working safely and innovation
•    Take full ownership of assigned projects to deliver on commitments
•    Works independently without direct supervision while also being invested in team goals
•    Own personal and career development; proactively seeks development opportunities
•    Approach each day as an opportunity to discover and grow

Rewards & Benefits

Salary range for this role is: $65,000 to $75,000. This is the range that we in good faith anticipate relying on when setting wages for this position.  We may ultimately pay more or less than the posted range.  This salary range may also be modified in the future.

  • Benefits beginning Day 1
  • 401K retirement savings with 6% company match
  • Annual bonus 5% Short Term Incentive
  • Medical insurance with HSA
  • Dental, Vision, Life, AD&D benefits
  • Generous vacation, personal and holiday pay
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Career growth opportunities
  • Active Diversity and Inclusion Networks
  • Employee referral bonus


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All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status.

Requisition ID: #LI-SS1

Nearest Major Market: Columbus
Nearest Secondary Market: Dublin

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