Senior Development Chemist

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Date: Jul 3, 2024

Location: Melbourne, AU

Company: AkzoNobel

About AkzoNobel

Since 1792, we’ve been supplying the innovative paints and coatings that help to color people’s lives and protect what matters most. Our world class portfolio of brands – including International, Sikkens and Interpon – is trusted by customers around the globe. We’re active in more than 150 countries and use our expertise to sustain and enhance the fabric of everyday life. Because we believe every surface is an opportunity. It’s what you’d expect from a pioneering and long-established paints company that’s dedicated to providing sustainable solutions and preserving the best of what we have today – while creating an even better tomorrow. Let’s paint the future together.

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About The Role:

At AkzoNobel, we are dedicated to pushing the boundaries of innovation in the coatings industry. With a global presence and a commitment to excellence, we strive to develop cutting-edge solutions that meet the evolving needs of our customers. Our team is comprised of passionate individuals who are driven to make a positive impact and shape the future of our industry.

We are seeking a dynamic and experienced Senior Development Chemist to join our team in Sunshine, Melbourne. In this role, you will be responsible for leading the development and maintenance of our coil product portfolio for the South Asia region. You will play a key role in driving innovation, collaborating with global teams, and ensuring the successful execution of technical projects.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Creative Product Design: Lead the creative design of new products, formulations, and test protocols to support our coil business.
  • Project Management Excellence: Effectively manage multiple projects, ensuring alignment of goals and deliverables with business and market needs. Drive projects from concept to commercialization, meeting timelines and quality standards.
  • Global Collaboration: Collaborate closely with regional and global product development teams to ensure projects are on track and meet customer and business requirements. Foster strong relationships with key stakeholders to drive innovation and achieve project objectives.
  • Technical Expertise: Utilise your strong technical background to set up, plan, execute, analyze, interpret, and report on experiments. Identify new product/process optimization and technical solutions, sharing insights with other professionals to drive continuous improvement.
  • Research Methodology Development: Develop and improve research methodologies and protocols in line with business strategy and project objectives. Maintain and update current procedures/methods, ensuring the retention of knowledge through comprehensive research reports.
  • Cross-Functional Collaboration: Collaborate with various departments including procurement, marketing, sales, manufacturing, and regulatory affairs to ensure seamless execution of projects. Liaise with suppliers and customers as needed to drive project success.
  • Technical Service: Provide technical support and solutions for the South Asia team to troubleshoot customer issues. Manage formulation guidelines and complete Lab Work Requests in a timely manner. Share knowledge and best practices with team members.
  • Project Leadership: Lead long-term key R&D projects, such as the development of next-generation durable topcoats and new pigments evaluation. Manage technical reports and present results to stakeholders.
  • Safety and Compliance: Ensure compliance with health, safety, and environmental objectives. Lead monthly safety meetings to promote a safe working environment and adherence to HSE policies and procedures.

What would you bring to the table:

  • PhD or Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry/Polymer Science or equivalent.
  • 6-9 years of experience in the Industrial Coatings industry, with a strong understanding of coatings technologies platforms.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to collaborate effectively with cross-functional teams.
  • Proven track record in project management, with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Strong problem-solving skills and a continuous improvement mindset.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project).

What We Can Offer:

Being a Global company, we have a suite of benefits we can offer than your standard permanent role and job stability:

  • Career Pathway and Training: We're committed to helping you reach your career goals. We offer training and development opportunities that open doors to your next steps.
  • Performance Bonuses: Don't settle for the ordinary. You have the potential to earn more with quarterly performance bonuses on top of your base salary!
  • Let AkzoNobel, help you meet your health goals: Your health matters to us. Enjoy a free annual flu vaccination and financial support for health and wellbeing programs of your choice each year.
  • Want to stretch your dollar further? Enjoy our employee benefits on discounted private health insurance with Bupa and free access for you and your family on our Employee Assistance Program (EAP), that include discount on retail goods and services. 
  • Looking for more perks? Join us to find out more…

How to Apply:

If you are ready to take on a challenging and rewarding role in the coatings industry, we want to hear from you! Please submit your resume and cover letter outlining your qualifications and why you are the ideal candidate for this role. Note: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews. Thank you for your interest in joining our team at AkzoNobel.

At AkzoNobel we are highly committed to ensuring an inclusive and respectful workplace where all employees can be their best self. We strive to embrace diversity in a context of tolerance. Our talent acquisition process plays an integral part in this journey, as setting the foundations for a diverse environment. For this reason we train and educate on the implications of our Unconscious Bias in order for our TA and hiring managers to be mindful of them and take corrective actions when applicable. In our organization, all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age or disability.

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