Specialist II R28

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Date: May 10, 2022

Location: Reading, PA, 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 Chemist II owns execution of defined pieces of a project or Lab Work Request under the supervision of a project leader or manager. A Chemist II anticipates or suggests work required or follow-up experiments to achieve an objective.

Key Accountabilities

The Chemist II is a highly motivated person with a problem solving and customer-oriented mindset that supports the workstream leader in performing lab work necessary for new product introduction, raw material changes, product testing, and root cause analysis. S/He initiates networking within the technical group when needed.

The Chemist II performs each essential duty safely, satisfactorily, and in a timely manner.

  • Understand the purpose of formulation components and reformulate to solve straightforward customer (internal/external) problems with minimal supervision
  • Manage the assigned LWR /projects, including timeline and planning, on a weekly timescale
  • Provides data-driven insights to support diagnostics and resolution of issues in manufacturing, application, and formulation
  • Summarize test data in the form of spreadsheets, reports, and presentation; draws conclusions
  • Infer next course of experimental actions from completed testing and results
  • Update and raise flags on projects; anticipate and mitigate delays
  • Represent R&D and work effectively with cross-functional groups including but not limited to quality control and pilot plants
  • Maintain clean and organized work environment

Provide direct support to sales, marketing and supply chain efforts through reports, presentation, and customer interaction


The Chemist II exhibits the following skills and behaviors:

  • Demonstrate safe use of common materials and equipment in the lab; able to instruct others on the same use
  • Conform with all site and laboratory safety requirements and policies, including participation in AkzoNobel safety programs including audits, safety meetings, and demonstrating safe practices and behaviors     
  • Clearly communicate using scientific process of hypothesis, method, results, initial conclusions
  • Effective interpersonal skills, keeping direct manager and team members informed of key milestones
  • Maintain excellent relationships within the scope of their work.
  • Able to work at least at a basic level in Microsoft Excel, Word, and Power Point
  • Own personal and career development
  • Demonstrate continuous commitment to business goals and initiatives as sole contributor


  • 4 year degree in a laboratory science, preferably chemistry, materials science, or chemical engineering
  • Some work experience in chemistry or coatings industry is preferable, though appropriate academic experience can be substituted
  • Excellent background in chemistry/polymers
  • Excellent verbal and written communication
  • Available to travel, as necessary


AkzoNobel is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with applicable laws, we prohibit discrimination against any applicant or employee based on any legally-recognized basis, including, but not limited to: race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, lactation, childbirth or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, genetic information (including testing and characteristics), veteran status, uniformed servicemember status or any other status protected by federal, state or local law.

Requisition ID: 22480



Nearest Major Market: Reading PA