Chemist II

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Date: May 22, 2023

Location: Salem, OR, 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

As the Chemist II you own the execution of defined pieces of a project or Lab Work Request under the supervision of a project leader or manager.  You will need to be highly motivated 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. You will also network within the technical group when needed.

Key Responsibilities

•    Undertakes R&D development projects including formulation, preparation, spraying, testing, and evaluation of paints and coatings to meet specific project requirements.
•    Delivering project results on time, ensuring quality and feasibility, according to business needs.
•    Formulates and manipulate standard paints and coatings technologies and product platforms. 
•    Develops and implements new paints and coating technologies.
•    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.
•    Summaries 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.
•    Maintains and promotes a safe work environment, complies with safety policies and procedures. Follows safe work practices for personal and equipment safety, in both the laboratory and in the field. End results are zero or minimum safety incidents and a clean, orderly working environment.
•    Conducts a significant level of formulation or technical work (in the lab) as defined in the project plan.
•    Asks appropriate questions to clarify requirements, expectations and critical performance parameters. 
•    Documents (lab) results, visits, etc. through appropriate reporting systems. 
•    Is familiar with and applies relevant experimental, development and/or analytical approaches and techniques.

Job Requirements

•    Typically, 1-3 years of relevant experience with bachelor’s degree in a laboratory science or chemical engineering (preferred), or 7 to 9 years' experience with no degree
•    Excellent verbal and written communication
•    Knowledge in chemistry/polymers


  • Annual Salary Range:  $60,000 - $74,000 
  • Annual Bonus:  4%


Benefits beginning Day 1

Medical insurance with HSA, Dental, Vision, Life, AD&D benefits, 401K retirement savings with 6% company match (dollar for dollar), generous vacation, personal and holiday pay, Paid Parental leave, hybrid work for most exempt roles, Active Diversity & Inclusion Networks, career growth opportunities on a regional and global scale, Tuition Reimbursement, and Employee referral bonus.




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: 30416 


Nearest Major Market: Salem