Chemist, Project Leader

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Date: Mar 4, 2023

Location: Strongsville, 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.

Position Summary:

The Chemist, Solution Lab Project Leader is responsible for coatings’ technology sold into the packaging marketplaces which can include beverage and food internal and external coatings. As a Chemist in R&D, you will work closely with the group lead and technical lead on various key business projects and support the day-to-day business needs of internal and external customers. In addition to managing multiple projects and tasks simultaneously while striving for better performance and problem resolution.

Key Accountabilities & Responsibilities:

  • Conduct research, develop, analyze, maintain and improve existing and future products
  • Product formulation and knowledge of coatings fundamentals and raw materials.
  • Application and evaluation of packaging coatings through methods including but not limited to spray and draw down which will be used in various critical to quality tests.
  • Collaborates with R&D team members and commercial team regarding product formulation, application, scale up and trial support
  • Support scale up of products and process transfer to Huron and Columbus plant.
  • Participate in product trials at customer’s plants
  • Ability to handle interaction with: Customers, Sales, Quality Control, Production, and/or Suppliers.
  • Maintains detailed laboratory records and can translate data into clear, well-written technical reports and presentations
  • Promotes safety and environmental awareness by ensuring that standards, policies, and procedures are adhered to in compliance with corporate, federal, state, and local requirements
  • Ability to supervise technicians, entry-level chemists and temporary employees
  • Performs additional duties as required.

Education & Skill Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with minimum 5 years of coatings industry experience
  • Experience in formulating Polyester, epoxy, acrylic, or urethane solvent and/or waterborne coatings
  • Self-starter; able to work on multiple task with minimal direction and strong capability in prioritizing workload based on continuous changing environment
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills including technical report writing and presentation delivery
  • Highly organized both personally and in work area and adherence to 5S practices
  • Proven problem solving and critical thinking capabilities
  • Good interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to work well in a cohesive unit and independently with minimum to no supervision
  • Highly flexible and adaptable
  • High energy for a fast paced and dynamic environment




AkzoNobel is an equal opportunity employer. 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 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.


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Requisition ID: 27507 

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