R&D Specialist, Paints & Coatings

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Date: Jan 23, 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 R&D Specialist II owns execution of defined pieces of a project or Lab Work Request under the supervision of a project leader or manager. The R&D Specialist anticipates or suggests work required or follow-up experiments to achieve an objective.

Key Accountabilities & Responsibilities:

  • 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


  • 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. 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: 28208 

Nearest Major Market: Cleveland