Research & Development Specialist II - Paint & Coatings

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Date: Feb 2, 2024

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.

Key Responsibilities

The R&D Specialist 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 R&D Specialist 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
•    Summarise 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

Job Requirements

•    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

Rewards & Benefits

Base salary range for this role is: $60,000 to $68,000. This is the range that we in good faith anticipate relying on when setting wages for this position. We may ultimately pay more or less than the posted range. This salary range may also be modified in the future.

  • Benefits beginning Day 1
  • 401K retirement savings with 6% company match
  • Annual bonus STI (Short Term Incentive) 4% 
  • Medical insurance with HSA
  • Dental, Vision, Life, AD&D benefits
  • Generous vacation, personal and holiday pay
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Career growth opportunities
  • Active Diversity and Inclusion Networks


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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: #LI-SS1

Nearest Major Market: Cleveland

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