Research and Development Specialist

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Date: Nov 17, 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.

Job Purpose

The Research and Development Specialist is responsible for the execution of specific project phases or lab work request under the supervision of a project leader or manager.  This position will take a lead role in defining success criteria and goals for the project in addition to delegating work to support staff as needed. Will work with the Research and Development team in creating basic and/or modifying existing formulations.

Key Responsibilities

The Research and Development Specialist supports the goals of the business as directed by a project lead or manager.  This position will oversee the work on technical workstreams such as new product introduction, raw material changes, product testing, and root cause analysis.


  • Manage the assigned Lab Work Request (LWR) projects to include timeline and planning on a weekly to monthly timescale.
  • Create basic and/or modify existing formulations based on customer application conditions in order to achieve the desired application performance and film properties.
  • Design test methods to replicate end use along with determining a root cause of product field performance problems.
  • Participate and/or contribute expertise with cross-functional initiatives.
  • Summarize testing results and recommend next steps for formula changes or development.
  • Consistently provide input on project progression, making the necessary changes to keep all project(s) on planned target delivery dates.
  • Prepare detailed project reports for presentation to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Analyze and resolve work issues/concerns and assist co-workers with problem solving.
  • Travel as needed for product launches and/or customer support.

Job Requirements

  • Education must include one of the following:
    • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Polymer Science, or Chemical Engineering with 2-5 years' experience in research and development in a laboratory setting to include creating basic and/or modifying existing formulations.
    • Master of Science in Chemistry, Polymer Science, or Chemical Engineering with 0–1-year experience in research and development in a laboratory setting to include creating basic and/or modifying existing formulations
  • Background in chemistry/polymers.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to travel as necessary.

Total Compensation

The salary range for these skills is $72,000 - $80,000.  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.


Perks for Joining AkzoNobel!  
Medical insurance with HSA • Dental, Vision, Life, AD&D benefits • Annual bonus • 401K retirement savings with 6% company match • Generous vacation, personal and holiday pay • Paid Parental leave • Hybrid work for most exempt roles • Active Diversity and Inclusion Networks • Career growth opportunities on a regional and global scale • Tuition Reimbursement • Career growth opportunities • 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: 32658 

Nearest Major Market: Cleveland

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