R&D Specialist III

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Date: Sep 23, 2022

Location: Troy, MI, 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 III will support developing new products and / or maintaining existing products; it requests some professional work knowledge and experience to evaluate, select, and apply standard scientific techniques, processes, and criteria in the development, adaptation, and modification of new and existing products and technologies while under the guidance and supervision of Group Leader, Senior Chemist, or similar.

Key Accountabilities and Responsibilities:

  • Complete assigned tasks related to the research and development of new products, new technologies, and updates of existing products using assigned materials and methods.
  • Plan/schedule short term (<6 months) activities and assignments and complete assigned tasks according to established plans and priority.
  • Provide technical assistance and support to Production, Sales, and Marketing in support of product scale-up, quality control, application testing, and other cross-functional activities.
  • Maintains detailed technical records in the form of a Laboratory Notebook or Computer Databases.
  • Provide progress reports, monthly and quarterly reports, technical plans, and project summaries to ensure appropriate communication of project status and needs.
  • Maintain and develop professional contacts including company personnel, vendors, and customers
  • Maintain a safe and clean work environment in accordance of company safety rules to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local environments and safety regulations.

Desired Skills & Education:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry or a related scientific field with 3-6 years of relevant experience; paint and coating related working experience preferred.
  • Knowledgeable of materials, products, and technologies frequently used within the scope an assigned project or laboratory group organization.
  • Ability to apply concepts of algebra, basic statistics, and computer spreadsheet calculations.
  • Minimally able to use MS Word, Excel, and Outlook at a proficient level.
  • Minimally able to perform common tasks utilizing MS PowerPoint, Optiva and SAP.


AkzoNobel is an equal opportunity employer. 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.

Requisition ID: 25259