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R&D Specialist II

Date: Oct 7, 2021

Location: Villa de Garcia, MX

Company: AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel has a passion for paint. We're experts in the proud craft of making paints and coatings, setting the standard in color and protection since 1792. Our world class portfolio of brands - including Dulux, International, Sikkens and Interpon - is trusted by customers around the globe. Headquartered in the Netherlands, we are active in over 150 countries and employ around 34,500 talented people who are passionate about delivering the high-performance products and services our customers expect.


Pay Grade: G9





The Chemist II owns execution of defined pieces of a project or Lab Work Request under the supervision of a project leader or manager. A Chemist II anticipates or suggests work required or follow-up experiments to achieve an objective.



Purpose/Key Objective of the Position


The Chemist 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 Chemist 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


Essential Qualifications

The Chemist II exhibits the following skills and behaviors:


  • Demonstrate safe use of common materials and equipment in the lab; able to instruct others on the same use

  • Conform with all site and laboratory safety requirements and policies, including participation in AkzoNobel safety programs including audits, safety meetings, and demonstrating safe practices and behaviours          

  • Effective interpersonal skills, keeping direct manager and team members informed of key milestones

  • Maintain excellent relationships within the scope of their work.

  • Able to work at least at a basic level in Microsoft Excel, Word, and Power Point

  • Own personal and career development

  • Demonstrate continuous commitment to business goals and initiatives as sole contributor




  1. 4 year degree in a laboratory science, preferably chemistry, materials science, or chemical engineering

  2. Some work experience in chemistry or coatings industry is preferable, though appropriate academic experience can be substituted

  3. Excellent background in chemistry/polymers

  4. Excellent verbal and written communication

  5. Available to travel, as necessary


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age or disability.

Requisition ID: 15948