Materials - Design, Materials - Manufacturing, Materials - Research and Development, Materials Engineering
Lead Chemist / Formulator (Powders) We are immediately hiring for a LEAD CHEMIST / FORMULATOR, with extensive experience of formulating and testing cement-based products for the construction industry, with an emphasis on grouts, concrete and mortars. As Lead Chemist / Formulator, you will be responsible for leading new product development, and product improvement projects. Formulation experience is essential. Supervisory experience is desirable, or the ability to lead a team of experienced R&D technicians. This position is full-time, to be based at our Illinois offices.
Responsibilities: Co-ordinates all R&D activity for the Powders Group at the general direction of the General Manager, R&D and QA Manages and leads projects/timelines for raw materials, localization, product issues and new product development by allocating appropriate R&D resources. Formulates cementitious products, for a variety of end-uses, utilizing professional chemical background and accepted company and industry procedures and techniques, in line with specific project requirements. Project goals may require oversight or coordination of field trials, and/or participation in manufacturing scale up activities. Performs evaluations primarily with technician(s) assistance (as part of a specified project) with tests as required by industry practices and experience and/or specific project requirements. Interprets laboratory and /or field test findings to assess suitability of formulated product compared to company and industry standards, as defined by project goals, and reports verbally or in writing to R&D, Marketing and ARDEX management team or others as directed. Completes company-required documentation in connection with project assignment including laboratory notebooks, project reports, and new or revised product specifications, Leads regular project review meetings with R&D Group and other functional areas (i.e. Marketing, Quality Control, Technical, Production). Provides technical leadership to peers and subordinates on a routine basis Responsible for team training and development, objective setting, performance appraisals.
Experience and Skills
Minimum 5+ years’ experience in formulation of cement based, construction products is essential. Consistent and sustained track record of successful product development Supervisory experience with laboratory technicians is preferred. Excellent analytical skills and ability to communicate (oral and written) with all levels. Ability to work as an experienced professional with little direct supervision. Ability to manage and move forward several projects simultaneously (project management and prioritization). Membership in appropriate technical associations desirable. Self-starter – ability to initiate and execute with limited assistance. Effective writing skills. Professional image and customer service attitude. Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and the Internet. Results driven and self-motivated. Excellent time management, organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills. Excellent listening and team building skills are required. Ability to travel occasionally (75%), including some overnight. MS or Ph. D in Chemistry/ Polymer Science or Colloids, or, Bachelor’s in Chemistry with relevant industry experience.
About Waterline Renewal Technologies
Water Line Renewal Technologies provides trenchless rehabilitation of degraded infrastructure through differentiated products, technologies and services, to prevent inflow and infiltration of sewer systems and potable water pipelines. We provide trenchless rehabilitation of degraded potable water and sewer pipes, manholes and storm sewers. Our engineered, patented products, technologies and services are focused on long-lasting solutions that prevent inflow and infiltration of potable water and wastewater systems for municipalities and residential customers.