Product Development Chemist
Posting ID: JP-002661665
Provide R&D support for the Glue and Writing System Segment of the company. Projects will primarily include projects related to productivity/Value Engineering across the writing systems platforms. Responsibilities include ink re-formulation as well as development of the internal writing system and qualification of new materials. This role would be the R&D lead for assigned projects, working with cross functional teams to drive and deliver assigned projects to ensure projects are completed by deadline
The Product Development Chemist will be responsible for new product development (NPD) projects for both new and existing products, while working within a cross-functional team. Will participate in the Ink and Writing System development efforts for NPD projects from conception through production launch, while following internal Product Development Processes. Will ensure the product meets or exceeds expectations from a cost, timing, and specification standpoint. Chemist is expected to do formulation work for assigned projects - development plans for the techs as well as do some of the testing themselves.
Identifies cost and risks at the component and sub-assembly level to meet defined cost targets.
Develops the analysis of how sub-assembly level decisions impact the overall business strategy to facilitate design-for-cost.
Provides routine ink and writing systems development, working autonomously on project teams with little to no guidance from higher-level Chemists to deliver robust product solutions.
Reviews relevant competitive products to provide benchmarking and analysis of technical specifications.
Implements existing technologies on a project level to deliver products.
Uses a disciplined approach and the appropriate methodology to analyze and determine the preferred solution to technical challenges.
Analyzes test results to provide data for use in solving problems.
Develops optimal product test plans to validate design.
Summarizes complex technical concepts in simple, clear language appropriate to the audience to gain alignment.
Recommends and presents solutions and opportunities in forums to encourage ideation and technical sharing.
Generates questions to validate the understanding of the subject matter to facilitate team member understanding.
Participates in cross-functional teams to work seamlessly across disciplines as required to execute product initiatives.
Incorporates consumer and market insights to drive innovation and project execution.
Applies a basic understanding of product specifications, material/chemical selection, manufacturing processes, cost constraints, regulatory and legal landscape (intellectual property) to drive high quality, sustainable, and efficient NPD.
Recommends basic chemical formulations of products and is accountable for a subset of the system to ensure robust end product designs.
Recommends basic material selection/design of writing systems for products and is accountable of robust designs in collaboration with the Engineering team.
Skills & Qualifications:
2-5 years of experience in working as a Chemist developing new customer products (from lab to production)
Experience developing timelines for projects is ideal but not required - Will get a project and expect them to come up with a timeline of how long it will take to formulate that product and use these timelines to communicate with cross functional teams
Experience with QC Testing in the lab - measuring viscosity, pH, density, particle size
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Recruiter: Jean Chambers
Phone: (410) 579-3072