Coatings Applications Innovation Scientist

Wilmington, DE

Posted: 01/09/2024 Industry: Laboratory - Industrial Chemicals Job Number: 8.24SK Pay Rate: 90,000 - 120,000 Remote Friendly: Experience:

Job Description

Coatings Applications Innovation Scientist

Do you enjoy developing new Wood, DTM, GI, or Automotive Coatings?  Do you creatively select new raw materials to make them better?  THEN take a look at this exciting new expansion position created to help drive new product development activities into adjacent markets with a raw material supplier.  This high-profile position will lead applications development into waterbased coatings for Wood, Metal and Plastic!  Work with customers, trade shows, support Sales and Marketing too!

The responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Responsible to develop leading-edge chemical additive technology for coating systems that meet diverse industry needs
  • Drive innovation projects through stage-gate process; led cross-functional team on new application development in coatings
  • Design and execute experiments, interpret data, and independently draw conclusions; possibly direct technician support; assist in filing of IP as required
  • Work with marketing and sales professional to understand industry needs; lead or participate in multiple research projects with members of multi-disciplinary teams to achieve targets
  • Communicate effectively with global internal and customer bases, build relationships with industrial colleagues
  • Maintain up to date understanding of critical science for development efforts

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Stephanie Kemp at

JO:  8.24SK


Job Requirements

Technical Qualifications:

In order to be qualified for this role, you must possess the following:

  • B.S. degree in polymer science or chemistry
  • 10 years' experience of coating formulation or additives with a focus on industrial coatings including wood, metal and/or automotive coatings
  • Track record of successful innovation through commercialization
  • Have experience working with global multidisciplinary project teams, and be able to lead such teams
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Travel up to 30% of the time

The following skill sets are preferred by the business unit:

  • Advanced degree in polymer, chemistry or emulsion science with 3-5 years
  • Industrial experience in a customer facing role, and presentation skills
  • Entrepreneurial mindset
  • Optional experience with cellulosic chemistry and properties
  • Interest in business drivers for target industry
  • Knowledge of water-borne coatings technology and testing methodology would be a plus
  • Understanding of market fundamentals of coatings industry

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Stephanie Kemp at

JO:  8.24SK

Meet Your Recruiter

Stephanie Kemp
Sr Market Recruiting Specialist

Senior Level Recruitment Professional with more than 19 years of experience in the recruitment and placement of Industrial Chemists and Scientists Nationwide from Entry level to Executive level. Resins, Adhesives, Coatings, Plastics, Lubricants, specialty chemicals, additives, inks, and more!!
I have been very successful bringing top valued talent to my clients, and providing expert level guidance to candidates in career searches.

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