Lab Manager - Chemical Applications & Process Support

Murfreesboro, TN

Posted: 07/03/2024 Industry: Laboratory - Industrial Chemicals Job Number: 7024TN1 Pay Rate: 90,000 - 125,000 Remote Friendly: Experience: 2+ Years

Job Description

One of our customers is seeking a dynamic leader to support their R&D department by giving guidance to their technicians in a fast paced brand new applications lab.  The Applications and Process Support Manager must be a solutions-driven individual with hands-on technical skills. Extensive experience and expertise in formulation testing and quality control which includes the use of universal testing systems (Instron), titrators, viscometers, analytical balances, etc. Must have knowledge of polyurethane/polyurea raw materials and the understanding of formulation analysis. Continuous communication with manufacturing, sales, and technical divisions is required. Will oversee the daily activity of 4-5 Development Associates/Technicians.

Come to work in a facility that is only one year old and the center of excellence in their chemical coating and dispersion production process.  Apply directly with CPS for immediate review of your experience. 

U.S. Citizens or Green Card Holders only.


  • Research targeted application requirements and apply critical polyurethane/polyurea formulation expertise to develop or improve existing performance characteristics to meet or exceed customer expectations 
  • Interact with raw material suppliers and other technical resources to stay abreast of the latest technologies and application techniques 
  • Utilize defined Stage Gate product development process to efficiently expedite the product innovation to launch process 
  • You will provide feasibility, formulation, testing, raw material availability, budget guidance, scale up recommendations, and application assistance as project evolves to ensure product performance meets customer expectations 
  • Will work closely with the business team to develop the Business Case and to help prioritize commercialization activities 
  • Maintain accurate ISO 17025 qualified quality records for laboratory projects 
  • Provide technical support to Sales and Tech Service field reps. 
  • Mentor. Supervise, and train Product Development Associates with their understanding of polyurethane/polyurea formulating principles and laboratory techniques. 




Job Requirements

Technical Skills:  

  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry/Materials Science (Advanced degree welcome) 
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in product development and/or research and development 
  • Experience and expertise in sample testing and quality control which includes knowledge of elastomers, resin and isocyanate and related physical tests according to ASTM standards (Titration, gel time, Tensile Strength, Tabor abrasion, Adhesion…) 
  • 2-3 years of mentoring and supervising technicians or chemists.   
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office 


Soft Skills :  

  • Self Starter who can implement routines and research test methods with minor supervision 
  • Strong ability to work in a fast-paced environment and change direction quickly dependent on tasks  
  • Management style that promotes employee accountability, guidance, and balanced critique.  Creating an environment of empowerment, trust and accountability through positive assessment.   
  • Understand and comply with ISO 17025 quality systems to ensure conformance 



Meet Your Recruiter

Steve Sapita
Section Manager - Lab Industrial

SPECIALTIES:  All Industrial Research & Development Laboratory related positions including: Formulation Chemist; Synthetic Chemist; R & D Leadership; Analytical Chemistry; Technical Service; Regulatory; Project Mangers; Process Chemistry; Environmental and Health; Quality Positions; Material Scientist. 

EXPERIENCE:  My area of specialty includes: Coatings, Adhesives, Sealants, Specialty Chemicals, Building Materials, Polymers, Petrochemical, Agrochemical; Surface Cleaners; Ink; Surfactants; Resins. 

The levels of candidates that I place include Chemists; Sr Chemists; Innovation; Directors; Quality Professionals; Technical Service Professionals; Production Supervisors; EHS Specialists; Scientist; Regulatory Professionals; and Laboratory Support Personnel.  

I’M IN THIS BUSINESS BECAUSE:  There’s no better feeling than helping someone realize their potential by assisting them in advancing their career.  I love making that connection!  My goal is to consistently build long lasting relationships with both my clients and my applicants.

CLIENTS CAN COUNT ON ME BECAUSE:  I pride myself on the quality of my work and I truly CARE about their needs.  The better I know them, the better my understanding is as to who would fit their needs.

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