R&D Scientist - Process Development

Hopewell, VA

Posted: 09/26/2019 Industry: Laboratory - Industrial Chemicals Job Number: 247.19SK Pay Rate: 105,000 - 115,000

R&D Scientist – Process Development

Responsible for process development and commercialization of new products.  Lead cross functional integration of activities of R&D, Business, Purchasing and other supply chain functions on a Global scale in support of new product commercialization, process improvements, raw material economics and security of supply.  Responsible for multiple projects of varying complexity.  Often leads and/or mentors others but will not have direct reports.

Approximately 20% of the time is working with new products and creating scalable route development, approximately 50% process optimization and yield improvement  from current products, and about 20% working with engineers to control the chemical process, monitor and optimize reactions, working in both batch and a little continuous process.


  • Lead product development defining the manufacturing processes from bench scale studies with first-time manufacturing success
  • Perform process conceptualization and techno-economic feasibility studies
  • Develop fundamental correlations between process conditions and product chemistry
  • Champion safe and efficient process research
  • Lead stage-gate processes to develop opportunities for product and process improvement
  • Lead development of testing programs to develop new products
  • Assure that complete ISO documentation is maintained on all ISO or quality related activities. Participate in ISO related activities and maintain an up-to-date understanding of the ISO function

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Stephanie Kemp at 815.756.1221 / skemp@cps4jobs.com.

JO:  247.19SK



Education & Experience Minimums:

  • Bachelor’s or Advanced degree in relevant field such as Chemistry or Chemical Engineering
  • Expert level knowledge and understanding of specific chemistry and/or engineering principles and application of those principals in a research and development environment typically acquired after at least 10 years of relevant experience

Education & Experience Preferred:

  • PhD in Synthetic Organic Chemistry with 10 years’ experience


Skills & Abilities:

  • Decision Making - Decision making in a timely manner based upon a mixture of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment; sometimes with incomplete information, under tight deadlines and pressure; while based upon appropriate risk and authority
  • Business Insight - The understanding of the basis for our business model and how that is realized in the market. The understanding of how business and operations are intimately linked. The ability to utilize information, practices & trends, affecting the business to engage and drive new strategies and tactics work in the marketplace.
  • Analysis and Problem Solving - Solves difficult problems with effective solutions; asks good questions and questions all likely sources for answers; can solve complex problems and recognize complex patterns; utilizing all appropriate tools to reach a robust answer.
  • Communication - The ability to communicate information clearly and effectively in an engaging and convincing manner.
  • Coaching - The ability to provide the structure, environment and support for teaching, training and development of individuals and teams to enable them to achieve specific personal or professional results or goals.
  • Managing Performance - Possessing the drive and focus to achieve challenging goals.
  • Collaboration and Networking - The ability to work in and across company's organizational matrix to achieve business objectives, via engaging and rewarding interactions. Through this network provide support, exert influence.
  • Project Management - The ability to manage tasks and activities and achieve their completion within the agreed framework, across regional and organizational boundaries
  • Innovation - The openness to new ideas and the ability to generate breakthrough solutions. Can develop, seek out, critically assess and implement new and value adding concepts.
  • Dealing with Uncertainty - Can effectively cope with change; can shift gears comfortably; can decide and act without having the total picture; isn’t upset when things are up in the air; doesn’t have to finish things before moving on; can comfortably handle risk and uncertainty.
  • Consistent demonstration of safe lab practices and procedures

·       Industry / OEM Specifications & Codes of Practice - The application of knowledge and understanding of current and past specifications (Industry, OEM and industry specific regulations) to the development of appropriate products. The understanding, application and implementation of Industry and OEM codes of practice to develop products and product specification cost effectively and provide rigorous supporting proof of performance"

·       Additive & Formulation Chemistry - Understand the chemical nature of generic and company specific component technology and how they drive performance in our areas of application. Understand component interaction in formulations that impact physical, chemical and performance needs over product use and shelf life.

·       Fundamental Application Principles - Understanding of the core physical and chemical mechanism of applications and performance of company and customer products in relevant hardware and tests. The ability to effectively relate molecular structure to performance in additive systems. The understanding of key performance and failure mechanism and product requirements of the core technology areas to focus our technology development efforts.   Knowledge and understanding of the mechanical and material characteristics of the hardware for which company products will be developed, utilized or produced."

·       Experimental Approach and Research Methodology - Conduct relevant, efficient and meaningful research to develop solutions or solve problems, through the appropriate application of experimental techniques and measurements

·       Process Engineering - The understanding of the fundamental engineering principles that impact the manufacturing process. Understand how process variables affect the structure and physical properties of our additives so that variations can be related to product performance.

·       Process Chemistry - The ability to understand and develop new chemistries at the bench and provide the necessary knowledge to account for the differences discovered during commercialization. The understanding of how the components interact with each other.

·       External Environment Awareness - Understand and anticipate market performance industry, OEM trend and regulatory needs and reduce to actionable objectives to drive innovation. Apply chemistry and technical knowledge to anticipate changing product usage during the product lifecycle.

·       Test Development and Execution of Testing - Develop and apply physical, chemical and mechanical testing to appropriately demonstrate and/or understand the mechanisms for our products performance and to improve the efficiency of product development.

·       Intellectual Property - Effectively apply IP, (patents, trade secrets, confidentiality etc.) to protect and extend our technical knowledge/capabilities in line with business. Utilizing knowledge of IP to ensure freedom to practice.

·       Formulation Understanding and Application - Formulate lubricant and fuel additives systems addressing specified and implied needs of our internal and external customers.

·       Chemical Analysis and Synthesis - Ability to analyze, design and/or synthesize molecules from a mechanism-based approach. The ability to effectively synthesize molecules that improve performance or solve fundamental mechanistic questions.

·       Customer Relationship Management - Build strong relations with customers & OEM personnel. Combination of character & technical credibility.   Demonstrate customer intimacy and Passion for Solutions approach to understand core technical problems and deliver solutions to business, marketing and external customers.

·       Knowledge Management - Ability to create, organize, manage, and leverage technical information across the organization

·       Statistical Methodologies and Analysis - The design of experiment and the analysis of data in a statistically rigorous manner which is appropriate to the task. The use of data to develop models which can predict the impact of formulation and hardware changes on performance. Create and effectively utilize mathematical models to describe or predict performance, chemical characteristics or behavior of chemical and physical systems.

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Stephanie Kemp at 815.756.1221 / skemp@cps4jobs.com.

JO:  247.19SK






Larry Riederer
Market Specialist

I have over 20 years of experience with Chemical Personnel Search (CPS) . All we do is recruit and place people in the chemical industry nationwide. CPS has been recruiting chemists, engineers, sales people and supply chain since 1973. I work with 40 other recruiters. 

I have a wide range of positions and levels.
The following are some of the areas: Polymers, Resins, Coatings, Adhesives, Inks, Composites, Plastics, Lubricants, Personal Care, Skin/Hair Care, Cleaners and Specialty Chemicals.

These can be: Organic/Polymer Synthesis, New Product Development, Analytical/Characterization, Quality Control, Process Development, Materials Science and others. These are from BS to Ph.D. and from Entry Level to Vice-President. 

Specialties: We specialize in placing Chemists, Scientists and Managers in the industrial chemical industry


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