We have a great opportunity for a Senior Scientist to join the Global Research & Development (R&D) organization for our Printing & Packaging Business Unit (P&P) segment.
Informed by important market needs and new trends, you will develop waterborne product prototypes through your ability to connect structure/property fundamentals with novel product functionality.
Your mindset for identifying problems and creating solutions will fuel a “reason to believe” for the novel functional benefits to be provided by Michelman materials in a way which will help accelerate the growth of the P&P segment.
Excellent problem-solving skills and creativity will be essential to your success as they will allow you to quickly screen new technologies and materials for fit both with the market and with Michelman. Further, it will be essential that you develop a strong collaborative network with other groups including sales, technology, marketing, and manufacturing teams to convert those novel concepts into successful product platforms.
Expect to become a go-to resource – for both internal and external customers – as it relates to optimizing coating performance in P&P end use application(s).
Partner with sales and marketing to develop actionable problem statements based both on trends in the market and on latent customer needs
Lead in the development of new materials and processes which will enable Michelman to develop novel application-centric solutions for P&P customers
Design new (and sometimes complex) product development experiments to be conducted at the lab scale – either by you or by others
Build significant expertise in coatings application methods and performance tests which will enable the development of new product concepts
Partner with global engineering/manufacturing teams to ensure efficient and effective scale-up of product prototypes of interest to the business/market
Establish relationships with suppliers, customers/prospects, and industry organizations which allow for sharing Michelman insights to strengthen technical/market leadership positions
Represent Michelman technologies and solutions at key conferences, as needed
Develop new product prototypes by iteratively preparing lab scale batches for evaluation and then testing them against market-relevant success criteria/controls
Develop a basic understanding of chemistries, technologies, and applications of importance to other Michelman business groups to identify potential product translations
Develop a basic understanding of the regulatory environment as it impacts Michelman raw materials and products and communicate those requirements both internally and externally
Document thoroughly and accurately all experiments, analyses, and testing results
Ensure timely delivery of project-related information/results to company partners
Plan, initiate, and execute projects using the Michelman project management process
Provide reports (written and verbal) on technical results/conclusions to business and technology leadership
Build an effective collaboration with the global technical team to enable a culture of idea exchange and knowledge transfer
Multiply your individual expertise by drafting effective and easily-understood user guidelines for Michelman’s products – both as “application ready” solutions and as additives to be formulated with other materials
Provide technical leadership for customer trials
Provide training to ensure that both colleagues and customers remain up-to-date on relevant product, application, and market issues
Provide guidance/coaching to other associates in the P&P technology organization
Maintain a clean and safe work environment
Critical Competencies, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Excellent analytical and observation skills
Extensive experience developing waterborne products, additives, and/or formulations for various applications including corrugation, paper plates, molded fiber, biobased / biodegradable coatings, compostable or recyclable solutions for paper converting and flexible packaging, and other applications in Circular Economy plus demonstrating their value in downstream end-uses
Demonstrated track record of innovation, technology scouting, and/or process/product prototyping is highly desirable
Deep understanding of the range of substrates to be coated in P&P applications and the methods used to apply coatings to them
Experience having led projects within a stage-gate project management framework – including the development of project charters and subsequent reports required for communicating with key stakeholders
Agility/flexibility to adapt to changing business priorities and to manage multiple tasks and projects simultaneously
Ability to develop/assess new-to-the-organization materials/processes as needed to address technical challenges and train others (as needed) in their effective use
Understanding of the steps required in order to effectively transition laboratory materials/processes to a manufacturing environment
Strong interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal)
Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Polymer/Materials Science, or related field and at least ten (10) years of relevant experience. Advanced degree preferred.
Minimum of five years of industrial experience with a proven track record of developing waterborne products, additives, and/or formulations for various applications including corrugation, paper plates, molded fiber, biobased / biodegradable coatings, compostable or recyclable solutions for paper converting and flexible packaging, and other applications in Circular Economy.
Able to travel by car or plane to visit customers when needed
Role may on occasion require long periods of standing and/or an extended work schedule
Role may require heavy lifting from time to time (as much as 50 lbs. to waist level)
Role will demand appropriate use of PPE - including safety shoes
Note: The statements above are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to the job. They are not construed to be an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel. Furthermore, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the employer.
Michelman is proud of the values-focused work environment that we have crafted. We pride ourselves in our focus on our values of integrity, respect, and success. With our dedication to your technical and professional growth in addition to our rigorous onboarding experience, we guarantee that you will find yourself challenged in new ways. We offer an excellent salary, incentive and benefits package in a dynamic, empowered team environment.
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Employer will assist with relocation costs.
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